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Help with staying connected in Colombia!

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1. Posted by thekiddzac (Budding Member 2 posts) 1y

I own a real estate company in Florida. I do a lot of business on the phone. When I recently traveled to Colombia I relied on connecting to WiFi > to message a girl in the office in Florida > who relayed phone calls inboud/outboud via 3-way calls to a local Colombian pre-paid cell phone (she had a phone with cheap outbound calls to Colombia)

I hope that makes sense... the problem was I didn't always have WiFi so outbound calls had to be scheduled in advance. Also, the girl wasn't always available, so some calls went to voicemail which I strive to avoid.

I guess I should get to the question: Does anyone have good telephone/internet solutions to keep in touch with the US while traveling to Colombia?

I use a Samsung Galaxy S4 on AT&T and I've researched that it will connect to 2G/3G on Claro (Top cell provider in Colombia) My first thought is to get a Claro SIM card and buy a plan/prepaid card and just "bite the bullet" on costs for outgoing calls. Incoming calls would be forwarded from a US number, and that would provide me with internet access at local rates on 2g/3g network. I also know my AT&T SIM would work down there but international roaming charges are outrageous! Maybe I am over thinking everything and I should just deal with roaming charges, but someone has to have some experience with this.

Please, any info would help. Thanks so much in advance!

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3. Posted by berner256 (Travel Guru 493 posts) 1y

Check out T-Mobile's international plan. I'm considering it since I travel extensively overseas in places where there is no Wi-Fi, but there is cell phone service.

This new article explores some of the options: http://www.macworld.com/article/2943868/how-to-find-cellular-access-when-traveling-without-international-roaming.html

4. Posted by thekiddzac (Budding Member 2 posts) 1y

Thanks for your response Berner256, I will definitely check out that article! :)