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Aaron Skelly of Gran Pacifica – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
I am happy to have simplified my life in Nicaragua and downgraded to a very basic phone.  I use a prepaid Claro cell phone that cost some US $20 - $25 for the device itself.  While I don't use the phone often, I add maybe $5 / week (adding credit is simple - it can be done at many ATMs, shops, street side stands, grocery stores, etc).  Better yet, every couple days you will be notified by Claro that by recharging on certain days your credit will be tripled, quadrupled or even quintupled.
 
I often use my phone to call back to the States at just $0.15 / minute, I'm not sure what local calls cost, but even less it seems.  I don't use data, but I understand there are some very reasonable plans with unlimited data / calls / messages.  Certainly more reasonable than the $120 / month I was paying in the States.  Hope this helps!
Valeria Espinoza of Gran Pacifica – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
The cost to have a cell phone in Nicaragua depends on the type of phone you want to buy and the plan you want to have. 
 
The price for a cell phone will start from $20 (for a little basic phone) to $1,000 (iPhone 5S or Samsung Galaxy). You can also bring your phone from different countries, and if it's factory unlocked you will surely be able to use it in Nicaragua. You will only need to buy a SIM card from either of the two companies CLARO or MOVISTAR and buy minutes for your card. You can buy minutes from $1 to $100, depending on how much you expect to spend and if you are only using it for a short period of time. 
 
However, if you are planning to stay for a long term, I suggest you pay a monthly plan from one of the two companies. Prices for plans go from $12 to unlimited (if looking for unlimited plan). For example: a plan that includes 120 minutes and internet cost around $34 per month. 
 
I hope this gives an idea of the cost of having a cell phone in Nicaragua. 
Dr. Carlos Alemán of Centro de Diseño Denta (Clínica Dental) – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Ultra Mobile Data Plus graphic, Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe cost for cellphone service here in Nicaragua varies depending on what you prefer. If you get a postpaid account, it locks you in with the cellphone company for 12 to 18 months and the price depends on what is included in your plan. My postpaid plan costs US $50. It gives me a certain amount of free calls. The plan also includes around 30 megabytes allowance for Internet. I have Internet all the time. There is a plan that costs only about $20 a month, which includes less. It might only include 60 minutes of free national calls and a few megabytes of Internet usage. There are a lot of plans to choose from and it all depends on how you use your phone.
 
You could also opt to have prepaid service, where you would top up your phone with credits so that you can use it. You put in $10, for example, which may be good for 2 weeks depending on your usage. It allows you to make international and national calls. They also have promos where if you register for a certain promo with a certain cost, they would double or triple the amount of credits that are loaded on your phone. Some people prefer to use prepaid and use their phones on days where there are special offers, while some people prefer to have a postpaid account where they pay a monthly fee for the plan.
 
(Graphic for Ultra Mobile Data Plus, which has roaming in Nicaragua, pictured.)
Daniel Snider of Snider's Realty Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
The cost of cell phone in Nicaragua depends on the type of service one requires. Basic pre-paid minute phones are extremely cheap and recommendable when traveling throughout the country. For about US $20 you can buy a phone and load up on minutes as desired. These can be purchased very easily in any grocery store or gas station. 
 
Data plans vary but I pay about $50 a month for my iPhone 5 and have all of the capabilities I had with my Verizon phone for $80 a month in the States; 2 mps internet speed, unlimited data and calls for normal business use throughout the day, as well as a few short call to the States a few times a week. 
Michael Vogelsang of Redwood Beach Resort – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Hello - If you are visiting Nicaragua, a neat trick in  is to purchase a micro SIM from Movistar for your iPhone or iPad.  As long as it is unlocked (jailbroken), you can buy the SIM for as little as $12 and a weekly internet/phone plan for about the same amount.  This may not work as well for people from the U.S. who have a long-term plan through Verizon or AT&T (remember, your device must be unlocked.)  Its a good thing to try if you will be here for a few weeks.

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