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 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.
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
- as "Prepaid Banda Ancha Móvil" (BAM = Mobile Broadband) SIM for $ 110.88 (tax incl.) with 500 MB per month for one year included. Additional data is $ 0.224 per MB.
Data feature packsEdit
These packages can be loaded on all SIM cards:
|$ 1||1 day||30 MB|
|$ 3||3 days||100 MB|
|$ 5||7 days||200 MB|
|$ 10||15 days||500 MB|
|$ 20||30 days||1 GB|
Additional data is $ 0.224 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 a 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 $3 credit
Data feature packsEdit
These monthly internet packs can be booked:
|Internet Diario||$ 1||30 MB||1 day||DIA|
|Internet 2 días||$ 2||60 MB||2 days||DOS|
|Internet 3 días||$ 3||50 MB||3 days||TRES|
|Internet 7 dias||$ 7||100 MB||7 days||7|
|Internet 15 días||$ 15||500 MB||15 days||15|
|Internet 30 días||$ 20||1 GB||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 $ 0.56 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. 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) 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: 500 MB for 30 days plus $ 3 talk time
- US$ 28.00: 800 MB for 30 days plus $ 3 talk time, unlimited Facebook and WhatsApp
Data-only offer Edit
They sell a data-only "Megachip Banda Ancha Móvil" for $10 ($11.20 tax incl.) per month containing 1.2 GB for a start. Overuse data is $0.224 per MB. Monthly plans are 500 MB for $11.20, 700 MB for $16.80, 1 GB for $21.28, 2 GB for $32.48, 3 GB for $63.68, 5 GB for $54.88, 10 GB for $106.40 and 15 GB for $158.80 (all tax included).
More information Edit
- website: CNT in Spanish
- APN: internet3gsp.alegro.net.ec
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. In 2016 4G/LTE was opened.
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.
More Information Edit
- APN: internet.tuenti.ec
- Website: http://www.tuenti.ec