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 Posted: Thu Jan 10th, 2019 01:26 am
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Help! Last visit in San Carlos discovered my TracFone would NOT work in San Carlos or anywhere in Mexico for that matter. I switched over to Cricket as they "guaranteed" I would have coverage in "Mexico" but now I am hearing differently.  Can anyone give me a service that really works in San Carlos?  

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Telcel - a new SIM card is cheap - and free calls to Can and US

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so you wait until you get into mexico and then buy a telcal sim card? or do you have to buy a phone from them? I have found by research that using a different sim does not mean the carrier is the same for the phone.  at any rate, thank you for the info. I will check it out!

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You need an unlocked phone. That is - a phone not locked to any specific carrier. I looked up Tracfone and web says - TracFone SIMs are programmed to recognize only TracFone phones. ... After activation, the phone won't accept any other SIM card, and the SIM card won't work in any other phone. The issue isn't simply between TracFone and AT&T. The real issue is that TracFone phones can only accept TracFone SIM cards.  Telcel offers a cheap non-smart phone for about us$35 that visitors can buy with a SIM and some minutes and add minutes with pay as you go no-contract.

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do you buy a telcal phone and then the sim card? looked at this last night and various sims at different prices  you could buy.  Wondering if you would be able to tell from the get go which phone would be compatible?

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I have AT&T north of the border and it works perfect down in Mexico not just San Carlos and Guaymas. 

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When I bought my cheapest-of-the-line TelCel phone, the guy at the counter put the SIM card in the phone as part of the set up.  Works fine, have had it 9 years.  After the initial pesos in the phone have been used, go to any OXXO to buy more and have them loaded in the phone.  Or buy the scratch off card and load the pesos when convenient for you.  They have an expiration date, so the timing can be important.
Because the pesos have an expiration date, based on when loaded into the phone, don’t load up more than you can use.
When you go to the TelCel office in Guaymas, ask the person at the door for an English speaking sales person if you need English.  Several of the young sales people speak English very well.
Good luck and have fun!

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FWIW, Verizon phones also work very well down here. Didnt use to be so, only a few years ago, especially on the highway coming down. But now I find I am occasionally on the Telcel network and occasionally on the Movistar network, and am never without service. I bought an unlocked international Samsung 7s that apparently works on CDMA and GSM towers. I can select either one or leave it on "Global" and it finds any and all networks and lets me choose. Or it will choose automatically, if I want it to.

I am on a month-to-month, 55 and older, Verizon plan with unlimited text and voice in Mex, Canada and the US. Data is 500mb/day. Two lines for 80.00 US. I think it is a form of Verizon Unlimited.

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I have had great service and coverage with my TelCel unlimited plan for about $us20 per month with coverage in Mexico, USA, and Canada. In the USA, TelCel uses ATT and other networks to give excellent coverage. I am very happy with TelCel !!!!!

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thanks all!! wondering if I could get a Telcel online prior to departing us for mex? sim cards are plentiful. going to do some more research on this. would love to get set up BEFORE we travel this time.

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Easiest way is to go to the Gym main Telcel next to Tufesa with passport, tourist visa, your address, hotel?, and some pesos.

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thank you! so much for all of the information.  I am going to contact telcal US tomorrow to see if I can get a phone set up prior to leaving NEXT fall for San Carlos.  I was hoping to keep  my US phone number for just one carrier, don't know if that is a realistic possibility but attempting to do so.

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correction Telcel

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Telcel US is the official TracFone contract. I'm just going to order sim card for Telcel/Intl, activate when we cross the border with one of my unlocked phones. Any type of phone work better over the other?? Thanks again .

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Also traveling with my boat to San Carlos.  I use T-Mobile which works great for me in Canada, anyone using it in San Carlos?


Also interested in what data costs are for Telcel per GB.


Any and all help is appreciated.

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There's 6-7 ?? pay as you go "rates" - see

https://www.telcel.com/personas/telefonia/amigo/tarifas-y-opciones-end/amigo-sin-limite

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I found this which seems very reasonable https://us.telcel.com/secure/ServicePlans

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If you're going to be on a boat in the Sea, you might not use much, as there's no service in 95% of the coast.

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Lots of bad information ITT. Telcel is really only a good option if you are in MX for long periods of time. No one can call you on your US number. They have to call you on your MX Telcel number.  Plus you have to fumble around with SIM cards and dealing with Telcel. If you live in MX, sure, if you are visiting, no.

AT&T is the best for MX. You get free calls, text, and data for all of North America. Same with T-Mobile, but AT&T has a little better service (AT&T bought 2 MX carriers in the last 2-3 years). Both roam over to the Telcell network (for free) when not using their own networks. My 3 kids use their iPhones in MX just like they are in the US.

Cricket is owned by AT&T. You can get plans that give you free roaming to MX. If anything, just turn it on for a month or so: https://www.cricketwireless.com/support/international-calling/coverage-in-mexico-and-canada.html

Verizon has historically been the worst US carrier for international roaming, but they have slowly gotten better.

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I have no problems with Verizon

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