There are 3 cell phone operators in Nicaragua
The coverage is different for each in every region, although Claro and Movistar both have 4G networks in Managua.
You can buy the sim without any document and in any kiosk or specialized network operator shop. Top-Up can be done in supermarkets or in any place you seen the logo.
CooTel uses a different technology that does not allow you to use your phone on other devices rather than CooTel.
You can buy a CooTel phone starting from 10 USD or use a CooTel mobile hotspot from 50 USD.
CooTel is only appealing if you are staying in Nicaragua for a long, or if you are in regions where CooTel has good coverage.
You can get unlimited data at 1.5 Mbps for 30 days.
Claro is the biggest operator in Nicaragua. They have the best speeds and coverage everywhere in the country, even when traveling to remote places.
Claro SIM cards are sold for 50 NIO in Claro stores. Top-up vouchers are sold from 10 NIO to 2500 NIO. You can also recharge online.
They offer several data packs
- 23 NIO: 100 MB for 1 day
- 34.50 NIO: 150 MB for 2 days
- 57.50 NIO: 300 MB for 3 days
- 92 NIO: 500 MB for 5 days
- 126.50 NIO: 750 MB for 7 days
- 149.5 NIO: 1 GB for 7 days
- 264.5 NIO: 1.5 GB for 15 days
They also offer data-only SIM cards for modems and tablets.
Movistar battles with Claro with cheaper rates, although they have worse coverage.
Movistar SIM cards can be bought in Movistar stores, and top-up cards are sold from 29 NIO to 199 NIO in many non-Movistar stores like supermarkets.
All packs come with unlimited WhatsApp data
- 15 NIO: 75 MB for 1 day
- 20 NIO: 100 MB for 1 day
- 30 NIO: 150 MB for 2 days
- 50 NIO: 300 MB and unlimited Facebook and Snapchat for 4 days
- 110 NIO: 700 MB and unlimited Facebook and Snapchat for 7 days
- 250 NIO: 1.5 GB and unlimited Facebook and Snapchat for 20 days
- 500 NIO: 2.5 GB and unlimited Facebook and Snapchat for 30 days
CooTel is a part of the Chinese company - Xinwei. They operate only in several cities and regions. For using their service you need to buy a CooTel phone or mobile hotspot. They do not even sell SIM cards.
The following monthly data packs can be bought in US dollars
- $1: 512 MB (for 7 days)
- $2: 1 GB
- $3.50: 2 GB
- $8: 5 GB
- $10: 8 GB
- $11.50: 10 GB
- $14: 15 GB
- $20: Unlimited data
All packs are limited to speeds up to 1.5 Mbps.