Is it best to buy a SIM card for my cell phone in Buenos Aires or here in USA before I go?
Buy it in Buenos Aires. It will be much cheaper.
Since arriving in Argentina, we've tried a few different companies. This is what we've found out so far.
Personal: Chip cost $20 pesos from official shop. Internet $1/day 10MB. Connection speeds really sloooooow. Almost useless.
Movistar: bought chip for $5pesos in Kiosk. No internet on prepay.
Claro: Chip cost us $10 from Kiosk in B.A. Internet $9/day 1GB data. Speed slooow but better than Personal.
- All companies say they have 3G, in reality none do, its all as slow as hell down here. We ongly get GPRS or EDGE speeds, or mostly nothing at all.
- Calls cost a fortune. So get a bundle of calls if you can. Companies charge about the same, but bundles vary so shop around.
- The shop where you buy the chip may not be able to recharge your account. For some strange reason they make it as difficult as possible when it comes to customer service.
- Your chip is probably stolen. All ours seem to be pre-activated and have peoples names associated with them. There is a parallel market here. The only way to get a genuine new chip is to go to the main city offices.
- If you move outside the city where you bought your chip you will pay to receive calls. Probably cheaper to buy a new chip.
- if you have any sort of problem and need to talk to someone, no-one knows anything, and no-one will be able to help you.
We found the personnel in Moviestar to be extremely helpful: then we just updated the chip from a Kiosk or on line.
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