I am making an exploratory trip soon. Would like to know how and what kind of phone to buy with card to make local lphone calls in Guatemala and overseas calls, my I phone cannot be unlocked. thank you. also I speak Spanish perfectly from having lived in Mexico for 20 years.
I moved to Antigua 8 years ago I had my iPhone unlocked here and bought a chip for a local provider. Now it was a iPhone 3 so maybe the newer ones can't be unlocked. But I was told by a US provider that a 3 can't be unlocked. Wrong. Or just by a phone in one of the local providers stores. Q100-Q8,000 purchase price normally a chip is included with anywhere from Q100 -Q1,000 balance free.
Smart phones are about all you see. Apple, Samsung, L&G, etc. The providers, Claro, Tigo and Moviestar stores all sell smart phones, as well as different shops in Antigua and the Q100-Q150 phones. If someone is here for a couple of weeks I'd buy one of the cheap ones.
I 1st moved here I had Tigo. Then bought a Samsung S5 a few years back and it had Q1,000 balance (Movistar) on the chip. So went with Movistar. I like Movistar because they are always offering six times saldo. For example buy Q100 and get Q600 in saldo. Also other offers everyday. Coverage is good all over Central America and no roaming charges. I was in Oregon a few years ago and it worked on T-Moble network. Now Claro and Tigo also offer Saldo deals. Not much different among all of them. My girlfriend has an LG and has two chips. She uses Movistar and Tigo. Hope this helps.
Tigo has pre-pago plans (paid before the month starts) and post-pago plans (paid after the month ends). My husband and I pay Q199 for unlimited Tigo-to-Tigo calls and 500 minutes for other carriers, plus 5 gb internet. Since we connect to wifi whenever we can (in restaurants, at home, etc,) we never go over the data allowance. This package is pretty low in both services offered and price; they have other packages that offer more for a greater price.
I bet other carriers have similar plans, but I am not familiar with them.
Central America is an increasingly popular retirement destination. Retirees love it's proximity to the United States, lower cost of living, beautiful cities, amazing beaches, healthy lifestyle and friendly people.
Central America is an increasingly popular retirement destination. Retirees love it's proximity to the United States, lower cost of living, beautiful cities, amazing beaches, healthy lifestyle and fr...
A French expat who went to Panajachel, Guatemala on vacation loved the climate and locals so much he ended up staying. He advises other newcomers to rent first, pack lightly, use a lawyer and translator when signing contracts and leave your prejudices behind.
A French expat who went to Panajachel, Guatemala on vacation loved the climate and locals so much he ended up staying. He advises other newcomers to rent first, pack lightly, use a lawyer and transla...