|USING CELLULAR IN MEXICO
( Celular en México )
Mexican Cellular Carriers:
is presented here as a Mexican carrier due
to their major acquisitions of 2 Mexico carriers,
Iusacell and Nextel of Mexico. AT&T will combine these networks and
offer a formidable product for both Mexican
and US customers. They are expected to upgrade
both networks to 4G LTE. For now, US customers
should wait to see what offers will be coming,
including from the AT&T-owned, Cricket
Wireless. We expect the Roaming US customer
will benefit significantly with their own
AT&T phone in the near future. This may
have major consequences in the Mexico wireless
is now owned by AT&T. Iusacell currently operates both GSM and
CDMA networks that are not as expansive as
the other carriers in Mexico. Most of the
phones Iusacell sells are GSM and their CDMA
network is maintained for the small number
of CDMA phone owners in Mexico and roamers
from the US who use Verizon and Sprint phones.
AT&T ownership should mean significant
changes including better Mexico roaming for
US AT&T costumers, expansion of the network
toward 4G LTE, and retirement of CDMA service.
Also, AT&T has acquired Nextel of Mexico, which will be combined with the Iusacell network,
and will provide an excellent choice for Mexico
wireless service. For now, Iusacell has a
few stores and kiosks and if you can get
a deal on one of their prepaid phones, they
offer more minutes for your money, but not
really enough to make a difference. Over
the years we have only found one Iusacell
store, and only one kiosk, to make a purchase.
Iusacell Coverage Map
offers prepaid options and their
is almost as good as TelCel's.
You can buy
a Movistar SIM-only and use your
GSM phone. Movistar retailers
are hard to
find, but refills are available
at many convenience
stores through the store's computer.
able to renew our Pay-Per-Call
Pro Llamada") which gives
you at least
15 minutes of talk to anywhere
for a flat
fee, currently calls to the US
$1.25. However, we cannot confirm
is available to new customers.
We have never
been able to access any English-speaking
assistance at Movistar, either
or at their national toll-free
TelCel, Movistar calls to 611,
and to check
your balance, involve a charge.
Movistar Coverage Map
||NEXTEL of MEXICO
has been acquired by AT&T. This
Nextel uses a mixture of technologies that
will change under AT&T ownership.
Nextel's iDEN technology coverage is better
within the interior of Mexico and not as
extensive around the resorts, but it works
very well within their service area. They
don't offer much for the short-time visitor
but have a big following among business people,
especially for their Direct Connect Walkie-Talkie
service. They have created a new, "Red"
network which currently doesn't have as much
coverage as their old iDEN network but it
includes Broadband coverage.
We expect significant improvements as AT&T
upgrades Nextel and Iusacel into one 4G LTE national network.
Nextel Coverage Map
currently offers the best coverage in the country, and sells a prepaid
package, "Amigo", that includes phone, SIM ("chip") and a prepaid card.
Some retailers offer just the SIM, some of which have minutes already
loaded on them, which can be inserted into your own unlocked GSM phone.
Some retailers charge an extra fee to help you get set up...it could be
worth it. If your phone is not unlocked, your GSM carrier (AT&T,
T-Mobile and others) may provide you with your unlock code. If not, or
if you don't subscribe to those networks, you can buy an unlocked GSM
phone just for use in Mexico.
The future of
TelCel has a few clouds on the horizon as they will be required to sell
a certain percentage of their network to comply with new government
regulations. This may affect TelCel's coverage but we imagine they will
only sell under favorable terms. Even though Telcel advertises
themselves as "4G LTE," we could find nothing better than 3G.
They will upgrade to compete but we can't guess how soon.
There are some price benefits among TelCel's plans, including flat rate calls to any other phone in Mexico or
the US, excluding Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto
Rico. You can also choose 3 "Free Numbers"
within Mexico that will get you Free calls
for the first 5 minutes as well as Unlimited
Text Messages to those numbers. Incoming
calls are usually free on all calls.
Also, our TelCel refills don't "roll
over". Add a new prepaid card and you
lose some or all of your previous minutes.
TelCel refills are available at many retail
outlets. A few still sell the refill cards,
but most now take your number and enter your
purchase in the computer, which is immediately
credited to your phone. Calls to customer
service (264) or to check your balance are
charged against your minutes, but they usually
add a few extra for this purpose.
Telcel also offers wireless service
US including a Spanish language
Get Details on the America Movil Networks.
Telcel Mexico Coverage Maps
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