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Old 9th January 2013, 01:33 AM
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How did you get T-Mobile to unblock the phone? I have requested it from them. They tell me I will get instructions by email. Then I never hear from them again.
I got it done here in Zacatecas at an "authorized Telcel" dealer who probably sent it out to some kid that works in his kitchen. I didn't want to try it myself.

I got the phone on the $50 Unlimited talk and text plan which came with $50 airtime included in the price of the phone and converted it to pay as you go because it doesn't make sense to use US airtime down here at international rate.

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Buy a cheap phone from Tel Cel, about $30. Load time as you need it, no monthly bills. Do you really need all the fancy stuff?
There are several reasons why a person, even a retired one like me who has no pressing engagements, would want all that fancy stuff.

1) Wandering around Zacatecas, I frequently ran into situations that I wanted to take photos or videos and didn't have my camera. My Samsung smartphone does both and fits almost unfelt in my pocket.

2) Frequently when I'm out, I want to keep up with conversations, arguments, pissing matches I'm having with people via email and on Facebook. All I need to do is stop in at a wi-fi hotspot and do it while I enjoy a coffee. I'm getting pretty good at typing on the virtual keyboard on the screen.

3) I use the GPS and mapping applications to confirm directions because there are very few people who give them correctly.

4) I'm a lazy SOB. The phone connects me to my computer so without having to get up and go from the living room to my office, I can see who's posting to me on Facebook or what I have in my email as it arrives. I can even make and receive calls to my friends in the States from anyplace I can access wi-fi on my Skype account without using air time included in my Skype Unlimited US and Canada Plan.

To me, those 4 points were reason enough to justify buying the phone at a very reasonable (comparatively) price. For as long a the iPhone and other smartphones have been out, my needs, prices and features didn't all come together till last November.

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As I understand it the situation is as follows. I am sure someone will correct me if I have it wrong.

Verizon (and a few other US phone companies) use CDMA. The rest of the world, including AT&T and many other carriers use GSM. GSM relies on removable SIM card. Phones bought through a phone carrier are locked to that carrier. To use that phone as a local phone in another country, or with another carrier, you need to 1) unlock the phone and 2) change the SIM card.

The iPhone 4 and 5 come in several different versions depending on which phone company it is tied to.

On a related note…
I would like to unlock a Mexican Telcel phone so that I can use it with a SIM chip in another country. I haven't had any luck doing this. I talked to Telcel and to some third party phone shops and they all told me they could not do it. Does anyone know how to unlock a Telcel Nokia or Samsung phone. Both are pretty old.
There are a bunch of places here in Zacatecas that unlock Telcel Cellphones. I'm not surprised that telcel itself won't do it. "Authorized" dealers are independent businesses and do what they want. Surely there must be dozens in Guadalajara.

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2) Frequently when I'm out, I want to keep up with conversations, arguments, pissing matches I'm having with people via email and on Facebook. All I need to do is stop in at a wi-fi hotspot and do it while I enjoy a coffee. I'm getting pretty good at typing on the virtual keyboard on the screen.
To each his or her own, of course. When I'm out and about, I enjoy being disconnected from the Internet .

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Folks, AT&T offers a plan called Viva Mexico, I've been using it for about 3 years here in Mexico on my iPhone 4S, my package includes 700 rollover minutes, 2 gigs of data in USA only and no text services. It cost about $100 @ month, they offer other similar packages. My phone connects to either Telcel or Movistar, and there isn't any roaming or international charges. When connected to Telcel I have caller id (in/out) but id blocked on Movistar. Saludos y Feliz Ano Nuevo
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It cost about $100 @ month, they offer other similar packages.
Everyone's needs are different.

Is that USD or MXN? I do all the voice and data I need when I'm away from home for less than 50 pesos a month plus $60USD a year for a Skype plan. Yes, I do pay Telmex for landline and Internet, $30USD/mo. Other tools let me avoid Telcel air time charges for data and I only make a few short cell calls. I am really retired, do most of my interaction with people face to face in this "small town" I live in. The evening is the best to get hold of family and friends in the US so I do it from home with Skype.

It is interesting to know that the kind of service you use is available and that it's reasonable compared to what people in the US are paying for US only service. There is so much here that is "hidden" if you don't know who and what to ask, every bit of solid info is valuable.

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On a personal note, Tmex51, what is the weather like in San Felipe. Warmer in winter than Zacatecas? Less windy? I have had four good years here, but I may just want a change of scenery to a place that's a wee bit warmer in winter and not too hot or humid in summer.

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Thats $100 USA, I also have a Telcel usb modem for internet at m/l $35 USA @ month, I also you Skype with it. I spent 6 weeks in Zacatecas a couple of years ago working in a factory there, it's really a beautiful place. I live in a very small village between San Felipe and Dolores Hidalgo at 7,000' elevation. It very seldom gets to 90F and most nights are in the 45 to 55 F in the winter. I built a small adobe house and some mornings I turn on the propane heater in the bathroom to take a shower. I've been living and working in Mexico for the past 26 years, have travel most places here, there are many beautiful places to live. I choosed this place because of the weather and the peacefullness of a small town, no traffic to speak of only cows, sheep and goats to deal with when leaving. Saludos
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Thats $100 USA, I also have a Telcel usb modem for internet at m/l $35 USA @ month, I also you Skype with it. I spent 6 weeks in Zacatecas a couple of years ago working in a factory there, it's really a beautiful place. I live in a very small village between San Felipe and Dolores Hidalgo at 7,000' elevation. It very seldom gets to 90F and most nights are in the 45 to 55 F in the winter. I built a small adobe house and some mornings I turn on the propane heater in the bathroom to take a shower. I've been living and working in Mexico for the past 26 years, have travel most places here, there are many beautiful places to live. I choosed this place because of the weather and the peacefullness of a small town, no traffic to speak of only cows, sheep and goats to deal with when leaving. Saludos
You forgot to mention the herds of burros and horses I see everytime I travel down that highway [very often]. I like to watch for them and really enjoy the area also. Maybe further east from San Felipe than you are. I still haven´t stopped at the Villas de Reyes hot spings to soak yet, but will one day.


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My spouse and I both have iPhones that we purchased directly from the Apple Store in the USA (factory unlocked, to work with any GSM carrier worldwide). I elected to keep my AT&T prepaid plan and US cell number, which works fine here in Mexico, since AT&T is partnered with Telcel. No cell data capacity on AT&T's prepaid plan, however it's very inexpensive, you pay for only minutes you are going to use, and anytime I need the internet I just go to a wifi "hotspot". (All iPhones are wifi capable.) My spouse brought his iPhone to Mexico (again, purchased unlocked from the Apple Store in the USA) and replaced the AT&T SIM with a Telcel SIM he purchased here. He is using a prepaid TelCel plan. (Once again, no cell data capacity, but he can connect to the internet at any wifi hotspot. Both work well for us here in Puerto Vallarta and are very inexpensive ways to have service.
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