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Basics Edit

There are two mobile operators on the islands of Fiji:

  • Vodafone
  • Digicel

Vodafone is the incumbent operator with the most customers and a slightly better coverage. Digicel has better prices and a still good coverage on the main islands. Inkk Mobile resells Vodafone at lower rates.

2G is on 900 MHz. 3G on 2100 MHz with Vodafone and 900 MHz with Digitel. 4G/LTE started in 2013 on both operators using 800 (band 20) and 1800 MHz (band 3) and is given out for prepaid.

Fijian SIM cards are available at Nadi International Airport, at convenience stores, supermarkets and the operator's stores. As registration of a SIM card purchased locally is mandatory, better buy it in an official store.

In 2016 Telecom Fiji, the public owner of the landline phone network, switched on its 4G/LTE network. It's branded as Connect 4G+ and uses the 700 MHz frequency (band 28). It's coverage is in major towns in Viti Levu island only. As they market their prepaid plans to residential and business customers as well as students only, it's not (yet) an option for travellers and not further mentioned in this article..

VodafoneEdit

Vodafone
Vodafone used to be the only provider on Fiji before Digicel arrived on the scene in 2008. Still, it has the better coverage throughout the archipelago. Its 2G covers all islands up to EDGE, sometimes patchy on the remote islands. 3G is now in the most areas of the main islands. Vodafone claims a 3G coverage of 95% is available to 95% of Fijians, and 4G coverage extends to almost every major city and town in both Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, open for prepaid.

Summing up, Vodafone is still the better choice if you travel a lot through the islands.

AvailabilityEdit

SIM cards are available in their stores (store locator) as well as other outlets through the islands. There and onlineby international credit card you can make top ups too.

You can buy a SIM card in their store in Nadi International Airport and other stores, they offer different starter packs for prepaid voice and data:

  • for 35 FJD: including 35 MB and 25 FJD credit
  • for 70 FJD including 60 MB and 50 FJD credit
  • for 100 FJD including 90 MB and 75 FJD credit

Furthermore, these starter packs for a data-only SIM called Flashnet:

  • for 49 FJD: including 500 MB
  • for 65 FJD including 8 GB

Start-up allowances are valid for 15 days on all starter sets. Not all sets may be on offer everywhere. For recharges, there are lots of top-up locations throughout the islands. Alternatively, you can reload online by credit card. You can top up 2 to 100 FJD giving you 14 to 360 days of validity.

Voice & data SIMEdit

Default rate outside package is 2.79 FJD per MB. Furthermore they have these packages on offer on 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE where available:

Price Time Volume Remarks
1.99 FJD 24 hours 450 MB auto-renew, roll-over
2.99 FJD 24 hours 800 MB free Snapchat, Instagram, roll-over
3.99 FJD 24 hours 1 GB free Facebook, Twitter, roll-over
4.99 FJD 3 days 500 MB free Facebook, Twitter
5.99 FJD 7 days 800 MB auto-renew, roll-over
6.99 FJD 7 days 1 GB auto-renew, roll-over
7.99 FJD 7 days 1.5 GB auto-renew, free Snapchat, Instagram, roll-over
25 FJD 30 days 3 GB auto-renew, roll-over
45 FJD 30 days 5 GB auto-renew, free social media

Activation by typing *555#, check data quota balance by *131#. On most packages remaining data will rollover upon auto-renewal or subscription of *555# data plan before existing plan expiry. Remaining data will roll over to furthest data plan expiry.

Data-only SIMEdit

Their data-only SIM card aimed at modems and tablets is called Flashnet. SIM with no balance cost 4.50 FJD. There is no data without credit. For every recharge you will get a certain data and time allowance on 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE:

Price Time Data Night Data
6 FJD 6 days 500 MB ----
11 FJD 11 days 1.2 GB ----
15 FJD 15 days 2 GB ----
25 FJD 30 days 8 GB ----
35 FJD 30 days 12 GB ----
50 FJD 30 days 25 GB 10 GB
65 FJD 30 days 30 GB 20 GB
100 FJD 60 days 50 GB 30 GB

Night bonus data is valid 11pm-7am. Customers can recharge any denomination FJD $6 and above to receive the allocated data shown in the table. Customers can recharge any denomination between FJD 1-100 and receive data proportional to the amount recharged. To get remaining data balance, send any SMS to 131.

