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3 Best Prepaid SIM Cards in the Dominican Republic: Buying Guide

(The) Dominican Republic, sometimes confused with Dominica, is known for its beaches, wildlife, and its thrilling nightlife.

It is probably also (one of) the cheapest travel destination in the Caribbean, where spending less than 50 USD a day could get you dar.

The Dominican Republic is also the Caribbean nation with the third-largest population (10.8 million), behind Haiti (11.4 million) and Cuba (11.3 million), but far ahead Jamaica (3 million) – the country with the fourth-largest population.

But what can you do in this exciting nation?

Well, you can sunbathe on the many beaches throughout the country, including Playa Macao, Playa Rincon & Bavaro Beach.

You can also explore the Cayo Levantado beach, which has a lot of cool restaurants with tasty snacks.

Or you can explore waterfalls, including 27 Waterfalls.

As you can see, there is no reason to be bored in the Dominican Republic.

Before you post your beach-body photos on Instagram and Facebook, be aware that international roaming can be expensive.

That is why you are better off using a local SIM card, like a Dominican one, so that you can enjoy local rates.

Amazingly, SIM cards are cheap, and the cost of mobile data is low in the Dominican Republic.

You can get a Dominican SIM card for 100 DOP (1.80 USD) from Altice & Viva or 150 DOP (2.70 USD) from Claro in their official stores and authorized dealers. SIM cards are also available at Las Américas International Airport.

And I can already tell you that you never have to spend more than 1125 (20 USD) for the most expensive data-featured plan in this country. Not bad at all, right?

In this guide, I will tell you everything you need to know about buying a SIM card in the Dominican Republic. Let's do this.

Buying a SIM Card in the Dominican Republic Guide (logos of Claro, Altice & Viva)

Original publication: 23rd of October 2021. Last updated: 3rd of November 2021.


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Can You Buy a SIM Card in the Dominican Republic?

You can buy a Dominican SIM card from Claro, Altice & Viva as a tourist. There is nothing preventing travelers from buying a SIM card in the Dominican Republic.

You do have to comply with the SIM card registration regulations.

Moreover, our phone has to support the frequencies used in the Dominican Republic.

Finally, your phone needs to be unlocked (SIM-lock free) to use a Dominican SIM card.

Where Can You Buy a SIM Card in the Dominican Republic?

You can get a Dominican SIM card in the official stores of Claro, Altice & Viva. SIM cards are also available at Las Américas International Airport.

You can expect to pay the following for Dominican SIM cards:

  • Claro Dominicana (Compañía Dominicana de Teléfonos): 150 DOP
  • Altice Dominicana (formerly Orange Dominican and Tricom): 100 DOP (regular) & 350 DOP (data-only)
  • Viva Dominicana (Trilogy Dominicana): 100 DOP
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Can You Use Your Phone in the Dominican Republic?

The Dominican Republic use GSM and CDMA technology for mobile telecommunications services. The three mobile operators are phasing out their CDMA networks, so you should not bank on them. Moreover, you would not be able to use their CDMA network unless you buy a phone from them or roam.

Fortunately, there is a 99% chance you have a phone that supports GSM.

Besides that, you need to be aware of the ITU regions to determine whether your phone will work in other parts of the world.

Although there are 3 ITU regions, you only need to know these two terms: American Frequencies and European Frequencies.

Africa, Asia (including the Middle East), Europe, and Oceania (ITU Regions 1 & 3) typically use European Frequencies, meaning phones bought in those regions can be used in countries using European Frequencies without issues.

The Americas (North-, Central, and South America + the Caribbean), ITU Region 2, use American Frequencies, which are different from the European Frequencies.

ITU Regions Map
By Maximilian Dörrbecker (Chumwa) – Own work, using this file by Denelson83, CC BY-SA 2.5

The Dominican Republic uses a mix of American Frequencies and European Frequencies for 2G and 4G/LTE, depending on the operator. 3G is exclusively on American Frequencies.

If you bought your phone in the Americas (ITU region 2) and have a low/medium-end device (without Tri-Band or Quad-Band) support, you want to go with Claro Dominicana or Viva Dominicana.

