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  • #211669

    Anonymous

    I apologize if this is a repeat, but I need some guidance on buying a cell phone.
    My iphone just broke and I was wondering which cell phone is the best to buy that will work in Brazil. I have heard that service providers/data plans are very expensive and the best way to go is to buy prepaid chips.
    I would like to buy something soon (that will also work for the time being while I am in the US – I’m moving to Sao Paulo in July), so any help would be greatly appreciated!
    Obrigado

  • #211677

    sven van ‘t Veer
    Participant

    Buy an onlocked iPhone.

  • #212080

    Caio Andretta
    Participant

    I bought a Sony Ericsson w910i which was supposed to work in Brazil, according to the specs and various websites.
    Guess what, half of the time I didn’t get any reception on the phone. I will only buy a simple phone there in Brazil, or indeed like Sven says, a good iPhone from which you’re guaranteed it will work (but then again, I was 100% sure as well with the SE.

  • #212102

    Caio Andretta
    Participant

    Yeah me too. But my girlfriend has the same provider and her much cheaper Samsung did work. Guess you never know for sure until you try?

  • #212157

    sven van ‘t Veer
    Participant

    [QUOTE=frank4000] Or a samsung 11[/QUOTE]
    That’s like substituting a Ferrari with a Volvo.

  • #212158

    sven van ‘t Veer
    Participant

    [QUOTE=Labyras] I bought a Sony Ericsson w910i which was supposed to work in Brazil, according to the specs and various websites.
    Guess what, half of the time I didn’t get any reception on the phone. I will only buy a simple phone there in Brazil, or indeed like Sven says, a good iPhone from which you’re guaranteed it will work (but then again, I was 100% sure as well with the SE.[/QUOTE]
    My wife had one. Worked perfectly. What company?

  • #212160

    Caio Andretta
    Participant

    [QUOTE=sven]My wife had one. Worked perfectly. What company?[/QUOTE]
    The company was Oi. My girlfriend decided that for me, since she also has it and we could call/text for free…
    Is it actually a decent company? I never thought about it since she decided it for me…
    I prefer to have good coverage, even if it costs a little more (like KPN in Holland). Can anyone advice me on this?

  • #212162

    Caio Andretta
    Participant

    [QUOTE=sven]
    That’s like substituting a Ferrari with a Volvo.[/QUOTE]
    I’d actually prefer a Volvo XC70 over a Ferrari over there in Brazil… If we just look at sheer functionality.

  • #212164

    sven van ‘t Veer
    Participant

    In that case you should consider a Leopard II main battle tank. Excellent acceleration and maneuverability, immune to potholes and arrastoes.

  • #212252

    Caio Andretta
    Participant

    I’d like to get this one starting again, I’d like to know everyone’s experiences with telephone companies.
    Which are good and which are the ones to stay away from?
    And Sven, you said that your w910i worked fine, which provider was that?

  • #212328

    Marc Maserati
    Participant

    [QUOTE=Labyras] [QUOTE=sven]
    That’s like substituting a Ferrari with a Volvo.[/QUOTE]
    I’d actually prefer a Volvo XC70 over a Ferrari over there in Brazil… If we just look at sheer functionality.[/QUOTE]

    One does not buy Ferrari for practical reasons….Big%20smile
    -Marc
  • #212334

    Caio Andretta
    Participant

    [QUOTE=mmaser]

     
    One does not buy Ferrari for practical reasons….Big%20smile
     

    [/QUOTE]
    But one does buy an iPhone for practical reasons, which the Ferrari was a metaphor for.
    Meaning, I would not walk around with an iPhone in Brazil.

  • #212342

    Anonymous

    ^^Poor guys excuse.
    @Labyras: All telcos suck in Brazil.
    This due to the fact that the networks are overloaded and also legislation that forbids antennas close to schools and that the networks has never been optimized.
    You will have to ask around as the signal might vary a lot from one region to another.

  • #212354

    Caio Andretta
    Participant

    [QUOTE=Twirly] ^^Poor guys excuse.
    @Labyras: All telcos suck in Brazil.
    This due to the fact that the networks are overloaded and also legislation that forbids antennas close to schools and that the networks has never been optimized.
    You will have to ask around as the signal might vary a lot from one region to another. [/QUOTE]
    Thanks for the information, I’ll be sure to ask various people

  • #212355

    Milenko
    Participant

    I’m using Nokia no fancy stuff, for me telephone is simple to make calls not to play games or using internet, means of being accessible. Bought TIM sim card when I arrived in Brazil topped it up for 20 RS and still haven’t spent everthing … looks like lots of people I called are using TIM and I’ve been making calls to various states in Brazil … Called with SP card here to cell phone in recife, spent 0,25 centavos for three minutes call.

  • #212362

    Caio Andretta
    Participant

    [QUOTE=frank4000] TIM seems to have reasonable prices once you are talking within Network. Outside however you get screwed.[/QUOTE]
    Aren’t they all like this? Oi offers a free few reais a day to use to call/text other Oi users. Annoys the hell out of me, just give me normal prices for every number, within or without their network.

  • #212394

    Anonymous

    Thanks everyone – I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading these posts :)

  • #22527

    behlb
    Member

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