Let’s say you’re in Panama and you don’t want to have to pay a monthly fee for your cell phone service, and you just want to buy a phone. You can buy prepaid cards that you put into your phone, and then you can just make calls, and when you’re done with it, then you can buy a new one. Your phone will be basically the same price as in the United States. The most expensive phone will be around US $990, which is the new iPhone. There are also very, very cheap phones starting at around $30.
If you want to have a postpaid plan that gives you 100 call minutes, 2GB of mobile Internet, and 50 text messages, you can get one for the price of $14.99 per month plus taxes. It’s the postpaid plan that we have, and it’s especially good for foreigners because you don’t need to have a job to qualify for this plan; you just need to show your passport. I know this because I’m married to a foreigner, and that’s the plan that he has until he gets his full time residency. So that’s what he pays- $14.99 per month plus taxes, and for this, he has minutes, mobile Internet and text messages.
(Claro sim card graphics, Panama, pictured.)