PNCC's nationwide system offers 3G/4G coverage in Koror and Airai plus Ngchesar, Melekeok, Ngatpang, Ngaremlengui, Ngarchelong and Peleliu, with 2G/3G service in all other states from Kayangel to Angaur. See PalauCel nationwide network map for cell site locations or download the map here. IMPORTANT: Mobile wireless service quality in any area varies depending on network traffic, signal strength, the type of phone equipment, weather, and terrain. Mobile service is not intended to replace marine radio communications.
Your phone must be UNLOCKED for voice, SMS and mobile data. The network specifications are:
- 4G - LTE 700 (Band 28) 3G - WCDMA 900 (Band 8) 2G - GSM 900
- 3G - WCDMA 900 (Band 8)
- 2G - GSM 900
SIM cards are sold at the PNCC offices in Koror and Airai, plus selected vendors. For prepaid service, there are no deposits required.
If you have a prepaid PalauCel account, you can add more Airtime minutes to your account with AIRTIME cards, which are sold conveniently in various denominations at over 100 retail locations. See back of Airtime card for instructions.
To transfer Airtime to a prepaid or postpaid PalauCel number, dial *780# for main menu and select 3 for Transfer, or text to: *670*destination cell number*amount#. Enter amount as 100 for $1.00, 50 for $0.50, etc.
Prepaid (776, 778, 779) and postpaid (775) accounts enjoy several convenient calling features: Voice Mall, Call Waiting with Caller ID, Call Forward to a local or international number, and Call Hold. Airtime charges apply only when you use the features. To use any of these features, all you have to do is turn it on in your cell phone menu. Availability of features varies according to phone model. Please check your cell phone's user manual. Long distance rates also apply to Call Forward-International, and 775 numbers must subscribe to an international long distance account to forward to international numbers.
The phone numbers of incoming calls to your mobile phone appear on your phone‚'s display, so you can decide whether you want to accept the call or not. When you call from your PalauCel number, it appears on landline Caller ID, as well as other cellular phones.
Prepaid Palaucel numbers (770, 776, 778, 779) expire 90 days from purchase date if not activated. If the prepaid number (SIM) is not recharged with Airtime within 90 days after first activation (*78 or *780#), it will be suspended. If suspended, the number will not be able to make calls or send texts, although you can still receive texts.
Recharge it with a new Airtime load before 90 days. Each recharge extends the validity period according to the value of the Airtime load: $10 gives a validity period of 30 days ($25 and $50 cards = 60 days). The new load amount is added to current remaining balance in your account.
Mobile Data Service
All PalauCel numbers (770, 776, 778, 779, 775) use prepaid Airtime to activate data plans. Dial *780# to see plans. PalauCel postpaid numbers can use either prepaid Airtime or postpaid mobile data.
3G/4G technology enables internet access via the PalauCel wireless system, so you can go online anywhere there is a cellular signal. 3G is "third generation" and 4G is "fourth generation" offering internet speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G.
Both mobile data and Wi-Fi deliver Internet access via wireless signals to compatible devices. Wi-Fi is fixed Internet access within the limited range of the Wi-Fi hotspot (e.g., in a restaurant or hotel lobby area). Mobile data offers you the convenience of online access wherever there is a PalauCel signal.
Smartphones and tablets that can support the PalauCel network bands:
- 4G-LTE 700 (Band 28)
- 3G-WCDMA 900 (Band 8)
3G Mobile data service is offered in all states from Kayangel to Angaur. As of 2017, 4G service is available in Koror, and Airai; more 4G sites are planned.
- No sign-up required if you have a valid PalauCel SIM.
- Use Airtime cards for prepaid mobile data.
- All PalauCel customers, both prepaid (776, 778, 779) and postpaid (775) can use prepaid mobile data service
- Your smartphone must be compatible with WCDMA - however only postpaid numbers (775) may apply for postpaid mobile data plans.
- Your smartphone settings must be configured to access mobile data.
- The data usage rate is the same for both 3G and 4G mobile data service.
- Save with prepaid data plans: dial *780# for info.
- For current rates and plans, call 488-9000.
