As recent expats to Mexico, we are always looking for ways to save money without sacrificing our quality of life. One of the ways we saved a lot of money instantly, was to switch to a Mexican based cell phone plan.
In the United States, a cell phone plan can easily run over $100 USD for an individual plan and over $200 USD for a family plan. Prior to moving to Mexico, we decided to reduce our monthly bill by eliminating one of our cell phones completely and sharing the one remaining phone. Since we were both retiring, we figured that we would be together most of the time anyway.
I cancelled our Verizon plan and switched to T-Mobile. The T-Mobile plan offered unlimited calls and texts in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. With 3 gigs of data, taxes and fees, the phone plan cost us $105 a month. Compared to what we were paying before, this seemed like a pretty good deal. That is until we discovered the same plan in Mexico for only $10 a month. Yep, you read that correctly; $10 USD a month.
I know that this post is starting to sound like a late night infomercial, but I assure you, I am not selling anything. I am just sharing our story in the hope that some of our fellow expats might save some money.
We changed to Iusacell in December of 2015. Iusacell was acquired by AT&T in November of 2014 and is now known as AT&T Mexico. At the time we got the plan, the full name change had not taken place.
Our plan is similar to the T-mobile plan but much cheaper: unlimited calls and texts within North America (U.S., Canada, and Mexico); 3 gigs of data; and unlimited social media without using any gigs. If you prepaid for 12 months, you got 12 months for free. At the exchange rate then, it worked out to be about $240 USD, or $10 USD a month, for cell phone service for the next two years. It was so cheap, we went back to each having our own phone again.
By the way, there are no hidden fees or taxes in there either. That is because Mexican consumer law requires that the price exhibited or advertised include all taxes and charges necessary to acquire the product or service. You can read more about your rights as a consumer here: What Every Expat Should Know About Consumer Laws in Mexico.
We have used our phones in Mexico and the United States and they worked great in both countries. We have Canadian friends that took advantage of this deal and all of them report that their phones work well when they are back in Canada.
Some of you may be wondering if this deal is still available; well, it is. The rates went up slightly (in pesos); however, the terms are still the same. If you choose to have 3 gigs of data a month and prepay for 12 months, it works out to be 5,388 pesos or about $299 USD for two years of cell service. If you break this down to monthly rate, you are paying about $12.47 USD a month (18:1 exchange rate).
I have included a link to the plan for those that are interested:
AT&T con Todo damas Más (If you are outside of Mexico, you may be redirected to the AT&T site for your country)
I think this plan is a good fit for expats or part time residents from the United States or Canada. The only possible downside is that you will have a Mexican phone number. That can be a pain if you are trying to give the number to someone in the U.S. or Canada. You just have to get into the habit of telling people outside of Mexico to dial +52 and then the number.
Phone plans and deals change regularly, so it is likely you can find a deal that fits your needs better than this one. The point of the post is to show people who are thinking of becoming expats in Mexico that it is easy to cut costs and live well on much less.
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Author: Qroo Paul