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Ecuador has three network operators:
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 (Band 18) and 1700/2100 MHz (AWS, Band 4) on CNT, on 1900 MHz (Band 2) on Movistar in Quito only and on 1700 MHz AWS (Band 4) on Claro 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. It's the only operator that has coverage on the Galapagos Islands.
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 $7 with $3 credit, free WhatsApp and 90 MB data
- as "Prepaid Banda Ancha Móvil" (BAM = Mobile Broadband) SIM for $15 with 500 MB included.
Data feature packsEdit
These packages can be loaded on all SIM cards:
|$ 1||1 day||50 MB|
|$ 2||2 days||100 MB|
|$ 3||3 days||200 MB|
|$ 5||7 days||400 MB|
Additional data is $ 0.228 per MB. You can order any of the packs by dialing *611 or *123#. You can buy as much packets as you like, one by one, packages will be combined.
- mini-SIM (2FF) and micro-SIM (3FF) available.
- Website in Spanish: Claro
- APN: internet.claro.com.ec
- to check balance dial *102#
- to check data balance dial *123# -> Consulta de Saldos -> Saldo Datos -> Internet Movil
Movistar is the 2nd network in the country, giving even better speeds in the cities, but a lower coverage: coverage checker outside. 4G/LTE is open for prepaid and available in Guayaquil, Salinas Quito, Cuenca, Azogues, Ambato and Tonsupa in 2016.
Their prepaid SIM card called SuperChip Prepago is available in their stores (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 and free WhatsApp included.
Data feature packsEdit
Data outside of packages are $0.56 per MB. Default tariff is a daily pack of 15 MB at $0.50. These data packs can be added:
|Internet Diario||$ 1||30 MB||1 day||DIA|
|Internet 2 días||$ 2||60 MB||2 days||DOS|
|Internet 3 días||$ 3||100 MB||3 days||TRES|
|Internet 7 dias||$ 7||200 MB||7 days||7|
|Internet 15 días||$ 10||500 MB||15 days||15|
|Internet 30 días||$ 20||1 GB||30 days||i30|
Activation by texting the code to 333. Max. speed is 2 Mbps. Only the monthly pack auto-renews.
Tourist SIM Edit
Movistar has announced the launch of a special SIM with 2 GB of data aimed at tourists visiting the country. In addition to bundled data, the SIM comes with 500 MB of WhatsApp data, 50 minutes of domestic calls, 50 minutes of international calls to the US, Canada, Colombia and Peru, as well as 500 SMS to all destinations. It will be available at Quito and Guayaquil airports only.
- 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. 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. 4G/LTE is open for prepaid.
Their SIM card is available at their stores (store locator) for $4.48 with $4 credit. Top-ups can be made there or other outlets like gas stations or supermarkets for $ 3, 6, 10 or 15. Top-ups of at least $10 receive free Whatsapp and Facebook for a month.
Data feature package Edit
These packages can be booked on the SIM:
- 50 MB, 1 day: $1 - for activation text DIA to 8000
- 300 MB, 30 days: $5 - for activation text PROMO to 8000
All packages can be booked multiple times.
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: 800 MB for 30 days plus $ 3 talktime
- US$ 28.00: 800 MB for 30 days plus $ 3 talktime, free Facebook and WhatsApp
More information Edit
- Website in Spanish: CNT
- APN: internet3gsp.alegro.net.ec
Tuenti is the first MVNO in Ecuador and started in 2015 on the Movistar network (for coverage see above). They focus mainly on the urban youth. In 2016 4G/LTE was opened for combo plans.
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.
Combo 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, 300 MB, 15 minutes, 15 SMS
- $ 10: 15 days, 600 MB, 30 minutes, 30 SMS
- $ 15: 30 days, 1.5 GB, 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 existing combos by 25 MB for a day at $0.50 or 100 MB for a week at $2, 200 MB for a week at $4.
More Information Edit
- APN: internet.tuenti.ec
- Website: http://www.tuenti.ec