Long distance calls incur a per minute airtime charge as well as the applicable long distance rate. Special Promotion: NO LOCAL AIRTIME Charges for OVERSEAS CALLS from Prepaid PalauCel Numbers effective 3/1/19 until further notice
Dialing Instructions-Prepaid Accounts (776, 778, 779)
Dialing Instructions-Postpaid Accounts (775)
Sign up for a PNCC long distance account (IDD)
and dial direct (deposit may be required).
Prepaid plans: Peak hours are 6:00 a.m. to 5:59 p.m. daily. Off-peak hours are from 6:00 p.m. to 5:59 a.m. daily. Special Promotion: ALL LOCAL AIRTIME PREPAID VOICE CALLS ONLY 15¢ per minute all day everyday effective 3/1/19 until further notice.
- On monthly plans, enjoy the convenience of one low per minute rate any time of the day.
- Both incoming calls received and outgoing calls made from your cellular number are charged.
- All voice calls are calculated on a one-minute minimum.
- Included minutes on monthly plans do not roll over to the next month.
- Collect calls cannot be charged to your cellular phone number,
- Calls to 411 directory assistance are charged at the applicable per minute rate for your plan plus $0.50 per call.
- Calls to 611 (PNCC trouble reports) and 911(emergency) are FREE and can be made even if you are out of Airtime or your number is suspended, as long as your SIM is valid.
For current rates call PNCC Customer Service at 488-9000
Turn on Voice Mail service in your cell phone by call forwarding to Voice Mall Number 777. No sign-up or monthly service charge, and it's free to check your messages from your cell phone (dial 777). Incoming messages sent to Voice Mail are charged regular Airtime rates for voice calls.
With Mail for your cell phone, you can get messages when your cell phone is busy, turned off or out of the service area.
- Check messages from your cellphone, or any landline in the world.
- Personalize a greeting and change it at any time.
- Each message has a date and time notation.
- Personal password protects your privacy.
- New messages (unopened) are saved for 14 days; old (opened) messages are kept for 7 days
There is no monthly service charge, and it's free to check Voice Mail messages from your cell phone or a landline. Incoming messages are charged regular Airtime rates, at a minimum of one minute per message and a maximum of two minutes each. For postpaid (775) customers, the Airtime minutes are deducted from the minutes included in your plan just like a regular voice call.
Turn on Voice Mail by Call Forwarding to Voice Mail Number 777. (To deactivate Voice Mail, turn off Call Forwarding to 777). Important: When you activate your Voice Mail box, set your password to keep your messages private: Dial 777 from your cell phone; select 2 for Set Mall box, then 3 for Set Password.
Dial 777 from your cell phone, press 2 to set mail box, then 1 for "Record a Greeting".
A text message indicator will appear in your cell phone display. When you check your text messages, the Voice Mail will appear as an incoming text from PNCC 6-digit number: 777777.
From your cell phone dial 777 (FREE) and follow the voice instructions.
Call Waiting takes precedence over Voice Mail so you can pick up the second call; If you do not answer it will be forwarded to Voice Mail.
Please call Customer Service at 488-9000. Your password can be reset so you can set up a new password. There may be a charge for this service.
International Texting — Dialing Instructions
Dialing instructions for sending international text (ISMS) from Palau (enter numbers with no spaces):
Both prepaid and postpaid customers can use international texting. An IDD (international direct dialing) subscription is not required for postpaid users to send international text, only for long distance calls.
Replying to an international text message is the same as replying to a local text; no need to re-enter the sender's number.
Incoming international text messages are FREE, and outgoing messages are just .20¢ per send (160 characters).*
- Prepaid:Charges are deducted from the Airtime load.
Postpaid monthly plans: International text messages are billed In addition to the monthly plan rate.*
NOTE: Please dial the number carefully to avoid sending to the wrong number, since every international text message sent is non-refundable and will be charged 20¢ per send of 160 characters.*
There are several reasons you may not get a reply to your international text message.
- The mobile operator that your friend is using must have an international texting agreement with PNCC (see list).
- Ask your friend to check with their mobile operator to confirm the correct dialing pattern for texting to Palau.
If you continue to have problems, please call 611 to report the details, including your originating number, the overseas cell number, and the date and time the message was sent.
