When spending multiple months in a country, it’s worth getting a local phone plan.
A local plan lowers costs and guarantees improved phone service. Rather than getting a prepaid chip (chip prepago), it’s more beneficial to sign up for a formal local plan. I had a rechargeable chip (chip prepago) in Argentina, and the data ran out at the most inconvenient times, like in the middle of booking a doctor’s appointment.
Why a local plan over a prepaid chip?
The prepaid chips require you to recharge them at specific locations when you run out of data. However, a local plan often allows for easier recharging and payments using an application or online portal.
Benefits of getting a local phone plan:
- You can set up the plan to best meet your personal and work needs.
- Many carriers allow you to make changes and updates via an application or online rather than recharging at specific locations.
- More affordable than international plans that often have roaming fees and charges.
- You can tether for Wifi as a backup Wifi source. This is a great hack for working remotely.
Tips for getting a local phone plan:
- Make sure your phone is unlocked.
- Do a Google search for the best providers in the region that you’re traveling.
- Go into the local provider office with your passport to set up your plan.
Drawbacks: It takes more time for in-store setup and you’ll have to get a new phone number. Yet, patience pays off.
Disclaimer– This is sharing from experiences traveling mainly in Latin America.
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