They support traditional American Frequencies on 2G, 3G & 4G/LTE, meaning that you can take full advantage of their networks.

If you purchased your phone in Africa, Asia, Europe, or Oceania (ITU regions 1 & 3) and have a low/medium-end device (without Tri-Band or Quad-Band) support, you want to go with Altice Dominica.

It supports traditional European Frequencies on 2G and 4G/LTE (partially), but you will not be able to use its 3G network.

Suppose you have a medium/high-end device with Tri-Band or Quad-Band support. In that case, you can go with any mobile operator, as your phone will support both American Frequencies and European Frequencies, even on 4G/LTE (and 5G NR soon).

Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic has three mobile network operators:

  • Claro Dominicana (Compañía Dominicana de Teléfonos)
  • Altice Dominicana (formerly Orange Dominican and Tricom)
  • Viva Dominicana (Trilogy Dominicana)

The following frequencies are used in the Dominican Republic:

  • 2G: 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 3G: 850 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 850 MHz (Band 5), 1700 MHz (Band 4), 1800 MHz (Band 3), 1900 MHz (Band 2) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: 3500 MHz (n78) – not in use (yet)

You can learn more about frequencies in the video below.

To check whether your phone will work in the Dominican Republic, check out this page by Will My Phone Work (may be outdated or inaccurate at times).

Again, make sure your phone is unlocked. Otherwise, you will not be able to use any SIM card except the one from your home operator (meaning you have to roam internationally or buy another unlocked phone that does support the frequencies listed above).

If you want to learn how international roaming works, this guide explains it in-depth. If you wonder why it is often so expensive to roam, this article explains the hidden reason they do not want you to know.

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5G NR in the Dominican Republic

5G NR is not available in the Dominican Republic as of 2021. However, Indotel, the regulator, held a 5G NR auction in August 2021. Mid-October, Indotel announced that Claro Dominicana and Altice Dominica managed to acquire 5G NR spectrum. It is expected 5G NR will launch in early 2022.

Both operators will run 5G NR on 3500 MHz (n78).

It is unknown whether 5G NR will be available to prepaid customers upon launch or not.

Best SIM Card in the Dominican Republic

If you want to buy the best SIM card in the Dominican Republic, I recommend going with Claro. It has the best (2G & 3G) coverage and the fastest speeds. If you plan on staying in urban areas, consider Viva for generous data allowances at slower speeds and worse coverage.

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SIM Card Registration in the Dominican Republic

SIM card registration, with the use of your passport information, is mandatory in the Dominican Republic. This will be done at the point of purchase.

Dominican Republic Mobile Speeds, Mobile Internet Prices & Insight

Flag of Dominican Republic

Earlier, we learned that mobile data prices in the Dominican Republic are low.

But how low are they?

The average price for 1 GB of data in the Dominican Republic is 1.51 USD, below the Caribbean average of 4.44 USD. The world average is 4.07 USD.

Unfortunately, the Dominican Republic is not one of the 53 nations where the average cost of 1 GB of data is less than 1 USD.

However, it is the third-cheapest country in the Caribbean for mobile data, so it has that going for itself.

Let's talk about mobile data speeds. Is mobile data fast in the Dominican Republic?

It is fast enough.

The Dominican Republic's average mobile download speed is around 31 Mbps, slightly less than the global average.

Currently, only Jamaica (44 Mbps) and Trinidad & Tobago (41 Mbps) have faster average mobile download speeds in the Caribbean, so things are not bad at all in the nation.

Except for the fact that speed development has been stagnant for a whole year.

Luckily, 5G NR is coming soon to the Dominican Republic.

So, which mobile operator is the fastest?

As mentioned in the introduction, that would be Claro Dominicana, with a speed score of 39.06. Followed by Altice Dominicana (18.16) and Viva Dominicana (12.37).

The fastest mobile download speed can be found in Santiago De Los Caballeros (20.97 Mbps). Followed by Santo Domingo (20.84 Mbps) and Santo Domingo Este (14.21 Mbps)

So while speeds are not in the three-digit zone (100 Mbps+), things are quite alright in the Dominican Republic.

