What is the Best SIM Card for Tonga?
What is the Best SIM Card for Tonga?

What is the Best SIM Card for Tonga?

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Which SIM Card to Get in Tonga

When you land at Fua’amotu International Airport, you may notice the two booths for Tonga’s two phone networks: Digicel Tonga and UCall (TCC). As a traveller that might want to keep in touch with home and be able to make calls to local accommodations and tour operators, you have a decision to make. Which SIM card should you purchase for Tonga? We go through a comparison of Digical Tonga and UCall in this quick guide to the best SIM card for Tonga. Note that prices are approximate to give a general idea of the ever-changing rates.

For more phone network advice, see What Are the Tonga Phone Networks?

Tips for Using Your Phone in Tonga

  • Your phone needs to be a GSM dual-band or tri-band phone and operate on a 900Mhz frequency (1,800 Mhz for 4G)
  • Bring a form of ID to purchase a SIM card
  • UCall (TCC) credit vouchers can be purchased from retail stores such as convenience stores, online at ding.com, at TCC stores and at local ANZ bank ATMs.
  • Digicel Tonga credit vouchers can be purchased on the Digicel website, on the mobile app, as well as with vouchers in retail stores
  • Dial *120# to get the USSD screen for UCall phone plans
  • Dial *123# to get the USSD screen for Digicel phone plans
  • Get a travel adapter for Tonga to charge your phone.

For more tips, check out The Best SIM Card in Tonga For Travellers. Plus, for more advice on staying connected, take a look at Where to Get WiFi in Tonga.

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Digicel Tonga SIM Cards

As one of the main phone carriers of the South Pacific, it’s no surprise that Digicel has a presence in Tonga. The ease of topping up credit online and through the brand’s mobile app is one of the main appeals of Digicel Tonga. They also offer a faster network on the most populated islands of Tonga, however, they provide limited coverage of the more remote outer islands.

Digicel Tonga Data Bundles

  • 1-Hour Bundle, 100Mb for around TOP$1
  • 24-Hour Bundle, 200Mb for around TOP$2
  • 7-Day Bundle, 500Mb for around TOP$3
  • 7-Day Bundle, 1Gb for around TOP$5
  • 14-Day Bundle, 2.5Gb for around TOP$10
  • 30-Day Bundle, 6GB for around TOP$20
  • 30-Day Bundle, 15GB for around TOP$50

Digicel Tonga Text and Call Bundles

  • 24-Hour Bundle, 200 mins and 200 texts for around TOP$2
  • 7-Day Bundle, 1,000 mins and 1,000 texts for around TOP$5

Other Bundles with Digicel Tonga

Digicel Tonga’s other mobile plan that might be useful for visitors is the International Bundle. This bundle allows customers to call selected countries (and selected phone networks in selected countries).

  • 24-Hour Bundle, 40 minutes international calls for around TOP$4

Selected countries include the USA, Hawaii, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Digicel Samoa, Digicel Vanuatu, Digicel PNG, Digicel Nauru, Digicel Fiji, China, Ireland, South Korea, UK, India, Taiwan, Germany, Mexico, South Africa, Indonesia, Japan and Spain.

Digicel Tonga Store Locations

Fua’amotu International Airport, Nuku’alofa, Neiafu, Pangai and ‘Ohonua.

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UCall (TCC) SIM Cards

Tonga Communications Corporation (TCC) is a state-owned communications company that also owns the alternative phone network, UCall. UCall offers a range of good value data bundles, as well as more coverage of the islands compared to Digicel. 4G speed is available in Tongatapu and Vava’u only. They also offer minutes, texts and data already included when you purchase a SIM card.

UCall Data Bundles

  • 24-Hour Bundle, 1GB for around TOP$3
  • 2-Day Bundle, 1GB for around TOP$4
  • 7-Day Bundle, 2GB for around TOP$10
  • 14-Day Bundle, 5GB for around TOP$15
  • 30-Day Bundle, 7GB for around TOP$20
  • 30-Day Bundle, 15GB for around TOP$45

UCall Text and Call Bundles

  • 24-Hour Bundle, 100 mins and 100 texts for around TOP$1.25
  • 5-Day Bundle, 250 mins and 250 texts for around TOP$4
  • 10-Day Bundle, 500 mins and 500 texts for around TOP$6
  • 30-Day Bundle, 1,000 mins and 1,000 texts for around TOP$10

Other Bundles with UCall

One useful feature of the UCall SIM card is the fact that it comes with the following already included:

  • 500 mins, 500 texts and 500Mb for free

Travellers may also find the All-in-One bundles with UCall useful, which includes calls, texts and data with one payment. For instance,

  • 2-Day Bundle, 100 mins, 100 texts and 22Mb for around TOP$4
  • 5-Day Bundle, 250 mins, 250 texts and 500Mb for around TOP$10
  • 10-Day Bundle, 500 mins, 500 texts and 1Gb for around TOP$15
  • 30-Day Bundle, 1,000 mins, 1,000 texts and 2Gb for around TOP$30
  • 30-Day Bundle, 2,000 mins, 2,000 texts and 5Gb for around TOP$50

UCall Store Locations

Fua’amotu International Airport, Nuku’alofa, Neiafu, Pangai, ‘Ohonua and Niuatoputapu.

Author

Robin C.

This article was reviewed and published by Robin, the co-founder of Tonga Pocket Guide. He has lived, worked and travelled across 16 different countries before settling in the South Pacific, so he knows a thing or two about planning the perfect trip in this corner of the world. Robin works and consults regularly with the Ministry of Tourism of Tonga. Robin is also the co-founder of several other South Pacific travel guides and is a regular host of webinars with the South Pacific Tourism Organisation.

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