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Here’s how to find the best prepaid SIM card in Dominica

Buy a local SIM card to reduce your phone bills.

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Dominica, not to be confused with the Dominican Republic, is a mountainous island in the Caribbean that is popular with tourists who want to explore its famous rainforests. Using your phone there can work out to be 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? Dominica has several prepaid SIM card deals for travelers, offering rates that could reduce your bills. You can buy 1GB of data from the leading telco provider for as little as XCD20 (US$7.40). So, whether you’re planning an adventure or just seeking pure relaxation, check out the best SIM card options available on finder.com.

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Telco providers in Dominica

The English-speaking island is a British territory, and it has two main phone operators: Flow and Digicel. Both operators have been tried and tested by the locals and by international travelers, so they can be trusted. Coverage is good along the coast but can be patchy farther inland. SIM cards are sold in official stores, approved resellers and some grocery stores. Credit can be purchased in the same outlets or online by using a credit card.

About Dominica’s telco providers

Dominica offers 2G, 3G and 4G wireless services. It offers some great prepaid SIM card deals, and the cards can be used on other Caribbean islands, in Canada and in the US. There are several plans available that include data and reasonably priced international calls, and they certainly work out cheaper than using your home phone network. Both providers are very tech savvy and offer the latest 4G/LTE platform, which means fast Internet speeds and good coverage. Below, we have listed the two providers available in Dominica and the best deals they offer.

About Flow

Flow is the largest provider in Dominica, operated by Cable & Wireless. It offers 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE services, as well as roaming at the same rate as Canada, the US and other Caribbean islands. SIM cards can be purchased from the official store in Roseau, approved resellers and some supermarkets for XCD20. You must show your passport to the store assistant before it can be activated. Credit can be purchased from XCD5 to XCD200 at official stores, supermarkets, gas stations and online by using your credit card. All top-up amounts are valid for 90 days.

Dial *120# to check your balance.

The standard data rate outside of any plan is XCD1 per MB. The following data add-ons can also be purchased:

1GBValid for 1 dayXCD5Dial *244*0#
1GBValid for 3 daysXCD12Dial *244*1#
3GBValid for 7 daysXCD29Dial *244*2#
10GBValid for 30 daysXCD100Dial *244*3#

Flow “Travel Passes” are also available to allow roaming in the US, Canada, Suriname, Bermuda, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Panama and the Bahamas:

  • 500MB – Valid for 7 days: XCD45

Dial *134*6# to activate the relevant plan.

Flow’s APN: ppinternet, and website:http://discoverflow.co/dominica/

About Digicel Dominica

Digicel is the only other provider on the island, and it offers 2G, 3G and 4G services. The 4G service is a repackaged 3G-plus platform, but it’s still very good. SIM cards can be purchased for XCD25 in official stores in Roseau and Marigot, or from approved resellers. You must show your passport to the store assistant before your SIM card will be activated. Credit can be purchased at the same outlets, online or at supermarkets across the island. The “CreditU” service is also available, and it allows you to top up one number from another. Dial *128* and enter your number and credit amount to top up. Dial *120# to check the balance.

The standard data rate is XCD1 per MB, but the following data plans can be added:

75MBValid for 1 dayXCD2.99
200MBValid for 3 daysXCD7.49
250MBValid for 7 daysXCD12.49
475MBValid for 7 daysXCD18.99
1GBValid for 7 daysXCD24.99
750MBValid for 14 daysXCD29.99
1.5GBValid for 30 daysXCD54.99
2GBValid for 30 daysXCD69.99
3GBValid for 30 daysXCD89.99

Dial *140# and follow the instructions to activate. SMS prompts will be sent to guide you through the purchase process.

Digicel’s “Roam Like You’re Home” plan is good, can be purchased for XCD13.79 and is valid for 7 days. This SIM card will allow you to use services at the same rates as any other Digicel region – the Caribbean, Canada or the US. Dial *153# to activate; confirm by dialing *153*1#. The standard data rate is XCD1 per MB while roaming.

Digicel’s APN: web.digiceldominica.com, and website:http://www.digicelgroup.com/dm/en/mobile.html

Some top tips from finder.com staff:

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

Pros and cons of Dominica’s telco providers

Both operators require you to have a SIM-unlocked, GSM-compatible international phone. To double check you have this option, or to find out 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
  • Allows roaming in Canada, US and other Caribbean islands

Cons:

  • No phone devices offered with the SIM card packages
  • Can only be used on SIM-unlocked GSM phones

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

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

Here are some top tips from TripAdvisor users:

“There are prepaid SIM cards available and we have two service providers Flow and Digicel. They offer similar services, so you are safe whichever one you choose.”

“Although these SIM cards will roam throughout the islands, the top-up cards are not interchangeable. This means you can only buy top-up cards in the country where you bought the SIM.”

An important final question

What do I do if I lose my phone?

Your phone is your lifeline, especially when traveling 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:
Sprint
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.
SIMPLE Mobile
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.
FreedomPop
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.
NET10 Wireless
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.
Straight Talk Wireless
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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