Basics[edit | edit source]

Flag of Samoa

Samoa is an island nation in the Pacific ocean. Up until 1997 it was officially called West Samoa as the Eastern part of the archipelago is still a territory attached to the United States. While Samoa uses international country code +685, American Samoa uses the American code +1 684.

In the independent state of Samoa in the West, nowadays simply called Samoa, with its two main islands Upolu and Savai'i, there are 2 operators:

  • Vodafone Samoa (formerly BlueSky Samoa)
  • Digicel Samoa

Both operators have 2G/GSM on 900 MHz and 3G/UMTS/HSPA+ on 900 MHz/2100 MHz. 3G/HSPA+ was marketed as a "4G" network, but real 4G/LTE started in 2016 on Digicel using 1800 MHz (B3) band. Make sure that your phone supports 3G/UMTS on both 900 MHz and 2100 MHz frequency bands or you'll get a spotty 3G at best.

Flag of American Samoa

In the Eastern part called American Samoa, only one GSM provider is on the air. As a US territory, it uses North American frequencies instead. 2G/GSM is on 850 MHz and 1900 MHz and 3G on 850 MHz. 4G/LTE was launched in March 2017 on 700 MHz (B12) and 1900 MHz (B2):

  • BlueSky American Samoa

The other provider in American Samoa ASTCA (for American Samoa Telecommunications Authority) uses CDMA instead, that is not compatible to GSM systems.

Vodafone Samoa[edit | edit source]

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Vodafone Samoa was formerly called BlueSky. It's now mostly owned by ATH Fiji and the incumbent and bigger provider on the islands. It holds the monopoly as a landline and ADSL supplier, but faces competition from Digicel in the mobile sector. Still, it has the better coverage at slightly higher prices.

Availability[edit | edit source]

Main offices are in Apia and around on the islands. Their SIM card is sold for SAT 10 and comes with SAT 5 credit.

Electronic top-ups called e-charge can be bought at many stores throughout Samoa, since the change of name these top-ups can no longer be purchased online. They are sold from SAT 1 to 100 and valid for 30 days each. For balance, dial *888#

Voice and data SIM[edit | edit source]

Data is disabled by default and a package must be activated before data will be activated. These packages are offered:

Package Price Data Time
Malo 11 SAT  11 6 GB 7 days
Mallo 16 SAT 16 9 GB 7 days
Malo 21 SAT 21 10 GB 7 days
Super Data 1 Hour SAT 1 0.5 GB 1 hour
Super Data 1 Day SAT 3 1 GB 24 hours
Super Data 2 Day SAT 5 2 GB 2 days
Super Data 5 Day SAT 7 3 GB 5 days
Super Data Weekly SAT 10 6 GB 7 days
Super Data 15 Day SAT 20 13 GB 15 days
Super Data 28 Day SAT 50 20 GB 28 days
Super Data 28 Day Plus SAT 100 50 GB 28 days

To purchase a bundle, you can use the MyVodafone Samoa app or dial *888#.

They have issued special packages for Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Tiktok, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

Tourist SIM[edit | edit source]

They also offer tourist SIM cards which include the SIM and a package with local data, calls and texts plus some international minutes. These packs are generally worse value compared to the regular SIMs so are only worth looking at for the included international calls:

Price Data Time
SAT 25 5 GB 7 days
SAT 49 12 GB 14 days
SAT 99 25 GB 28 days

All taxes are included.

Roaming[edit | edit source]

Calls, texts or data use with BlueSky American Samoa (see below) is considered to be roaming and requires a separate bundle, shown below:

  • SAT 20: 750 MB, 25 local minutes, 25 minutes back to Vodafone Samoa valid for 30 days

Without this bundle or beyond its data allowance, data is 0.30 SAT per MB.

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Digicel Samoa[edit | edit source]

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Digicel Samoa is a unit of Digicel Pacific and the only rival of BlueSky in the Western part of Samoa. There are quite visible on the islands, but still have a lower coverage at slightly cheaper prices. They started in 2006 with 2G/GSM and 2012 with 3G/HSPA+ services and in 2016 with 4G/LTE on 1800 MHz (B3) and 700 MHz (B28): LTE coverage map 3G coverage map 2G coverage map.

