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lduper
7/19/2016 09:15 EST

I am moving to Honduras in August 2016, but I will be returning frequently to the US. My current cell phone plan is not viable (Verizon). What is recommended?

sherride
7/19/2016 11:07 EST

All you have to do is purchase a Honduran sim card from tigo or claro...I use tigo. I just switch them when I go back and forth. Or you can buy a cheap cell phone here but I prefer using my regular phone

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anirgude
7/19/2016 11:42 EST

There, you have your answer. I ak using Tigo chip. You will have to get what they call here, 'saldo' which is Tigo money for 50, 100 or more Lempiras. Make sure you buy triple tigo money that way you get more minutes. What are you planning on doing here?

ADKmom
7/19/2016 22:03 EST

You have to make sure your phone is unlocked before you can put the Honduras chip in it. I took my old Samsung ATT phone and spent 2 days unlocking it before being able to put a chip in it. Talk to your cell phone carrier in the states before going they have to give you the code. It also has to be a phone that can be used internationally, all ATT phones are but I don't think all Vorizon phones are. Amazon sells quite a few unlocked phones cheep this is also another option. The chip , minutes and data are reasonable in Honduras and can be purchased for short periods of time at many locations.

sherride
7/19/2016 23:22 EST

I must have been lucky...had my galaxy unlocked in Tela in an hour

steve2021
7/24/2016 12:07 EST

You're probably going to need to pop for a new, unlocked phone. Verizon is a CDMA network, which means their service doesn't use a SIM card. That said, I'm told that some Verizon phones can function on both CDMA and GSM networks. (GSM networks, like ATT & T-Mobile, are the ones that use SIM cards. GSM is pretty much the standard outside of the US.) If your Verizon phone has a SIM card slot, I'd suggest talking to Verizon about how to make use of it while you're outside the country. If your phone doesn't have the ability to accept a SIM card, it's probably time to head over to Flea Bay and hunt down one that does AND that is unlocked, They can be had starting around $20 for a feature phone.

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lduper
7/28/2016 13:35 EST

Thanks to everyone who has responded. I am leaving a week from tomorrow (so excited!) and will be living in Siguatepeque (Comayagua). I spoke with Verizon, my current carrier, and they tell me my current phone (Samsung Galaxy S4) can indeed be unlocked, and they also recommended a sim card, so that is what I will be doing.

Question: I need to get connected as soon as possible after getting there. Does anyone have experience with Verizon stores, if any, in Siguatepeque? I think I am getting that I should just go to a Tigo store and have them take care of it, yes? (Sorry, I can't see all the responses on this webpage).

Also, I will be downloading WhatsApp. Question: Does anyone use a Skype app on their phone? Is it still free for international calls?

Another question (sorry...): Has anyone used the Facebook phone function?

Thanks so much!

Linda

sherride
7/29/2016 02:07 EST

Calm down...have Verizon give you the unlock code before you leave. This is Honduras...no Verizon store here. Go to a Tigo vendor and get a Tigo sim card. Your phone will work the same...but you need wifi to connect to the internet...personally I won't invest in an internet plan, there's enough wifi to get you online to be found, but that's up to you. Don't know how long you're staying, so consider that too. I have wahtsapp and skype on my phone no problem. And yes, you can make calls through them and FB messenger..you just need wifi. If you get to Tela, give me a shout

anirgude
7/29/2016 12:52 EST

hola,, ok so I currently live in Comayagua, Comayagua, Honduras. Seguatepeque is about an hour from here or less. Yes I suggest going to a Tigo store, they will take care of this for you. Make sure your phone is unlocked prior to that. Shoot me an email, I have Tigo. I don't want to post my phone number here. All applications will work here as long as you have wifi or network connection. Good luck...

lduper
7/29/2016 22:35 EST

Thanks again, everyone. I verified that m,y phone is already unlocked and can receive a sim card.

ADKmom
7/31/2016 10:15 EST

I would recommend having 2 different phones and plans. Keep your Verizon phone for US calls in the US. You may want to go to a pay as you go plan in order to not have a monthly bill.
As far as Honduras you will need a phone that is unlocked and able to be used in other countries. As far as I know Verizon phones run on a different system than most of the other countries use. We took our ATT phone down and discovered we had to get it unlocked. Once we did that it worked fine with a chip from one of the Honduras companies. You can buy unlocked phones on amazon they have a large selection.
With 2 phones you will not need to switch sim cards back and forth.

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lduper
7/31/2016 18:57 EST

Two phones is a good idea. I will look into that. Thanks again to everyone.

exexagdm
4/2/2017 11:25 EST

Hi Sherride, I read a reply you kindly gave someone inquiring on how cell phones work in Honduras. I am a native Honduran who left at almost 19 and has no family there (nor here - I live in Southern California) but definitely a lot of memories and nostalgia about the place - especially Tela. Since I have no family there, I'd love to connect with someone who lives there (it sounds like you might). Would you mind chatting via email here and there? I no longer know anything about my beloved Tela and would love to chat with someone living there. If you are ok with my request, I can send you my email/name etc. if/when you reply. Thanks for your consideration.

HondurashereIcome
4/18/2017 19:28 EST

I use the facebook phone messenger all the time... works anywhere and doesn't cost anything if you are connected to a network....

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