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Visiting Honduras or just traveling around Central America? Either way, using your home phone there can work out to be expensive. A top tip for saving money and reducing roaming rates is to switch to a local SIM card to take advantage of cheaper deals, tariffs and plans. Honduras has some of the best SIM card deals in Central America and you can buy 1GB of data for as little as HNL55 (US$2.35). So, find out how to cut down costs by comparing your SIM card options on finder.com.

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Telco providers in Honduras

There are two main providers in Honduras: Tigo and Claro. Both have been tried and tested by locals and travelers, and they can be trusted. Honduras has been voted one of the cheapest providers in the world, and one of the best in the Americas. According to OpenSignal’s coverage map, Honduras has a strong signal around the main towns and cities, but the further you head toward the countryside the weaker it will become. However, the overall coverage is good.

About Honduras’s telco operators

Honduras’s market leader is Tigo, followed by Claro. Both operators offer prepaid SIM cards that can be bought from supermarkets, kiosks, drug stores, official stores and at the airport. 2G, 3G and 4G plans are available on all networks for unlocked GSM phones. In Honduras, you will have to show your passport for SIM card registration. Below, we have broken down each telco provider to highlight exactly what they can offer you during your stay in Honduras.

Tigo

Tigo is the largest provider in Honduras. It offers 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE services. Prepaid SIM cards can be purchased from official stores and approved resellers and credit can also be picked up from the same retailers. Your passport must be shown to the retailer before the SIM card is activated. SIM cards can be bought for HNL50 and come with HNL25 credit. Credit can be purchased in the form of credit vouchers which can be picked up from most stores, or by using your credit card online. Top-ups can be added in amounts between HNL5 and HNL150. Dial *120# to check your balance.

The following “paceticos” data packages can also be added:

ValidityDataPrice
24 hours100MBHNL30
24 hours1GBHNL55
2 days200MBHNL40
3 days1.5GBHNL130
7 days425MBHNL100
7 days2.5GBHNL200
30 days1GBHNL400
30 days2.5GBHNL450
30 days5.5GBHNL565

Dial #111# <call> to activate your preferred pack.

Tigo’s APN: internet.tigo, website: http://www.tigo.com.hn/

Claro

Claro is the second largest operator in Honduras. Claro has the best coverage on 4G/LTE and is very popular with the younger crowd who are looking for good data deals for social media. Most retailers will sell SIM cards, but it’s always better to buy them at official stores so they can be registered properly by using your passport. You can purchase credit from most retailers and you can use your credit card to add credit online. Prepaid SIM cards can be purchased for HNL50, ans they come with a balance of that amount. Credit can be added in several different denominations: HNL5, HNL10, HNL50, HNL100, HNL150, HNL200, HNL250 and HNL300. Dial *120# to check balance.

The following data packs can also be added

ValidityDataPrice
1 day300MBHNL15
1 day750MBHNL25
3 days1.5GBHNL50
7 days3GBHNL100
10 days8GBHNL250

Dial *777# <call> to choose a bundle.

TheInternet Móvil” data-only SIM cards can also be purchased:

ValidityDataPrice
1 day1GBHNL53
7 days2GBHNL190
15 days3GBHNL360
30 days5GBHNL550
30 days10GBHNL850

Dial *777# to choose your preferred bundle.

Claro’s APN: internet.ideasclaro.hn, website: http://www.claro.com.hn

Some top tips from finder.com staff:

  • If you don’t know any Spanish, download Google Translate onto your phone before you travel. Although some locals can speak English, many cannot.
  • Locals call a SIM card a “sim” or “chip”.
  • Ask retailers to set up the SIM for you. This will save you a lot of time and trouble, but is also helpful to cover 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 Honduras.

Here are some top tips from TripAdvisor users:

Claro is a good company to use, calls are inexpensive (even international calls). Once you have their SIM card you can then buy prepaid minutes. They have one day a week on which if you buy time you get double the minutes.

You can buy SIM cards in many places (Supermarkets, Malls, little stores all over and in the TIGO and Claro Stores which are all over the city) , you will see the TIGO (Blue) or CLARO (Red) signs. Make sure your phone is unlocked and be sure to purchase the right SIM for your phone.

Pros and cons of Honduras’s top telco providers

All 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:

  • Make sure SIM cards don’t already have existing plans uploaded
  • No new devices offered with the SIM card plans
  • Can only be used on SIM-unlocked GSM phones
  • Poor coverage can be found in some areas

Another important question

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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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