With cheap SIM card prices, extensive nationwide coverage, fast mobile speeds, and insanely low mobile data rates, you should have a smooth network experience in the Dominican Republic.

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Currency in the Dominican Republic

Dominican Peso Bank Notes
© Central Bank of the Dominican Republic/Banco Central de la República Dominicana (BCRD)

The Dominican Republic uses the Dominican Peso with the symbol DOP (which will be used throughout this article).

Prices in the Dominican Republic are listed in just $ or RD$. For example, 25 DOP = $/RD$ 25.

For reference, below are some exchange rates between DOP and USD (US Dollars – Rounded):

  • 1 DOP = 0.02 USD
  • 10 DOP = 0.20 USD
  • 100 DOP = 1.80 USD
  • 1000 DOP = 17.70 USD

For up-to-date DOP:USD exchange rates, search DOP to USD on Google, or replace USD with the currency you use.

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Dominican Prepaid SIM Cards

Below, I will guide you through Claro Dominicana, Altice Dominicana & Viva Dominicana, and go through:

  • Background information
  • Mobile coverage
  • SIM card types, prices, and availability
  • Recharge/top-up information
  • Combo plans, data plans, and special packs (such as social media packs) 

With that being said, let’s see what the Dominican Republic has to offer to us.


Claro Dominicana

Claro Logo
© Claro

Claro Dominica, just Claro and officially known as Compañía Dominicana de Teléfonos, is the largest mobile operator in the Dominican Republic.

It is also the fastest mobile operator in the country – double the speed of Altice's.

Claro, as a company, is active in Central America and South America.

Claro uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 850 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 3G: 850 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 1700 MHz (Band 4), 1900 MHz (Band 2) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)

This is what you will learn about Claro:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Claro SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Claro Dominicana

Claro has the best coverage in the Dominican Republic.

However, its 4G/LTE reception is not as good as Altice's.

Here is Claro's official coverage map:

Here is a coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Claro Dominicana

You can buy a Claro SIM card for 150 DOP in Claro stores. Claro SIM cards are also available at Las Américas International Airport.

Claro SIM Card
© Claro

Dial *111# to access the Claro menu.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Claro Dominicana

Claro top-up vouchers are sold in Claro stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout the Dominican Republic.

Claro Dominican Republic Top Up Locations
© Claro Dominican Republic

The following (e)top-ups are available:

Top-UpBonus CreditValidity
25 DOP – 49 DOPN/A2 days
50 DOP – 99 DOPN/A7 days
100 DOP – 149 DOPN/A21 days
150 DOP – 249 DOP20%30 days
250 DOP – 499 DOP20%60 days
500 DOP – 999 DOP24%60 days
1000 DOP =>24%60 days
Claro Dominican Republic eTopUps
© Claro Dominican Republic

To top up your Claro SIM card, you would dial *111# or call 1133 and follow the instructions.

You can also tell the salesperson how much credit you want, your phone number, pay, and they will top up your SIM card with the POS system.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Dial *111# or #122# to check your Claro balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the Mi Claro República Dominicana (Android/iOS).

Claro Dominican Republic Mi Claro República Dominicana App
© Claro Dominican Republic

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Claro Dominicana

Claro has three data-featured plans:

All Claro plans can be activated by dialing *111#.

Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

Paquetes de Internet (Internet Packages) – Claro Dominicana

The Paquetes de Internet (Internet Packages), also referred to as Internet Por Horas and Internet Por Días, are data-only plans.

Paquetes de Internet can be activated by dialing *111# or *112#:

PriceDataValidity
10 DOP10 MB1 hour
20 DOP40 MB3 hours
25 DOP10 MB1 day
30 DOP100 MB7 hours
40 DOP100 MB1 day
65 DOP250 MB3 days
100 DOP350 MB5 days
150 DOP500 MB7 days
400 DOP1 GB30 days
1125 DOP3 GB30 days
Claro Dominican Republic Paquetes de Internet Internet Packages
Paquetes Libres (Free Packages) – Claro Dominicana

The Paquetes Libres (Free Packages) are, unlike the name suggests, data-only plans you have to pay for.