*rates subject to change
Palaucel Troubleshooting Guide
|Problem||Possible Causes||What to Do|
|No bars (valid SIM)||You are outside of the PalauCel service area.||See PalauCel coverage map.|
|Your phone was out of the network coverage area and when it comes back to the network, the phone doesn't automatically register-again.||User can search the network and to try to manually register, or just power cycle the phone (turn it off and on again).|
|Can't send or receive text messages (SMS or ISMS)||Your cellphone's inbox is full.||Some mobile phones stop you from making and receiving texts when your inbox is full (the limit varies by phone model). Try deleting old messages to free up space in your inbox.|
|Prepaid cell number has been suspended due to 90 days without an Airtime load||Reload prepaid Airtime. Airtime cards are sold in denominations of $10, $25, and $50. Note: After 180 days of no Airtime load, your number will expire.|
|International Text problems–wrong dialing pattern, or overseas mobile operator does not have ISMS agreement with PNCC.||Call PNCC Operator 587-9904 for current overseas mobile operators available for international texting.|
|Can't make voice calls (recording tells you zero balance)||Prepaid Accounts (776, 778, 779): If your Airtime balance is lower than the cost of a call or text, you will only be able to receive incoming texts, which are free. You will not be able to receive or make voice calls, or send text. (For other issues with texting, see above).||Reload prepaid Airtime. Airtime cards are sold in denominations of $10, $25, and $50.|
|Text messages are delayed or not delivered||You are outside of the PalauCel service area.||When you return to an area covered by PalauCel service, you will be able to send and‚ receive text messages again. Text messages are stored on the system for 72 hours if they cannot be delivered when sender/receiver is out of service area, or the phone is off.|
|No Service (no voice calls or texts)||You are outside of the PalauCel service area.||See PalauCel coverage map.|
|If your cell phone's wireless network settings are set to 4G only you will not get voice and text service outside the 4G coverage area.||Check wireless network settings-network mode should be set to automatic.|
|No mobile data service||Smartphone model is not compatible with the PalauCel system.||To use PalauCel mobile data, the network specifications are: 4G–LTE 700(Band 28) and 3G–WCDMA 900(Band 8)|
|4G mobile data is not turned on in cellphone networking settings.||Turn on mobile data in your cellphone network settings (check your device's user guide). Ensure your Access Point Name (APN) is: palaucel|
|Wireless Network settings are set to GSM/2G.||Change wireless network settings to 4G/3G automatic.|
|Cellphone's wireless networking is not set to access PNCC.||APN Name and APN = palaucel Network Mode = Automatic.|
|When using mobile data, Airtime is used up too fast. (how to manage data usage)||If you leave mobile data turned on in your cellphone settings, even when you are not online, automatic background updates from apps in your smartphone can use up your Airtime.||To prevent unwanted data charges, TURN OFF mobile data in your cellphone settings and only turn it on when you wish to go online. Also turn off auto-updates and pushes. If auto-updates are left on in your phone settings, your phone will constantly check in with apps to see if there’s an update. If you allow push notifications, each time your phone looks for them, it uses extra data.|
|When using a prepaid data plan, I didn’t get a warning before the plan expired||Your mobile data remaining balance was above the limit that triggers the notice when you went online, and the data was used up before you turned data off, so no warning message is sent before expiration.||The system only updates your prepaid data plan balance and sends a warning notice if your balance is low. Please monitor your data usage by checking balance via *500#|
If you don't see the answer to your question in this guide, call 611 to make a trouble report or call 488-9000 for Customer Service.
FAQ - International Roaming for PalauCel Customers Travelling Overseas
Yes, roaming for PalauCel customers on monthly (postpaid/775) plans is now available for travellers to Taiwan, Guam, CNMI, and U.S.A.. More partners will be added. Postpaid plans include: Volume, Unlimited, Power, Business, Affordable & Emergency. (Note: roaming is not available for prepaid PalauCel accounts).
Visitors from Palau who want to roam on the PalauCel partner mobile networks just need to:
- Have a GSM phone that can operate on the GSM band for that network (see chart above). Most modern phones are multi-band (e.g. 850, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz).
- Sign up for roaming service at PNCC. Note, your PalauCel SIM may need to be updated (there is no charge to change SIM card for roaming).
To add the Roaming capability to your PalauCel monthly plan, just visit PNCC and sign up for Roaming Service before you travel overseas. There is no activation fee for roaming service; an IDD long distance account is required ($50 deposit for individuals, $250 deposit for business accounts).
