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Buying Claro/Movistar SIM from the US?

Old Feb 10, 2018, 11:50 am
Join Date: Jun 2017
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T-Mobile is pretty abysmal in lima IME. Spotty at best. Slow when it works. Ive used them overseas extensively & its great when it works but peru doesnt seem to be covered well by tmobile’s partnerships.

Originally Posted by desi
Apologies if this sound bit simpleton.

Why not just use Tmobile?
You have free data and SMS even before your plane finish taxing.

I am not associated with Tmobile in anyway (other than a long time user) but with lack of contract, low rates and no roaming fees, it is no brainer to switch to Tmobile
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Old Oct 16, 2018, 12:45 am
Join Date: Oct 2009
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I think people are possibly not realizing what having a local SIM card means. To me, it means one has made a little bit of an investment in the visit to Peru. And I think Peruvians think that as well. When I give my Peruvian number to a new acquaintance I think it is more likely they will think it is worth the effort to get to know me, whereas if I gave an international number it is likely I will be seen as someone just passing through.

The local SIM has more value in interaction with strangers as well. If I give my local number to the lavenderia, they will text me that my laundry is ready. If I supply an international number, they likely will not.

I have visited roughly 60 countries. I generally get a local SIM if my visit will be ten days or longer.
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