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Not only does Cape Verde have great beaches and surfing spots, it has some of the best SIM card deals available to help you reduce the cost of your phone bill while traveling. You can buy 1GB of data from Cape Verde’s leading telco provider for as little as CVE490 (US$4.80). So, whether you’re planning a short trip or an island tour, check out the best SIM card options available at

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Telco providers in Cape Verde

There are two main telco providers in Cape Verde: CV Móvel and t+ (or T-Mais). Both operators go through a strict approval process before being allowed to operate on the island and they compete to offer the best deals. These services have been tried, tested and trusted by both locals and travelers alike. According to OpenSignal’s country map, Cape Verde has good network coverage in the capital of Praia, but it can become a bit weaker as you venture out to the far reaches of the main island and beyond.

About Cape Verde’s telco providers

Roaming rates on Cape Verde are good compared to your rates at home. Both operators sell prepaid credit, which allows users to take advantage of cheap offers and deals. The operators offer relatively good network coverage, providing 2G and 3G wireless services, and it’s unlikely you would be able to get any better coverage on your own phone at home. 4G/LTE services are being tested and are unfortunately not yet available. Locals call their SIM cards “chips” and they can be purchased and registered anonymously without any form of identification or a passport check. Credit can be purchased from official stores, supermarkets and at the international airport. Below, we’ve broken down each telco provider to highlight exactly what’s available during your visit to Cape Verde.

CV Móvel

CV Móvel is Cape Verde’s market leader and offers the best network coverage of the two providers. Both 2G and 3G services are available, although the 3G service is quite scarce across the island for both providers. Prepaid SIM cards can be purchased from any store displaying a CV Móvel sign, including most supermarkets, tobacconists and newsagents. SIM cards can be purchased for CVE200 and come with a CVE200 balance. There are two options for purchasing a prepaid SIM card: You can either upload a data pack onto a voice SIM or you can purchase a data-only SIM called Net Móvel 3G. Standard, mini or micro SIM cards are also available.

The standard default data rate is CVE8 per MB. The following prepaid SIM cards are available and are called “Net N@ Mon 3G”:

Volume Valid for Price To activate Add ons
200MB 7 days CVE440 Text 2015
1GB 30 days CVE500 Text 2020 1GB: CVE300
1.3GB 30 days CVE690 Text 3140
2GB 30 days CVE800 Text 2040 2GB: CVE590
5GB 30 days CVE1,250 Text 2090 5GB: CVE990
20MB 24 hours CVE90 Text 2010
10MB 1 hour CVE50 Text 2000

For the plans above, the maximum speed is 2Mbps/512Kbps, but 14Mbps/5Mbps is available for the 2GB pack. The overuse rate is charged at CVE5 per MB. Send an SMS to the numbers mentioned above to activate the plan. All packs renew automatically, so in order to cancel, text “DESACTIVAR” to the same number you used to activate the plan.

Net Móvel 3G data-only SIM cards are also available:

  • Surf 3G pré-pago Base: CVE1,890 for 6.5GB, valid for 30 days.
  • Overuse: CVE4 per MB.
  • Maximum speed: 7Mbps/1Mbps.
  • Surf 3G pré-pago Livre: No data included, SIM is free.

If you would like more data than mentioned above, the following add ons can be purchased:

Data Duration Rate
25MB Valid for 24 hours CVE40
500MB Valid for 30 days CVE350
1GB Valid for 30 days CVE490
3GB Valid for 30 days CVE850
6GB Valid for 30 days CVE1,650
10GB Valid for 30 days CVE2,500

Overuse is charged at a rate of CVE7 per MB. Maximum speed is 2Mbps/1Mbps. The 6GB and 10GB packs are faster at a speed of 7Mbps/3Mbps. Once you make your purchase or select your data add on, the service will be available immediately.

t+ (T-Mais)

T-Mais is the other provider on the island and it has a very small market share. Its network can be problematic and it’s not compatible with many handsets, so make sure you do a market scan before purchasing. However, prices are good and if you intend on spending most of your time in the capital, then this could work out to be extremely cheap for you.

