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Basics Edit

Anguilla is a British overseas territory in the Caribbean, lying east of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and directly north of Saint Martin. The total land area of the territory is 90 km2 with a population of about 16,000 inhabitants. It's not considered part of the EU and EU roaming regulations are not enforced here.

Like on many small Caribbean islands there are these two usual providers:

  • Flow (by Cable & Wireless)
  • Digicel Anguilla

Flow is the incumbent provider and Digicel came to the Caribbean 2001-6 to end this monopoly. In Anguilla they are now on par each sharing about 50% of the market. Many locals have two SIM cards. Hence the high penetration rate of more than 180%.

Flow is on US frequencies of 850 MHz for 2G and 3G, while Digicel uses mixed bands of 900 MHz for 2G, 850 MHz and 1900 MHz for 3G. Flow has started 4G/LTE on 700 MHz (band 17), while Digicel markets their 3G/HSPA+ still as "4G". Coverage is on the main island only.

Prices are given in East Caribbean dollar EC$ that is fixed to the US$: US$1 = EC$2.70. Taxes are included.

Flow Edit

Flow

Flow, up to 2015 called Lime and rebranded, is the incumbent provider in Anguilla. It's operated by Cable & Wireless that has been sold to Liberty Global.

Availability Edit

Their SIM card is sold in their stores (locator) and some other places like the post office for EC$ 25. Be prepared to show your passport at the point of purchase.

Top-ups between EC$ 5 and EC$ 200 can be made online or in top-up kiosks, supermarkets and gas stations all over the island. Any top-up stays valid for 90 days irrespective of the amount.

Check your balance by *120#.

Data feature packages Edit

Default rate outside packages is EC$ 0.41 per MB. These data packs are offered:

Data Time Price Activation
75 MB 1 day EC$ 4 *146*75#
300 MB 3 days EC$ 12.65 *146*300#
500 MB 3 days EC$ 23 *146*500#
1 GB 7 days EC$ 31.05 *146*1007#
500 MB 14 days EC$ 27.60 *146*500#
1 GB 14 days EC$ 37.95 *146*1014#
1 GB 30 days EC$ 46 *146*1000#
3 GB 30 days EC$ 103.50 *146*3000#
5 GB 30 days EC$ 138 *146*5000#

International roaming Edit

For roaming in the US (on AT&T), Canada, Suriname, Bermuda, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Panama, Bahamas and all Flow markets in the Carribbean they sell these TravelPasses:

  • 100 MB for 7 days: EC$ 26.99
  • 250 MB for 30 days: EC$ 64.99
  • 500 MB for 30 days: EC$ 129.99

Activation is by *190#.

More info Edit

Digicel Edit

Digicel

Digicel started in 2005 to challenge the monopoly of Lime that is called now Flow. Their network is generally on par with Flow, but they still market HSPA+ as "4G". Real 4G/LTE is not yet available: coverage map.

Availability Edit

SIM card is around EC$ 25 in their store (locator). Be prepared to show a passport for purchase.

Top-ups can be made online by credit card without surcharges or by vouchers sold all over the island. Digitel offers CreditU where you can top-up one number by another: dial *128*<receiving mobile no.>*<top-up amount>#. Wait for confirmation and then dial *128*1# to confirm. EC$ 0.25 is charged for this service.

Dial *120# to check your account balance.

Data feature packages Edit

They offer these these "4G" WFIT data plans:

  • 75 MB for 1 day: EC$ 4
  • 250 MB for 7 days: EC$ 15
  • 1 GB for 30 days: EC$ 30

Social networks like Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Twitter are free when you've activated a plan and not debited from your data balance.

To activate a data paln dial *141# and follow the next SMS instructions. They often give out double data in promotions.

To check your data balance on a data plan, dial *120*131#

International roaming Edit

Digicel sells their Roam Like You're Home plan at EC$ 30 valid for 7 days. This service allows Digicel customers travelling to the USA, Canada and all other Digicel Caribbean territories to call, text and use data at domestic Anguillan rates. You will need to connect to AT&T or T-Mobile in the US, Rogers in Canada or Caribbean Digicel networks. To activate Roam like you are home dial *153# and send.

Note that data bundles don't apply while on the Roam Like You're Home plan. You will be charged the domestic default rate of around EC$ 0.40 per MB while roaming.

More info Edit

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