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Cheaper to buy a cell phone overesas & get service in Chile?

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Cheaper to buy a cell phone overesas & get service in Chile?

How expensive is to get an iPhone 4 in Chile? Is it better to buy the actual phone in Canada or the US and just buy the service in Chile or they have deals where you buy the service and the phone is discounted?

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1. Re: Cheaper to buy a cell phone overesas & get service in Chile?

Movistar offers the iPhone 4S at no charge with a plan costing 60,000 pesos a month.

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2. Re: Cheaper to buy a cell phone overesas & get service in Chile?

Not if you are not a resident with documented above average Chile source income.

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3. Re: Cheaper to buy a cell phone overesas & get service in Chile?

That is a lot of money. How about other smartphones (Blackberry, Galaxy, etc.)? Is the service any cheaper and are there specials?

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4. Re: Cheaper to buy a cell phone overesas & get service in Chile?

Iossy, do you have Chilean residency and Chile source income or know someone who does and is willing to sign up for a PLAN (vs. prepaid) under their name for you and then cancel after a month with all the fees that probably go with it?

Movistar is out of the question for a PREPAID DATA package unless you have a Chilean ID or know someone who does.

virginmobile had been mentioned by expats for prepaid data packages:

Check prices and phones here:

http://www.virginmobile.cl/equipos/products

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5. Re: Cheaper to buy a cell phone overesas & get service in Chile?

Thank you for the information. Yes, both myself and my wife will have residency. I'll have to decide which plan I want.

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6. Re: Cheaper to buy a cell phone overesas & get service in Chile?

Temporary residency will take 1-3 months. You will have to get by with prepaid in the interim and even residency without a Chilean credit/income record may not get you a plan unless you are company sponsored.

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