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Cell Phones

Postby captcosmic » Fri Mar 20, 2015 4:46 pm

Any one had any luck bringing a cell phone from the US and plugging a carrier's chip in them in Peru? If so what model did you bring and what carrier did you use in the US and here in Peru?


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Re: Cell Phones

Postby caliguy » Fri Mar 20, 2015 6:20 pm

i brought an Apple iphone, and just put in a Claro sim card, no problems at all.
i just get the phone recharged with credit when needed. :D
every place has it's own spirit. you just need to tune into it.
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Re: Cell Phones

Postby captcosmic » Sat Mar 21, 2015 8:43 am

What carrier did you have in the states Caliguy?
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Re: Cell Phones

Postby caliguy » Sat Mar 21, 2015 12:10 pm

captcosmic wrote:What carrier did you have in the states Caliguy?

no carrier from the states. i forgot to mention, my phone was unlocked.
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Re: Cell Phones

Postby ironchefchris » Sat Mar 21, 2015 12:43 pm

Just went through this. There are two basic types of technologies - GSM and CDMA. You want a GSM phone which is used in Peru (and most of the rest of the world) and can take chips. US carriers such as AT&T and T-Mobile operate on GSM and phones used on their networks should be able to easily be unlocked and used in Peru. Verizon and Sprint are CDMA and their phones will not work in Peru. iPhones (4s and more recent) can operate on both GSM and CDMA.
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Re: Cell Phones

Postby captcosmic » Sun Mar 22, 2015 1:09 pm

Thanks Gentleman! :)
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Re: Cell Phones

Postby monsulim » Tue Mar 31, 2015 12:29 am

I got a Verizon Samsung Galaxy S3 as a gift while in the US, but I opened it up and found that the chip is smaller than the normal SIM card normally used in Peruvian cell phones. Is there any chance that Movistar has a compatible chip for this phone?
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Re: Cell Phones

Postby fanning » Tue Mar 31, 2015 6:25 am

With Claro at least you get normally a 'convertable' chip, which basically is a nanochip, with on the plastic where the chip is located has two shapes which allows you to change it to a micro-sim or a standard sim.
So they are for any cell phone. I suppose Movistar has something similar.
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Re: Cell Phones

Postby FDiH » Tue Mar 31, 2015 8:01 am

If you get a sim card that does not fit the slot in your phone (micro or nano) than you can manually cut the sim card to size. There are various (you tube) tutorials on how to do this. I have done it several times for fooks with upgraded their phone but kept there old sim card. It literally takes 2 minutes to cut.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6T1Mygucak
http://smartphones.wonderhowto.com/how- ... e-0149154/
http://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-cut-y ... -sim-card/
http://www.androidcentral.com/bold-cutt ... o-sim-card

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