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Old 12-10-2014, 11:37 AM   #1
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Baja - Bring or buy a cheap phone?

Gonna do 2 weeks in Baja and the wife would like to have some sort of contact with me if possible. I don't want to bring anything worth stealing so renting an Iridium is out, as is my iPhone. However my dad has a cheap flip phone he doesn't use very often so either I can bring that and add international to the plan for a couple weeks, or I can buy a phone once I'm down there. IDK does Mexico have prepaid phones? Is there even any service in Baja?
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Old 12-10-2014, 12:07 PM   #2
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I carry an unlocked GSM phone with a SIM card from Cellular Abroad. You get a USA number so whoever calls/texts doesn't get charged for an international call. Cell service is good when you have it but there are long distances between coverage. For instance, no coverage south of San Felipe along the Sea of Cortez until Santa Rosalia iirc. The coverage map on the cellular abroad website is pretty accurate. If your phone or computer that can Skype that can help fill in the gaps like at Bay of LA.
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Old 12-10-2014, 12:49 PM   #3
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Is there any service in Baja
Sure, Mexico got plumbing and electricity last week too.
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Old 12-10-2014, 01:41 PM   #4
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Is there any service in Baja
Sure, Mexico got plumbing and electricity last week too.

I know there's service. I meant is there huge gaps so that having a cell phone is basically useless unless you're right in a major town. Sorry, next time I'll be more specific.
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Old 12-10-2014, 07:45 PM   #5
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take your laptop or tablet and Skype
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Old 12-10-2014, 08:09 PM   #6
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I tend to camp more than I hotel so it'd be nice to be able to call her every night without wifi.
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Old 12-10-2014, 08:32 PM   #7
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take your laptop or tablet and Skype
+1 My Verizon was worthless once I crossed the border. Get a Skype account. You can find Wifi in most towns, large or small.

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Old 12-10-2014, 08:48 PM   #8
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Where you are going could impact your decision, so tell us where you will be doing that camping and I could prolly tell you if you might have coverage or not.

Except for a couple of pretty large gaps, most of the cell service is limited to the big towns and along the major highways. When you get off the main highways the service tends to drop to zero pretty quick.
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Old 12-10-2014, 09:24 PM   #9
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If you have a unlocked cell phone you can buy a sim card from Tecel plus you can buy minutes for it most any place you go.

or http://www.telcelamericabyop.com/?lang=en
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Where you are going could impact your decision, so tell us where you will be doing that camping and I could prolly tell you if you might have coverage or not.

Except for a couple of pretty large gaps, most of the cell service is limited to the big towns and along the major highways. When you get off the main highways the service tends to drop to zero pretty quick.
Haha I tend to ride along until I see a nice area off the road that's well isolated from anyone driving by. Then I do a butt wiggle to see if my butt is tired enough to stop or would rather keep going. There's not a whole lot of planning beyond general direction on most of my trips. I'll talk to ATT and see what their international setup is. If its lame then I've got my old T-mobile phone and looks like I can just pick up a Sim card from Telcel for a month.
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Old 12-10-2014, 09:41 PM   #11
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if you're out of the major cities riding around, you probably have nothing to fear. If they are going to steal something, why not just take the bike. :) Rent a Sat Phone for $100 if you need to keep in touch. That way you will be guaranteed contact. Otherwise, cell phone service is non existent in some places, spotty in others.
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http://www.findmespot.com/en/ Spot is 50% off and she will always know where you are.
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http://www.findmespot.com/en/ Spot is 50% off and she will always know where you are.
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Old 12-11-2014, 09:00 AM   #14
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The reason I asked where you might be going is that there are huge areas that have zero coverage. Places like San Juanico, La Parisima, Bahia Tortugas, Bahia Asuncion, or Punta Abreojo have zero coverage. Along Hwy 1 there is little to zero coverage between El Rosario south to Villa Jesus Maria.

AT&T is prolly the best of the gringo companies, getting the Telcel sim card is your best bet for maximum coverage.
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The reason I asked where you might be going is that there are huge areas that have zero coverage. Places like San Juanico, La Parisima, Bahia Tortugas, Bahia Asuncion, or Punta Abreojo have zero coverage. Along Hwy 1 there is little to zero coverage between El Rosario south to Villa Jesus Maria.

AT&T is prolly the best of the gringo companies, getting the Telcel sim card is your best bet for maximum coverage.
Awesome, ty. That's what I was looking for.
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