Guatemala GSM 850

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Guatemala SIM Highlights
  • GTQ 75 (approx. $9.29 USD) starter airtime credit
  • A local cell phone number in Guatemala
  • FREE incoming calls
  • Voicemail
  • SMS (text messaging)
  • No yearly contract, monthly charges or credit check

If you plan on visiting Guatemala any time soon, don’t take off without a prepaid SIM card. The Guatemala SIM card provides a simple, convenient, and affordable way for any traveler to make and receive those all-important calls while abroad.

The prepaid SIM card for Guatemala is a practical option for using your existing world phone as a prepaid Guatemala cell phone while you’re in the country at a better rate than you’d pay for a Guatemala cell phone rental. It’s also a trouble-free ticket to using the same options that the Guatemalans themselves use—the local Guatemalan cell phone system. The SIM chip, combined with an unlocked GSM World cell phone, helps you keep the lines of communication open without being burdened by high international roaming surcharges applicable when you use your “home” SIM card abroad. You’ll likewise enjoy the benefit of SMS text messaging, voicemail, a local cell phone number in Guatemala, and FREE incoming calls. The prepaid feature gives you complete control over your costs, and with our low domestic and international calling rates, having a cell phone in Guatemala is affordable for all. Access to customer service from your Guatemala cellular phone is available 24 hour a day, so you’ll always have assistance with any unexpected issues or questions about your calls. No yearly contract, monthly charges, or credit check is involved.

Your Guatemala SIM Card will require a SIM-unlocked GSM cell phone that supports the 850 frequency. If you do not have your own international cell phone, we have several models available for your consideration. Please click here for more information.

Airtime Rates

Domestic calls

Domestic calls are just 1 Q ($0.13 USD) per minute. Rates are per minute for outgoing calls from your prepaid Guatemala SIM card while you are in Guatemala. Domestic SMS Messages cost 1.5 Q ($0.18 USD) per message. All incoming calls regardless of where they originate are FREE!

Dial * 911 for police and emergency services.

International calls

Making International calls from your world cell phone has never been easier with your prepaid Guatemala SIM card. All rates are per minute for international outgoing calls from a Guatemala SIM card while in Guatemala.

United States Canada Western Europe
0.76 Q ($0.10 USD) 2.96 Q ($0.39 USD)

7.61 Q ($1.00 USD)


All international SMS are $0.45 USD per message.

Adding Airtime

Your SIM card has an initial airtime credit of GTQ 75 (approx. US$9.29) starter airtime credit. Remember to load your GTQ 50 airtime voucher as soon as you arrive in Guatemala. Additional credit is available through the purchase of airtime vouchers, also called Tigo cards (not another SIM card). These airtime vouchers are available from Telestial and locally at tobacco shops, convenience stores, petrol stations, Elcel shops and authorized dealers in the following denominations:

  • 25 Q ($3.25 USD)
  • 50 Q ($6.43 USD)
  • 100 Q ($12.89 USD)

To recharge your Guatemala service, simply follow the instructions below.

  • Purchase an Elcel recharge card
  • Scratch off the protective layer to reveal your recharge voucher code
  • Enter *333(recharge voucher code)# and press ‘yes/ok/send’

Remember you do not need to purchase another SIM card when your airtime balance is depleted; you only need a recharge voucher! Your incoming calls are always free, even when you run out of airtime!

Service Life

If you do not recharge your account within 30 days any remaining airtime on your account will be forfeit. If you do not credit you account within 60 days, your Mobile phone number will be recycled. The 30 day period begins on the day you arrive in Guatemala and load your first airtime voucher.

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