Uruguay Internet Packages & Data Plan Of 2024

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Where Can You Buy a SIM Card in Uruguay?

Visitors to Uruguay will find that one of the first necessities after landing is to stay connected. Purchasing a local SIM card can be a cost-effective way to use mobile data and make calls within the country. Here is a list of places where one can buy a SIM card in Uruguay:

1. Airports

  • Carrasco International Airport (Montevideo): Upon arrival, travelers can locate kiosks or stores such as ‘Antel’, Uruguay’s state-owned telecommunication company, that sell SIM cards designed for tourists.

2. Official Carrier Stores

  • Antel: As the largest telecom provider, Antel stores are available throughout major cities and towns. They provide a variety of plans that cater to different needs.
  • Movistar: Another popular provider, they have numerous outlets across the country where you can purchase prepaid SIM cards with different packages.
  • Claro: Also offering competitive rates, Claro can be an alternative for those looking for more options.

3. Local Electronics and Phone Shops

  • Electronics and mobile phone shops scattered across shopping malls and urban areas typically offer SIM cards along with mobile accessories and devices.

4. Convenience Stores and Supermarkets

  • Stores like ‘Tienda Inglesa’, ‘Devoto’, and other local ‘supermercados’ often carry starter kits for prepaid SIM cards that you can top up later on.

5. Street Vendors and Newsstands

  • In some cases, small kiosks or stands in busy streets and transport hubs might sell SIM cards. However, these are less common and might not offer the best deals or assuring services as official outlets.

6. Online Purchase

  • Visitors can choose to buy Uruguayan SIM cards online before arrival, through various international platforms that cater to travelers. These are then shipped to the individual’s home address.

Below is a comparative table of the main carriers and the type of services they offer in SIM card packages:

CarrierPrepaid Plans AvailabilityEnglish Speaking StaffData Packages
AntelYesLimitedVarious
MovistarYesSome OutletsVarious
ClaroYesSome OutletsVarious

It is important to remember that to purchase and use a SIM card in Uruguay, you will need a passport or a valid form of identification. Also, verify that your phone is unlocked and compatible with the networks in Uruguay, which predominantly use 3G and 4G frequencies such as 850 MHz, 1900 MHz, and 1700/2100 MHz.

Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in Uruguay

1. Antel:

  • Network: GSM, UMTS, LTE
  • Frequencies:
    • GSM 900/1800
    • UMTS 850/1900/2100
    • LTE Bands 4/7/28

2. Movistar (Telefónica):

  • Network: GSM, UMTS, LTE
  • Frequencies:
    • GSM 850/1900
    • UMTS 850/1900/2100
    • LTE Bands 2/4/7/28

3. Claro:

  • Network: GSM, UMTS, LTE
  • Frequencies:
    • GSM 850/1900
    • UMTS 850/1900/2100
    • LTE Bands 2/4/7/28

Frequencies Explained:

  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900: These are the bands used for 2G (voice and text messaging).
  • UMTS 850/1900/2100: These are used for 3G (higher speed data and some voice).
  • LTE Bands 2/4/7/28: These are used for 4G LTE (high-speed data).

Notes:

  • Uruguay’s mobile networks operate on standard frequencies used in many other parts of the world.
  • Antel is the state-owned operator, while Movistar and Claro are private operators.
  • Check the specific frequencies and network technologies supported by your mobile device to ensure compatibility.

Movistar Data Packages

Dataon-net VoiceTimePriceActivation
3 GB100 mins1 day$ 451 DIA
3 GB100 mins5 days$ 1055 DIAS
3 GB100 mins10 days$ 17510 DIAS
3 GB100 mins15 days$ 21515 DIAS
15+30* GB 7 days$ 250by app

References:

https://maya.net/esim/uruguay
https://planspapa.com/offer/antel-free-internet/

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