The following Paquetes Libres are available:

PriceData 1Validity
50 DOP1 GB1 day
95 DOP3 GB3 days
140 DOP5 GB5 days

1 unlimited data @ 256 Kbps after exhausting data allowance

Claro Dominican Republic Paquetes Libres Free Packets
Internet Para Chat & Redes (Internet For Chat & Networks) – Claro Dominicana

The Internet Para Chat & Redes (Internet For Chat & Networks) are data-only plans for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & WhatsApp.

The following Internet Para Chat & Redes are available:

PriceFacebook, Instagram, Twitter & WhatsApp DataValidity
40 DOP150 MB1 day
75 DOP300 MB7 days
250 DOP1 GB15 days
Claro Dominican Republic Internet Para Chat & Redes Social Media Plans

APN/Internet Settings – Claro Dominicana

  • Name: Claro
  • APN: internet.ideasclaro.com.do

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Altice Dominicana (formerly Orange & Tricom)

Altice Logo
© Altice

Altice Dominicana, just Altice and formerly Orange/Tricom Dominicana, is the second-largest mobile operator in Dominica.

In terms of market share, it is closely following Claro Dominicana.

Altice is also active in Portugal and the United States.

Altice uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz, 1800 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 3G: 850 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 850 MHz (Band 5), 1700 MHz (Band 4) & 1800 MHz (Band 3), 1900 MHz (Band 2)

This is what you will learn about Altice:

* Coverage
* How to Get an Altice SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Altice Dominicana (formerly Orange & Tricom)

Altice has the best 4G/LTE coverage.

4G/LTE reception can be found in most of the Dominican Republic.

Below is Altice's 3G coverage map:

Here is the 4G/LTE map:

Then we have the combined 3G and 4G/LTE coverage map:

Here we have a coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Altice Dominicana (formerly Orange & Tricom)

You can buy an Altice SIM card for 100 DOP in Altice stores. The data-only SIM card is sold for 350 DOP with 1 GB for 7 days. Viva SIM cards may be available at Las Américas International Airport.

Altice Dominican Republic Data Only SIM Card Price

If you recharge at least 100 DOP within 72 hours of purchasing your SIM card, you will get 15 GB for 30 days and 200 on-net minutes for 5 days as a bonus.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Altice Dominicana (formerly Orange & Tricom)

Altice top-up vouchers are sold in Altice stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout the Dominican Republic.

To top up your Altice SIM card, you would dial *100# or *555 and follow the instructions.

You can also tell the salesperson how much credit you want, your phone number, pay, and they will top up your SIM card with the POS system.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Dial *100# or #131# to check your Altice balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the mi altice Rep. Dom. (Android/iOS/Huawei AppGallery).

Altice Dominican Republic mi altice Dom. Rep. App
© Altice Dominican Republic

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Altice Dominicana (formerly Orange & Tricom)

Altice has three data-featured plans:

Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

Paqueticos Internet Libres (Free Internet Packages) – Altice Dominicana (formerly Orange & Tricom)

The Paqueticos Internet Libres (Free Internet Packages) are data-only plans (which you still have to pay for, unfortunately).

Paqueticos Internet Libres can be activated by dialing #131:

PriceData 1Validity
49 DOP1 GB1 day
99 DOP2 GB3 days
139 DOP3.55 GB5 days

1 unlimited data @ 256 Kbps after exhausting your data allowance

Altice Dominican Republic Paqueticos Internet libres Free Internet Packages
Paqueticos de Data (Data Packages) – Altice Dominicana (formerly Orange & Tricom)

The Paqueticos de Data (Data Packages) are, as the name suggests, data-only plans.

The following Paqueticos de Data are available, which can be activated on the mi altice Rep. Dom. app:

PriceDataValidity
99 DOP500 MB1 day
299 DOP1 GB7 days
599 DOP2 GB15 days
799 DOP3 GB30 days

Altice Dominican Republic Data Only Plans
Paqueticos de Redes y Apps al Detalle (Network and Apps Packages in Detail) – Altice Dominicana (formerly Orange & Tricom)

The Paqueticos de Redes y Apps al Detalle (Network and Apps Packages in Detail) plans is a data-only plan for Diario Libre, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Waze, WhatsApp & YouTube.

