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A visitor’s guide to prepaid SIM cards in Samoa

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Local voice and data bundles can reduce roaming charges.

If you’re taking a family vacation to Samoa anytime soon, remind your kids that the fictional island in the movie hit, Moana, was inspired by this Polynesian paradise. The country is a chain of islands known for its gorgeous scenery and sunny beaches.

To reduce the costs of your trip to Samoa, consider investing in a local prepaid SIM card. This can lower your roaming charges on data, texts and voice calls. You can purchase a prepaid card for WST30 (US$11.89) that comes with WST5 credit and 1GB of data for a 7-day period.

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Mobile network operators in Samoa

There are two mobile network operators in Samoa, although BlueSky has two services, making three options that need your consideration:

  • BlueSky Samoa
  • BlueSky American Samoa
  • Digicel Samoa

finder.com offers the following guide to Samoa’s telco operators.

BlueSky Samoa

Formerly known as SamoaTel, it’s the biggest provider on the islands. Currently, it has better coverage but slightly higher prices. Its main offices are in Apia and there are other stores around the islands.

BlueSky started a 4G/LTE network in 2017 that uses 700 Mhz and 1800 MHz. Both operate 3G/UMTS/HSPA+ on 900/2100MHz, so make sure your phone can support 3G on those frequencies or your coverage will be spotty. There’s also 2G on 900MHz.

BlueSky’s basic SIM card costs WST10 and comes with a WST5 credit. Its top-ups are known as “e-charge” and can be bought at various stores in Samoa or online at the company’s website. E-charges come in denominations between WST1 and WST100 and are valid for 30 days after activation.

BlueSky Samoa offers two prepaid SIM cards: one that includes voice and data and one that is data-only. Both are detailed below.

Voice and data SIM bundles

PackagePriceDataValidityActivation Code
2 PlanWST250MB24 hours2*1
5 PlanWST5200MB3 days5*1
10 PlanWST10520MB7 days10*1
20 PlanWST201GB7 days20*1
50 PlanWST503.2GB14 days50*1
90 PlanWST906.5GB14 days90*1

Data-only SIM bundles

PackagePriceDataValidityActivation Code
$5 PlanWST5350MB3 days5*1
$10 PlanWST10750MB7 days10*1
$20 PlanWST201.6GB7 days20*1
$50 PlanWST504GB14 days50*1
$90 PlanWST907GB14 days90*1

To select one of these plans, send the appropriate activation code to 133.

APN: 4g.bluesky
Website: http://blueskysamoa.ws

BlueSky American Samoa

This is an additional service in American Samoa which uses US frequencies. LTE started up in March 2017 on bands 2 and 12. 3G is on 850 MHz and 2G/GSM is on 850 and 1900 MHz.

4G/LTE coverage began for this provider in March 2017. Because it’s an American territory, all prices are given in US$. Prepaid SIM cards are available at the BlueSky store at Laufou Center in Nu’uuli. The activation cost is US$20 which includes a local number and US$10 credit. There are top-up outlets located throughout the islands or you can do it online using PayPal.

APN: internet
Website: http://www.bluesky.as/blueskyweb/

Digicel Samoa

Digicel Samoa is BlueSky’s only competitor in Western Samoa. It has less coverage and its prices are a bit lower. Be careful with your purchases as Digicel Samoa continues to market its 3G/HSPA+ network as being 4G. There is a convenient retail kiosk at the Faleolo International Airport and a store locator on the company website.
Occasionally, Digicel runs promotions where the SIM card is free at the airport. The rest of the time it costs a nominal fee of WST5. You can top-up at its retail outlets, by using vouchers known as flex cards or at its website.

Voice and data SIM bundles

PriceDataValidity
WST150MB1 hour
WST240MB1 day
WST450MB + 100MB Facebook2 days
WST5150MB3 days
WST19675MB7 days
WST241GB30 days

To make a purchase, dial *123#, press 4 for data, and then choose your package. You can also dial *123# to check your available balance and remaining data. Once you’ve used up your allotment, you will be charged at the rate of WST0.33 per MB, which is much higher than the package rates.

APN: web.digicelsamoa.ws
Website: http://www.digicelsamoa.com

Advice from TripAdvisor about SIM cards in Samoa

In addition to being an online review platform for hotels and attractions, TripAdvisor has an impressive online community of members. Here’s some advice from recent visitors to Samoa:

“Both BlueSky and Digicel have kiosks at Faleolo Airport. I know they have micro SIMS in their Apia offices, so assume the same for the airport.”

“My younger sisters got micro SIMs for their devices at the airport from BlueSky. The sim cards were free, they just paid for credit. Youʻll see the Digicel kiosk before you see the BlueSky store, but Iʻd recommend BlueSky as their data service and call rates are slightly better. Also make sure your iPhone is unlocked before you take it, otherwise the foreign SIM wonʻt work.”

Pros and cons of Samoa’s top SIM card operators

Samoa has two major SIM card providers, plus one in American Samoa. Here are some of the positives and negatives about these companies.

Pros

  • BlueSky Samoa started a 4G/LTE network in 2017.
  • BlueSky American Samoa’s prices are in US dollars, making it easier to see
  • how much you are spending on services.

Cons

  • The network operators all use uncommon MHz which can cause problems for foreign visitors.
  • Digicel Samoa advertises its 3G/HSPA+ network as being 4G.

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