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Basics Edit

Ecuador has three network operators:

  • Claro
  • Movistar
  • CNT

and the first MVNO called Tuenti on Movistar,

2G and 3G is on 850 MHz on Claro and Movistar and on 1900 Mhz on CNT.

4G/LTE has started on 700 and 1700/2100 MHz (AWS) Band 4 on CNT and 1900 MHz Band 2 on Movistar in Quito only. Claro has started LTE on the 1700 MHz AWS Band too.

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. 4G/LTE has started in 2015 in Guayaquil, Quito, Cumbayá and Sangoloquí (more info) and is available for prepaid.

Availablility Edit

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:

Price Volume
$1.68 20 MB
$4.47 100 MB
$12.31 300 MB

Additional data is $0.8 per MB. You can order any of the packs by dialing * 611 or * 123 #.

SIM sizesEdit

  • mini-SIM (2FF) and micro-SIM (3FF) available.

More informationEdit

  • Website: Claro
  • APN:



Movistar is the second network in the country, giving even better speeds in the cities but a lower coverage coverage map

Availablility Edit

Their prepaid SIM card is available in their stores 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.

More informationEdit

  • website: movistar only in Spanish
  • APN:
  • Username and password: movistar



CNT for Corporación Nacional de Telecomunicaciones is the public provider in Ecuador. 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

Availablility Edit

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$.

Tourist Offer Edit

They offer an exclusive "Chip Turista" with preactivated SIM card on 2G/3G/HSPA+ only including $3.00 talk time, valid for a maximum of 30 days. This plan is only for foreigners and they must present a passport or ID.

  • US$ 22.40 (tax incl.): 500 MB for 30 days plus $ 3 Talk time
  • US$ 28.00 (tax incl.): 800 MB for 30 days plus $ 3 Talk time, unlimited Facebook and WhatsApp

Local Offer 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:

Tuenti Edit


Tuenti is the first MVNO in Ecuador, just started in 2015 on the Movistar network (for coverage see above). They focus mainly on the urban youth.

Availabiliy Edit

SIM cards and top-ups are available nationwide on supermarkets, drugstores, gas stations. The starter kit called chip tuenti costs $ 5 in supermarkets and service stations. It includes unlimited WhatsApp and Facebook, 100 MB, 15 domestic minutes and 15 domestic SMS all valid for 7 days.

Combined Plans Edit

Default rate outside packages is $0.20 per MB. Their plans are combined, data, voice and text and are called combos:

  • $ 5: 7 days, 100 MB, 15 minutes, 15 SMS
  • $ 10: 15 days, 200 MB, 30 minutes, 30 SMS
  • $ 15: 30 days, 400 MB, 60 minutes, 60 SMS

Minutes and SMS can be used to call or SMS to Ecuador, USA, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Italy and Spain. All combos include unlimited WhatsApp and Facebook not debited from your data balance. Activation is made online on your account or through the app. You can upsize 25 MB per day for $ 0.50.

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