There are three mobile phone operators in Bolivia:
Bolivia has a great mobile phone network around the La Paz and El Alto areas. Other areas can be weak, and it can be extremely difficult to find a good signal.
If you want to buy a SIM card in Bolivia, I would suggest getting Entel because they have the best coverage and speeds.
Viva would be the budget option if staying near the bigger towns.
First, you have to buy the SIM card and then go to the official agency of the phone operator with copies of your passport and ask to register your number or you won't be able to use it.
Entel is the state-owned mobile operator in Bolivia with a 44% share of the market. It’s the best for providing the most reliable coverage, even in the remote Amazon and Andes regions.
Entel’s prepaid SIM card can be bought in their official shops called "Multicentro Entel" where they will help you to register it for you.
You can also activate the SIM online by selecting "Registro" on their official website.
To login select "TELÉFONO" then enter your SIM card number and PIN code. Dial *122# to retrieve the PIN code.
Top-ups can be purchased from Pago Express, or from most stores.
- 2 BOB: 120 MB until midnight
- 4 BOB: 240 MB until midnight
- 9 BOB: 180 MB for 30 days
- 15 BOB: 920 MB until midnight
- 20 BOB: 500 MB for 30 days
- 40 BOB: 1 GB for 30 days
- 50 BOB: 2 GB for 30 days
- 140 BOB: 6 GB for 30 days
- 198 BOB: 10 GB for 30 days
- 230 BOB: 14 GB for 30 days
- 288 BOB: 20 GB for 30 days
Tigo is the second-biggest operator in Bolivia with more than 3 million users.
4G/LTE can be found in at least one city of Bolivia’s 11 districts.
Tigo SIM cards and recharge cards are sold for 10 BOB in Tigo stores and kiosks.
- 4 BOB: 110 MB until 6 AM the next morning
- 4 BOB: 100 MB for 2 days
- 5 BOB: 220 MB until 6 AM the next morning
- 10 BOB: 500 MB until 6 AM the next morning
- 20 BOB: 1050 MB for 24 hours
- 25 BOB: 800 MB for 7 days
- 35 BOB: 1.2 GB for 7 days
- 55 BOB: 1 GB for 30 days
- 120 BOB: 4 GB for 30 days
- 189 BOB: 6.2 GB for 30 days
- 200 BOB: 8 GB for 30 days
Viva is the tiniest, but cheapest provider in Bolivia with more than 2 million clients.
It has earned attraction by offering low rates for its services.
However, their coverage is poor, meaning that Viva should only be considered if they have coverage in the town you are staying at.
Also, the 4G/LTE network cannot be found in many places yet.
- Viva SIM cards are sold for 15 BOB and come with 10 BOB in credit. 5 BOB: 230 MB until 1 AM the next day
- 10 BOB: 525 MB until 1 AM the next day
- 15 BOB: 300 MB for 7 days
- 20 BOB: 1.1 GB until 1 AM the next day
- 30 BOB: 1 GB for 7 days
- 50 BOB: 750 MB for 30 days
- 100 BOB: 2.5 GB for 30 days:
- 200 BOB: 8.1 GB for 30 days
- 300 BOB: 18 GB for 30 days