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Mobile phones in the Dominican Republic

April 16 the 2022

What are your options?

More providers mean more competition in the mobile market and more choices for you. 
Mobile coverage is good – Altice claims to have a reception in 95% of the country.
If you have a tri-band GSM phone it should work in the Dominican Republic.


Currently, the major mobile networks that dominate the market, are:

  • Altice
  • Claro
  • Viva


SIM cards are readily available to buy in shops and, providing your phone is unlocked, you should be able to get started with a network as soon as you arrive.

Prepaid SIMs are cheap and should come with some minutes included, though not many.
You can then purchase a scratch card to top up – these come in lots of denominations, so you have freedom of choice here.

The pay-as-you-go format is by far the most popular method of communication in the Dominican Republic, meaning local rates are very good value. Remember that if you have a prepay SIM you will have to top up regularly to keep the SIM active.


If you call home frequently, it may be worth looking into a post-pay mobile contract.
These often include free minutes, texts, and data.

Claro offers combined monthly talk and data plans from RD$995 and voice-only packages from just RD$355.
Their free minutes are valid for calling within the Dominican Republic and to the USA.

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