Guadalajara - Post Report Question and Answers

Do you have any recommendations regarding mobile phones? Did you keep your home-country plan or use a local provider?

Many US carriers offer free coverage in Mexico, but may boot you off your plan if you use it too much. We had to switch our US numbers from T-Mobile to Google Fi (Google Fi offers an exception for FSOs in Mexico). I have a work cell phone with a local plan, but primarily use my US phone and number. - Jan 2023


I use T-mobile. It's fine and cheap. I pay about $30 for 4 GB of data and unlimited calls. - Aug 2018


People seem to fall into 3 camps: use the office-issued Blackberry; keep their US number and use that; get a local plan. A popular local plan is with AT&T, about $30/mo, 5ish GB, free calls/texts to US/Canada, no roaming charges in US/Canada. - Feb 2017


Bring an unlocked phone. Telcel and other carriers are abundant. You can get a prepaid chip and refill it at most every grocery store. - Feb 2015


Most people bring unlocked iPhones and get a local plan once arriving. I have the maximum amount of data and it costs only US$40 or so a month. If you don't want a smart phone, you can wait and buy one locally when you arrive. They're sold at Oxxo (like a 7-11) for as little as US$30. - Jan 2015


Everything is avilable and inexpensive. - May 2014


Bring your own, buy a sim there.Getting a plan is a challenge. They do a full "investigation" and have trouble unless you have a local bank account. It is easier to just buy the monthly sim refill cards. - Apr 2014


Bring one from the US (they are about 30% more expensive locally) and use a local plan. - Jun 2013


Telcel. - Jan 2012


Cell service is great and pay-as-you-go plans are available. - Jan 2011


Most people have the Telcel pay-as-you-go service here. - Jun 2010


Telcel's Amigo is a good option. It's a rechargable/pay as you go plan. - Feb 2008


Don't get a contract!I f your phone is stolen, then you will incur a huge bill and it is difficult to cancel the contract. It is better to buy a cell phone and buy cards to load minutes. - Jan 2008


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