SIM cards can be purchased from any store displaying a t+ sign. SIMs cost CVE100-CVE200 and come with a credit balance of CVE50. Make sure to ask for a 3G SIM card, because the retailers tend to hand out 2G SIM automatically, which can be quite restrictive. Standard, mini and micro SIM cards can be purchased from almost anywhere and nano SIM cards can be cut to fit using a SIM punch. Download speeds are up to 14.4Mbps, with upload speeds reaching 512Kbps.

Data packs can be added to the standard voice SIM card, with the following rates available for the first and subsequent activations:

1st activation 2nd activation 3rd activation Valid for Price To activate
20MB 20MB 20MB 24 hours CVE50 Text “d” to 707
30MB 50MB 70MB 24 hours CVE70 Text “d3” to 707
250MB 500MB 750MB 7 days CVE250 Text “s” to 707
1GB 1.25GB 1.5GB 30 days CVE500 Text “m1” to 707
2GB 2.5GB 3GB 30 days CVE800 Text “m2” to 707
5GB 6.25GB 7.5GB 30 days CVE1,250 Text “m3” to 707

Overuse is charged at a rate of CVE6 per 10KB. Dial #707# to check your balance.

There are also Viva+ data-only SIM cards available:

1st activation 2nd activation 3rd activation Valid for Price To activate
25MB 25MB 25MB 24 hours CVE40 Text “d” to 707
40MB 60MB 80MB 24 hours CVE50 Text “d4” to 707
500MB 600MB 700MB 7 days CVE350 Text “s” to 707
1GB 1.25GB 1.5GB 30 days CVE490 Text “m1” to 707
3GB 3.5GB 4GB 30 days CVE850 Text “m3” to 707
6GB 6.75GB 7.5GB 30 days CVE1,650 Text “m6” to 707
10GB 12GB 14GB 30 days CVE2,500 Text “m10” to 707

Text the appropriate code to 707 to activate. Dial #707# to check your balance. Plans will auto-renew unless cancelled.

Some top tips from the staff

  • The primary language spoken in Cape Verde is Portuguese. If you don’t know the language, you may want to download Google Translate onto your phone before you travel. The good thing about Cape Verde, though, is that it is very tourist-friendly and English is widely spoken.
  • Locals call a SIM card a “SIM” or a “chip”.
  • Ask the retailer to set up your SIM card for you, as they will know how to do it. If not, follow the instructions we have highlighted above or go to the official operator website to seek advice.
  • Remember, it’s always better to get things done early, before stores get too busy.

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

TripAdvisor is well known for its reviews, hotel bookings, flights and holiday planning, but it also has many user comments that can help guide you through the SIM cards that have been tried and tested in Cape Verde. Here are some top tips from TripAdvisor users:

  • “SIM cards are low cost with the same amount of call time added. It can be slightly more expensive to call abroad from Cape Verde using a local SIM, but it’s still decently priced. You’ll need to check that your phone is unlocked before you leave.”
  • “Both t+ or CV Móvel are good in my opinion. You can get a signal right across the island.”
  • “CV Móvel SIM cards are low cost for pay-as-you-go services. I usually add a little credit to my phone and the Internet lasts a long time. Admittedly I don’t use it continuously.”

Pros and cons of Cape Verde’s top telco providers

Both operators require you to have a SIM-unlocked, GSM-compatible international phone. To double check that you have this phone, or to find out whether it’s possible to unlock your device, contact your provider before you leave.


  • Good value for money
  • No ID needed to purchase or register the SIM card
  • Prepaid credit available when required
  • No in-store contract needed
  • SIM could be compatible with your current phone
  • Cheap handsets are sold in store


  • No devices offered with the SIM card packages
  • SIMs can only be used with SIM-unlocked GSM phones
  • 4G is not yet available
  • Coverage can be weak at times

Can Cape Verde SIM plans be used in mainland South Africa?

Both operators offer roaming in South Africa, but we wouldn’t recommend using their SIMS there, as it will be extremely expensive. We suggest using these SIM providers only on the island and purchasing a new SIM card once you reach the mainland.

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