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[*] posted on 2-8-2018 at 02:44 PM
The phone question again


Ok. My Sprint bill is like $300/month.
So somethings got to change.

Here is the caveat.
I am a smart phone junkie.
I don't own a pc or laptop.
I have a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 which I love. It's nearing the end of it's life and I am ready to replace it.
What is the best phone co/deal for phone service in baja and specifically San Quintin.
I run my life from this smart phone. An when I retire it will be even more important for managing my assets etc.

I'll probably get the Note 8. Which baja company best supports that phone?




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[*] posted on 2-8-2018 at 03:01 PM


I have verizon and they changed their mexico deal since last year.
No more 2 dollars a day while in mexico and you get half a gig until you get throttled down to 3G.
Works brilliantly in La Paz but horribly in Todos Santos.
Even in places where the bandwidth is good the latency is brutal which is murder on certain apps.
As far as i know Verizon buys its roaming from Telcel
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[*] posted on 2-8-2018 at 03:13 PM


The answer is AT&T. Crushes Verizon. Flat fee for voice, text, data in all of North America.

Note 8 or Galaxy 8+ are the best phones in the world right now. I had the N4 and this are light years better.

I have the unlimited data plan and even tether my laptop using the phone as a hotspot.




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[*] posted on 2-8-2018 at 03:18 PM


Get an unlocked GSM Samsung S-5 from Amazon, put a Telcel Amigo chip in it.

200 pesos a month for talk, text and data, calls to the US and Canada
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[*] posted on 2-8-2018 at 03:29 PM


Quote: Originally posted by bajaguy  
Get an unlocked GSM Samsung S-5 from Amazon, put a Telcel Amigo chip in it.

200 pesos a month for talk, text and data, calls to the US and Canada


Can't have a US number tho.


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[*] posted on 2-8-2018 at 03:31 PM


IMO, the first thing to do is get an average over the last 6-12 months or so of your data usage. Just call your provider and ask. The answer will help guide you to the best plan.



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[*] posted on 2-8-2018 at 03:42 PM


Quote: Originally posted by bajaguy  
Get an unlocked GSM Samsung S-5 from Amazon, put a Telcel Amigo chip in it.

200 pesos a month for talk, text and data, calls to the US and Canada


Wow! No brainer. That's my new phone.




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[*] posted on 2-8-2018 at 03:42 PM


Quote: Originally posted by JZ  
Quote: Originally posted by bajaguy  
Get an unlocked GSM Samsung S-5 from Amazon, put a Telcel Amigo chip in it.

200 pesos a month for talk, text and data, calls to the US and Canada


Can't have a US number.


Even better! Thanks




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[*] posted on 2-8-2018 at 03:50 PM


It's not a US number, it's from Telcel = a Mexican number

Quote: Originally posted by JZ  
Quote: Originally posted by bajaguy  
Get an unlocked GSM Samsung S-5 from Amazon, put a Telcel Amigo chip in it.

200 pesos a month for talk, text and data, calls to the US and Canada


Can't have a US number tho.


[Edited on 2-8-2018 by JZ]
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[*] posted on 2-8-2018 at 04:03 PM


That was my point.
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[*] posted on 2-8-2018 at 04:10 PM


Telcel :we load $150 for 28 days....add a little more and you are covered for the month.

Mom is here with us and of course has her US cell phone. We dial each other all day long - us using our Mexican cell phone number, she using her American cell phone.

Really sweet deals nowadays.




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[*] posted on 2-8-2018 at 04:13 PM


Download the magicjack app and pay a yearly fee, call or text USA and Canada for free, or any other magicjack number anywhere for free, chose your own area code, use wifi or data.
You can also download WhatsApp for free, no fees to call or text any other WhatsApp number anywhere, also works with iPhone and android, wifi or data is needed.
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[*] posted on 2-8-2018 at 04:17 PM


I used magicjack at a friends in San Quintin. Worked great.



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[*] posted on 2-8-2018 at 07:13 PM


I've used Whatsapp for a long time. That's what all the locals in Mexico use, and a lot of the world as well.

Great way to send video.
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[*] posted on 2-8-2018 at 09:10 PM


I've used a Samsung S-5 Active a lot, with SD card. Many apps an be moved to SD card, making room for a ton of apps and data, pics etc. The camera isn't bad. It is waterproof, and dustproof. Get a wrap around case to protect the edges, and a tempered glass screen protector. Be sure to get a NEW unit- not refurbished. I tested mine on receipt by dunking it in water, before loading all my apps and data. Pop the back and look for moisture, and be careful to reseat it properly. They are old enough that prices are really good.
Pop in the Telecel sim card and you're in business.
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[*] posted on 2-9-2018 at 03:33 PM


If a Galaxy S5 unlocked with a telcel chip works, will an unlocked Galaxy Note 4 work?.
I am assuming it will because Telcel has them available on their site. Telcel has all the of the top line stuff like Galaxy Note 8 and IPhone 8.
I love my Note 4. It's big and my hands are big enough so it's easy for me to hold.
I can do almost anything I need with this phone.
I'm a genius with my phone and clueless without it.




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[*] posted on 2-9-2018 at 04:24 PM


I believe if the unlocked 4 is a GSM phone it will work

Quote: Originally posted by fishbuck  
If a Galaxy S5 unlocked with a telcel chip works, will an unlocked Galaxy Note 4 work?.
I am assuming it will because Telcel has them available on their site. Telcel has all the of the top line stuff like Galaxy Note 8 and IPhone 8.
I love my Note 4. It's big and my hands are big enough so it's easy for me to hold.
I can do almost anything I need with this phone.
I'm a genius with my phone and clueless without it.
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[*] posted on 2-9-2018 at 04:45 PM


Quote: Originally posted by fishbuck  
If a Galaxy S5 unlocked with a telcel chip works, will an unlocked Galaxy Note 4 work?.
I am assuming it will because Telcel has them available on their site. Telcel has all the of the top line stuff like Galaxy Note 8 and IPhone 8.
I love my Note 4. It's big and my hands are big enough so it's easy for me to hold.
I can do almost anything I need with this phone.
I'm a genius with my phone and clueless without it.


Yes. But get a N8 or S8+. They are way better than the N4 and I use to love my N4.

You can order them unlocked off ebay, probably Amazon too.
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[*] posted on 2-9-2018 at 05:29 PM


Nice!



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[*] posted on 2-9-2018 at 05:37 PM


Quote: Originally posted by JZ  
I've used Whatsapp for a long time. That's what all the locals in Mexico use, and a lot of the world as well.

Great way to send video.




Good info this! You can also do whatsupp phone calls.
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