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BasicsEdit

OperatorsEdit

Argentina has three national operators:

  • Claro (América Móvil)
  • Movistar (Telefónica)
  • Personal (Telecom Argentina)

The coverage of all three providers are quite similar. 2G and 3G is on 850 and 1900 Mhz, so users from Europe and Asia need a "US-band" device. 4G/LTE is not yet available.

Generally data is pretty slow and 3G coverage variable. In Argentina WIFI is much more popular and available almost everywhere. That's why all operators only offer small amounts and no big data packs. In 2013 the first national MVNO started with Quam, now renamed in Tuenti móvil.

Availability and rechargesEdit

All three offer prepaid sim cards (referred to as 'chips' in Argentina) and they can be bought in hundreds of shops around the city. They sell the chips at around $30.

Once the number is activated, which is instantly, you can charge your new chip/sim at any automated vending machines around the city. You will see signs with a legend like "Cargamos Personal, Movistar, Claro", or look out for the orange vending machines in kiosk shops. You will be asked to enter your number, then you feed in bills up to the amount you want, and then click confirm. A small receipt is printed and you credit is added nearly instantly. You should receive an SMS confirmation with your new credit. Most will only accept cash. If you want to use a credit card go to a branded store or use the online option at the official website for the carrier.

SIM sizesEdit

In 2013 users said it was nearly impossible to find MicroSIM or NanoSIM cards. As of 2014 many sims now come in Standard size with the perforated cuts to pushout to MicroSIM size. It is not currently known if NanoSIMs are easily available.

ClaroEdit

Claro
Availability
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You can buy starter packs (= chips) and recharge cards at Claro Customer Care Centres(shop locator), kiosks, pharmacies, service stations, supermarkets, any outlets or shops where you can see the logo of Claro Prepaid Card;

They sell different chips for smartphones, tablets and computers (modems).

Default data ratesEdit

Right now, Claro doesn't have packages. All data is according to these rates:

  • for smartphones: daily (0-24h) flat of 15 MB for $3 (currently discounted to $2) for Claro con Tarjeta and $2.50 in Tarifa Nacional
  • for tablets: daily (0-24h) flat of 40 MB for $4
  • for modems: daily (0-24h) flat of 250 MB for $9

Once the quota is reached, speed will be reduced to 128 kbps. You can restart high speed volume up to 3 times a day by texting TURBO to 252. For this, the same amount will be deducted.

Technical settingsEdit

  • APN: igprs.claro.com.ar
  • Username: clarogprs
  • Password: clarogprs999

Movistar Edit

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Availability Edit

Chips and recharges are sold in their shops and outlets. They are also often available from kiosks for about $15 (though these are often re-used old number so you may have pre-exisited premium sms subscriptions. Register on the movistar site so you can check you are not losing credit). For recharges you are awarded bonuses: For $50-80 you get $30 and $100-180 you get $80 bonus.

Default data ratesEdit

Like Claro, Movistar has daily (0-24h) "flat" rates for prepaid. A 15MB block lasts till midnight and costs $3.10 (approx 0.25USD / 0.15GBP). If you exceed the 15MB, then the first time an additional 15MB block is automatically added at the same price. Once you have hit 30MB in a single day, you will not be automatically billed any additional blocks. You can manually add additonal blocks by texting ALTA to 772. If you don't add further blocks then you still have Internet access for the remainder of the day, but at a reduced speed of 32 kbps.

Data feature packsEdit

They offer only one pack: For $9.90 per week you get 10 MB per day for 7 days. For overuse you can switch to the daily pack (see above). Activation by texting Internet to 2345.

Technical settingsEdit

  • APN: wap.gprs.unifon.com.ar
  • Password and Username: wap

PersonalEdit

Personal
Availablility
Edit

Chips and recharges are sold in their shops and outlets (shop locator).

Default data ratesEdit

Like Claro Personal has daily (0-24h) "flat" rates for prepaid. They cost $1 for 10 MB for Tarifa Prepago and $2.50 in Tarifa Nacional.

Data feature packsEdit

You can add the "Pack Simple" for "unlimited" internet within 7 days for $9.90 by texting ACT SIMPLE to 152 or the "unlimited" internet for 30 days for $34.90 by ACT INTERNET30 to 152. Speed will be reduced to 64 kbps when using more than 10 MB per day.

Technical SettingsEdit

  • APN: gprs.personal.com
  • Username and Password: gprs

Tuenti móvil (formerly Quam) Edit

Tuenti móvil

Tuenti móvil (formerly called Quam) is the first nationwide MVNO in Argentina, started at the end of 2013 by Telefónica. It targets primarily young people and uses the network of Movistar.

Availablility Edit

SIM cards are available online for free to be sent to an Argentinian postal address or at kiosks showing their logo for around $10. There, they sell recharges too. The chip can be activated online or by calling *999.

Data feature packs Edit

Quam only offers three packages including data, domestic texts and domestic voice

  • Combo Mini: 1 day, 50 MB data, 1000 SMS: $3.5
  • Combo Semana: 7 days, 350 MB data, 3000 SMS, 25 minutes voice: $30
  • Combo Mes: 30 days, 1.5 GB data, 5000 SMS, 100 minutes voice: $90

Data speed is up to only 384 kB/s.

Technical Settings Edit

  • APN: internet.movil
  • Username and Password: internet

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