El Salvador

Basics

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There are 4 network operators in the Centralamerican state of El Salvador:

  • Tigo
  • Claro
  • Movistar
  • Digicel

2G and 3G is on 850 and 1900 MHz, except on Digicel which is on 900 MHz only. 4G/LTE has started in 2016 by Movistar and Tigo while Digicel’s and Claro’s “4G” is in fact 3G/HSPA+.

The Legislative Assembly of El Salvador approved the introduction of a 5% tax on telecommunications services in 2015. From 2016 on you need to add a tax called CESC of 5% on the prices (mentioned below) for the final price now. Since 2011 the US$ is the official currency in El Salvador and given prices are tax included.

TigoEdit

Tigo is owned by Millicom International Cellular (MIC). It is the biggest provider with 32% market share in 2016. It has the best coverage at the highest rates in the country: 3G/4G coverage map.

Availability Edit

Their prepaid SIM card is sold for $1 to $1.50 depending on promotion. It’s sold as mini-SIM and micro-SIM in their shops (Shop locator). It contains 75 MB for 2 days or the double amount.

Data feature packsEdit

These packages for data for smartphones called pacetigos are sold:

Subscription is by typing *123# and choosing the package, by texting the code from the table to 404 or online on your Tigo account. All packages auto-renew. To stop, text ‘CANCELAR’ to 404.

Activation is by typing *611# or through a special website. Unlike the smartphone packages, these packages will not renew automatically.

More info Edit

  • APN: tigo.com.sv
  • Website in Spanish: http://www.tigo.com.sv

ClaroEdit

AvailabilityEdit

Their SIM card is sold at $3-5 depending on promotion in mini and micro size in their stores (list). It comes with 350 MB data preloaded, valid for 5 days.

Data feature packsEdit

Default or overuse rate is $0.05 per MB. These packages called superpacks are offered for smartphones:

Overuse data will be on the default rate. To activate package type *555# <call> and choose package or go online. All packages of 50 MB or more include free WhatsApp, those from 150 MB include additionally free Facebook.

Data-only SIM Edit

For modems and tables these superpacks are offered:

To activate, text code to 4777. All packages include free Facebook and won’t auto-renew.

More info Edit

  • APN: internet.ideasclaro
  • Website in Spanish: http://www.claro.com.sv

MovistarEdit

AvailabilityEdit

Their SIM cards are sold at $1-3 (depending on promotion) in their stores (locator) and come with a $2 credit valid for three days.

Data feature packsEdit

These data packages are offered:

Activation is by typing *700# and option 4. Overuse is charged at $1.49 per MB.

American roaming option Edit

In May 2015 Movistar started its “sin fronteras” (without borders) option for regional roaming in Central America. Now you can surf, talk and text on the Movistar networks of Mexico, Guatemala, Panama and Costa Rica for the domestic El Salvador rate.

More info Edit

  • APN: internet.movistar.sv
  • Username and password: movistarsv
  • Website in Spanish: http://www.movistar.com.sv

DigicelEdit

Availability Edit

The chip is sold at $1-3 depending on promotion with a $3 balance preloaded in their stores (store locator). Top-ups can be made at many points across the country: (top-up points).

Data feature packsEdit

These daily or weekly bundles are offered for data:

Activation is by typing *444#, in shops or through their app. All plans don’t auto-renew. Check data balance: *120*131#. Default rate for out of bundle use is at $0.105 (tax incl.) per MB, overuse rate is at $0.50 per MB. WFIT means WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter included for free.

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