Mobile phones in the Dominican Republic

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:

  • Claro
  • Altice
  • 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 the USA.

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