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Old 28th December 2019, 06:13 PM
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We haven't been out of Mexico in 5 or 6 years, but we are thinking of taking a short trip to Florida this spring.

When I take my AT&T Mexico cell phone with me, is it simply a matter of dialing 1+(area code)+7 digit number to dial a US number (using my AT&T sim) ? Will the data access somehow magically be properly charged to my Mexican account ?

Earlier this year on an internal Mexican flight they announced - those travelling on to the US will need to undergo a CBP interview at this point (Mexico City). Is that true even for US citizens and does that process add even more time to the sign in process at the airport ?

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We haven't been out of Mexico in 5 or 6 years, but we are thinking of taking a short trip to Florida this spring.

When I take my AT&T Mexico cell phone with me, is it simply a matter of dialing 1+(area code)+7 digit number to dial a US number (using my AT&T sim) ? Will the data access somehow magically be properly charged to my Mexican account ?

Earlier this year on an internal Mexican flight they announced - those travelling on to the US will need to undergo a CBP interview at this point (Mexico City). Is that true even for US citizens and does that process add even more time to the sign in process at the airport ?
You have to turn on roaming to use a Mexico AT&T phone in the US. If the plan includes free US calls like mine does, then there won't be any charge but you do need to turn on roaming. I'm not sure if you need the +1 but it doesn't hurt and I have all the numbers stored that way and they work. One quirk will be that if you call someone, the number that shows up on their phone may not be your Mexican number. I can't remember. And if they want to call you, I believe they will have to use the +52 in front of the number and they will be billed for an international call.
I haven't been to the US for awhile, don't know about any new checks before departing.

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I remembered something. I have MagicJack which I use a lot to call the US from our house in Mexico. It has a US phone number. Works great making and receiving calls. They provide an android app which I have used from time to time. They allow me to forward my US incoming calls to my Mexican cell phone. I haven't used that feature much, but I have used that app to receive US text messages in such cases where a US firm insists on 2 factor authentication. (Now that doesn't work in some banking situations). My US IP/Magic Jack phone can't receive text messages, but my Mexican cell phone does.

Anyway - back to that app. If I bring that phone, with that app, on our trip into the US I should be able to at least make free calls using our US number. That sure seems a lot easier than worrying how to dial/receive calls while on the trip...

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Can you walk into something like a 7-eleven in the US (or an ATT storefront), buy a sim and get 30 days usage - without signing up for an annual pay-as-you-go plan ?

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Can you walk into something like a 7-eleven in the US (or an ATT storefront), buy a sim and get 30 days usage - without signing up for an annual pay-as-you-go plan ?
I assume so. You can in every other country in the world. I have never done it in the US. I used to have a T-mobile SIM card that was prepaid. Every time I went to the US, I would go online and add $10 usd to it.

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When you are in the US or Canada, your Mexican phone acts as if it's a US or Canadian phone for calling out, that's the easiest way to think of it, at least for me. So you just dial as if you were using a phone based in that country. If it's a local call, you just dial the area code and number, if it's a long distance call within the US or Canada, you put 1 in front of the number.
If you are trying to phone a Mexican number whle up north, you have to do it as if you were using a US phone- 011 52 area code and number.
But if someone up north is trying to call you, they have to call just as if you were in mexico- 011 52 area code and number and they will pay int. long distance charges. So I just get my friends and family to call, let it ring once or twice and hang up and I call them back.

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When you are in the US or Canada, your Mexican phone acts as if it's a US or Canadian phone for calling out, that's the easiest way to think of it, at least for me. So you just dial as if you were using a phone based in that country. If it's a local call, you just dial the area code and number, if it's a long distance call within the US or Canada, you put 1 in front of the number.
If you are trying to phone a Mexican number whle up north, you have to do it as if you were using a US phone- 011 52 area code and number.
But if someone up north is trying to call you, they have to call just as if you were in mexico- 011 52 area code and number and they will pay int. long distance charges. So I just get my friends and family to call, let it ring once or twice and hang up and I call them back.
Like Surabi said.
The only thing I would add is that you can use a '+' sign in front of the country code. It works everywhere in the world as the international dialing prefix. e.g. +1 xxx yyy zzzz for US and Canada numbers, +52 xxx yyy zzzz or +52 xx yyyy zzzz for Mexico, +502 for Guatemala, +44 for UK, etc. It saves you from having to remember the international dialing prefix which is different in different countries, e.g. 011 for US, 00 for Mexico, 0 for Europe. etc. Numbers that are stored in your contact list with a '+' and country code can be dialed from anywhere in the world with any SIM card without fussing with the specific international dialing prefix of the country you are located in.

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How about data ? I generally pre-download my traffic maps (I have the entire map of Mexico on mine at the moment) - but just for giggles let's say I turned on real-time mapping etc, on my Mexican phone, while in the US ? or pull down my Amazon Music live ? How's that handled ?

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If your contacts phone numbers have the appropriate country code (i.e., +1, +52, ...) assigned, then your phone (as my iPhone does) will sort out how to call out regardless of what country you're in.

As mentioned above, your plan needs to accommodate international roaming. If you're only making calls "data roaming" doesn't have to be on, but you lose a lot of utility, i.e., Uber if it's turned off. To minimize data roaming charges you need to turn off the cellular data option for the majority of your apps. For example, Facebook and Google Photos are egregious data hogs! All your apps will work fine when connected to wi-fi, you just don't need them consuming your roaming data while away from the hotel or friend's home.

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you can call for free with whatsapp.

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