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quietbibleguy
2/18/2019 04:20 EST

I did a search on this and got nothing. Is there a most popular cell carrier in Chile, like Verizon is in the US (with the most towers, and arguably the "best" service)? And is it possible to keep a US phone and tablet just by changing the SIM card? Both devices are in good shape, I don't need new ones unless it is required for compatibility. I appreciate any information or experiences you can share. It would be nice to know whether or not to bring my devices, or to sell them here and buy new ones when I get there.

Becerra65
2/18/2019 08:37 EST

What works for me is an app called “What’s Call” or What’s App”.” They are free apps. The first one you watch ads earn points and can make calls anywhere in the world free. I work remotely and I am able to call my clients in the US for free with very good signal through WiFi. I have all Apple devices.

Another way to communicate is through Facebook Messenger. This is how I communicate with my family and friends as well as by FaceTime audio and video.. All of these methods are free and work well. WiFi (free) is readily available it most establishments here in Chile.

My husband has an android phone that he has service through WOM to make phone calls within the country of Chile.

Hope this helps.

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Encourager
2/18/2019 08:57 EST

I agree with Becerra65. Two years ago I purchased a cellular phone service from WOM. 6 months later I discovered Entel and then a year ago I cancelled ALL cellular services here in Chile because I learned about WhatsApp. It is FREE and you can send text messages FREE and even leave voice messages. The only disadvantage is that there is no live inter-active instantaneous messages that you can send. So I have subscribed to Nextiva for those rare times that I need to have interactive phone conversations. I use it only with my clients that I still interact with occasionally and the service is very reliable and the least expensive for live interactive phone calls anywhere in the world.

quietbibleguy
2/20/2019 15:54 EST

Becerra, Encourager, I appreciate the good information. I suppose I should refine my question. I work from home, and am usually home. I plan to have WiFi at home, and am familiar with Skype, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger. However, when I step out now I normally take my cell phone, and sometimes my cell-capable tablet, so I can stay in contact. I also take them when I travel outside the U.S.. Verizon lets me use my devices internationally for a $10 per day per device. Do any of these companies offer that kind of service? Much appreciated.

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