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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. 4G/LTE has not started, even though both operators market their 3G/HSPA+ as a "4G" network. 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:

  • 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.

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 10.00 420 MB 7 days 10*1
20 Plan SAT 20.00 870 MB 7 days 20*1
50 Plan SAT 50.00 2,200 MB 14 days 50*1
90 Plan SAT 90.00 4,000 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 0.30 per MB which is rather expensive, so you'd be better off with data packages.

Available data packages:

Package Price Size Validity Code
Day Plan SAT 2.00 44 MB 1 day day*1
Week Plan SAT 10.00 240 MB 7 days week*1
Fortnight Mini Plan SAT 25.00 600 MB 14 days fmini*1
Fortnight Mega Plan SAT 90.00 2.2 GB 14 days fmega*1

To purchase a bundle, send its code to 133.

More info Edit

  • Balance: dial *131#
  • 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 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#.

Beware: After bundle allowance is used up, you're charged a high SAT 0.33 per MB (which is 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". It's available on these islands: 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.

Many top-up points from US$1 by e-charge can be found on the islands.

Voice and data SIM Edit

These data packages are available:

Package Price Size Validity Code
$2 Plan US$ 2 55 MB 24 hours 55MB*1
$3 Plan US$ 3 100 MB 3 days 100MB*1
$5 Plan US$ 5 150 MB 7 days 150MB*1
$7 Plan US$ 7 300 MB 7 days 300MB*1
$10 Plan US$ 10 325 MB 14 days 325MB*1
$25 Plan US$ 25 1 GB 14 days 1000MB*1

To buy a bundle simply text the shortcode to 304. To check your MB remaining text BAL to 303 or dial *131# and you will receive two SMS: one with your prepaid balance remaining and another with your MB remaining on your bundle.

More info Edit

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