Which Fiji Phone Network to Choose

Heading to Fiji for a trip of a lifetime or a business venture? You can save a whole lot of money by swapping your home phone network’s roaming plan for a Fiji SIM Card. Not only will phone calls within Fiji be much cheaper, but your biggest saving will be on using your mobile data! You won’t have to worry about unreliable hotel WiFi when you have access to the Internet through your phone. Now the question is: which Fiji phone network should you choose?

There are two major phone networks in Fiji: Vodafone and Digicel. While phone networks like Digicel do offer contracts, they are only available for 24 months which is not often ideal for the average visitor to Fiji. For this reason, we have stuck to the prepaid phone options knowing that travellers to Fiji will want full flexibility!

Want to know more ways to save money in Fiji? Check out 17 Ways to Save Money When Travelling in Fiji.

Will Your Phone Work with a Fiji SIM Card?

If you’re planning to use your own phone in Fiji, rather than buying a new phone when you arrive, then you need to make sure your phone is compatible with the Fiji phone networks.

Here are the criteria your phone needs to have to work with a Fiji SIM card:

  • Your phone is a GSM dual-band or tri-band phone
  • Your phone operates on a 900Mhz frequency.

By the way, don’t forget to pack your travel adapter! Check out the 8 Best Travel Adapters for Fiji.

Vodafone Fiji

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One of Fiji’s main phone network operators is Vodafone. They have a store ideally located at the Nadi International Airport, making picking up a SIM Card easy for international travellers. Vodafone Fiji also offers free SIM Cards with their “Tourist Packs”, as well as phone and SIM packages for under FJ$90. Vodafone has the most extensive network coverage in Fiji, so might be worth choosing if you are planning to travel to Fiji’s outer islands.

Learn more about arriving in Fiji with our Everything You Need to Know About Arriving in Fiji.

Vodafone Fiji Flat Rates

Vodafone Fiji’s voice call flat rates are determined by peak (7am to 5pm)/off-peak (5pm-7am) times.

  • Calls to Vodafone numbers: 20c/17c per 30 secs
    Calls to Landlines: 23c/20c per 30 secs
    Calls to Digicel numbers: 24c/21c per 30 secs
  • Texts to Fiji & International numbers: 18c per text
  • Mobile Internet Browing: FJ$2.79 per MB (or free for accessing Vlive or the Vodafone Fiji website)
  • Picture Messages to Fiji & International numbers: 30c per MMS.

Vodafone Fiji Tourist Pack Rates

For those staying in Fiji short-term, you might consider a Vodafone Tourist Pack as good value for money. Starter Packs can be purchased, ranging from FJ$35 to FJ$100 offering a selection of free limited minutes, texts and data, as well as a free SIM Card and preloaded recharge card (phone credit/top-up card). The Starter Packs are valid for 15 days from the date of activation. Then you will need to pay the Tourist Pack flat rates, which are as follows…

The flat rates are not determined by peak times when on the Vodafone Tourist Pack.

  • Calls to Vodafone numbers: 28c per 30 secs
    Calls to Landlines: 31c per 30 secs
    Calls to Digicel numbers: 32c per 30 secs
  • Texts to Fiji & International numbers: 18c per text
  • Mobile Internet Browing: FJ$2.79 per MB (or free for accessing Vlive and the Vodafone Fiji website)
  • Picture Messages to Fiji & International numbers: 30c per MMS.

Data Bundles

Data Bundles can be accessed on-the-go by dialling *555#, where the USSD will prompt you to choose a selection of data bundles. Just make sure you have enough phone credit in order to purchase a bundle.

  • 24-Hour Bundles, such as Daily Pass 1GB for FJ$1.99 to Daily Plus FJ$3.99 for 3GB.
  • 7-Day Bundles, such as Weekly Pass FJ$6.99 for 3GB and Weekly Mega FJ$11 for 11GB
  • 30-Day Bundles, such as Monthly Plus FJ$35 for 20GB and Giga 50 FJ$50 for 50GB.

Note that some bundles allow you free access to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Instagram and Wikipedia, as well as the Vlive and Vodafone Fiji website.

Where to Find Vodafone Fiji Stores

Vodafone has stores in the following locations: Suva, Sigatoka, Nausori, Nadi (including Nadi International Airport), Lautoka, Tavua and Labasa.

Digicel Fiji

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For those travellers who want a bit more data (to browse fijipocketguide.com, obviously), Digicel Fiji is a good option. By having its own app for choosing and buying bundles, Digicel might be an easier phone network to handle for those who are used to using smartphones. There are also daily voice and texts bundles for those who are chatting to Fiji numbers for a long time, which can potentially save you a ton of money. Digicel’s coverage is rather extensive across the Fiji islands. However, it has slightly less coverage than Vodafone. On the plus side, their Nadi Airport store makes it easy to sign up straight off the plane.

Compare the two phone networks with The Best Phone Networks in Fiji for Travellers.

Digicel Fiji Flat Rates

  • Calls to Fiji (mobile and landline) numbers: 17c per 30 secs
    Calls to International numbers: 42c-FJ$2.85 per minute (depending on the country you are calling)
  • Texts to Digicel numbers: 14c per text
    Texts to Vodafone numbers: 16c per text
    Texts to International numbers: 17c per text
    Texts to Satellite Phones: FJ$1.90 per text
  • Mobile Internet Browing: 21c per MB
  • Picture Messages to Fiji & International numbers: 30c per MMS.

Digicel Fiji Data Bundles

Data Bundles, called “Big Phat Data Plans”, can be accessed on-the-go by dialling *555#, where the USSD will prompt you to choose a selection of data bundles. Alternatively, used the My Digicel App to views and purchase the bundles. Just make sure you have enough phone credit.

  • 24 Hour to 3-Day Bundles, such as Daily 2GB Data for FJ$2 to Big Phat 4GB  Data for FJ$4.
  • 7-15-Day Bundles – Big Phat 7GB Data for FJ$7 to Big Phat 15GB Data for FJ$15.
  • 30-Day Bundle – Big Phat 25GB for FJ$25.

Note that all bundles allow you free access to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Whatsapp, Viber and Facebook Messenger. They also include free calls and texts to Digicel numbers.

For more tips of getting WiFi in Fiji, check out Where to Get WiFi in Fiji.

Where to Find Digicel Fiji Stores

Digicel has stores in the following locations: Suva, Sigatoka, Nausori, Nadi (including Nadi International Airport), Ba, Tavua and Labasa.

Registering Your Mobile Phone Number

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As part of the Fijian Government regulations, it is mandatory for all phone numbers to be registered. You will not be able to purchase credit for your SIM card until you have registered your phone number.

You must register with an M-PAiSA agent, which is the case for any Vodafone or Digicel store. Other outlets will usually advertise with a sign if they are an M-PAiSA agent.

Registering is free and you will be required to present a valid original ID in order to register. Any of the following ID can be used: Passport, FNPF Card, Drivers License, Police ID Card, Military Card, Birth Certificate, Reference Letter, Certificate of Vola Ni Kawa Bula, Marriage Certificate, Citizenship Certificate, Social Welfare Card or Voter Registration ID.

Note that a copy of your ID will be kept for records and you should receive a copy of your registration form.

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