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Ivy Del Pozzo of Coldwell Banker SMART – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Ivy del Pozo after charity work with her cell phone nearby, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThere are a number of ways to deal with your phone needs in Mexico.  I have a real estate business here so I have a US number that I purchased via Skype.  As I live here full time I have an unlocked cell phone that I purchased in the US, although they are sold here as well and have a phone service package with Luasacell, a company recently purchased by AT&T.
 
With this service I can talk unlimited to the US and Canada and anywhere in Mexico plus enough texts to work for someone in business like myself.  This is a 699 mxn (about $36 US) package and if you pay for the whole year you pay for 7 months and get 5 free.  Can't beat it.
 
You can also have Vonage but Skype will link to your phone and you can receive and make those call from anywhere.
 
ALSO, really big here in Mexico is the use of Whatsapp and you can call anywhere in the world for free on that as long as the person you are call is also on Whatsapp.
 
Hope this helped!
 
(Ivy del Pozo after charity work with her cell phone nearby, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, pictured.)
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Jet Metier of Best Places in the World to Retire near a street pay phone, Ajijic, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingWhen moving to Mexico, the use of a regular phone line, a cell phone, Skype, Magicjack or other VoIP technology works fine. Most people nowadays are going to the cell phone simply for the portability and versatility that it offers. For example, if you get a Blackberry in Mexico, you can use it anywhere. Even a regular phone, you can use it anywhere. They might charge extra for roaming, but it's not like you can't use it once you go across the border. You've got that flexibility. 
 
A lot of people, too, are into Skype and a visual connection with their grandchildren or other people up North. If you've got a smart phone, you can do that on the move as well. If somebody calls you or Skypes to connect to you, you can connect right on your cell phones. 
 
The SIM cards that they put in cell phones are different in Mexico than they are up North. If you bring a cell phone with you from up North, it may not work in Mexico at all, never mind if you know which numbers to dial. It's been so long since I had a North American phone, I can't remember whether I had big problems with it or not when I first came down. 
 
I have a monthly Mexican plan with AT&T Mexico with my Mexican smart phone. I've got children and grandchildren up in Canada. I don't want to be playing around with special rates and so on. I can make all the calls I want to make. That's just part of my phone plan. AT&T Mexico used to be called Iusacell.
 
(Jet Metier of Best Places in the World to Retire near a street pay phone, Ajijic, Mexico, pictured.)
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Ad for Telcel, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingFor communicating in Mexico, cell phones are the best for several reasons.

You can have your cell phone and ready to go before you arrive in Mexico.  You can purchase an unlocked cell phone and a Mexican sim card in a store or online that is the style and type that you like. Telcel, the largest phone carrier in Mexico, has cards that will work with  unlocked iPhone 5, 5S, 6 or 6 Plus, Android or any other unlocked GSM phone.  All these phones and the Telcel SIM cards are available on Amazon, as well as in some US stores. The SIM cards have a Mexican phone number are activated when you arrive in Mexico.  The last time I compared them with other plans, they had the cheapest calling rates for calls to the US. The incoming calls are free.

Here are my 6 top reasons for suggesting cell phones:

  • You can have the phone before you travel-  know all the features before you travel and/or even use it as your phone with your SIM card (US or Canada)

  • You will have a number before you arrive --- give it to anyone who may need to contact you.

  • The phone will work in your hotel, a new apartment, condo or house -- no worries about moving your service.

  • Your phone gives you a sense of security when you are out and about in a foreign country. This is especially nice if you do not speak Spanish.  

  • Cell phones can have many other great features  --- among them are: maps, translation programs, apps for local resources, GPS, currency converter, weather and medical help.  (mPassport, for example, will give you local names for your medication and will provide you with English speaking doctors and dentists and their locations.)

  • If you travel back and forth very much you can purchase a phone with two slots for SIM cards.  I have a phone with two SIM cards and just choose which carrier I need to make calls.  I also receive incoming calls from my old US number.  You can even purchase SIM cards for other countries.

At home in Mexico, I use a local phone and Skype.  My local phone service is a package deal with phone, internet, and television.

The local phone is convenient and my particular package includes unlimited calls to Mexico and the United States.
 
I also use Skype on my computer. It is especially great for my business calls and for calls to other countries. Although it is a surprise to people when they get a call from a Wyoming number and then find out I am in Mexico.
 
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Samantha Arnold of Peters & Romero – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Metro PCS Unlimited Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingIn my view it is best to get a cell phone here in Mexico. That’s what I did. In part, this is because service contracts for landlines generally include penalties for cancelling service early  - which can create problems if you want to move apartments.   
 
When I first arrived, I used my own cell phone with a "pay as you go" local service plan. I would have preferred to get a proper monthly plan but this is difficult to get without residency status and a local credit card.  Even for the pay as you go option, I needed to have a bank account, proof of address and my passport.   Cellphone service in Mexico is much more affordable than it is in Canada, but the price of cellphones themselves (like most electronics) is higher. Once I had established residency and had a local credit card, I was able to get a monthly plan - and a new cellphone! - without any problem.
 
When calling back to Canada, we use Skype, Facetime, or Whatsapp if possible, or just regular old-fashioned cell-phone service!  My cellphone plan gives me minutes that I can use to call anywhere in North American at a very reasonable rate.
 
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