For the first six months that we lived in Mexico, we still had a cell phone plan from the U.S. that included coverage in Mexico. That plan cost us around $120 USD a month for two phones– an amount that I thought, at least at the time, was pretty reasonable.
I changed my tune when I did some research and learned that we could have a similar plan in Mexico for two phones for less than $25 USD a month. That savings was too big to pass up, so we made the change.
The Plan We Use
The plan that we switched to is called Plan AT&T con Todo damos Más. It’s not a group plan, so we had to set up each phone separately.
It includes unlimited calls and texts anywhere in North America (Mexico, United States and Canada) and 3 GB per data per phone. Certain popular phone apps are not applied toward data usage: Facebook, Messenger, Whatsapp, Twitter and Uber.
The key to maximizing the savings with this plan is to pay for 12 months up front. When you do that, you automatically receive an additional 12 months at no cost. So, for $5,388 pesos ($262.57 USD*) per phone, you get 24 months of cell phone service.
I know that might sound like a lot of money to plop down all at once, but you have to keep in mind that you won’t pay one cent more for cell phone service for the next 24 months. And, if you break the numbers down, you’re really only paying $224 pesos ($10.94 USD*) a month for each phone.
That’s a pretty sweet deal.
* U.S. dollar amounts were calculated using the exchange rate at the time the article was written: 20.51 MXN to 1 USD.
Let’s Wrap This Up
Now, before you jump on the next flight to Cancun and head to the nearest AT&T store, keep in mind that if you take advantage of this plan,. you’ll be given a Mexican phone number. That means that anyone calling you from the U.S. or Canada will be charged for an international call — unless, of course, they have a phone plan that includes Mexico.
Since we live in Mexico full-time, it makes sense for us to have a Mexican number because the majority of our calls are to people and businesses in Mexico. Whenever we want to gab with friends and family members in the old country, we either call them directly or use a voice/text/video chat program like Whatsapp.
By switching phone plans, we’ve already saved over $3,500, and as we like to say down here, “That’s a lot of beer money.”