It costs 29 DOP and gives you unlimited data for 1 day for the aforementioned apps.

PriceSocial DataValidity
29 DOPUnlimited1 day
Altice Dominican Republic Paqueticos de redes y apps al detalle Network Packages and app in detail
Paqueticos de Redes Sociales (Social Media Packages) – Altice Dominicana (formerly Orange & Tricom)

The Paqueticos de Redes Sociales (Social Media Packages) are data-only plans for Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Snapchat & WhatsApp.

The following Paqueticos de Redes Sociales are available:

PriceSocial DataValidity
59 DOPUnlimited2 days
99 DOPUnlimited4 days
Altice Dominican Republic Paqueticos de Redes Sociales Social Media Packages

APN/Internet Settings – Altice Dominicana (formerly Orange & Tricom)

  • Name: orangeinternet
  • APN: orangeinternet

Note: do not use APN “orangenet.com.do” unless you want to use 3G only. Leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Viva Dominicana

Viva Dominican Republic Logo
© Viva Dominican Republic

Viva Dominicana, officially Trilogy Dominicana and not to be confused with Viva in Bolivia, is the smallest mobile operator in the Dominican Republic.

It has a market share of less than 5%, which is basically nothing.

While Viva is also the slowest option in the country, it does have the lowest prices.

It is also generous with its data allowances.

Viva uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 1900 MHz
  • 3G: 1900 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 1700 MHz (Band 4)

This is what you will learn about Viva:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Viva SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Viva Dominicana

Viva has the worst coverage in the Dominican Republic.

4G/LTE reception is rare. However, its 2G and 3G coverage are close to nationwide.

Below is Viva's coverage map:

SIM Card Price – Viva Dominicana

You can buy a Viva SIM card for 100 DOP in Viva stores. Viva SIM cards may be available at Las Américas International Airport.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Viva Dominicana

Viva top-up vouchers are sold in Viva stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout the Dominican Republic.

Viva Dominican Republic Top Up Locations
© Viva Dominican Republic

To top up your Viva SIM card, you would dial #999*VoucherCode# or dial *75 and follow the instructions.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *999*123456#.

You can also tell the salesperson how much credit you want, your phone number, pay, and they will top up your SIM card with the POS system.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Dial *64 to check your Viva balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the Viva App – Republica Dominicana (Android/iOS).

Viva Dominican Republic Viva App - Republica Dominicana
© Viva Dominican Republic

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Viva Dominicana

Viva has five data-featured plans:

All Viva plans can be activated by dialing *123#.

Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

Super Pa'kt Todo Includio (All Inclusive Super Pack) – Viva Dominicana

The Super Pa'kt Todo Includio (All Inclusive Super Pack) are combo plans with data and minutes.

Super Pa'kt Todo Includio can be activated by dialing *123#:

PriceDataOn-Net MinutesOff-Net MinutesValidity
179 DOP3 GBUnlimited10 minutes5 days
219 DOP3 GBUnlimited15 minutes5 days
245 DOP7 GBUnlimited10 minutes7 days
Viva Dominican Republic Super Pa'kt Todo Includio All Inclusive Super Pack
© Viva Dominican Republic
Paquetes Data Por Día + Minutos a Números Viva Ilimitados (Packages Data Per Day + Minutes to Unlimited Live Numbers) – Viva Dominicana

The Paquetes Data Por Día + Minutos a Números Viva Ilimitados (Packages Data Per Day + Minutes to Unlimited Live Numbers) are combo plans with data and minutes.

