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Basics Edit

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, also known simply as Saint Vincent, is an island country in the Lesser Antilles of the Caribbean Sea. To the north of St. Vincent lies Saint Lucia, to the east Barbados. Its 389 km2 territory consists of the main island of St. Vincent and the northern two-thirds of the Grenadines, which are a chain of smaller islands. They are a densely populated country with approximately 100,000 inhabitants.

Like on many small Caribbean islands there are these two usual providers:

  • Digicel St. Vincent
  • Flow

Flow is the incumbent provider and Digicel came to the Caribbean 2001-6 to end this monopoly.

Flow is on US frequencies of 850 MHz for 2G and 3G, while Digicel uses European bands of 900 MHz and 1800 MHz for 2G and 2100 MHz for 3G. Both operators market their 3G/HSPA+ still as "4G", but real 4G/LTE has not started yet. Coverage is generally good on St. Vincent, but can be patchy on the Grenadines.

Prices are given in East Caribbean dollar (EC$) that is fixed to the US$: US$1 = EC$2.70. Taxes are included.

Digicel St. Vincent Edit

Digicel

Digicel started in 2003 to challenge the monopoly of Lime that is called now Flow. Their network is generally on par with Flow at 98% of the population in the SVG. They still market HSPA+ as "4G" and real 4G/LTE is not yet available: coverage map. They have about 2/3 of the market share.

Availability Edit

SIM card is around EC$ 25 in their stores (locator). Be prepared to show a passport for purchase.

Top-ups can be made online by credit card without surcharges or by vouchers sold all over the island. Digitel offers CreditU where you can top-up one number by another: dial *128*<receiving mobile no.>*<top-up amount>#. Wait for confirmation and then dial *128*1# to confirm. EC$ 0.50 is charged for this service.

Dial *120# to check your account balance.

Data feature packages Edit

Default rate is EC$ 0.75 per MB. They offer these these "4G" data plans (up to 3G/HSPA+):

Data Time Price
100 MB 1 day EC$ 2.75
200 MB 2 days EC$ 4.75
300 MB 7 days EC$ 10
500 MB 7 days EC$ 12
1 GB 7 days EC$ 22
1 GB 30 days EC$ 40
3 GB 30 days EC$ 90
5 GB 30 days EC$ 120
To activate a data plan dial *140# .To check your data balance on a data plan, dial *120*131#

International roaming Edit

Digicel sells their Roam Like You're Home plan at EC$ 18 valid for 7 days. This service allows Digicel customers travelling to the USA, Canada and all other Digicel Caribbean territories to call, text and use data at domestic SVG rates. You will need to connect to AT&T or T-Mobile in the US, Rogers in Canada or Caribbean Digicel networks. To activate Roam like you are Home dial *153# and send.

Note that data bundles don't apply while on the Roam Like You're Home plan. You will be charged the domestic default rate of EC$ 0.75 per MB while roaming.

More info Edit

Flow Edit

Flow

Flow, up to 2015 called Lime and rebranded, is the incumbent provider in St. Vincent. It's operated by Cable & Wireless that has been sold to Liberty Global. They lost many customers to Digicel and retain a 1/3 share of the market. Networks are on par, but 4G/LTE has not started yet.

Availability Edit

Their SIM card is sold in their stores (locator) and some other places for EC$ 20. Be prepared to show your passport at the point of purchase.

Top-ups between EC$ 5 and EC$ 200 can be made online or in top-up kiosks, supermarkets and gas stations all over the island. Any top-up stays valid for 90 days irrespective of the amount.

Check your balance by *120#.

Data feature packages Edit

Default rate outside packages is a high EC$ 1 per MB. These data packs are offered:

Data Time Price Activation
75 MB 1 day EC$ 2.99 *146*75#
300 MB 3 days EC$ 6.99 *146*300#
500 MB 7 days EC$ 14.99 *146*507#
1 GB 7 days EC$ 24.99 *146*1007#
1 GB 30 days EC$ 39.99 *146*1000#
3 GB 30 days EC$ 91.99 *146*3000#
5 GB 30 days EC$ 122.99 *146*5000#

Roaming Edit

For roaming in the US (on AT&T), Canada, Suriname, Bermuda, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Panama, Bahamas and all Flow markets in the Caribbean they sell these TravelPasses:

  • 100 MB for 7 days: EC$ 26.99
  • 250 MB for 30 days: EC$ 64.99
  • 500 MB for 30 days: EC$ 129.99

Activation is by *190#.

More info Edit

  • APN: ppinternet

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