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Talleyho69

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Posted: 01/23/19 06:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This is current, this is today, this is Zihuatanejo at a TelCel storefront.

He has to go to the US for 47 hours. I'm not going. First time apart in more years than we can count, we are like that. We have one phone that we put 100p per month on, no plan.

We really want to talk while he is gone (it's a LONG time!!) So we went out today to buy a phone, a SIM card and a plan for the phone we have.

Bought the phone for 299. Yes, it even texts, don't know if it has wifi. The 29p chip came with 5 days of a plan that is unlimited calling to Canada, Mexico and the US. Bought him a 17 day unlimited plan for the phone we had for 50p. Grand total, 379 pesos.

So, phones here are CHEAP!!! Two phones, unlimited calling for the timeframe we need and we'll use them ridiculously. When he has to return for the funeral whenever, we'll buy the two plans again and be covered.

Why would anyone buy the SIM care on Amazon when you can literally buy it anywhere once you cross the border? What a great country!

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Telcel has great plans at low low low prices compared to the USA. No contracts. However the cheap phones work and sound like cheap phones. Crappy.

I use a dual sim phone. One sim is Telcel and one sim is ATT USA for NOB family to call me.

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I have an Amiga telcel. I usually get the 200 peso refill. If I plan on using more data I get the 200 peso
But be aware that Telcel partners with dome horrible companies in the USA
If you are in a big city it is fine
We are in Quartzsite and it does not get any internet

My smartphone was close around 1200 pesos
Not the best
When I have some time will step up to a brand name. Still cheap.
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The phones worked perfectly with just one glitch: We didn't know that for him to call back to Mexico on his Mexican phone he had to dial +52 and 1. I finally looked it up and it worked beautifully. All I had to dial was his phone number with the area code. Very good reception, it was worth the 379 pesos for the 46 hours he was gone.

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Dialing all those numbers will change sometime this year. To call another cell within Mexico you have to dial 044. That too will change.

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At least within the same area code, we call cell to cell without dialing anything extra, just the 10 numbers.

Another thing I had to look up was how to dial a US 800 or other toll free numbers. Once you have the codes, it works well.

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Don't laugh, I'm a phone Luddite - even a simple phone. I bought a basic Kempler & Strauss 2.4 phone at an OXXO. A kind woman helped me with a SIM card and set the phone up for me in Saltillo. I can't find any instructions or a manual online and can't figure out how to use the darned phone - like how to make a call. That was a year ago and I'm getting ready for another trip in Mexico and would like to know how to use it - just for emergency calls.
Here in the US I have a flip phone and can use it, but this Kempler & Strauss doesn't even have a red and green send / end button.
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Can anyone find any information online and help?





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My sweetie says (who couldn't figure out how to call me here until I looked it up) "The top 4 buttons are the important ones. Right side, second one down from the top turns your phone on and off. Dial your number. Press the second from the top left button and it sends. To end it, press the second from the top right button. To answer (and I kept forgetting this) press the second from the top on the left."

All of this is assuming it's like the one we bought for me last week.

You may need a new SIM card, they are usually good for a year, but they only cost 29p.

Good Luck!

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Many thanks!

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Hope it works. He also said to think of the second row left button as green and the right one as red. Mine are colored, but that didn't mean anything to me!

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