Choose Your Carrier:
Below are our top choices for a "grab and go"
use in Mexico. You can also use just a SIM from these carriers
and use an existing phone specifically for roaming in Mexico.
One of our
recommended phone services for roaming in Mexico is AT&T
Mexico, rates are .25 per minute for both incoming and
outgoing calls to any US or Mexico number, including Long Distance
charges. AT&T owns their own network in Mexico so
there are few objections for using them in both Mexico and the US.
If you use Text or Data outside the
US, T-Mobile Prepaid works in Mexico and many other countries. Talk
minutes are low-priced but not free. T-Mobile supports Wi-Fi
If you spend most of your time
within Wi-Fi coverage, such as at a Mexican resort, you can make your
calls just like at home: Free!
2: Activate Your Account:
have your Prepaid handset or SIM, you will need to choose
location and a plan. The location (Zip Code) should be local to your
current wired or wireless phones or to friends and family. It can be
anywhere in the US. Once you are activated and have an
assigned number, you need to make sure "Mexico Roaming" is
activated. With some carriers this is done by default. If you don't know, contact Customer Service.
Don't let the
agent sign you up for any special Mexico roaming plan, they may only
to check a box on their screen, if it isn't already checked.
3: Direct Your Incoming Calls to the
before leaving the US, choose the way to have your calls find you:
Call Forwarding from your home or regular wireless phone to your new
Mexico prepaid phone. It should be a local call. If your regular
from the same carrier, the calls could count as "Mobile to Mobile," if
not, minutes can be charged as Forwarded calls.
your callers to call your new Prepaid phone number.
a new or existing Google Voice
number. You can
program where calls are directed online. You can also use the Google
Voice voice mail which can be reviewed online without using minutes on
the phone, then return calls on your new Mexico Prepaid phone. You can
add the number of your new Mexico Travel phone to the list of phones
that rings with incoming calls to your Google Voice number.
4: Test Your Connections Before
Leaving the US:
calls work as intended. (If you use any of the above recommended
"Travel" phones they should work in the US before you leave.) You could
take your "regular" wireless phone
to Mexico with you just to make a test call...or you can have a
stateside friend call you.
Make a call before you leave the US and another once you arrive in
Mexico. Fortunately, if something is wrong, you can call
customer service free at 611 from the US or Mexico. If you are
Forwarding calls from another stateside wireless number, that carrier's
service should be able to also change your Call Forwarding status, but
that may not be a free call.
using using a US phone instead of a Mexican cellular phone, you will
still have a working phone with some balance available that
can be used
when you return to the US.
sure to check Mexico
online DISCOUNT Refills for AT&T Prepaid
instead of paying full price at retailers.
can use the above steps to activate other prepaid wireless phones such
Plus, but expect higher rates.
additional reviews of these and other Prepaid phones at Prepaid