newest Mexican carrier after their acquisition of
2 Mexico carriers, Iusacell and Nextel of
Mexico. AT&T has combined these networks and offers a
competitive product for both Mexican and US customers. They
are upgrading both networks to 4G LTE. Mexico AT&T
customers will have both roaming and calling benefits across the
border, to and from the US, Mexico and Canada. Expect
significant competition and benefits for Mexican customers. While AT&T's
own network is under construction, a US AT&T phone
roam on another network if an AT&T
signal is unavailable. AT&T
Mexico customers can call all customers of AT&T,
and Cricket in Mexico, Canada and the US without additional charges.
and their GSM network is currently the second best in Mexico, although
we have few reports of 4G availability. You can
buy a Movistar
SIM-only and use your own unlocked
GSM phone. Movistar
retailers are hard to find, but refills are
available at most convenience stores through the store's computer.
Movistar offers competitive plans which include Calls & Text to
from the US and Canada. We have never been
able to access any English-speaking assistance at Movistar, either on
cellular, or at their national toll-free number. Calls to 611, and to
check your balance, involve a charge.
offers the best coverage in the
country but we expect that to be challenged by AT&T. Telcel
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
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 almost any
phone just for use in Mexico.
future of TelCel
is a bit cloudy 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. Telcel
themselves as "4G LTE" but we have not found 4G coverage widely
available. We do see 4G expansion across the
To compete against the new AT&T
plans, Telcel now
roaming and calling to both the US and Mexico without extra charges.
Most incoming calls are free.
refills don't "roll over". Add a new prepaid card and you lose
some or all of your previous minutes. TelCel
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.
is owned by America
Movil and offers wireless service in
the US under the name "Telcel America", using the T-Mobile network.
|OTHER MEXICO WIRELESS CARRIERS:
carriers sell cellular services that use the network of one of the
major carriers, above.