buy cell phone in Lima for use in Peru, Bolivia, Chile?
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Dec 9, 2012 5:47 PM Last Post By: ceruleanblue
Dec 5, 2012 1:02 PM
I recently read this thread and thus was not sure about what the current situation is:
If purchasing phones is not possible, can anyone confirm whether cell phone rental is possible? Any scams / extra charges to be cautious of if that's the case?
I'll be traveling in Peru, Bolivia, & Chile for <1 month and want a phone for emergency purposes (plus to give my family a number to call if necessary), and do not anticipate making (m)any calls.
Dec 5, 2012 2:26 PM
1You must be from US...yanks have always funny ideas
Anyway if you don't want / can't take your own phone (and I see no reason why...) simply buy some cheap one from ebay and safe yourself a hassle. Don't worry the world is not changing after you cross the border, in fact South America is using same band as North America (1900 Mhz)
Dec 5, 2012 2:57 PM
2I have a cheap cell phone for use in the US that can't be used internationally. I have an unlocked cell phone from China that I used while traveling around Asia (with sim cards from each country), but I don't think it's compatible with N. America/S.America sim cards. I may end up following your advice about purchasing a phone off of ebay. However, if phones are available for purchase in Lima for a reasonable price (ideally $50 US but there's some flex), I would prefer to make the purchase in country to ensure compatibility.
Dec 6, 2012 7:29 AM
How did you came to this conclusion? If it's unlocked and have a sim card slot it can be used anywhere where 1900 Mhz band is present (as a cheap north american phone will 99% work on that band), so what seems to be the problem?
China is on the same freq as Europe and most of the world, but it doesn't necessary mean that phone bough there is not dual band. Check the specification, once again you need 1900 Mhz.
Most "reasonable price" is on US ebay, buy before departing if you find your phones useless (still I see no reason for it)
Dec 7, 2012 2:39 PM
4Hmm, well when I traveled in Belize a few months ago, I inquired about using my US cell phone with a sim card, but was told it was incompatible so ended up going the rental phone route. I'm clearly not very knowledgeable about cell phone compatibility aspects, so perhaps will try again in Peru w/ my current phone. Thanks for your responses!
Dec 9, 2012 6:25 AM
5Well you were informed wrongly. Belize is 1900 Mhz, same as US
Here is a full list of countries:
BTW Don't bother asking people from customer support of your carrier, they are usually idiots
Dec 9, 2012 5:47 PM
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