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Basics Edit

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Flag of Samoa

Samoa is an island nation in the Pacific ocean. Up to 1997 it was officially called West Samoa as the Eastern part of the archipelago is still a territory attached to the US. While Samoa uses internatl. country code +685, American Samoa uses the American code +1 684.

In the independent state of Samoa in the West, nowadays simply called Samoa, with its two main islands Upulo and Savai'i, there are 2 operators:

  • BlueSky Samoa
  • Digicel Samoa

Both operators have 2G/GSM on 900 MHz and 3G/UMTS/HSPA+ on 900/2100 MHz. 3G/HSPA+ is marketed as "4G" network, but real 4G/LTE started in 2017 on BlueSky using 700 MHz (band 28) and 1800 MHz (band 3) bands. Make sure that your phone supports 3G/UMTS on both 900 and 2100 MHz frequency bands or you'll get a spotty 3G at best.

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Flag of American Samoa

In the Eastern part called American Samoa, only one GSM provider is on the air. As an US-attached area it uses US frequencies instead. 2G/GSM is on 850 and 1900 MHz and 3G on 850 MHz. LTE was launched in March 2017 on band 2 and 12:

  • BlueSky American Samoa

The other provider in American Samoa ASTCA (for American Samoa Telecommunications Authority) uses CDMA instead, that is not compatible to GSM systems.

BlueSky Samoa Edit

Bluesky

BlueSky Samoa was formerly called SamoaTel. It's mostly owned by BlueSky Communications and other investors from Samoa and American Samoa. It's the incumbent and bigger provider on the islands. It holds the monopoly as a landline and ADSL supplier, but faces competition from Digicel in the mobile sector. Still, it has the better coverage at slightly higher prices: coverage map.

Availability Edit

Main offices are in Apia and around on the islands. Their SIM card is sold for SAT 10 and comes with SAT 5 credit.

Electronic top-ups called e-charge can be bought at many stores throughout Samoa or online. They are sold from SAT 1 to 100 and valid for 30 days each. For balance, dial *131#

Voice and data SIM Edit

Available data packages:

Package Price Size Validity Code
2 Plan SAT  2.00 50 MB 24 hours 2*1
5 Plan SAT  5.00 200 MB 3 days 5*1
10 Plan SAT 10.00 520 MB 7 days 10*1
20 Plan SAT 20.00 1,000 MB 7 days 20*1
50 Plan SAT 50.00 3,200 MB 14 days 50*1
90 Plan SAT 90.00 6,500 MB 14 days 90*1

To purchase a bundle, text its code to 133 or dial *123#

Data-only SIM Edit

Data-only SIM is marketed as SpeedNet. It's available as prepaid and postpaid. Make sure that you get prepaid one. Default data rate is SAT 0.32 per MB which is rather expensive, so you'd be better off with data packages. Their available data packages are:

Package Price Size Validity Activation
$5 Plan SAT 5 350 MB 3 days 5*1
$10 Plan SAT 10 750 MB 7 days 10*1
$20 Plan SAT 20 1600 MB 7 days 20*1
$50 Plan SAT 50 4000 MB 14 days 50*1
$90 Plan SAT 90 7000 MB 14 days 90*1

To purchase a bundle, send its code to 133.

More info Edit

  • APN: 4g.bluesky
  • Website: http://blueskysamoa.ws
  • Calls, texts or data use with BlueSky American Samoa is considered to be roaming and for a surcharge.

Digicel Samoa Edit

Digicel samoa

Digicel Samoa is a unit of Digicel Pacific and the only rival of BlueSky in the Western part of Samoa. There are quite visible on the islands, but still have a lower coverage at slightly cheaper prices. They started in 2006 with GSM and 2012 with 3G/HSPA+ services on the islands which is still marketed as "4G": coverage map.

Availability Edit

There is a retail kiosk at the Faleolo Internatl. Airport. Sales points are in Apia and around: store locator. Sometimes they give out the SIM for free at the airport, at other times you need to pay a few SAT. At the time of writing a new SIM costed SAT 5 with some promotional voice credit but no data credit.

Top-ups can be bought at many stores throughout Samoa as direct top-up from SAT 1, as vouchers called flex cards of SAT 5 and 10 or online .

Voice and data SIM Edit

Following packages are available:

Price Size Validity
SAT 1 50 MB 1 hour
SAT 2 40 MB 24 hours
SAT 4 50 MB + 100 MB Facebook 2 days
SAT 5 150 MB 3 days
SAT 19 675 MB 7 days
SAT 24 1 GB 30 days

To purchase, dial *123#, press 4 (for data) and choose the package. To check money and data balance, dial *123#. After bundle allowance is used up, you're charged a high rate of SAT 0.33 per MB (= SAT 330 per GB).

More info Edit

BlueSky American Samoa Edit

Bluesky

In the Eastern part of the Samoan islands which are attached to the US, only one GSM provider is on the air. BlueSky American Samoa is mostly owned by BlueSky Communications and other investors from Samoa and American Samoa. As often in small island nations the prices for data are pretty high, certainly higher than in the US. All prices in American Samoa are given in US$ (USD).

Note that they are using different frequencies than in the West: 2G is on 850 and 1900 MHz and 3G is on 850 Mhz. Like in the West their 3G/HSPA+ network is called "4G". Real 4G/LTE has started in March 2017 on undisclosed frequency and is branded as "4G+". Coverage is available in these townships: Onenoa, Tula, Alao, Utumea, Auasi, Aoa, Amouli, Aunuu, Alofau, Pagai, Fagaitua, Sailele, Masefau, Utusia, Amoa, Auto, Alega, Aumi, Laulii, Onesopo, Aua, Afono, Vaitia, Lepua, Loaloa, Atuu, Satala, Pago Pago, Fagasa, Fagatogo, Utulei, Fagaalu, Fatumafuti, Matuu, Faganenea, Avau, Nuuuli, Malaeimi, Faleniu, Pavaiai, Ili’ili, Tafuna, Vaitogi, Tafeta, Aloau, Asu, Futiga, PuaPua, Taputimu, Vailoa, Leone, Amaluia, Asili, Afao, Nua Seetaga and Amanave: coverage map

Availabilty Edit

Prepaid SIM cards are available from their store in Laufou Center in Nu'uuli. Activation costs US$20, which includes a SIM card already activated with a new BlueSky number plus US$10 credit included.

Top-ups Edit

  • Many top-up points from US$1 by e-charge can be found on the islands.
  • You can also topup online on their website using PayPal. Simple registration with name and email is required. Name doesn't need to be real but email is verified.

Voice and data SIM Edit

Out of bundle charges are $0.16 per MB. These data packages are available:

Package Price Volume Validity
$2 Plan US$ 2 55 MB 24 hours
$4 Plan US$ 4 150 MB 24 hours
$5 Plan US$ 5 200 MB 7 days
$10 Plan US$ 10 450 MB 7 days
$25 Plan US$ 25 1300 MB 30 days
$35 Plan US$ 35 2500 MB 30 days

To buy a prepaid data bundle, dial *888# option 3 “Buy Data Bundles”. To check your data balance, dial *888# option 1 “View Balance” and you will receive two SMS: one with your prepaid balance remaining and another with your MB remaining on your bundle.

More info Edit

  • BlueSky Samoa and BlueSky American Samoa are considered two different networks and roaming charges apply between them
  • APN: internet
  • Website: http://www.bluesky.as/blueskyweb/

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