A Complete Guide to Travellers SIM Cards in Niue
Need to stay connected in Niue? While we recommend connecting more with nature and the local culture than with your social media, we get that some of us have a good reason for wanting to keep in touch with the outside world. Due to the fact that there is no network roaming available in Niue, those wishing to use their phone in Niue need to get a Niue SIM card. Find out how in this guide on how to get a tourist SIM card in Niue.
Who is the Phone Network Provider in Niue?
There is just one phone network provider in Niue: Telecom Niue. Telecom Niue does not have any international roaming agreements with foreign operators, therefore, you cannot use roaming while in Niue. Instead, you will need to purchase a Telecom Niue SIM card in order to use your phone for calling, texting and using 4G data.
As for whether your phone will work with a Niue SIM card, head over to our complete guide, Will Your Phone Work in Niue?
A Note About Your Phone’s Compatability
Not all phones are compatible with Telecom Niue’s 4G VoLTE mobile network. Phones must accept networks that run on Band 28 700 Mhz in order to make calls and texts and receive 4G internet. If your phone is not compatible with the local network, then visitor MIFI rentals are available, giving you a portable WiFi hotspot connected to Niue’s 4G network. It can connect up to 10 devices.
For alternative options for accessing the internet, see How to Get Internet & WiFi in Niue. Plus, don’t forget to bring your travel adapter to charge your phone (if you’re not from New Zealand or Australia).
Where to Purchase a SIM Card in Niue
SIM cards are available to buy from the Telecom Niue kiosk at Hanan Airport on plane days (when it’s open – it’s sometimes closed if they are understaffed). You can also purchase them from the Telecom Niue Office found in the Alofi Commercial Centre.
How Much Does a Niue SIM Card Cost?
SIM cards in Niue cost approximately NZ$10. However, this cost is included in the price when purchasing Visitor SIMs – find out more below.
Telecom Niue Visitor Plans
The first go-to for many travellers arriving in Niue is Telecom Niue’s “Visitor SIM”.
For NZ$50, Visitor SIMs come preloaded with the following:
- 6 GB data
- 100 mins local calls
- 10 mins calls to Australia and New Zealand
The bundle is valid for 14 days and includes the cost of the SIM card.
Should you need to top-up your Visitor SIM with more minutes or data, Telecom Niue also offers “Visitor Plans”, of which there are two options:
- Visitor Package – 14 days of 6 GB data + 30 mins local, New Zealand and Australian calls for around NZ$50
- Visitor Data Package – 7 days of 6 GB data for around NZ$32.
Telecom Niue Data Plans
Let’s be honest, most of us only really want to use our phones to access the internet. How else are you going to read NiuePocketGuide.com while you’re on the go?
For purchasing the following data plans, you will need to purchase a standard Niue SIM card for approximately NZ$10.
Telecom Niue offers a range of “Mobile Data Plans”, which are prepaid phone plans with a limited number of Gbs. Their data plans and approximate prices are as follows (note that prices are subject to change):
- 1.5 GB 6-Day Plan for around NZ$8
- 2 GB 30-Day Plan for around NZ$16
- 5 GB 30-Day Plan for around NZ$32
- 12 GB 30-Day Plan for around NZ$50
- 14 GB 28-Day Plan for around NZ$55
- 20 GB 30-Day Plan for around NZ$75
- 30 GB 30-Day Plan for around NZ$105
- 10 GB from 10 pm to 6 am 7-Day Plan for around NZ$10
- Unlimited data from 10 pm to 6 am 7-Day Plan for around NZ$30.
MiFi (Portable Modem) Rental
MIFI rental is NZ$50 including an NZ$80 refundable bond paid on return of the MIFI device either at the Telecom Niue Office (recommended) or at the Hanan Airport Kiosk on plane days.
For more options for accessing the internet in Niue, read our guide at How to Get Internet & WiFi in Niue.
Telecom Niue Call, Text and Data Plans
Sure, many tours in Niue only accept bookings over the phone, while you might want to make calls and texts back to New Zealand or Australia. For this, you have a few options…
- Lite – 60-Day Plan with 200 local mins, 100 local texts and 512 Mb for around NZ$21
- Classic – 60-Day Plan with 500 local mins, 250 local texts and 3 Gb for around NZ$52
- Heavy – 60-Day Plan with unlimited local mins and local texts and 10 Gb for around NZ$104
- International Lite – 60-Day Plan with 60 Aus/NZ mins and 20 Aus/NZ texts for around NZ$12
- International Heavy – 60-Day Plan with 480 Aus/NZ mins and 60 Aus/NZ texts for around NZ$52.
Note that prices are subject to change.
What are the Standard Rates with Telecom Niue?
What are the standard rates with Telecom Niue once you have run out of data, texts or minutes? The standard rates are:
- 17¢ per local minute
- NZ$1.13 per Aus/NZ minute
- NZ$2.80 per international minute
- 17¢ per text
- 0 data – once your data bundle has run out, your access to the internet will stop.
How to Check Your Usage and Top-Up Your SIM Card in Niue
How can you check how much data, texts and minutes you are using while in Niue? The best and easiest way is to download either the Telecom Niue App, which displays your usage and remaining balance very clearly.
How to Top-Up Your Niue SIM Card
To top-up your credit, either visit the Telecom Niue airport kiosk (plane days only) or the Telecom Niue Office to top up in-store.
Alternatively, top-up by either calling 015 or by using the Telecom Niue App available on the Google Play and Apple App Store.
5 Tips for Using Your Phone in Niue
Finally, here are some quick tips to make the most of your Niue SIM card and, most importantly, save on precious data that is otherwise quite expensive.
- If you’re going to use a lot of data on your holiday, it’s best to get a standard Telecom Niue SIM card so that you can use the better-priced data add-ons
- Download the Telecom Niue App so it’s easier to monitor your usage and balance
- Switch off all auto-updates and restrict background data downloads to also save on data
- Switch off data if you’re not using it
- If you’re only using the local network for internet usage, check out the alternatives in our guide, How to Get Internet & WiFi in Niue.
More About Tourist SIM Cards in Niue
That’s it for how to get a tourist SIM card in Niue. For more phone-related advice, take a look at the following articles:
- Niue Phone Network + Will Your Phone Work in Niue?
- How to Get Internet & WiFi in Niue
- A Quick Guide to the Electricity in Niue