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How do you get a SIM card (and data plan) in Colombia if you don't know Spanish


in Colombia by @balindsieber | 3yr  | 2 comments

I just arrived to Medellin and did not anticipate that no one would speak any english at all. (Iโ€™m used to Asia where everyone knows the basics)

I need a SIM card, I found a place at the mall where they sell them, but itโ€™s not a simple transaction and I donโ€™t speak Spanish.

Any thoughts appreciated.

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@zsoltee | 3yr

This might help giving some context: http://prepaid-data-sim-card.wikia.com/wiki/Colombia
Btw. google translate creates pretty meaningful short sentences / expressions in Spanish. Ask them to write their reply to Google translate :slight_smile:

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@joncrawford | 3yr

This is actually very easy if you know what to do. Almost any cell phone case store will sell SIM cards for < $5. Just say โ€œSIM cardโ€ and point to the side of your phone. If they say โ€œnoโ€, say โ€œdonde es?โ€. Usually there will be another shop nearby.

Iโ€™ve bought them in Medellรญn at a cell phone store on Calle 10 just West of Parque Poblado and in the basement of the mall โ€“ thereโ€™s a cell phone repair place in the parking garage next to the escalators.

After you get a SIM, youโ€™ll need to put minutes on it. Go to any GANA window in the city. Theyโ€™re all over the place. Say โ€œrecargoโ€ and show them your phone number. She will give you options for what you want to add. Just do something like โ€œ3 GBโ€ and point to it. Donโ€™t just put $$ into your account here because you wonโ€™t have the app or data needed to apply it to your data or minutes. Get actual data. Should be like 30 mil pesos. ($10)

If youโ€™re staying longer, go to TIGO in the mall but take your passport. They will give you an official SIM (the others are actually black market), but it has to be registered to your name.

In both cases, once you have a SIM, you can take your phone to any TIGO store and use the self-serve kiosk to put money into your TIGO account. Then you can use your balance on the TIGO Shop mobile app to buy more minutes or more data. I usually put $50mil in if Iโ€™m by the mall and see the balance is low just in case.

Ok, after typing that out, I realized itโ€™s not so easy. But I pulled it off effortlessly when within the first hour or two of landing in Medellรญn the first time I visited. It sounds harder than it is. Hope that helps!

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Hi All! Iโ€™ve heard Spark and Vodafone are the best. I plan to move around, so I care mostly about having good coverage, and all Iโ€™ll need is around 1 GB of data or so.

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by @alexmarinov | 3yr 3 years ago | 2 comments

Whatโ€™s up nomads!

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My US carrier is Sprint Wireless. I have unlimited data, which I can enable globally at no extra charge but itโ€™s supposedly 3G, but doesnโ€™t really work. Sprint also has a plan called Sprint Global Roaming, which offers high speed internet, but itโ€™s $30 per 1GB which can add up to $500-$600 per month given my usage.

Iโ€™m not always close to WiFi or Co-Working spaces. Iโ€™m looking for a solution that would basically allow me to get on a Google Hangout or GoToMeeting call on my laptop from my car.

Any experience with gadgets like SkyRoam or similar ones from Verizon or AT&T? How good and reliable are those?

Any ideas? What do you use?

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in Brazil by @phil | 3yr 3 years ago | 4 comments

Hi everyone. I am new on this forum and will post in the introductory thread when I have some more time. My question is:

Whatโ€™s the best mobile-data option in Brazil for nomads?

background info to the question: I bought a vevo (vivo?) sim the other day and charged up around $7US on recharge.com. it seems now that I can only send text messages but cannot call other people or get internet. I will be in brazil for min 5 weeks max 3 months. sorry if Iโ€™ve posted this in the wrong section.

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Is a 4G sim device in addition to phone advisable in SE Asia?


by @anderkd | 3yr 3 years ago | 4 comments

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How do you deal with getting data on your mobile while travelling?


by @nomads_and_drifters | 4yr 3 years ago | 15 comments

Hi,
I wondered how everybody deals with getting data on their phone in each country they travel. Is there a way around it? It is always such a pain having to buy and activate sim cards everywhere. I have tried the company โ€œworldsimโ€ and had an international sim for a while, but they where terrible and ended up to be super expensive.

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