Oct 26, 2009, 9:25 AM
Post #14 of 16
Re: [Peter] Can I get a SIM card and use my cell phone from the states?
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Peter, we all choose what is best for us personally. When we first moved to México we had a phone we used in the US reprogrammed to work down here. It was a CDMA phone and Telcel couldn't reprogram it to work in their system, but Iusacell could. After we moved to Cuernavaca a friend of mine here that dabbled in electronics sold me a cell phone complete with a charger, car cord, belt holster, two batteries,(you needed an extra battery in those days) and a $100 Peso phone card for $500 Pesos, that was equivalent to $50 US Bucks at that time. Deducting the $100 Peso phone card, I got the phone for $40 Bucks. That was a bargain in those days.
I don't use my cell phone much, I carry it mostly for security in case of car trouble or an accident. My wife uses the hell out of hers, I had to keep upgrading her plan to get more minutes because she kept running out of time every month. She has 700 minutes per month now and she hasn't run out of time in several years. It's OK with me, if having a functioning phone with her makes her happy, I want her to have a phone.
I used prepaid phone cards for a couple of years, they used to be valid for 2 months, and they only were good for 37 minutes of air time. then they expired and could not be recharged with Iusacell. A $200 Peso card lasted for 2 months, so I had cell service for only $10 US Bucks per month. I used to carry a spare card in my wallet in case I did run out of minutes, I could recharge the phone wherever I was.
Incidentally, there are guys at most busy intersections in Cuernavaca selling prepaid phone cards for every cell phone service in the country, so it is never a problem buying a new card here.
After a few years they changed the cards to only about 27 minutes per month and they expired after one month, and the recording in Spanish I heard when dialing to recharge the phone every month seemed to be changed almost every time I called to activate a new card. My Spanish skills are a little crude, and it was often hard to understand the rapid instructions in Spanish given. That is when I signed up for my first monthly cell phone plan. It only cost $250 Pesos per month, that was only $50 Pesos more than the cards were costing me every month at that time, for 100 minutes per month, and it was a hell of a lot simpler for me.
I have been with Iusacell long enough that I have gotten a couple of free phones from them now.
I have upgraded my monthly plan a few times and I am presently paying $361 Pesos (about $28 US Bucks today) per month. I think I have about 250 minutes per month now, but I have never come close to using them all. $3 Dollars of that is for roadside service insurance. In case of car trouble, I can call them and they will send a mechanic, if he can't start the car it will be towed to the nearest full service repair facility.
They will change a tire or deliver 5 litros of gasoline at no cost, you may order more gas, but you must pay for any amount over 5 litros. You may only use the tire changing or gasoline delivery service twice a year at no cost. I have this roadside service on my wifes' cell phone plan too. I hope we never need to use it, but it gives me peace of mind, especially for my wife, and it is cheap protection.
You couldn't pay me enough to quit Iusacell in our area.
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