Iphone - sim cards
Replies: 5 - Last Post: May 5, 2012 10:41 PM Last Post By: ban_janti_return
Apr 28, 2012 9:18 PM
Iphone - sim cardsHi all
I am going to Peru, Bolivia and Chile in August.
I need to stay in touch with my little kiddies who are staying at home, but I am bringing my unlocked Iphone, Is there lots of places I can buy a sim card and internet usage for the iphone. I think I will be texting more than calling, just to check in with them.
Also is there free wifi anywhere? I was hoping to connect with my iphone to update others with a quick e-mail.
One last thing, I am coming from Australia, and to bring my iphone charger I guess I am going to have to bring a converter, but the websites are saying I need a Europe or japan converter. Is this correct?
Apr 29, 2012 6:06 AM
1Chris- the places you are going to all have wi-fi available. From Huaraz and Cuzco in Peru to Punta Arenas and El Chalten, I had no problem using FaceTime on my iPod Touch and chatting with my wife in Toronto. You could set up Skype and make that work just as easily.
I don't know about the sim card and its cost and how and if one card would work in three different countries- it seems unlikely. I think you'd do fine using the wi-fi you find in the hostels and guesthouses you stay in- even a number of restaurants had free wi-fi.
There is a two-pronged adapter for South America that you need to get if your Aussie connection is different. You can probably find it at a travel store near you. If not, you should be able to find one in South America.
You should have no problem just using the wi-fi capabilities of your iPhone to keep in touch with your kiddies back home.
Apr 29, 2012 2:22 PM
2Is it i-phone 4 (mini sim) or 3 (regular sim)? Regular sim, no dramas.
Mini sim I don't think is so widely available but I imagine you can get it. Let us know if it is a mini sim and maybe others know more about that.
The plugs here are two vertical prongs, exactly like this... I I
Free WIFI is everywhere!
Apr 29, 2012 4:10 PM
3WIFI is practicably everywhere, in Bolivia it will limited to bigger town though. I strongly recommend voip for calls back home, use local sim only for local calls.
For mini-sim no drama, just make sure you will bring this handy think with you
It's also possible to do it with regular kitchen knife, but when you visit few countries and you'll have few simcard to cut I think cutter is worth the investment
Peru and Bolivia accept both us or euro type plugs, Chile has their own 3 pins typo of plug that is however backwards compatible with euro plug (but with thin pin only!). It's best to bring universal converter with you (available in ebay for $5 or so)
May 5, 2012 8:50 PM
4Thank You so much, It has made me feel so much better about leaving the kids at home. I do appreciate all your replies. I think I am going to just take my phone and not worry about the sim, It was more for them and me to know we were ok, even an e-mail once every couples of days was going to be fine, Thanks again
May 5, 2012 10:41 PM
5If you have no intentions of calling locally from your phone you don't really need a sim. Receiving sms is always free in roaming, and they will be able to sent you a txt with domestic rates.
You can reply simply by e-mail, or there are several applications that allow you to sent txt for something close to nothing using wi-fi.
If you have spare hour you can get a SIM in Bolivia (wait in line, register with your passport, standard entry level bureaucracy), as it's pretty handy there and calls area really cheap. I wound't bother with Peru and Chile.
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