Here’s how to find the best prepaid SIM card in Antigua and Barbuda

Buy a local SIM card to reduce your phone bills.

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Antigua and Barbuda are twin islands in the Caribbean, located southeast of Puerto Rico. There are two main islands and a few smaller islands. Using your phone there can be quite expensive, so to keep costs down why not switch to a local SIM card so you can take advantage of better plans, deals and tariffs?

Antigua and Barbuda have several prepaid SIM card deals for travelers – offers that could reduce your bills. You can buy 1GB of data from the leading telco provider for as little as XCD29.99 (US$11.10). So, whether you’re planning a quick break or a longer more relaxing time, check out the best SIM card options available on finder.com.

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Telco providers in Antigua and Barbuda

The English-speaking islands have two main operators: Flow and Digicel. Both operators have been tried and tested by locals and international travelers, and can be trusted to provide reasonable deals. Operators go through a strict approval process before being allowed to operate and each competes with the other to offer the best deals. This area of the Caribbean has good network coverage and a healthy overall speed. Passports must be shown to purchase the SIM cards. We’ve highlighted the best deals below.

About Antigua and Barbuda telco providers

Flow is the main provider and Digicel follows closely behind, with each having about a 50% market share. Both providers offer services on 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE platforms. The best coverage is on the two main islands. Service on the smaller islands will be unreliable whatever network provider you use. There are several plans available that include data and reasonably- priced international calls, and they certainly work out to be cheaper than using your home phone. Below, we have listed information about the two providers available in Antigua and Barbuda and the best deals they offer during your stay.

Flow

Flow is the main provider, and it has a wide reach across the two main islands. Service can suffer once you hit the smaller islands. Flow offers 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE services. Prepaid SIM cards can be purchased from official stores or approved resellers. Credit can also be picked up from the same retailers. If you wish to use a 4G service then make sure you ask for that specific SIM card from the retailer. Prepaid SIM cards can be purchased for XCD25. Passports must be shown to purchase the SIMs.

Credit can be purchased in varying amounts between XCD5 and XCD200, from supermarkets, gas stations and official stores. Top-ups are valid for 90 days. Dial *3733 to check your balance.

The standard default data rate is charged at XCD0.51 per MB. The following data packs can also be added:

1GBNo local mins, 50 local SMS 1 dayXCD8.50
1GB200 local mins, 200 local SMS 3 daysXCD20
3GB350 local mins, 350 local SMS 7 daysXCD40
7GB700 local mins, 700 local SMS 30 daysXCD100
10GB1000 local mins, 1000 local SMS 30 daysXCD120

Dial *129# and select the relevant plan to activate. Dial *146*0*# to check your balance. All packages will auto-renew, but you can dial *787# to stop.

Flow also allows roaming in the US on AT&T networks. Canada, Bermuda, Suriname, Guyana, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago, Bahamas and Flow networks that sell the following “Travel Passes” are also useable:

100MBvalid for 7 daysXCD26.99
250MBvalid for 30 daysXCD64.99
500MBvalid for 30 daysXCD129.99

Dial *190# to activate.

Flow’s APN: ppinternet, and website: https://discoverflow.co/antigua/

Digicel

Digicel is the second largest provider on the islands. Service is good but can suffer once you hit the smaller islands. Digicel offers 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE services. Prepaid SIM cards can be purchased from official stores or approved resellers. Credit can also be picked up from the same retailers. If you wish to use a 4G service then make sure you ask for that specific SIM card from the retailer. Prepaid SIM cards can be purchased for XCD20 – XCD25. Passports must be shown to purchase the SIMs. Dial *120# to check your balance.

The following “Quick Pick Data” plans can be added:

200MB10 anywhere minsvalid for 1 dayXCD7
700MB70 anywhere minsvalid for 7 daysXCD35
5GB300 anywhere minsvalid for 30 daysXCD105

WhatsApp and Unlimited Digicel Talk & SMS is free to use once you have activated one of the above-mentioned plans.

Dial *141# and follow the instructions to activate a plan. Dial *120*131# to check your balance.

Digicel also sells a “Roam Like You’re Home” option which can be purchased for XCD28.50, valid for 7 days. This service will allow customers to use Digicel services in the US, Canada and other Caribbean locations at no extra cost. Dial *153# and follow the instructions to activate. The standard default data rate is charged at XCD0.50 per MB while roaming.

Digicel’s APN: web.digicelantigua.com

Website: http://www.digicelgroup.com/ag/en/mobile.html

Some top tips from finder.com staff:

  • Locals call a SIM card a “Card” or “SIM”
  • Ask the retailer to help set-up the SIM card for you. They are official sellers and will be very happy to help
  • Try and get to the stores early to beat the crowds

TripAdvisor tips for the best SIM cards and where to buy them

While it’s well known for reviews, booking hotels, flights and holidays, TripAdvisor also has many user comments that can help guide you through which SIM cards have been tried and tested in Antigua and Barbuda.

Here are some top tips from TripAdvisor users:

“SIM cards are sold at the phone offices. Depending on where you’re staying (and what time of day you arrive), you may well be able to get your taxi to stop on the way to pick one up. The office at Townhouse is usually the best bet for this (and stays open an hour later), and is on the way to the west coast.”

”Wi-Fi is widely available to use without needing a local SIM for Internet, voip and whatsapp etc.”

“Digicel at Royal Palms shopping complex is the closest, only about 5 minutes drive from Sandals. Phones probably around $20-$30 US for a basic one.”

Pros and cons of Antigua and Barbuda telco providers:

Both operators require you to have a SIM-unlocked, GSM-compatible international phone. To double check you have this option, or whether it’s possible to unlock your device, contact your provider before you set off on your travels.

Pros:

  • Prepaid credit when required
  • No in-store contract needed
  • Could be compatible with your current phone

Cons:

  • No phone devices offered with the SIM card packages
  • Can only be used on SIM-unlocked GSM phones
  • Signal is bad on the smaller islands
  • SIM cards can be hard to find on the islands

Another important question

What do I do if I lose my phone?

Your phone is your lifeline, especially when travelling around the Caribbean. Make sure you keep it safe and always make a note of where it is. The importance of having a direct link to family and friends via social media or through phone services can never be underestimated! If you do lose your phone, then retrace your steps and ask around. If you still have no luck then cancel any plans or payment methods associated with the phone, report it missing and make a note of the crime number to claim on insurance. Finally, find a cheap replacement to keep in touch with the outside world, and don’t let this one out of your sight!

Switch to a cell phone plan with international calling

Name Product Data Minutes Texts Can I bring my own phone? Cell phone plans starting at:
Starting at 2 GB
Unlimited
Unlimited
Yes
$25
Get unlimited data, calls and text or a customized plan on a 5G network. Eligible plans come with Hulu, Amazon Prime or Tidal subscriptions.
Starting at 2 GB
Unlimited
Unlimited
Yes
$30
30-day phone plans that allow you to cancel your service at anytime. Choose from five different talk, text and data options with the choice to add international calling for $10/month.
Starting at 500 MB
Starting at 200 minutes
Starting at 500 texts
Yes
$0
Bring your own phone for a free plan with 500MB of data, 200 minutes and 500 texts per month using Sprint's CDMA Network. Prepaid plans with more data, talk and text start at $9.99/month.
Starting at 1 GB
Unlimited
Unlimited
Yes
$20
30-day plans with unlimited talk and text and the option to choose how much data is right for you. Add-on rollover data is available starting at $5/500MB.
Starting at 3 GB
Unlimited
Unlimited
Yes
$35
Choose from several different plan options with no contracts, no fees and coverage on the same networks as AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon.

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