The cost to get a cellphone in Belize depends on what brand you buy. There are cheap phones and there are expensive ones. The latest Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge costs $2,500 Belize or US $1,250. This is an expensive phone, which only most people in the working sector can afford. There are also cheaper phones here in Belize. The cheapest phone would cost around $100 Belize or US $50.
The cost of cellphone service also depends on what kind of service you want. It costs $25 Belize (US $12.50) for a prepaid SIM card and then you put credits in it. Here in Belize, there are special days when the cellphone providers offer a “double-up” or “triple-up.” They usually have these offers on Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and other public or bank holidays, such as Independence Day and Christmas. So for example, you buy a top-up card for $50, and they have a triple-up promo that day, then you will get $150 worth of calling added to your card. If you buy $10 and up, you will get a double-up. Aside from using prepaid service, you could also have a postpaid plan here in Belize. There are people who have open line cellphone service where they pay what they have used.
A phone call within Belize costs 5 Belize cents per minute up to 45 Belizean cents per minute. If you make calls outside of Belize, it costs more. A phone call to the US or Mexico could cost around $1.10 Belize per minute. (The exchange rate in Belize is fixed to 2 Belize dollars to 1 US dollar, so in order to get US dollar rates from Belize rates, divide in half.)
(Independence Day Belize phonecard, pictured.)