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Where to buy SIM card in Buenos Aires
Getting a SIM card in Argentina will take you some steps. Living for years in Argentina, I know that registration takes some time and effort. Especially when you don’t speak Spanish. In this article, I explain to you where to buy a SIM card in Buenos Aires.
Option 1: e-sim card
I recently discovered the option to install an e-sim card on my smartphone. More and more smartphones are having the option to install e-sim cards. I used it in the USA and tested it in Argentina. Smartphones such as Samsung Galaxy S22 and later or iPhone XS and later are having that option. You can check here if your smartphone has the e-sim function.
The e-sim for Argentina uses the network of Movistar. For USD 26 you have 6GB of data. It’s a virtual sim card with no phone number linked to it. The set-up goes easy and you can install it at your home. As soon you arrive in Argentina the e-sim starts to work when you connect to the Movistar network. You can also later top-up more data.
Option 2: buy a SIM card in Argentina
The most convenient way to buy an Argentina SIM card is when you arrive at Buenos Aires international airport Ezeiza.
After passing all the controls and collecting your luggage you will enter the arrival hall. Take a turn to the right and you will see the check-in desks on your right. Take the escalators on the left to the first level. In front of you, you will see the Personal store. Sometimes open, sometimes closed. 🙂 Last time at midday it was closed.
Take your passport with you and ask to buy a SIM card, also called “chip” in Spanish.
The mobile provider will give you a tourist SIM card to use in Argentina. This SIM card will cost you around 15 USD and includes a bundle for 30 days with 3GB of data and 30 minutes of international calls.
Personal has an excellent and stable connection in Argentina. However, there is often no connection in the middle of the Pampas or Patagonia. Argentina is a big country.
Other options to get a SIM card in Argentina
There are more options to get an Argentina SIM card. There are three mobile operators active in Argentina: Claro, Personal, and Movistar. The coverage of these mobile operators is quietly the same. As a tourist, you need to go to the mobile provider brand store.
1. Go to an official mobile operator store: take your passport with you and ask for a SIM card, also called “chip” in Spanish. We suggest taking a prepaid SIM card in Buenos Aires.
Claro: Tte. Gral. Juan Domingo Perón, 547 (near Plaza de Mayo) Closed in weekends.
Personal: There is a store at Ezeiza airport in Buenos Aires. More info here.
Movistar: Go to any Movistar store. Follow the steps here.
2. Top-up the SIM card: You will have your local SIM card but without credit. Ask in the store to top-up the SIM card and the activation of an internet pack.
3. Reload/top-up the SIM card on your way: Go to a kiosk with the sign “recarga aca” and ask to top-up your SIM card with the amount you wish. Or go find an official provider store nearby. They can reload your SIM card and activate a new internet bundle. You can also do it yourself. Once you have money on your Argentina SIM card, you need to go to the mobile provider’s website. Login or register your account or mobile number, and choose a plan that suits your needs.
A tourist SIM card in Argentina
As mentioned above “Personal” offers a tourist sim-card plan. For 15 USD you have 3GB of data, and 30 minutes of international calls.
Also, Movistar offers a tourist SIM card. More info here. They don’t have a store at Ezeiza airport. The website of Movistar suggests buying a SIM card in a kiosko and send your details through Facebook or Twitter. In my opinion pretty complicated.
Roaming SIM card bundle for outside Argentina
You have Claro. They offer a pretty cheap ($12 USD) roaming package to use in Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, and the USA. The roaming package is valid for 30 days.
Click here for the Claro website. You will need to top up your SIM card balance and send a text message to activate the roaming package.
Get WiFi in Buenos Aires
Across Buenos Aires, you will find several BA WiFi hotspots. Mostly they are located around busy squares, parks, Metrobus lines, in the subways, and governmental buildings. The coverage is pretty wide. A moment without WiFi is rare. Buenos Aires on that point is a true WiFi capital city. The connection speed is around 10 Mbps.
You can find a complete coverage map here: GO TO BA WIFI
The public buses
Some public buses provide free WiFi to their customers. We don’t have a list right away but the WiFi logo will show you what busses are online.