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andrewestes
9/25/2016 20:09 EST

When I move to Ec within 3 months what is the best choice for a phone. I am a deliberate techno-idiot, but I know my little Samsung flip phone won't do. I have a good laptop with lots of capacity plus Word, which I use a lot to compose. Previously I have not done photos, but with the move I hope to have a lot of them and send them to America (little blessings from Ec) I can get a perfect 1 yr. old IPad for $200 here. Any solid advice? Andrew Estes

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waynestar8
9/26/2016 09:59 EST

If you have a I Phone that is a 5 or newer from Verizon or any unlocked cell phone. All Verizon I Phones are unlocked if 5 model or newer. All you need to do is buy a Claro or Movie Star chip. Claro is about $5 and then get a plan or buy minutes if you do not want a plan.

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KhunMarcos
9/26/2016 11:14 EST

I'm still in the States, and after much discussion (and lots of tech savvy fdbk from friends) went with a BLU R1 HD smart phone from Amazon... $60, for real nice phone (I had Amazon Prime) ... Dual SIMs, so I have a U.S. now for getting up to speed, and as stated, buy a Claro chip once down in S. America. Very happy, great price for a full featured unlocked smartphone.

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OceanHideaway
9/27/2016 04:59 EST

Dual sim cards are great here in Ecuador because you can have both Claro and MoviStar service on the same phone and be able to get discounts speaking with your friends who are on either service.

Those are the two most popular services in the Country.

CNT and TuVenti bring up the rear .

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Kimac
9/27/2016 13:13 EST

Pardon the Q that must be common knowledge to everyone else:

Can the cheapo smart phone I bought in Ecuador, with dual SIM slots, be used in the US, if I just go down to the local Verizon store and buy one? If I need to buy one somewhere else, where?

I assume this phone is "unlocked" (whatever that means), since these things are apparently designed for switchable SIMS. This would be unlike the typical offerings in the US.

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KhunMarcos
10/1/2016 16:21 EST

Kimac,

I just went thru this in the reverse order, and my answer would be Yes!
I bought an unlocked phone here (see reply above), and bought a T-Mobile Sim Starter kit for $40 @ Best Buy. It includes a 3-in-1 sized sim chip, Unltd Talk & Test for a month (al I needed) and 4GB of web traffic). Turns out most all my use has been thru home wireless, and the 4GB of traffic massively overkill. You can buy Just the Sim chip, for ~~$10 all over.

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windshadow
10/1/2016 20:45 EST

Buy two of the best phones and macpro laptops. Sell one of each when you get here and it will probably pay for your airfare. Something like the latest iphone unlocked or Galaxy.

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Kimac
12/7/2016 09:49 EST

The allowances from bringing in technology, contrasting with the local costs, make this idea interesting.

A second high-quality laptop would sell fast. However, most people I know go for cheap smart phones. Even I went with a locally made $85 Grun when I first arrived.

Would an unlocked, but relatively low-capacity Apple iPhone, be that appealing to the market in Cuenca? Is it possible (easy?) to order one from Apple that comes unlocked? Or one that one with 2 sim slots?

The underlying question is whether it would be better/easier to get another brand (Samsung?) that would have more local appeal on re-sale?

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KhunMarcos
12/7/2016 22:20 EST

iPhones are generally sold at a premium, usually locked (kickbacks from telecom carrier etc.)... that game is old, and is being acknowledged. Android (and GOOG) are partnering, and a solid, new tech, high end, unlocked phone can be had for FAR less. I bought (and there are others) from Amazon while in States, a BLU HD R1. All the features, for $60 or $110, depending on whether or not you permitted lock screen ads.

$60 bucks... my iCrap friends were green, and found Nothing negative to say, except it wasn't an AAPL product.. Compare tech with $6-700 iStuff, and make your own decision.

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jerryg22
12/8/2016 21:37 EST

I don't believe a Verizon phone works in Ecuador. They do not use GSM.

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ecuadorjoe
12/9/2016 06:59 EST

Look at the unlocked "BLU" phone on Amazon about $50 I am using one phone supporting two sim's one for U.S. and other sim is for Claro works well.

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sharpylad
4/4/2020 18:23 EST

My girlfriend (Ecuadorian) is locked down in a beachside home near Bahia, and desperately needs a charger and lead for her iPhone 6 Plus so she can contact her family in the US.
She is alone and needs to keep in contact with family regularly.
Does anybody have one that i can buy for her, and find some way to get it delivered to her.
Please email me asap if you can help.
Thanking all,
Tommy (UK)

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