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Mobile phone in Panama

Hi,

I am going to stay in Panama for 5 months starting in January 2013,

and what is the best mobile company in Panama in terms of the network speed, and coverage?

I was thinking Claro, but I am not sure.

I have Galaxy s3 GT i9300 which is a sim free phone compatible with the frequencies used in Panama.

Thanks :)

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1. Re: Mobile phone in Panama

I an no phone expert but i think you need a phone with a sim card, otherwise no way to tap into the lcal carriers.

I found claro to be ok, i didnt notice much differences with the service between the various phone compnies in Panama City.

You my have to buy a phone once you are there.

Tokyo, Japan
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2. Re: Mobile phone in Panama

thank you very much that helps me a lot!

i used the word sim free meaning "sim unlocked" sorry for the confusion

Panama City, Panama
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3. Re: Mobile phone in Panama

All phone systems in Panama are GSM / UTMS - which I understand means that need SIM cards.

If by sim free, you mean taht it is unlocked and you can change the SIM, then that is fine.

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4. Re: Mobile phone in Panama

I don't know if there is much difference between the phone companies.

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5. Re: Mobile phone in Panama

With a unlockedphone with a sim card, very easy just buy a local sim and a pay as you go data plan.

Service for the companies may vary by location, some may work better in David or Bocas than others but in PC coverage is excellent by all.

Just keep your eye out for promos.

bocas del toro...
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6. Re: Mobile phone in Panama

There is a big difference in reception depending on where you plan to stay. You probably need to speak to people where you are staying and get a consensus. In Bocas del Toro, there is a termendous difference in reception on the different islands.

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7. Re: Mobile phone in Panama

thank you very much guys!

i will be studying at Florida State University Panama which is in Ciudad del Saber... I know that prepaid plans are really cheap over there, I will try one and if the reception isnt good ill just change the sim

thank you again, everyone!

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8. Re: Mobile phone in Panama

I suspect most are similar around Panama City.

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9. Re: Mobile phone in Panama

We had good service and data with Digicel in Panama City but when we went to Chiriqui and Boca Brava we where very dissapointed with the service. So it is best to check with someone in the area you plan to spend most of your time.

I suggest you post one the appropriate forum pertaining to your destination inside of Panamá.

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10. Re: Mobile phone in Panama

From post #7 - isn't this the correct forum - Panama City.