The Overseas Collectivity of Saint Pierre and Miquelon (Collectivité d'Outre-mer de Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon), is a self-governing territorial overseas collectivity of France, situated in the northwestern Atlantic Ocean near the Newfoundland and Labrador province of Canada. It remains under French control with an area of 242 km2 and a population of around 6,000.
There are two mobile network providers:
- SPM Télécom
- Globatel SPM
They use the GSM 900 MHz band on 2G which is different from the GSM 850 MHz and 1900 MHz bands used in the rest of North America.
Both only offer 2G without data in this French overseas area. This leaves this area as only territory without own 3G coverage in America. So it doesn't make sense to buy a SIM card for internet and this area is therefore on our Blacklist.
But wired internet access and a widespread public WiFi network are readily available and 4G coverage is planned. Meanwhile this article will describe public WiFi options as possible substitute for getting online. As Globatel only offers subscribtions, the only choice remain the public WiFi hotspots of SPM Télécom.
SPM Télécom Edit
SPM Télécom as a division of France Télécom is also the department's main internet service provider.
Prepaid SIMs and rolling contracts can be purchased at their stores. The one in Saint-Pierre is at Place du Général de Gaulle open 08:30-12:00 and 13:00-17:30 Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri and 9:00-12:00 & 13:00-17:30 on Wed. On Miquelon it's at 2 Rue des Basques, open only 10:00-12:00.
Ameris Libre Edit
Their prepaid offer is called "Ameris Libre" but it doesn't have any mobile data and doesn't give you access to their WiFi. So it's not featured any further.
Ameris AIR Edit
Ameris AIR is a rolling contract (forfait sans engagement, see France for more details) which gives you a SIM card without mobile data and access to WiFi hotspot unlimited in traffic, but video streaming and P2P are banned. It comes in different sizes as number of included call minutes and SMS are concerned, but it always gives the same WiFi access to your phone. Larger ones also give access to one additional laptop/tablet as well. The cheapest offer is at 14.50 EUR with 30 minutes and 50 SMS. The cheapest with an additional device is at 39 EUR with 2 hours of talk and 500 SMS. More details
WiFi hotspots Edit
Their prices are as following:
- 10 minute test: for free
- 1 hour: 4.99 EUR
- 1 day: 9.99 EUR
- 1 week: 29.99 EUR
There is no limit on traffic. Claimed speed is 100 Mbit/s, but real speed depends on network congestion and your distance to the access point.
To logon, connect to the network ".SPM A LA CARTE" and follow prompts. Visa, MasterCard and AmEx are accepted as form of payment.
More infomation Edit
They also have a WiFi over the islands but to get it, you need to buy one of their rolling contracts (forfait sans engagement), pay SIM card activation fee and they ban VoIP, P2P, video streaming, audio streaming and tethering. So they are not a great option for travellers. They have prepaid for voice, but it's without any internet.
More info Edit
- Website: http://www.globaltel-spm.com