Dial *123# to activate Paquetes Data Por Día + Minutos a Números Viva Ilimitados:

PriceData 1On-Net MinutesValidity
185 DOP7 GBUnlimited7 days
345 DOP12 GBUnlimited14 days
645 DOP24 GBUnlimited28 days
835 DOP30 GBUnlimited30 days
Viva Dominican Republic Paquetes Data Por Día + Minutos a Números Viva Ilimitados Packages Data Per Dat + Minutes to Unlimited Viva Numbers
© Viva Dominican Republic
Paquetes de Internet Por Dia (Internet Packages Per Day) – Viva Dominicana

The Paquetes de Internet Por Dia (Internet Packages Per Day) are, as the name suggests, data-only plans.

Paquetes de Internet Por Dia can be activated by dialing *123#:

PriceDataValidity
20 DOP100 MB1 hour
45 DOP1 GB1 day
85 DOP3 GB3 days
145 DOP6 GB7 days
215 DOP10 GB7 days
290 DOP12 GB14 days
580 DOP24 GB28 days
765 DOP30 GB30 days
Viva Dominican Republic Paquetes Internet Packages
© Viva Dominican Republic
Paquetes Recupera tu Velocidad (Packages To Get Your Speed Back)- Viva Dominicana

The Paquetes Recupera tu Velocidad (Packages To Get Your Speed Back) are high-speed data add-ons for when you have reached your data allowance, and your speeds have been throttled.

Dial *123# to activate Paquetes Recupera tu Velocidad:

PriceDataValidity
25 DOP1 GB1 day
45 DOP2 GB2 days
65 DOP3 GB3 days
Viva Dominican Republic Paquetes Recupera tu Velocidad Packs Get Your Speed Back
© Viva Dominican Republic
Paquetes Sociales (Social Packages) – Viva Dominicana

The Paquetes Sociales (Social Packages) are social media plans for Facebook, Instagram & WhatsApp individually.

Paquetes Sociales can be activated by dialing *123#:

PriceApp Data 1AppValidity
35 DOP1 GBFacebook1 day
35 DOP1 GBInstagram1 day
35 DOP1 GBWhatsApp1 day

1 unlimited data @ 384 Kbps after exhausting your data allowance

Viva Dominican Republic Paquetes Sociales Social Media Packages
© Viva Dominican Republic

APN/Internet Settings – Viva Dominicana

  • Name: Viva
  • APN: data.viva.do

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Other Ways to Stay Connected When Traveling in the Dominican Republic

I would highly encourage anyone visiting the Dominican Republic to get themselves a Dominican SIM card – you will be saving a lot of money when you do so.

However, for some, getting a Dominican SIM card is not an option.

For example, your device may be SIM-locked, meaning that you cannot use any other SIM card other than the SIM card provided by your operator.

There are other ways to stay online while in the Dominican Republic, but they may not be cheap.

However, these methods may be more expensive than getting a SIM card from the local mobile operators.

International Roaming

International roaming is the most convenient way to stay connected when traveling in other countries because you do not have to buy a new SIM card, have to deal with SIM card registration regulations, nor have multiple phone numbers to deal with.

However, international roaming has proven to be expensive in many cases, especially compared to buying local SIM cards. That is why many travelers are not fond of international roaming.

Find out whether your mobile operator has attractive roaming rates for the Dominican Republic here.

Using an International SIM Card or Travel SIM Card

International SIM cards are SIM cards made for the traveler in mind.

Using them is often cheaper than international roaming.

However, they are almost always more expensive than using a local SIM card.

There are many other advantages and disadvantages of getting international SIM cards, which you can learn about here.

Using a Mobile Hotspot (Pocket WIFI)

Mobile hotspots, or pocket WIFI, are small devices that connect to the local operators of the country you are visiting.

Mobile hotspots are ideal for families or those traveling in a large group, as they allow you to connect multiple devices to one hotspot without the need of each traveler having to buy a SIM card.

You can either buy a mobile hotspot or rent one.

Using Free WIFI Networks

Using free WIFI connections is the cheapest way to stay connected because they are free.

The major downside of trying to use WIFI hotspots is that you will have to locate them, and they are not available on every corner in the Dominican Republic.

Make sure to protect your internet traffic with a VPN so that hackers cannot steal your personal data.


The Preferred Way to Stay Connected When Traveling in the Dominican Republic

Getting a SIM card from Claro or Viva would do you well when considering a Dominican SIM card.

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