Cozumel CellPhone Info 3

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And Here's Another Great Idea for Staying in Touch on Vacation.

The Cheapest Way we found to stay in touch during our recent Cozumel vacation was via our Vonage phone line. We brought the vonage box with us and used the DSL connection and the wireless phone Carey provided to hook into the system. It worked great for calls back to the states and at the same time you can have the Vonage phone forward anywhere including your cell phone when you are not at the house or just pick up messages.  Calls "to" Mexico via your vonage were only 6 cents a minute. Not bad. For More information on how to sign up for a 30-day Trial to bring with you if you're staying at a DSL-enabled house

 
 
 
 
 

Using Cell Phones on Cozumel 2

GSM Phones (Example AT&T GSM Service)

There are many companies but I am going to use AT&T as the example for costs. Since I travel extensively throughout the world and have found that AT&T service has the most coverage worldwide. There are four frequency bands in the world. 850, 900, 1800, 1900. USA and Mexico are on 1900. So whatever phone that you have make sure it has 1900. Here is a partial list of phones that will work in Mexico. I carry a Motorola V600 quad band phone UNLOCKED.

Unlocked phones mean that I did not buy them from a service provider and I can take that phone and use it with any GSM company because it is not proprietary to any one service. Many times I will go to a country and I know I will be there for awhile and I want a local phone number. I go buy a prepaid SIM Card at lets say TEL-CEL in Mexico and pop that card in the back of the phone and now I have a local number that cost just cents per minute and people in that country don’t have to call to the USA to get me. I bought mine from Amazon.com.

FYI, there are ways to unlock phones that are locked. You can go to Unlock Codes for Mobile Phones to purchase the codes. Depending on the phone you might need to purchase a cable.

 

