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How to use my cell phone from Mexico in the United States | Digital Trends Spanish

If you plan to travel to Uncle Sam’s country soon, there are several possibilities to use your cell phone from Mexico in the United States. What’s more, if you have a participating scheme, your contact number will remain the same; it won’t change.

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With your current operator

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The different operators in Mexico —or at least those with the largest participation in the country— have schemes or ways so that you can use your same number and telephone in the United States, which will mean that you have one less pending on your journey. This includes AT&Twhose presence extends to both nations.


The company offers its Telcel sin Frontera scheme, which has the attraction of being able to use “the minutes, messages and megabytes included in your Telcel Plan as if you were in Mexico.” Likewise, the calls you make from Mexico to the United States and Canada will be like a local one, according to the information provided by the firm.

On its monthly cost, the client must consider an additional 50 Mexican pesos to the charge of his plan to take advantage of all the benefits previously exposed in the United States and Canada.



The Telefónica firm also has complementary schemes aimed at frequent travelers, both to countries in the Americas and those located in Europe.

For the specific case of the country governed by Joe Biden, it is currently offering a bonus that allows free navigation of 5 GB in that country. “If you travel to the United States, use this bonus to complement your offer with a single or recurring payment.”

The hiring of this modality can be done from the Movistar app for Mexico or by dialing #100. “Remember that you must have a recharge balance during your trip so that the Movistar Travel collection is debited daily from that balance and grants you the benefits of the package,” Movistar states.


With an unlocked or jailbroken cell phone

A hand holds a Samsung Galaxy S21 FE phone.

There are several phones that are unlocked or unlocked, which means that, when traveling with one of these to the United States, it is possible to contract a prepaid scheme directly in this country. Of course, the cell phone number will be determined by the operator you choose.

This type of modality has the great attraction that you will only pay for what you use and you will not be tied to any month contract.

If you want to buy an unlocked phone, go to Amazon and search for “unlocked phone”. You will see purchase options from manufacturers such as TCL, Nokia, OnePlus and Motorola displayed.

On Samsung’s part, the Galaxy S21 FE 5G, which integrates an AMOLED screen with Full HD + resolution, 6.4-inch size and 120 Hz refresh rate, as well as an octa-core processor and configuration of up to 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage.

Its battery has a capacity of 4,500 mAh (wired charging is 25 watts, while wireless charging is 15 watts). It can even be taken to the pool as it considers the IP68 rating.

Regarding prepaid plans in the US, you have the option of hiring one size providers of AT & T, Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile, either on a monthly or pay per use scheme.

Can I use my 3G equipment?

It will depend on the operator, it is the fastest response. For example, if you have a 3G cell phone at AT&T and plan to travel to the United States, you will not have access to mobile services as of February 22, 2022, the date established by the firm for its “3G blackout”.

T-Mobile will hold it on March 31, 2022; Sprint on June 30 and Verizon on December 31.

If you recently bought a cell phone and it is smart, that is, there is no problem downloading applications using at least the 4G network, you should not worry; sure that this procedure of the operators will not affect you. In any case, check in the settings the type of mobile signal with which your cell phone is compatible.

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