Jul 23, 2011, 5:41 PM
A few comments:
Re: [jrpierce] Mexico cell phone plans and/or smartphones
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If you buy a quad band GSM unlocked phone you can use the phone in Mexico, the USA, or anywhere else in the world. These are kind of pricey new, reasonable used. I think I picked up a Treo 650 used for $60 or so, that is a smartphone from several years ago.
Iphones do not use the standard sim card size, they use a micro sim, which is a problem if you want to use them internationally. Also, they are generally locked to one carrier, again not good for international use.
I suggest just plugging in a SIM card for the country that you are in, generally the best rates, gives you a local phone number.
Telcel has the best coverage, Movistar has good coverage and generally better prices. A while back, I had trouble even getting cost info from Telcel, one of the reasons I am not enthused about them. Also, it seemed like my Telcel credits disappeared faster than they should have. All in all, I don't really trust telcel. That said, Telcel is the most popular provider.
If all your friends are on Telcel, that is one reason to get Telcel, calls within the same company are cheaper than from one company to another.
Movistar had a plan where calls of up to 15 minutes to the USA were only a couple of dollars, a great deal for calling the USA. Right now, the plan is called Pagemenos Extra, 30 minutes to the usa for 7 pesos, a great deal. The same deal applies to call a fixed line or Movistar phone in Mexico.
IUSAcell does not use GSM, but Telcel and Movistar do. GSM is the world standard, but the US and Mexico use different frequencies than the rest of the world, hence the need for a quad band phone.
Most of the plans allow at least one number that you can dial free, so no need for a family plan, just designate your spouse as that number, works as long as you both have the same carrier.