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Using your home phone network in Guyana could work out to be costly. A top tip for saving money and reducing roaming rates is to switch to a local SIM card. Guyana has some reasonably priced SIM card options available, and you can get 1GB of data for GYD1,700 (US$8.20). You can also use its SIM cards in other South American countries, which could save you even more if you plan to travel. So, cut down your costs by comparing SIM card options on finder.com.

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Prices last updated 07/06/2017

Telco providers in Guyana

There are two main telco providers in Guyana: GTT+ and Digicel. Both networks have been tried and tested by locals and tourists, and can be trusted. However, network coverage is only good along the coast and in some river valleys up to Linden and Bartica. The farther inland you head, the worse the coverage becomes, and a satellite telephone is required if you plan to venture into the depths of the countryside.

About Guyana’s telco operators

Both GTT+ and Digicel offer prepaid SIM cards, and they can be bought from shops, supermarkets, kiosks, pharmacies, official stores, as well as at Cheddi Jagan International Airport. There are 2G, 3G and 4G wireless plans available on all networks for unlocked GSM phones. Speeds are reasonably good on 3G, according to OpenSignal’s coverage reports. SIM cards can be bought by showing your passport and giving your hotel address, and your telephone number is already active when purchased. Below, we have explained what each provider can offer you during your stay in Guyana.

GTT+

Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT/GTT+) is the biggest and best provider in Guyana, with good coverage and low prices. It offers customers 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE services. SIM cards can be purchased from GTT shops and approved resellers. SIMs can be purchased for GYD2,000, but credit must be added to use. Top-ups can be purchased from the GTT stores or ordered online through the official website.

The standard data rate is GYD10 per MB. The following add-ons can be purchased:

NamePriceVoiceDataSMS
Daily+GYD44915 minutes of voice300MB30 SMS
3 DaysGYD74925 minutes of voice600MB50 SMS
WeeklyGYD1,49940 minutes of voice1.5GB80 SMS
MonthlyGYD3,699100 minutes of voice4GB200 SMS
Monthly+GYD5,299150 minutes of voice5GB250 SMS
10GB Monthly BundleGYD9,999300 minutes of voice10GB500 SMS

Calls to Canada and the USA are included in all the bundles listed above.

The following data packs can also be added to all SIM cards and plans:

NamePriceData
Daily PlanGYD299150MB
Daily Extended PlanGYD399220MB
3 Day PlanGYD599350MB
Weekly PlanGYD1,4591GB
Monthly PlanGYD2,6292,048MB + free Facebook and WhatsApp

Dial *100# to purchase the bundle you want.

GTT+ APN: portal.cellinkgy.com (username and password: gtt), and website: http://gtt.co.gy/

Digicel Guyana

Digicel Guyana is the only other provider. It offers 2G, 3G and 4G services, but its 4G offering is a super 3G+ service repackaged as a 4G network. SIM cards can be purchased from official stores or approved resellers. It’s probably better to purchase your SIM card at Cheddi Jagan International Airport once you arrive. The airport store is open Monday-Saturday, 7am to 11pm. SIMs can be purchased for GYD2,000, but credit will have to be added before you can use it.

Top-ups can be purchased in Digicel stores, approved resellers and supermarkets. Stores are also able to top up your SIM by using a credit card machine. The credit uploads automatically onto your number.

Digicel also offers data add-on packs:

NamePriceDataTime
1 Day SIMGYD280120MBValid for 1 day
2 Days SIMGYD570300MBValid for 2 days
1 Week SIMGYD1,250900MBValid for 7 days
1 Month SIMGYD3,2002,355MBValid for 30 days
Quarterly SIMGYD9,1006,144MBValid for 90 days

To purchase the above plans, check in the stores or dial *136# or *100# and follow instructions. Dial *123# to check your balance.

The following 2G data add-ons are also available:

  • 15MB – GYD110
  • 50MB – GYD340
  • 100MB – GYD570

Dial *136# and select the option you want in order to add extra data.

The following 3G and 4G packs are also available:

NamePriceDataVoice/SMSTime
DailyGYD370150MBValid for 1 day
Daily plusGYD450250MB10 minutes, 10 SMSValid for 1 day
3 DaysGYD770550MB20 minutes, 20 SMSValid for 3 days
WeeklyGYD1,6001,300MB30 minutes, 30 SMSValid for 7 days
MonthlyGYD3,8003,584MB80 minutes, 80 SMSValid for 30 days
Monthly PlusGYD5,5004,608MB150 minutes, 150 SMSValid for 30 days

Dial *136# or *100# and follow the instructions to purchase a plan. Dial *123# to check your balance. The following 3G/4G packs can also be added:

  • 50MB – GYD230
  • 200MB – GYD560
  • 500MB – GYD1,200
  • 1GB – GYD1,700

To purchase the add-on, dial *136# and select the relevant option.

Digicel’s APN: web.digicelgy.com (username: web, password: web), and website: http://www.digicelgroup.com/gy/en/mobile.html

Some top tips from finder.com staff:

  • English is spoken in Guyana.
  • Locals call a SIM card a “SIM” or “chip”.
  • Ask the retailer to set up the SIM for you. This will save you a lot of time and trouble, and it also covers anything you might not understand.
  • Make sure you get to the stores early before the crowds build.

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

TripAdvisor reviews can help guide you through the SIM cards that have been tried and tested in Guyana.

Here are some top tips from TripAdvisor users:

It’s pretty easy to pick up a Digicel SIM card in GT, but last time I tried, they only had standard sized SIMs. If your phone uses a Micro-Sim (as the iPhone 4 and 4s do) or a Nano SIM (iPhone 5) you’ll need to cut the SIM card to make it fit.

“I always relied on Wi-Fi at the hotels and restaurants I visited. You might want to consider using Skype over hotel Wi-Fi as an easier way to communicate with overseas family and friends. It will be considerably less expensive.”

Pros and cons of Guyana’s top telco providers

Both networks require you to have a SIM-unlocked, GSM-compatible international phone. To double check you have this option, contact your service provider before you set off on your travels.

Pros:

  • Good value for money.
  • Prepaid credit when required.
  • No in-store contract needed.
  • Can be used in other South American countries.
  • SIM cards could be compatible with your current phone.

Cons:

  • No new devices offered with the SIM card plans.
  • Can only be used on SIM-unlocked GSM phones.
  • Poor coverage can be found on all networks in country areas.
  • Avoid street sellers.

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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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