Ecuador has three network operators:
2G and 3G is on 850 Mhz on Claro and Movistar and on 1900 Mhz on CNT. 4G/LTE has started on 700 and 1700 Mhz (AWS Band 4) on CNT only.
By law you have to be an Ecuadorian citizen to buy a SIM card. In practice it's easy to find a store that will activate it in someone else’s name, and then transfer it to you a few days later. The store will still want identification however, so bring your passport.
Claro (aka Conecel)Edit
Claro (Conecel) by América Móvil is the market leader in Ecuador with 2/3 of all mobile customers. It has the best coverage especially in remote areas.
Their prepaid SIM card is available in their stores store locator. Top up there or at many supermarkets and pharmacies for 3, 5, 6, 10, 20, 30$. Starter packs come as:
- regular voice and data SIM for $5 with $3 credit
- as "Prepaid Banda Ancha Móvil" (BAM = Mobile Broadband) SIM for 110.88 (tax incl.) with 500 MB per month for one year included
Data feature packsEdit
These packages can be loaded on all SIM cards:
Additional data is $0.8 per MB. You can order any of the packs by dialing * 611 or * 123 #.
- mini-SIM (2FF) and micro-SIM (3FF) available.
- Website: Claro
- APN: internet.claro.com.ec
Movistar is the second network in the country, giving even better speeds in the cities but lower coverage coverage map
Their prepaid SIM card is available in their stores http://www.movistar.com.ec/tienda/store-finder Top up there or at many supermarkets for 2, 3, 6, 10, 15, 30$. Starter packs comes regular voice and data SIM for $5 with $3 credit
Data feature packsEdit
These monthly internet packs can be booked:
|Data package||Price||Volume||Validity Period||Activation Code|
|Internet Diario||$1||15 MB||1 day||DIA|
|Internet 3 días||$3||50 MB||3 days||tres|
|Internet 7 dias||$7||100 MB||7 days||i7|
|Internet 15 días||$15||300 MB||15 days||i15|
|Internet 30 días||$20||500 MB||30 days||i30|
Activation by sending the code to 333. Max. speed is 2 MBps. The one and three day packs are not recurrent, the longer packs all auto-renew. Data outside of packages is $2 per MB.
- website: movistar only in Spanish
- APN: internet.movistar.com.ec
- Username and password: movistar
CNT for Corporación Nacional de Telecomunicaciones is the public provider in Ecuador. Is the only one that support 4G LTE. They focus mainly on ADSL and landline phone connections. Though it has a mobile network too, but this is rather limited. So check coverage before: coverage map
Their SIM card is available at their stores store locator. Top ups can be made there or other outlets like gas stations or supermarkets for 3, 6, 10 or 15$.
Data plan Edit
They sell a data-only "Megachip Banda Ancha Móvil" for $10 ($11.20 tax incl.) per month containing 1.2 GB. Additional data is $0.224 per MB.
More information Edit
- website: CNT in Spanish
- APN: internet3gsp.alegro.net.ec