Devices compatible on the Telcel network in Mexico

Device

Technology & Frequency

Samsung V206

GSM/GPRS 900/1800/1900

Samsung X426

GSM/GPRS 850/1900

Samsung e316

GSM/GPRS 850/1900

Motorola A009

GSM/GPRS 900/1800/1900

Motorola C333

GSM/GPRS 1900

Motorola MPx200

GSM/GPRS 1800/1900

Motorola P7382

GSM/GPRS 1900

Motorola P7382 i

GSM/GPRS 1900

Motorola T193

GSM/GPRS 1900

Motorola T720

GSM/GPRS 850/1900

Motorola T721

GSM/GPRS 850/1900

Motorola V180

GSM/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900

Motorola V220

GSM/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900

Motorola V505

GSM/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900

Motorola V600

GSM 850/900/1800/1900

palmOne Treo 600

GSM/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900

palmOne Tungsten

GSM/GPRS 900/1800/1900

Novatel G100

GSM/GPRS 1900

Handspring Trio 270

GSM/GPRS 900/1900

Nokia 3100

GSM/GPRS 850/1800/1900

Nokia 3120

GSM/GPRS 850/1800/1900

Nokia 3200

GSM/GPRS 850/1800/1900

Nokia 3300

GSM/GPRS 850/1900

Nokia 3590

GSM/GPRS 850/1900

Nokia 3595

GSM/GPRS 850/1900

Nokia 3595IM

GSM/GPRS 850/1900

Nokia 3620

GSM/GPRS 850/1900

Nokia 3650

GSM/GPRS 900/1800/1900

Nokia 6010

GSM/GPRS 850/1900

Nokia 6200

GSM/GPRS 850/1800/1900

Nokia 6200IM

GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/1800/1900

Nokia 6310

GSM/GPRS 900/1800/1900

Nokia 6590

GSM/GPRS 1900

Nokia 6590i

GSM/GPRS 1900

Nokia 6620

GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/1800/1900

Nokia 6800

GSM/GPRS 850/1900

Nokia 6820

GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/1800/1900

Nokia 7210

GSM/GPRS 900/1800/1900

Nokia 8390

GSM/GPRS 1900

Nokia D311

GSM/GPRS 850/1900

Nokia N-Gage

GSM/GPRS 900/1800/1900

Nokia N-Gage QD

GSM/GPRS 850/1900

Panasonic GU87

GSM/GPRS 900/1800/1900

NEC 515

GSM/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900

NEC 525

GSM/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900

Siemens A56i

GSM/GPRS 850/1900

Siemens C56

GSM/GPRS 850/1900

Siemens C61

GSM/GPRS 850/1900

Siemens M56

GSM/GPRS 850/1900

Siemens S46

GSM/GPRS 900/1900;TDMA 850/1900

Siemens S56

GSM/GPRS 850/1900

Siemens SL56

GSM/GPRS 850/1900

Siemens SX56

GSM/GPRS 900/1900

Sony Ericsson GC75

GSM/GPRS 900/1800/1900

Sony Ericsson GC82

GSM/GPRS 850/1900

Sony Ericsson GC83

GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/1800/1900

Sony Ericsson P800

GSM/GPRS 900/1800/1900

Sony Ericsson R520

GSM/GPRS 900/1800/1900

Sony Ericsson T226

GSM/GPRS 850/1900

Sony Ericsson T306

GSM/GPRS 850/1800/1900

Sony Ericsson T316

GSM/GPRS 850/1800/1900

Sony Ericsson T39LX

GSM/GPRS 900/1800/1900

Sony Ericsson T616

GSM/GPRS 850/1800/1900

Sony Ericsson T62u

GSM/GPRS 850/1900;TDMA 850/1900

Sony Ericsson T637

GSM/GPRS 850/1800/1900

Sony Ericsson T68

GSM/GPRS 900/1800/1900

Sony Ericsson T68i

GSM/GPRS 900/1800/1900

Sony Ericsson T68is

GSM/GPRS 900/1800/1900

Sierra Wireless Aircard 710

GPRS 1900

Sierra Wireless Aircard 750

GPRS 900/1800/1900

Sierra Wireless Aircard 775

GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900

LG G4011

GSM/GPRS 850/1900

LG G4015

GSM/GPRS 850/1900

LG G4020

GSM/GPRS 850/1900

LG L1150

GSM/GPRS 850/1800/1900

RIM BlackBerry 5810

GSM/GPRS 1900

RIM BlackBerry 6210

GSM/GPRS 900/1900

RIM BlackBerry 6280

GSM/GPRS 850/1800/1900

RIM BlackBerry 6710

GSM/GPRS 900/1900

RIM BlackBerry 7210

GSM/GPRS 900/1900

RIM BlackBerry 7230

GSM/GPRS 900/1800/1900

RIM BlackBerry 7280

GSM/GPRS 850/1800/1900

RIM BlackBerry 7290

GSM/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900

RIM BlackBerry 7780

GSM/GPRS 850/1800/1900

Audiovox PPC4100

GSM/GPRS 850/1800/1900

Audiovox SMT 5600

GSM/GPRS 850/1800/1900

PHONE PLANS FOR GSM (AT&T)

If you have an AT&T / Cingular phone you will need to call them and let them know you are going to Mexico and they will add a monthly fee, which you can take off upon your return, of $4.99 per month and then your phone calls will be $0.69 per minute. Otherwise they will be $1.29 per minute. And yes, those Blackberry’s will work for getting your E-mails in Cozumel. ** Rates may differ slightly depending upon if you were a former AT&T customer vs. a Cingular customer

When you get to Mexico you must register onto a network before you phone will work. On my Motorola V600 the steps are:

Main Menu
Settings
Network
New Network
Select Network
Register

The following is available services for GSM. Since AT&T has an agreement with Telcel, I will probably be choosing that one.

Iusacell
Telcel (Radio Movil Dipsa)
Telefonica Mexico (Movistar)
Unefon

Here's info on AT&T Wireless WorldConnectMexico taken from their website.

" If you're a frequent visitor to Mexico , then you can save money with AT&T Wireless WorldConnect Mexico . For a low monthly fee of $4.99, the calls you make while traveling in Mexico cost only 69¢ per minute. The same GSM/GPRS phone that you use at home for all of your domestic calls can go with you as you travel to Mexico or our extensive list of available roaming countries. In addition to our lowest roaming rate in Mexico , you get our lowest rates when calling to international destinations from the AT&T Wireless owned and operated network in the U.S. , including Mexico ."

In addition to the great convenience of world coverage, you'll enjoy:

  • Our lowest roaming rate in Mexico of 69¢ per minute Our lowest international dialing rates from the U.S. , including Mexico at 9¢ per minute
  • Simple flat per-minute rates
  • Low flat monthly fee ($4.99)
  • Both voice and GPRS data roaming (where available)
  • Convenient billing on your regular AT&T Wireless invoice

Using Data Devices Abroad

Where data service is available, rates are the same for all countries and are billed per kilobyte of data usage. The data plan you choose determines the rate. To learn more about data plans and using email and other data services internationally, see the AT&T WorldConnect website's International Data section. You can also call them toll free at 1 866-293-4634 or 611 from your wireless device to sign up and they say they''ll make sure you have everything you need.

 

IMPORTANT UPDATE : 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

 

I hope that this information will help you with your cell phone decisions and if you have any questions or comments, you may EM me at lana@thecomputer.com