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This article is about the French West Indies or French Caribbean Départements, also called French Antilles located in the Carribean and French Guiana in South America under sovereignty of France.

It's in detail about the three overseas departments of:

  • Guadeloupe (Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre) including the islands forming dependencies of Guadeloupe, namely Les Saintes, Marie-Galante and La Désirade
  • Martinique
  • French Guiana (French: Guyane) - not to be mixed up with Guyana

The two French overseas collectives also called Northern Islands (French: Iles du Nord) with Saint Martin (French: Saint-Martin) and Saint Barths (French: Saint-Barthélemy) are featured in detail in the St. Martin chapter. Rates are the same amongst all French islands in the Caribbean.

They are all French Overseas Departments (in French: départements et territoires d'outre-mer, or in short: DOM) and thus part of the European Union. In these areas the same operators are present, each forming one network regulated by French Arcep without roaming charges between islands. That's why they are gathered here in one article.


  • Orange Caraïbe
  • SFR Caraïbe (formerly Outremer Télécom/Only)
  • Digicel (with Iliad)

Free mobile from France is announced to enter the markets in Guadeloupe and Martinique soon with an own 4G/LTE network in all islands promising lower prices.

2G/GSM is on 900 and 1800 MHz, 3G up to HSDPA on 2100 MHz. In 2016 the French regulatur Arcep awarded frequencies on 800, 900, 1800, 2100 and 2600 MHz (bands 1, 3, 7, 8 and 20) for 4G/LTE service. Orange and SFR started to roll out their 4G/LTE in 2016.

Coverage ranges from excellent in Martinique and Guadeloupe to only few areas covered along the coast in French Guiana. La Poste Mobile is the first MVNO in these islands reselling the Orange network.

Caribbean Roaming[]

Users of the Carribean networks can use their respective network in all Caribbean territories mentioned above without roaming surcharges. All French providers offer free roaming on the Dutch side of St. Martin as well as the small islands of St. Eustatius and Saba (which are covered by the same networks as the Dutch side).

Data rates in the French West Indies remain quite high making these countries the most expensive in the Caribbean. Like in France, this is true only for prepaid SIM cards. Rates are much lower on any kind of contract. For a contract you are required to hold a French bank card and/or account.

EU Roaming[]

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French overseas departments are an integral part of France and are outermost regions of the EU. So EU/EEA roaming regulations apply if you are using a SIM card issued in an EEA country.

From June 2017 new international roaming rules are enforced based on 'roam like at home' at domestic rates rather than excessive roaming rates in France and the rest of the EU. The local providers generally apply EU principles with roaming in the EU at domestic rates.

Given the high prices for data in the French West Indies, you may think of using your home EU-issued SIM card for roaming instead of a local SIM. Always check if the French West Indies are really included within the offered roaming countries. At least Guadeloupe and Martinique must be mentioned specifially as roaming destinations. Since 2017, this option have proved to be the cheaper alternative.

For details about the complicated situation in St. Martin check its own chapter.

Orange Caraïbe[]

Orange UK

Like in mainland France, the Caribbean counterpart of Orange, run by France Télécom, is market leader with the most customers and antennas in the area: coverage maps. It gives out data on prepaid at very high rates.

In 2016 4G/LTE was launched in Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana, Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthelemy with access speeds of 300 Mbps over Orange Caraibe’s LTE-A network (marketed as 4G+), available for prepaid without surcharges (for 4G/LTE coverage maps scroll down).

They also sell a digital, no-contract brand, Sosh Caraibe. However, it requires a French bank account to open.


Their prepaid SIM card is only called "Card" and sold for €15 in their stores (sales points) an on 4G/LTE too. Two different plans are sold: Card classique and Card seconde, both with the data rates,

Top-ups can be made there or online from €5 valid for 6 days to €100 for 180 days. SIM card stays vaild for 9 months after the last recharge. To top-up by voucher, type #124#<14-digit PIN code>. To ckeck balance, type #123#.

Data rates[]

Orange Caraibes standard prepaid rates are amongst the highest in the world. The default rate is at €0.01 per 10 KB, thus selling 1 MB at 1€.

The only way to add more data outside of this default rate is to add special top-ups. Not the classic ones called classique, but their new Recharges Internet:

  • €5 : 200 MB for 7 days
  • €10 : 500 MB for 10 days
  • €15 : 1 GB for 20 days

These recharges are only sold online, by app or by entering #124#. It can be taken from preloaded credit or paid by credit card. But only French-issued cartes bancaires are accepted for payment.

Data-only SIM[]

For tablets and routers Orange sells a data SIM called Pass Internet Everywhere. The starter is sold for €19 with 1 GB valid for 30 days. Data default rate stays at the same unfavourable €1 per MB and modem use is allowed. You can add these add-on packages:

  • €2 : 100 MB
  • €4 : 300 MB
  • €6 : 500 MB

EU roaming[]

Roam like home with roaming at domestic rates generally apply in France, the EU/EEA and other French Overseas Departments. Data is taken from the domestic package allowance and charged at €0.22 per MB beyond.

More info[]

SFR Caraïbe (formerly Outremer Télécom / Only)[]


Numericable bought Outremer Télécom with its brand Only and changed its name to SFR in summer of 2015. Like in France, it's the 2nd provider in the Carribean with good coverage and speeds at prices a bit lower than Orange's: (2G 3G 4G coverage maps - for other islands change country).