Upon arrival overseas, just turn on your cellphone. Your mobile phone will pick up the signal from the partner GSM network. If prompted with options, select the preferred roaming partner and/or input their network code (see table).
The visited operator then validates your mobile phone service with PalauCel (your home operator) by verifying your service and roaming capability. Once PalauCel confirms that your service and roaming ability are valid, your mobile phone is ready to be used within the visited network.
This process is completely automatic and it typically takes only a few minutes for your mobile phone to be recognized on the visited network.
*Rates are subject to change
Rates for PalauCel Roaming
Calling any local number in the visited country:
$2 per minute local Airtime
Calling outside of the visited country:
$3 per minute long distance plus the local Airtime charge of $2 per minute
Calling another PalauCel roamer in the visited country:
Same as a long distance call ($3/min. long distance plus $2/minute local Airtime) since your call is routed through Palau and back to the visited country
All incoming calls to your mobile phone, including calls sent to your PalauCel Voice Mail box:
Same as a long distance call ($3/min. long distance plus $2/minute local Airtime) since your call is routed through Palau and back to the visited country
Text Messages to and from PalauCel Roamers:
- All incoming text messages to roamers are FREE.
- Each outgoing text message sent by a PalauCel roamer is 40 cents per send.
- Roamers are not billed directly by the visited operator. You will be billed at home on your regular PNCC monthly bill.
- To avoid charges for incoming messages to PalauCel Voice Mail, you must deactivate your Call Forward to Voice Mail Number 777 before leaving Palau.
- All calls forwarded to your PalauCel number while you are roaming will be charged roaming rates; if you do not wish to incur these charges you must deactivate all call forwarding before you leave Palau (including CF from a landline or another PalauCel number).
- Calls made by roamers with Wireless Volume Plan subscriptions to other numbers in the volume plan are not covered by the plan and are charged as any roaming call to Palau (long distance + airtime). Calls from Palau to a roamer by members of the Wireless Volume Plan are treated just like a local call so they are covered by the plan.
- Free minutes included with PalauCel Plans are only valid within Palau (domestic minutes). All Airtime and long distance used while roaming overseas are chargeable at roaming rates outside the plan.
All calls and text messages sent by PalauCel customers in Palau to PalauCel roamers are rated as local calls and texts, with no long distance charges.
Yes, copies of roaming bill details are available for $2.00 per account/per month or portion thereof (upon request, within 3-5 working days).
*Rates are subject to change
Dialing Instructions: Voice Calls
To dial a local number in Taiwan, simply dial the local fixed line or cellular number, e.g. XXX-XXX-XXX in Taiwan (no international access codes required).
For a local number to call a PalauCel Roamer in the visited country (e.g. Taiwan caller to PalauCel Roamer in Taiwan), the dialing instructions are the same as long distance dialing, because the call to a roamer originates in the visited country, terminates in Palau, and is then routed back to the visited country. The usual long distance charges for calling the roamer's home country will apply.
When a customer is roaming overseas (e.g. Taiwan), their friends and family back home can call their local Palau number just as they normally would, with no long distance charges.
Dialing Instructions: Texting
After typing in the text message just dial + country code + area code or city code (if necessary) + local number (with no spaces or plus signs). Use a + in front of the entire number or before the country code:
Roamer in Taiwan texting to Palau: +68077XXXXX
Roamer in Taiwan texting to Taiwan: +886XXXXXXXXX
Same as sending a local text in Palau, charged as a local text (6 cents per send).
Using Voice Mail When Roaming
If you leave your call forward directed to PalauCel Voice Mail Number 777 then it will still work while you are roaming (and will incur charges).
Callers will be able to leave messages and you will be able to check them when you return to Palau. (Currently there is no way to call into your voice mail box when you are overseas).
It's recommended that you change your voice mail greeting before you leave to tell callers your return date and that you will return any messages then; or you can put your email contact info into your voicemail greeting if they need to reach you while you are off-island.
If you prefer not to incur roaming charges for your PalauCel Voice Mail, you must deactivate it before you leave Palau (by cancelling your Call Forward to Voice Mail Number 777).
Calls sent to your PalauCel Voice Mail box are charged minimum one minute, maximum two minutes of roaming Airtime ($2/min.) plus long distance ($3/min).
For more information: Call PNCC at 488-9000 or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org