What are your options?
More providers means more competition in the mobile market, and more choice for you. Mobile coverage is good – Orange claim to have reception in 95% of the country. If you have a tri-band GSM phone it should work in the Dominican Republic.
Currently, the major mobile networks who dominate the market, are:
SIM cards are readily available to buy in shops and, providing your phone is unlocked, you should be able to get started with a network as soon as you arrive.
Prepaid SIMs are cheap and should come with some minutes included, though not many. You can then purchase a scratch card to top up – these come in lots of denominations, so you have freedom of choice here.
The pay-as-you-go format is by far the most popular method of communication in the Dominican Republic, meaning local rates are very good value. Remember that if you have a prepay SIM you will have to top up regularly to keep the SIM active.
If you call home frequently, it may be worth looking into a post-pay mobile contract. These often include free minutes, texts and data. Claro offer combined monthly talk and data plans from RD$995 and voice only packages from just RD$355. Their free minutes are valid for calling within the Dominican Republic and to the USA.