Adding minutes to Mexican Phone

by karenanddick, Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 06:56 (335 days ago)

I bought a Telcel phone this past winter and am bringing it back to Z when I return in Jan. Can I purchase minutes on it in one of the stands in the Airport? Thanks in advance for any advice.

Adding minutes to Mexican Phone

by MJR @, Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 08:10 (335 days ago) @ karenanddick

I have a friend in Zihua who puts time on my phone before I arrive....all you need is the phone number. Then the phone works on my arrival. I also found out this year with the 21 day plan - unlimited calls etc, that while still in Canada...I could use my phone and make calls across Canada as well as to Mexico... way cheaper than using my BC phone. Sorry I don't know if you can get time at the airport.

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by karenanddick, Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 09:13 (335 days ago) @ MJR

I wonder if I can do this from the US?

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by OlsenMN, Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 10:05 (335 days ago) @ karenanddick

I wonder if I can do this from the US?

If your number is still valid you can do it all online. MiTelcel

You want the paquetes and then Sin Limite
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by Helene @, Zih, Saturday, November 25, 2017, 14:13 (332 days ago) @ karenanddick

Remember sometimes the phone is not active if not used within a certain time. That's happened to me.

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 09:34 (335 days ago) @ karenanddick

I bought a Telcel phone this past winter and am bringing it back to Z when I return in Jan. Can I purchase minutes on it in one of the stands in the Airport? Thanks in advance for any advice.

If you bought the Amigo plan and your number is still operational you should be able to buy the card for additional minutes at one of the local airport stores or at Andy's Place just outside the airport gate on the left. I forget how long they allow you to go without using your number before cancelling it, so you may want to go to the Telcel website and ask their "Live Assistant" via their text-chat feature. Since Telcel offers service in Mexico, the USA and Canada at rates much cheaper than what a lot of folks up north are paying, you could use their service all year. I get unlimited free calls to all 3 countries plus 3GB of data transfer for about 400 pesos a month. There are cheaper plans with the same free unlimited calling but with less data transfer. My wife spends about 200 pesos a month for her plan, and she only gets 1GB of data transfer.

Some calls to Canada fail

by el vagabundo @, Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 10:07 (335 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

On ym Telcel plan it is unlimited calls to Canada but why do some calls fail and others not? I am using 001 then area code and then phone number

Some calls to Canada fail

by Gringo Viejo @, Kansas/Zihuatanejo, Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 12:42 (335 days ago) @ el vagabundo

I have an iphone with unlimited Verizon; this is a U.S.A. number. I have a number for a phone in Regina and have tried dialing 001 + 10 digits, +1 with ten digits, 1 plus the ten digits and just the ten digits. No luck so far.

The number in Regina finally got thru to me but I don't know what he dialed but it took him many tries.

Some calls to Canada fail

by Gringo Viejo @, Kansas/Zihuatanejo, Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 15:10 (335 days ago) @ Gringo Viejo

I haven[t tried voice call again yet but got a text message thru by dialing the ten digit number only.

Adding minutes to Mexican Phone

by karenanddick, Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 11:09 (335 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Thanks Rob. I haven't used the phone since late March so I will have to check out if the number is still usable. Appreciate your help.

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by karenanddick, Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 11:36 (335 days ago) @ karenanddick

I just had the Telcel assistant online and he doesn't have the capability to check if the number is still valid. Any other suggestions?

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by Talley Ho @, Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 14:32 (335 days ago) @ karenanddick

You keep your phone number for a year from the last time you put on money. Once you add money, you will also get back any pesos you had left when your time expired. What a deal.

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by Pelicano, Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 12:31 (335 days ago) @ karenanddick

Thanks Rob. I haven't used the phone since late March so I will have to check out if the number is still usable. Appreciate your help.

You should be ok from March, I had to cancel coming down this year, and my mitelcel access only just lapsed, and that's since a year ago October roughly...

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by Canadian Rainbirds ⌂ @, Victoria BC and Zihuatanejo, Friday, November 24, 2017, 01:28 (333 days ago) @ karenanddick

IF you have the basic pay as you go, you have 180 days after the time runs out on the phone to recharge and keep the number. You may or may not get the time back when you recharge it. Good suggestion above: have someone in Mexico put 100 pesos on the phone for you. They will need the carrier (ie telcel) and the phone number. 100 pesos is good for 60 days I believe. (assuming you don't use up the minutes)

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by Talley Ho @, Friday, November 24, 2017, 16:02 (333 days ago) @ Canadian Rainbirds

We just put 100p on our Telcel phone after 8 months, pay as you go, same number and got our pesos back from March.

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by Wanderer @, Vancouver canada, Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 13:15 (335 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Hi, we will be there for 2 months, I’m wondering what a telcel phone costs there to buy. I see many Mexican SIM cards on Amazon, do people buy those and bring them or buy everything there in Mexico.?

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by karenanddick, Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 14:06 (335 days ago) @ Wanderer

The phones are cheap...about $20 American. I am sure they have better phones but mine works very well. Went with the Amigo Plan and Rob quoted the prices in post above. You can call Canada and the states as well. When I need more minutes, I just go to OXO and they replenish.

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by Pelicano, Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 18:57 (334 days ago) @ Wanderer

Hi, we will be there for 2 months, I’m wondering what a telcel phone costs there to buy. I see many Mexican SIM cards on Amazon, do people buy those and bring them or buy everything there in Mexico.?


If you want to use your own device, don't bother with questionable online SIMs.Until I let my number lapse, I used the Telcel SIM for 5 years...just go to the Telcel dealer when you arrive.