In 2016 4G/LTE was started by SFR in Guadeloupe, Martinique and French Guiana marketed with theoretical speeds of 70 Mbps in Guadeloupe (95% population coverage), Martinique (98%) and French Guiana (70%) for prepaid without surcharges.


SFR calls its prepaid SIM card "SFR La Carte" and sells it for €15 in its stores (locator - for other areas, change country). It comes with €10 credit at activation and another €10 credited after the first top-up. They have two prepaid plans called Carte Classique and Carte Smile. For data better take the smile card as a bonus of 20 MB per top-up is added and it has a lower default rate.

Top-ups are by vouchers of 5, 10, 20 or €40 at their boutiques, post offices and sales partners giving 15 to 90 days of validity.

Data rates[]

On their Smile line data outside of bonuses is charged at €0.154 per MB which is more reasonable than Orange. On the Classique line data are at €0.20 per MB. Finally, reasonable data packages have been introduced:

  • €3 : 150 MB for 3 days
  • €5 : 250 MB for 5 days
  • €10 : 600 MB for 10 days

Activation is by calling 224. A confirmation SMS is sent out.

Data-only SIM[]

SFR also offers a data SIM for routers, tablets, modems called: Carré Internet en mobilité. This comes as contract (forfait) or prepaid (sans engagement). The prepaid SIM card is sold in two sizes:

  • with 1 GB preloaded for 30 days: €14.99
  • with 10 GB preloaded for 30 days: €24.99

You can also add regular recharge cards to the Carré:

  • €5 : 250 MB for 15 days
  • €10 : 500 MB for 30 days
  • €20 : 1.1 GB for 60 days
  • €40 : 2.2 GB for 90 days

EU roaming[]

All package allowances can be used in the French Caribbean, other French Overseas Départements, France, the EU/EEA and Switzerland without surcharges.

More info[]



Digicel is the only provider, that is not active in mainland France, but on many other islands of the Carribean. In 2020 it sealed a joint verture with the French Iliad group, so a market entry of Free mobile can be expected.

As the 3rd provider it still has reasonable coverage in most areas and it's selling data at a lower price than its competitors and data packages too: 3G coverage maps. Recently, Digicel launched their 4G/LTE network in Martinique, St. Martin and St. Barthélemy. Coverage in Guadeloupe will be turned up in July and sometime after in French Guiana.

Digicel offers non-surcharged roaming on Digicel networks throughout the Caribbean (including Guadeloupe, Martinique, St Martin and French Guiana) and the Dutch part of Sint Maarten.

Digicel recently introduced a digital brand named Wizzee with much better prepaid rates. No bank account is required - you can pay with a Visa/Mastercard.


Their prepaid SIM card is also called La Carte and sold for €15 in their shops (locator). It comes with €5 credit, 20 domestic SMS and 100 MB data valid for 10 days. Another €10 are given as welcome credit when you top-up at least €10 during 30 days past activation. Two different plans are offered: Classique and Extra that doesn't make a difference for data, but have a very high default rate of €0.40 per MB.

For data only their new starter Carte Internet was introduced at €9 with 150 MB. It has a much lower default rate of €0.02 per MB and can also be added by Recharges Internet (see below).

You can top-up online using a credit card or by voucher of 5, 10, 20, €40 giving 6 to 90 days of validity. To top-up by voucher, type *133*<PIN code>#, to check balance, type *133#.

Data rates[]

Though Digicel has a default is at high €0.40 per MB on Classique and Extra and low €0.02 per MB on Internet:

They offer data top-ups called Recharges Internet:

  • 100 MB for 7 days: €2
  • 500 MB for 20 days: €5
  • 1 GB for 45 days: €20
  • 3 GB for 60 days: €40

Activation is by *123# and watch out: overuse is at the very high default rate.


From 2017 package allowances can be used without surcharges in the EU including La Mayotte and La Réunion. Overuse in roaming is charged at €0.20 per MB.

For roaming in Digicel networks in the Caribbean they sell their Travel Pack at €40. It comes with 2 GB data and 30 minutes of voice from all networks of Digicel to the world.

More info[]

La Poste Caraïbes Mobile[]

Poste mobile

Poste Mobile is the first MVNO operating in all islands. It's distributed by the postal offices and uses the network of Orange with good coverage in 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE.


Their prepaid SIM card is sold in post offices and other stores for €9.90. It contains €5 starter credit for 15 days. Up to 24 hours after starting up, you need to call 555 for a pre-registration to avoid being suspended. Then you have another 15 days to send them the activation form and a copy of your passport to get €10 bonus credit. If you don't comply, the line will be suspended.


You can buy top-ups in post offices or use any Orange top-up sold elsewhere starting at €5. Standard data is at high €0.01 per 10 KB (= €1 per MB). They offer data only for recharges called "recharges Internet mobile":

  • 200 MB for 5 days: €5
  • 500 MB for 10 days: €10
  • 1 GB for 20 days: €15

But here is a catch: You can only top-up these "recharges Internet mobile" online or dialing #124#. You need a French Carte bancaire for this. It's not known, if and which foreign bank cards work. So only use it as an option, when you have someone at hand who has a French-issued bank card.

EU roaming[]

Data is charged in the French West Indies, France and the rest of the EU at the domestic rate. Beyond the included package volumes, any further roaming use is at €0.22 per MB.

More info[]