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Using Cell Phones on Cozumel

by Lana Toleman

I took a trip to Cozumel for two weeks last Christmas. And I never travel without a cellphone. When I asked the landlady of our villa for input on which phone to bring, she was at a loss what to tell me. Furthermore, she said, this is a question she gets frequently.

So I did the research on cellulars myself. And here's what I found out. I hope this information will help other travellers heading to Cozumel. And if you have questions or comments, please feel free to E Mail Me.

 
 
 
 
 

How To Call
Mexican Cellular Phones from Outside Mexico.

Say the Mexican cellular number is something like this:

044-987-1000-642

To call that number from usa you drop the 044 and add the 011-52. So you would dial

011-52-987-1000-643

 

 

Usage of cell phones in Cozumel

GSM and CDMA BOTH WORK

Updated 6/13/2005

First you must determine what type of phone that you have. The following chart will tell you for most cell phones services in the USA. If you are a Nextel customer (the only company not on the list) you can be either a CDMA or GSM depending the on your phone. You need to purchase a V505 phone that will work internationally, but will not work back in the states.

 

Cell Phone Networks in the US

Network

System

GPRS

HSCSD

Frequency

3 Rivers Wireless

CDMA

n/a

n/a

1900

Alltel Communications

CDMA

n/a

n/a

800 & 1900

Amica Wireless Phone Services

CDMA

n/a

n/a

1900

Blackfoot Communications

CDMA

n/a

n/a

1900

CellCom

CDMA

n/a

n/a

800 & 1900

Cleartalk

CDMA

n/a

n/a

1900

Cricket Communications

CDMA

n/a

n/a

1900

Nebraska Wireless

CDMA

n/a

n/a

1900

NTELOS

CDMA

n/a

n/a

1900

Penasco Valley Telecom

CDMA

n/a

n/a

1900

PYSIX Communications

CDMA

n/a

n/a

800

Qwest Communications

CDMA

n/a

n/a

1900

Snake River Wireless

CDMA

n/a

n/a

1900

Souris River Telephone

CDMA

n/a

n/a

1900

South Central Utah

CDMA

n/a

n/a

1900

Sprint PCS

CDMA

n/a

n/a

1900

UBTA

CDMA

n/a

n/a

1900

US Cellular

CDMA

n/a

n/a

800

Verizon Wireless

CDMA

n/a

n/a

800 & 1900

WirelessNorth

CDMA

n/a

n/a

1900

Alaska Wireless

CDMA

n/a

n/a

800

Cellular South

CDMA

 

 

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Airadigm

GSM

no

no

1900

Airlink PCS

GSM

no

no

1900

AT&T Wireless

GSM

Live (July 2001)

no

1900

Cingular

GSM

Live (Q2 2001)

no

1900

Conestoga

GSM

no

no

1900

Cook Inlet

GSM

no

no

1900

Cross Telephone

GSM

no

no

1900

Elkart Telephone

GSM

no

no

1900

High Plains Midwest

GSM

no

no

1900

Iowa Wireless

GSM

no

no

1900

NPI Wireless

GSM

no

no

1900

Panhandle

GSM

no

no

1900

PCS One

GSM

no

no

1900

PinPoint

GSM

no

no

1900

SOL

GSM

no

no

1900

South Caroline Phone

GSM

no

no

1900

Third Kentucky Cellular

GSM

no

no

1900

T-Mobile

GSM

Live (Nov. 2001)

no

1900

Wireless Telecoms

GSM

no

no

1900

MBO Wireless

GSM

Live

no

1900

Westlink Communications

GSM

no

no

1900

CDMA Cell Phones (Example Verizon CDMA Service)

Using your CDMA phone is the most economical way to use a cell phone in Mexico at least with Verizon. It will involve finding out which plan that you have and if you feel that you will be on the phone for any length of time then changing your plan for one month to the North America Choice. You must also change your phone system from “B” or “Automatic” to “A” which before you leave USA the following steps for the phone to work regardless of your plan. Check with your cell phone carrier before you leave. Some people in the Eastern States have told me they are already on “A” so then you do not have to change your phone system.

1) *228 send
2) Select option 2
3) The phone will power off and then on
4) Change your network in your settings to “A”

I travel with a Motorola T730 and these are the steps that I would take.

1) MAIN MENU
2) SETTINGS
3) NETWORK
4) SELECT “A”

Most people probably with Verizon have the America’s Choice Plan. It will cost you $0.69 per minute to roam in Mexico under these plans.

America’s Choice

Monthly Home
Airtime Minutes

Monthly
Access

Additional
Minutes

400

$39.99

$0.45

500

$49.99

$0.40

800

$59.99

$0.40

1200

$79.99

$0.35

2000

$99.99

$0.25

 

3000

$149.99

$0.25

4000

$199.99

$0.20

6000

$299.99

$0.20

  • Domestic long distance is included from the America 's Choice Home Airtime Rate and Coverage Area (airtime charges apply).
  • Domestic roaming is 69¢/minute (includes long distance charges). Internatio

But you can change your phone to this plan and have no roaming charges for Cozumel. Once you get back from Cozumel you can change your plan back. So for $169 you can talk 3000 minutes while in Cozumel or which ever plan you choose.

North America Choice

Monthly Home
Airtime Minutes

Monthly
Access

Additional
Minutes

400

$59.99

$0.45

800

$79.99

$0.40

2000

$119.99

$0.25

3000

$169.99

$0.25

Domestic Long Distance is included
Roaming rate outside the North America 's Choice Home Airtime Rate Area in the US , Mexico and Canada is 69 cents per minute.

IMPORTANT UPDATE on Verizon after spending two days on Cozumel: The Verizon phones that I had put into my article, which are the cheapest to use in Mexico had a problem.  We called Verizon and made the change in plans to the North American plan so that we could have 3000 minutes of calling for $169 and were told to do the *228 which we did.

When we got here we changed the band to A and thought that everything would be o.k.  Well it wasn't. Talking with Verizon once we got into Mexico and the phones did not work, they told me that we did the *228 too close to changing the plans and it had not taken the change in the phone, we would have to do *228 again.  But in order to do *228 you must be in the USA. So there went our chance to use the Verizon phones.

This being the case, you you should do the *228 just before leaving the USA and maybe check with Verizon that it
has gone through.  

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