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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.

Availability and rechargesEdit

All three offer prepaid cards you can buy on literally hundred of shops around the city. The first thing they will sell you is the chip (SIM) which is around $30.

Once the number is activated, which is instantly, you can charge your new number on any kiosk around the city. You will see signs with a legend like "Cargamos Personal, Movistar, Claro". You will be asked for your number and the amount you want to charge and they will send you the credit instantly. You should receive an SMS confirmation with your new credit. You will have to pay with cash on most of the Kiosks. 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 next to impossible to find MicroSIM or NanoSIM cards. Neither any shops that have the machine for cutting the cards. So you may go to a papelería buying a box cutter to shave it down to size yourself. It's pretty easy to do if you have a SIM already to use as a template.

ClaroEdit

Claro
Availability
Edit

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

MovistarEdit

Movistar
Availability
Edit

Chips and recharges are sold in their shops and outlets. 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. They cost $1 for 10 MB in the tariff Dedos and $2.45 for 15 MB in the other tariffs. Exceeding this quota, a new block for the same price will be charged. You can stop this by texting NO to 772. To renew text ALTA to 772, which you need to buy a 3rd block anyway. Otherwise speed will be reduced to 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

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