USING A CELL PHONE ON THE EAST CAPE
Cell phone service in Baja Mexico and on the East Cape of Baja.
To the best of my knowledge, Capt. J
I have bought several unlocked iPhones Global Network ready (GSM) and they work great here. Just install a Tecel Micro Chip and bingo bango you're hot.
I have an extra iPhone 4s available, all set up on the Telcel Network. Contact me if you need a phone.
Telcel Mexico Features:
Voice Mail *86
Amigo Optimo - Pre-Paid
Pay 200 Every 30 days
TCell to TCell $.98 $.08 Cents
TCell to USA $1.98 $.16 Cents
TCell Data 1 peso per Mega Bite
3 Free Numbers talk up to 5 mins.
Global standard - GSM - Global System Mobile
Telcel is on a GSM network, the Global Standard
Verizon and Sprint phones will not work on GSM
Your cellular phone will work here, but make sure you know how much your roaming fees, or you might find yourself with a cellular bill that outweighs your bar bill!
For Canadians, Bell, Fido, Rogers & Telus work in Mexico. Those from the US - AT&T, T-Mobile work in Mexico. Press and hold zero until you get a + symbol then dial the 10 digit number to call back home, or dial 001 area code and number on the Telcel network.
If you plan on an extended stay, consider using a GSM chip from any of the local phone companies such as Telcel, Movie-star or USACEL. A GSM chip from Telcel is around $150 pesos and you can use it in any unlocked mobile phone that accepts a SIM card.
You can also buy phones for as little as $300 pesos with a SIM chip included. You simply refill your phone with phone cards that are sold everywhere, or just visit any OXXO convenience store and they will put minutes on your phone.
Most locals use the Telcel Amigo plan which is pay as you go. You can buy credit in the following amounts including the bonus offered (bonus offer is not always valid and can change from time to time):
$100 (no bonus)
$200 (gives up to $260)
$300 (gives up to $450)
$500 (gives up to $900)
TIP: To find out how much money you have in your Amigo account, dial *133#
NEW: Recharge your phone at any OXXO, it's super easy and they are everywhere.
Buy a minimum of $200 pesos and rate will be 1 peso a minute or about $.08 and 2 pesos a minute when calling the USA or Canada. When you buy a refill, it lasts for 60 days. At the end of the 60 days, regardless of your balance, you will not be able to make calls, but you will be able to receive calls. When you purchase more credit, all unused credit will be re-activated. As long as you keep refilling your phone, you get to keep your credit. If you stop, at a certain point you lose your number and any credit you had.
Telcel: For customer support, Telcel Amigo subscribers may dial *264 from their mobile phone, or one may dial the network's
toll-free number, 01-800-71-05-687.
To check remaining balance dial *333, option 1
To check remaining balance by text dial *133# (costs $1 peso)
Transfer minutes to another phone:
SMS text the number 7373, in the message - type in the phone # you want to transfer minutes to, then space, then peso value (100 max per text). Press send.
You should register your phone by calling *264 You may need to ask for an English speaking person or Hable en English por favor.
Not only will you no longer be bugged by the message: "Estamado usario...", but if you lose your phone, you can transfer your number and remaining credit to a new chip and you are good to go!
Amigo Telcel Mexico
TIP: When entering an Amigo code, you dial *333. There is an option to switch languages, but it's in Spanish. Press # to switch to English.
TIP: If you have had your TelCel Amigo number for 1 year or more, you can get a discounted rate on your calls simply by asking for it. You can find the number to call on any refill card you buy. You will see $1.17 and somewhere in there a number to call.
Telcell Data: 1 peso per Mega Bite no plan. This works for me and I barely notice the charges. Great for email, texting, Facebook, and Messenger.
Need to use your phone as a HOT SPOT, you may need a data plan.
Tip: WiFi is almost everywhere, get connected and get free access.
Tip: Go to settings and turn off data access via Telcel - 3G - Turn it on again when you need it. 3G is just starting to appear here on the East Cape.
Data Plan - If you use a lot of data, simply text the following to 5050:
bat1 - $49 pesos (100 MB or 1 day)
bat2 - $79 pesos (200 MB or 2 days)
bat7 - $199 pesos (700 MB or 7 days)
bat15 - $299 pesos (1.5 GB or 15 days)
bat30 - $499 pesos (3 GB or 30 days)
You will get a confirmation text message that the service is activated and a confirmation message when either you run of of MB or days.