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Thread: Cell Phones?

  1. #11
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    on the road

    we an ipad
    with no service, but it's occasionally been known to connect to wifi at the bars)
    no phone, no gps, no nothin' unless skype counts.

    compared to us you guys look like the space shuttle in terms of communication... that's awesome.

    but it terms of info...everyone down here recommends picking up a $15phone (or use you iphone from home) and grabbing a telcel sim card for cheap and reloading it with minutes and data (both of which we understand are really cheap here). Telcel doesnt require anything in terms of advance payments or annual fees and you can refill at any super or telcel store in any town. None of the hassles of back home, just easy connection.

    Dialing anyone on your phone however requires a handbook of extensions and codes that we have yet to figure out which is part of why we still have no phone.
    full time Overlanding and Vanlifing in a 4x4 MB SprinterVan

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Central Oregon
    From Travelers...

    To place a call outside of Mexico you must dial „00“ followed by the country code.

    The format is: 00 + COUNTRY CODE + AREA CODE + NUMBER

    For example, to dial someone in San Francisco, you would enter 001 (415) 555-1212
    I think it gets more complicated calling long distance in-country

  3. #13
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    crap, I ordered one just before I checked back in here.

  4. #14
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Guanajuato, GTO Mexico & Norway

    Default Mexican Telcel Cell Phone Savings

    Dont forget to call *264 and press 2 for english, then 2 again, enter your cel number and add 3 numbers of 3 teams that also have TELCEL and you can call each other for free, so long as the call is under 5 mins. Its takes 24 hrs for the 3 numbers to register and it only works with TELCEL sims. The sims you can buy at any OXXO store for $110 pesos with 50 pesos of free credit. I recommend you add at least $500 pesos that will give you extra minutes I think 750 min in total, just in case you need to reach out.
    Minority Racer
    The first and only minority team in the world racing & finishing rock & desert motorsports, drag racing, plus rally!

  5. #15
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    On the Road in the Americas
    Quote Originally Posted by WorldRallyTeam View Post
    Dont forget to call *264 and press 2 for english, then 2 again, enter your cel number and add 3 numbers of 3 teams that also have TELCEL and you can call each other for free, so long as the call is under 5 mins.
    Do you know which is the best cell phone that will work inside AND outside the US? I'm hoping to find the right one to use internationally and also be able to tap my MacBook laptop into the phone data plan network. In other words, use the phone as a network wifi?

    I'm also looking into using Google Voice when in wifi hotspots. I have been reading about a way to trick Google Voice into thinking that the phone is still in the US even though you are in another country. That way, all calls to the US will be free. Anyone using this concept?

  6. #16
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    If you have wifi you can use skype which I believe is free to toll-free numbers and $0.02 per minute to any other US number.
    The time it would take me to learn and manipulate some other system would not be worth it to save a few pennies per call.

  7. #17
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Lake Oswego, Oregon
    Hi guys:

    I live in San Miguel de Allende, took my unlocked old I-Phone into a Iusacel store, and have a chip that's worked with pretty good coverage all over Mexico. Like Telcel you can purchase minutes just about anywhere. I picked Iusacel because a lot of people I know here recommended it, and the store is right next door to the pub where I go to watch the hockey games here in Mexico!

  8. #18
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Santee, CA
    I use an ATT Go-Phone for Baja, excellent coverage, low rates. I load the phone with $50/yr, rarely use up the minutes. I don't use my phone much when in Baja, but I have been impressed with the coverage when I do need to use it.

    Verizon coverage in Baja is almost non-existant.

    Pre paid means no surprise phone bills when I get home, and if I lose the phone or it gets stolen it's not the end of the world.
    Crew dog, Dust Junkies Racing, Three time Baja 1000 Champions, Class 1700 (Jeepspeed)

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