Tonga is a kingdom in the South Pacific and archipelago comprising 169 islands, about 36 of them are inhabited.
Tonga has two mobile providers:
- U-Call by TCC (Tonga Communications Corporation)
- Digicel Tonga
Like on all remote island nations internet bandwidth through satellite link-ups used to be very costly and slow. In 2013 the Tonga Cable System was completed linking Tonga to Fiji and onward to Australia by submarine cable. This link enabled the mobile operators to offer 3G connections from as late as 2014.
U-Call is the incumbent provider, while Digicel started in 2008 in Tonga. 2G/GSM and 3G is both on 900 MHz only, no 4G/LTE so far. Both have a good 3G coverage on the main islands of the archipelago, on further outlying islands there is often only 2G by U-Call, if any.
SIM cards are available without registration at the airport, in stores and at the agents of the providers.
U-Call is the mobile brand of the state-owned Tonga Communications Corporation (TCC). It still owns the monopoly on landlines and ADSL access (called Kalianet), but shares the mobile market with Digicel now. Both 2G and 3G are on 900 MHz.
You can buy a SIM card in Fuaʻamotu International Airport or their main offices or card agents across Tongatapu and outer islands. No ID is needed, they just ask your name. Their SIM card costs T$ 5 and comes with a balance of T$ 2.
You can buy top-up eVouchers at TCC agents. The checkout assistant prints your eVoucher with values of $ 10,15, and 20. Once you’ve bought a voucher, you can load credit directly onto your mobile by calling 0800 912 and follow the instructions.
Voice and data SIM Edit
Default rate is T$ 10 per MB. To enable data for your SIM, text "Data" to 902.
Their data bundles are called UNet and offered in these sizes:
|UNet||1000||50 MB||24 hours||T$ 2|
|UNet||1001||100 MB||5 days||T$ 3|
|UNet||1002||500 MB||1 Month||T$ 13|
|UNet||1003||1 GB||3 Months||T$ 25|
To check general and data balance, enter *124# and you will get a SMS response. To check your mobile number, dial *102#.
More info Edit
- APN: tccwap
- Username: tccwap
- Password: 123456
Digicel Tonga EditDigicel arrived on Tonga in 2008 and started with 3G in 2014. It has surpassed U-Call now, but coverage is limited to the main islands of the archipelago (Tonga coverage map). 3G is in HSPA+ what Digicel markets as 3.75G.
You can get their SIM card for free in Fuaʻamotu International Airport or it will cost T$ 5 in any Digicel store (locator) including T$ 2 credit.
Top-ups are available at their agents.for T$ 2-50 giving 30 - 120 days of validity. To top-up press *121*<voucher number>#. You can also top-up by credit card or PayPal on the international Digicel top-up site. Check credit by *120# and validity by *124#.
Voice and data SIM Edit
|PASS||3281||30 MB||24 hours||T$ 1.50|
|PASS||3282||125 MB||7 days||T$ 4|
|PASS||3283||400 MB||30 days||T$ 12|
|PASS||3284||1024 MB||60 days||T$ 24|
To order a data bundle, send SMS or dial *155#. To check money or data balance, dial *120#. To check your mobile number, dial *777#
- APN: web.digiceltonga.com
- Website: http://www.digiceltonga.com