More informationEdit

  • APN: live.vodafone.com.fj (for prepaid voice & data SIM)
  • APN: prepay.vfinternet.fj (for data-only SIM = "Flashnet")

Digicel Edit

Digicel fiji
When Digicel arrived in Fiji in 2008, it shook the scene and many customers moved here from Vodafone. It has more aggressive prices, but a weaker coverage. 2G and 3G on 900 Mhz are on the main islands only: Coverage map. 4G/LTE has started in 2014 and was extended in 2016 to Nasinu, Ba and Labasa, building on its existing 4G coverage which serves the greater Suva area, as well as Nadi including Denarau Island and the wider Lautoka area. 4G licenses on 800 and 1800 MHz are used and.4G is open for prepaid.

Summing up, Digicel may be the smarter choice, only if you stick mainly to the cities, because of its slightly lower rates, but lower coverage too.

AvailabilityEdit

Starter packs with prepaid SIM are available at their retailers (store locator) and other outlets for a minimal charge. They sometimes offer free SIM cards with 500 MB in their Nadi International Airport store for all tourists. For 27 FJD they sell a 3G USB-modem with SIM card and special data rates.

Top-ups are made by cards called FlexCards of 6, 10, 15, 20 or 50 FJD valid for 90-180 days or direct top-up at selected locations. Or by credit card online. You can also top-up one Digicel number by another. Dial *128*<phone number to top-up>*<amount in FJD>#. Digicel charges 0.20 FJD for this service.

Check balance by *120#.

Voice and data SIM:Edit

Default rate outside of packs is 2.85 FJD per MB.

These bundles are on offer for voice and data SIMs:

Time Data Price
1 hour 250 MB 0.99 FJD
24 hours 350 MB 1.49 FJD
3 days 500 MB 2.49 FJD
7 days 1 GB 5.99 FJD
30 days 4 GB 24.99 FJD
1 night

11pm-7am

1 GB 1.89 FJD

To activate enter *555#. All plans auto-renew. To stop enter *555# and choose opt-out.

Data-only SIMEdit

Their prepaid data SIM is often referred to as "Data Explorer" with a 3G "DigiModem" for 27 FJD. Default rate is 0.04 FJD per MB. They offer the following packs:

Time Data Price
3 days 300 MB 3 FJD
6 days 800 MB 6 FJD
10 days 2 GB 10 FJD
15 days 4.5 GB 15 FJD
30 days 8.5 GB 25 FJD
30 days 20 GB 50 FJD
60 days 36 GB 100 FJD

To buy a bundle simply click on the message button and send "DATA" to the short code of the bundle you wish to purchase. Your credit balance will be debited by the price of the package and you will receive your package of data to use. You can check the data you have left on your package by sending an SMS to 130. Your data bundles expiry date is determined by the plan you choose.

More informationEdit

  • APN: web.digicelpacific.com (for voice and data SIM)
  • APN: 3G.digicelpacific.com (for data-only SIM)

Inkk Mobile Edit

Inkk

Inkk Mobile is the first MVNO in the country. It started in 2008 and is using the network of Vodafone. Since 2014 4G/LTE is included in their offer too. They resell the Vodafone network at slightly lower prices.

Availability Edit

Starter packs with a SIM card are available at their retailers (store list) for 5 FJD with 6 FJD credit after registration. To top-up purchase a recharge card, e-pay voucher or e-com voucher at any of their outlets and simply follow the instructions. Vouchers are available for 6 to 50 FJD giving 3 to 6 months of service.

Data packages Edit

Data outside of packages is 3.29 FJD per MB. These packages on 3G and 4G/LTE are offered:

Price Data Time Extras
0.89 FJD 400 MB 1 hour
1.39 FJD 400 MB 24 hours
2.99 FJD 700 MB 24 hours free Snapchat, Instagram
5.49 FJD 800 MB 7 days
7.99 FJD 1.4 GB 7 days free Snapchat, Instagram
9.99 FJD 2 GB 7 days free Facebook, Twitter
20 FJD 2.5 GB 30 days
30 FJD 4 GB 30 days free Snapchat, Instagram

To activate, type *494#. Plans will auto-renew.

Data-only SIM Edit

Like Vodafone, they call their data offer Flashnet. SIM packs are for 19 FJD and these data allowances are given for every recharge:

Price Time Volume
1 FJD 1 day 60 MB
2 FJD 3 days 130 MB
6 FJD 7 days 1.5 GB
10 FJD 14 days 3 GB
20 FJD 30 days 7 GB
30 FJD 30 days 14 GB
50 FJD 45 days 40 GB
8.99 FJD 30 nights

11pm-7am

50 GB

More information Edit

  • APN for voice and data SIM: inkk.fj
  • APN for mobile broadband SIM: inkknet.fj

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