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Mexican Cellular Carriers
These carriers offer Prepaid phones and SIM's to travelers and are the only networks available for roaming by visitors. Listed alphabetically

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AT&T is the newest Mexican carrier after their acquisition of 2 Mexico carriers, Iusacell and Nextel of Mexico. AT&T has combined these networks and offers a competitive product for both Mexican and US customers. They are upgrading both networks to 4G LTE.  However, we have seen very little 4G coverage on the Iusacel network, yet.  Mexico AT&T customers will have both roaming and calling benefits across the border, to and from the US, Mexico and Canada.  Expect significant competition and benefits for Mexican customers. AT&T's own network is under construction but a US AT&T phone will roam on whichever network is available. AT&T customers can call all customers of AT&T, Iusacell, Nextel, Unefon and Cricket in Mexico, Canada and the US without additional charges.
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Movistar offers prepaid options and their GSM network is currently the second best in Mexico, although we have no reports of 4G availability. You can buy a Movistar SIM-only and use your own unlocked GSM phone. Movistar retailers are hard to find, but refills are available at many convenience stores through the store's computer. Movistar offers competitive plans which include Calls & Text to and from the US and Canada. We have never been able to access any English-speaking assistance at Movistar, either on cellular, or at their national toll-free number. Calls to 611, and to check your balance, involve a charge.
Movistar Coverage Map

Telcel currently offers the best coverage in the country, and sells a prepaid package, "Amigo", that includes phone, SIM ("chip") and a prepaid card. Some retailers offer just the SIM, some of which have minutes already loaded on them, which can be inserted into your own unlocked GSM phone. Some retailers charge an extra fee to help you get set could be worth it. If your phone is not unlocked, your GSM carrier (AT&T, T-Mobile and others) may provide you with your unlock code. If not, or if you don't subscribe to those networks, you can buy almost any unlocked GSM phone just for use in Mexico.

The future of TelCel is a bit cloudy as they will be required to sell a certain percentage of their network to comply with new government regulations. This may affect TelCel's coverage but we imagine they will only sell under favorable terms. Telcel advertises themselves as "4G LTE" but we have found 4G coverage in only a few locations.  We do see 4G expansion across the country.

To compete against the incoming AT&T plans, Telcel now offers roaming and calling in both the US and Mexico without extra charges. Most incoming calls are free.

Also, our TelCel refills don't "roll over". Add a new prepaid card and you lose some or all of your previous minutes. TelCel refills are available at many retail outlets. A few still sell the refill cards, but most now take your number and enter your purchase in the computer, which is immediately credited to your phone. Calls to customer service (264) or to check your balance are charged against your minutes, but they usually add a few extra for this purpose.

Telcel also offers wireless service in the US including a Spanish language web site. Get Details on the America Movil Networks.
Telcel Mexico Coverage Maps

These carriers sell cellular services that use the network of one of the major carriers, above.

This is your guide to using cellular service in Mexico. We give a brief review of the wireless carriers in Mexico and their value to the long or short term visitor to Mexico. Our focus is on wireless information for English-speaking travelers, especially those who want to use their US-based wireless phone while visiting Mexico. We have sections on how to use your phone, how to get the cheapest service, what to avoid, and specific recommendations:

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