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Old 19th December 2012, 06:56 AM
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Hey guys I need some help please. I have looked at several different Websites about cell phone coverage in Mexico. Im getting confusing info on which carriers from the US will work in Mex. Also will the iPhone 4 or 5 work? I will be in the state of Oaxaca near Puerto Angel and Huatulco. According to Verizon they have service there. But the iPhone 4 and 5 do not have a sim slot. So I wondered if I just took another cheap older vz phone to use there if that would work since it has a sim. Thanks guys!
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A particular cell company's phones working in another country doesn't equal their doing business there.

I can use my ATT phone in MX, or Italy, for that matter, but it's an additional cost.

If you will be living in MX, and want to use your iPhone, you'll need to get it cracked and jailbroken. There are numerous sites, including demonstrations on youtube, for how to do so. Or, you can find someone who'll do it for you, for a price.

Then you can use the Mexican carrier that best meets your needs for your phone.
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Call Verizon and they'll unlock it for your trip to Mexico and you can buy, if you wish, a SIM for the iPhone. Best bet would be Telcel.
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Hey guys I need some help please. I have looked at several different Websites about cell phone coverage in Mexico. Im getting confusing info on which carriers from the US will work in Mex. Also will the iPhone 4 or 5 work? I will be in the state of Oaxaca near Puerto Angel and Huatulco. According to Verizon they have service there. But the iPhone 4 and 5 do not have a sim slot. So I wondered if I just took another cheap older vz phone to use there if that would work since it has a sim. Thanks guys!
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.

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VERIZON IPhone 4S and 5 have GSM radios so that they can be used in countries outside the USA. Note that an ATT or T-Mobile SIM card will not work. Here is a link to a Verizon forum post that should help you. As joaquinx posted Telcel is your best bet in Mexico.

https://community.verizonwireless.com/message/696707

IPhones purchased from other carriers may or may not have the necessary GSM radio for use in Mexico. Other Iphone models or those that are purchased used and unofficially unlocked "jail broken" may not have the necessary frequencies and/or radios and may also present technical issues present issues.

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Michmex- thanks I'm gonna check out the link u posted for more info. I do know telcel is widely used in the area I'm going to be in. All my fiancé's family uses telcel. But I'm still a little confused even if I have Verizon unlock my iPhone 4 before I leave how will telcel activate it? Do they not require a sim? Because iPhone 4 has no sim slot.

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The iPhone 4S and 5 do have SIM slots, however the iPhone 4 does not. You are stuck with the original SIM from Verizon. The only thing that I can recommend is for you to see a Verizon agent regarding cost of calling and data from Mexico. Other than that, you could opt for a used 4S or a new 5. Ebay?

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Verizon and Sprint use the CDMA on their IPhones. You can do one of three options that I am aware of. You can call the provider and tell them you will be in Mexico and to add this service to your phone. Easy enough to do but when I did this with Sprint for my daughter a couple of years ago I was very unhappy when I got the bill to pay. It was very expensive. Second, if you have fulfilled your contract with the cell phone provider, the company will unlock your phone to use on another network. Third, you can purchase the phone outright with no contract, which is also very expensive.
I know on the side of my IPhone there is a little "pin" on the right side that you can push in with a paper clip. The slot will open up and you will see the SIM card. On my phone it took me a little bit since the holder didn't want to cooperate and come out. Even though Sprint and Verizon use CDMA there is a SIM card in there for the phone. Changing the SIM card doesn't unlock the phone though, you still have to contact the carrier to unlock it or find someone who will do it.
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CDMA phones have no SIM card.

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The Verizon IPhone has both CDMA and a SIM card. I am 100% positive on this.

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