Digicel Samoa, has completed its network upgrade and covers 100% of the population with its 4G/LTE network in 2020. It has now an estimated coverage of >90% earlier this year, with a focus on Tuasivi, Salelologa, Vaiola, Fa’a’ala, and Upolu (Apia, A’Ana, Mulifanua, and Opulu).

Availability[edit | edit source]

There is a retail kiosk at the Faleolo Internatl. Airport. Sales points are in Apia and around: store locator. Sometimes they give out the SIM for free at the airport, at other times you need to pay a few SAT. A new SIM costs SAT 5 with some promotional voice credit but no data credit.

Top-ups can be bought at many stores throughout Samoa as direct top-up from SAT 1, as vouchers called flex cards of SAT 5 and 10 or online .

Data feature packages[edit | edit source]

Out of bundle rate is SAT 0.33 per MB.

The following packages are available:

Price Data Time
SAT 3 750 MB 24 hours
SAT 7 2.5 GB 5 days
SAT 10 4 GB 7 days
SAT 20 8 GB 30 days
SAT 50 20 GB 30 days

BIG ON DATA Packages

Price Data Time
SAT 5 4 GB 24 hours
SAT 10 2.5 GB 5 days
SAT 10 10 GB 3 days
SAT 20 25 GB 7 days

To purchase, dial *123#, (for data) and choose the package.

To check money and data balance, dial *130#.

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BlueSky American Samoa[edit | edit source]

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In the Eastern part of the Samoan islands which are attached to the US, only one GSM provider is on the air. BlueSky American Samoa is mostly owned by BlueSky Communications and other investors from Samoa and American Samoa. As often in small island nations the prices for data are pretty high, certainly higher than in the US. All prices in American Samoa are given in US$ (USD).

Note that they are using different frequencies than in the West: 2G is on 850 MHz and 1900 MHz, 3G is on 850 MHz. Like in the west, their 3G/HSPA+ network is called "4G". Real 4G/LTE started in March 2017 and is branded as "4G+" on 700 MHz (B12) and 1900 MHz (B2).

Coverage is available in these townships: Onenoa, Tula, Alao, Utumea, Auasi, Aoa, Amouli, Aunuu, Alofau, Pagai, Fagaitua, Sailele, Masefau, Utusia, Amoa, Auto, Alega, Aumi, Laulii, Onesopo, Aua, Afono, Vaitia, Lepua, Loaloa, Atuu, Satala, Pago Pago, Fagasa, Fagatogo, Utulei, Fagaalu, Fatumafuti, Matuu, Faganenea, Avau, Nuuuli, Malaeimi, Faleniu, Pavaiai, Ili’ili, Tafuna, Vaitogi, Tafeta, Aloau, Asu, Futiga, PuaPua, Taputimu, Vailoa, Leone, Amaluia, Asili, Afao, Nua Seetaga and Amanave: coverage map

Availabilty[edit | edit source]

Prepaid SIM cards are available from their store in Laufou Center in Nu'uuli for free. When you recharge at least US$ 5 you will get 3 GB, 500 local mins and 1000 local SMS.

Top-ups can be made at many top-up points from US$ 1 by e-charge can be found on the islands. You can also topup online on their website using PayPal. Simple registration with name and email is required. Name doesn't need to be real, but email is verified.

Data feature packages[edit | edit source]

Out-of-bundle use and use in Samoa is charged at US$ 0.16 per MB.

These data packages are available:

Package Price Data Time
$2 Plan US$ 2 800 MB 24 hours
$4 Plan US$ 4 1.54 GB 24 hours
$6 Plan US$ 6 3 GB 5 days
$10 Plan US$ 10 5 GB 5 days
$25 Plan US$ 25 10 GB 15 days
$35 Plan US$ 35 12 GB 15 days

$6 plan comes with free 3 GB of Instagram usage for 24 hours from activation.

To buy a prepaid data bundle, dial *888# option 3 “Buy Data Bundles”. To check your data balance, dial *888# option 1 “View Balance” and you will receive two SMS: one with your prepaid balance remaining and another with your MB remaining on your bundle.

Roaming[edit | edit source]

BlueSky American Samoa now offers roaming data bundles for use in Samoa, priced the same as local data bundles (see above), also purchased through *888#. Once purchased, wait for a confirmation SMS before starting to use data in Samoa, or else you will be charged $0.16 per MB. No offers are available for voice or SMS; those are all charged per use.

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