*** Prepaid Internet Data Plan in Curacao
In Curacao, for free Wi-Fi access, I went to a McDonalds in town. Later, I decided to buy a local SIM card even though buying a ‘Prepaid SIM card’ might be a challenge to setup between a foreign SIM card and my ‘Huawei E5331 Mobile Wi-Fi’ device.
It seems there are two companies offering a ‘Prepaid Internet Data Plan’; Digicel Curacao and UTS Curacao. There were long waiting lines in both stores but I managed to get a UTS SIM card (30 Guilders, about 17 US Dollars). This UTS SIM card comes with a credit of 20 Guilders. The setup was simple. Here’s what I did to activate my UTS SIM card in Curacao.
— Note: After a month of use, I tried to activate for another month but it didn’t work. I went to the UTS store and found the prices have been changed. For current prices and activation codes, visit UTS Curacao site.
*** My Steps to Activate ‘UTS Prepaid Standard 1 Day’ Internet Data Plan
Insert a new UTS SIM card into my ‘HUAWEI E5331’ device and press the ‘Power’ button on the device
When the device gets a signal, select my wireless network connection from my laptop
Open Internet Explorer
Go to my ‘HUAWEI Setup Page’ (http://192.168.1.1/html/home.html)
Log onto the device administration page
Send an SMS ‘4GVS 1D’ to 3434 to activate the service of ‘1 Day Prepaid Standard Plan for 125 MB Data’ (Since the SIM card comes with a credit of 20 Guilders, when I activated for ‘1 Day Standard Plan’, it deducted 3.5 Guilders from the credit of 20 Guilders.)
Reply to 3434 to confirm the agreement after receiving an SMS from UTS
*** To check the current balance, send an SMS ‘4GVS VAL’ to 3434
*** Prepaid 4G+ Packages Offered by UTS (Updated New Data Plans as of July 28, 2015)
- Standard 1 Day Plan: 100 MB for 1 Day, Price 3.99 Guilders, APN: Premium
- Standard 1 Week Plan: 500 MB for 1 Week, Price 24 Guilders, APN: Premium
- Standard 1 Month Plan: 500 MB for 1 Month, Price 39 Guilders, APN: Premium
- Standard 1 Month Plan: 2.5 GB for 1 Month, Price 54 Guilders, APN: Premium
- Premium 1 Day Plan: 100 MB for 1 Day, Price 5.99 Guilders, APN: Premium
- Premium 1 Week Plan: 500 MB for 1 Week, Price 49 Guilders, APN: Premium
- Premium 1 Month Plan: 2.5 GB for 1 Month, Price 139 Guilders, APN: Premium
- Premium 1 Month Plan: 5 GB for 1 Month, Price 179 Guilders, APN: Premium
- Basic Daily Plan (Continuous Service): 40 MB per Day, Price 1.99 Guilders, APN: Premium
*** When I ran out my initial 20 Guilder credit, I decided to change to a monthly 2.5 GB plan for 49 Guilders (about $28).