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The telecom scenario in Brazil is a bit chaotic. So, keep in mind the following points before travelling to Brazil:


  • The tariffs for voice calls shown below may vary from state to state, due to tax differences in various states.
  • Historically, for a foreigner to subscribe to a cellular service in Brazil, a CPF (cadastro de pessoa fisica) was required, that corresponds to a TAX ID or Social Security Number (for some countries). The procedure for issuing a CPF can be found at: http://www.receita.fazenda.gov.br, or at any Post Office Station (Correios). Starting from September 2012, mobile networks are supposed to accept passports from foreigners as seen on the Ministry of Communications website (you might need to use Google translate): http://www.mc.gov.br/telecomunicacoes/noticias/25704-turistas-estrangeiros-poderao-comprar-chips-de-celular-apresentando-passaporte
  • Activation may take a couple of hours, but the tricky part is that you can't use data until you have made a chargeable call (no matter where) to complete the billing setup on their end.
  • Some operators accept data navigation on modems without signup to subscribe a prepaid dataplan directly at browser (like Tim, Claro and Vivo).
  • Some operators offer free access to social networks (usually Facebook, but Twitter may be included as well), so keep in mind that access to a social network may not translate into a fully functional data plan.
  • The majority of telecom operators have operatives that don't speak fluent English in their callcentres. So, if you need support, the best way is visiting any big mall and look for telcos store (Claro, TIM, Vivo and Oi). There's always someone who can speak English or at least someone who can try.
  • The data network quality can vary in some states. For example: in the Northeast and Northern regions, the infrastructure can be poor in certain states. In cities that are densely populated, you may experience some slowdowns, but it should not affect browsing.
  • In high population areas you may have some problems with signal strength when usage is at a peak. For example, your telephone shows a "Network busy" message when attempting to make a call. However, this problem is very rare today, so don't worry!
  • Vivo and Claro have faster data speeds, but TIM is cheaper and can handle text apps (email, Twitter, Whatsapp...) and navigation apps such as Google Maps.
  • When using a carrier, ask about promotions with the operators callcentre. In some cases, the default basic plans can be expensive. Also, it's recommended to buy packages (as indicated bellow) as they can be more cost-effective.
  • The governamental regulator of telecommunications in Brasil, it's ANATEL (http://www.anatel.gov.br).
  • Brazil, works with GSM, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA. HSPA and some states have iDEN radio coverage. You can have some luck, and find a test LTE network active in some moments.
  • A bit of trivia: Brazil also has AMPS, TDMA (D-AMPS) CDMA1x and EV-DO rev0 networks, remnants of the first cellular operators. In some cities, it's still possible to find analogue signal due to their use in rural telephony.

TIMEdit

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In general you shouldn't have to think too much about data on TIM. When I got my TIM Sim card data just worked out of the box. I barely even noticed the money it deducted from my account. I think the 10mb plan shown below was the one I was automatically put on. (24-March-2012)Edit

Homepage: http://www.tim.com.br

GPRS EDGE UMTS HSDPA HSPA+

Smartphone packages:Edit
  • 10mb for 24 hours: 0,60R$/day with 500kbps speed: after surpassing 10mb the speed may be capped to 50kbps without any excess tariff. No subscription needed, just an Infinity Pré simcard. 
  • 10mb for 24 hours with unlimited SMS package: 0,75R$/day with 500kbps speed: after surpassing 10mb the speed may be capped to 50kbps without any excess tariff. No subscription needed, just an Infinity Pré simcard. 
  • 30mb for 24 hours: 1,00R$/day with 500kbps speed: after surpassing 10mb the speed may be capped to 50kbps without any excess tariff. No subscription needed, just an Infinity Pré simcard. 
  • 30mb for 24 hours with unlimited SMS package: 1,25R$/day with 500kbps speed: after surpassing 10mb the speed may be capped to 50kbps without any excess tariff. No subscription needed, just an Infinity Pré simcard. 
  • 40mb for 24 hours: 2,90R$ (send sms to 4141 with TWDIA to subscribe)
  • 150mb for 1 week: 9,90R$ (send sms to 4141 with TWSEMANA to subscribe)
  • 300mb for 30 days: 34,90R$ (send sms to 4141 with TWMES to subscribe)

Blackberry packages:

  • unlimited for 24 hours: 1,00R$/day (w/o cap, with fair use politicy).

To subscribe for BBM package, send a SMS message to "8080", with "ilimitado" word (w/o quotes), and wait the sms with hyperlink for subscription.

Modem packages:

Infinity Web Pré Modem:

  • 80mb for 24 hours: R$1,99/day with up to 3mbps speed (contract inserting a new bought chip on modem, and subscribe, or call to *222 and go to option 5 at URA menu for subscribe in plan).


Max speed: 300kbps up to 3mbps, depending on the region or the dataplan contract.


Voice Plans:

TIM Infinity Pré:

  • 0,25R$ per call in on-net calls valid for local and long distance on-net calls, using the operator code 41 (in some especific area codes, the first call of the day it's free. Consult the client attendment for details).
  • 0,60R$ per call in off-net calls for fixed landline phones, valid only for local calls.
  • 1,29R$ per minute in off-net mobile calls.
  • 0,75R$ per day to send any number of SMS messages to any carrier phone (or 1,25 with 30mb package).
  • 0,20 per minute for international calls for United States (mobile or fixed phones).
  • 0,50 per minute, for international calls for Portugal, Spain, Argentina, and Italy (fixed phones).
  • 0,99 per minute for international calls for Germany, Chile and Mexico. (fixed phones).
  • 1,99 per minute for international calls for the rest of Europe
  • 6,99 per minute for international calls for Asia, Cuba, and Oceania.

You can verify your remaining credits, calling to *222# or *767# for promotions.


Tim Beta:

Paying 100R$ after buying a Infinity pre simcard, the client can subscribe to TIM Beta plan. Anyway, the one diference between the plans, are:

  • 0,25 per day (first call) in on-net calls valid for local and long distance on-net calls, using the operator code 41 (in some especific area codes, the first call of the day it's free. Consult the client attendment for details).
  • 0,25/day for internet access


Not all stores activate this plan in client line. So, we recommend activate the Infinity plan instead.

Roaming:

For calls made outside of your DDD registry area: 0,25R$/call only (for intranetwork calls), or the cost of call, if the call is made for outside of TIM network.

For calls received outside of your DDD registry area: 1,43R$/call only (any call)

VivoEdit

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Homepage: http://www.vivo.com.br/Edit
Data feature packsEdit

GPRS EDGE UMTS HSDPA HSPA+ LTE

  • Vivo Internet Diária at 0,99/day, with 15mb quota (after, the speed cap up to 32kbps). The package subscribe it's automatic
  • Datapack for smartphones at 9,90R$, with 200mb per month, (after, the shoud be speed cap up to 32kbps when reaches limit).
  • Vivo internet Semanal, at 2,99/week, with 40mb quota (after, the speed cap up to 32kbps).
  • Datapack for modems and tablets at 2,99R$ for 2 days, with 150mb (after, the speed caps to 128kbps, until the next due).

Max speed: 1mbps.


Subscribing:

To subscribe to the packages above, you need to:

Vivo on: Call to the customer service, and request the vivoon promotion, or enter on customer area on Vivo's site, and subscribe on there.

Data bundles: You may access the customer area on site to subscribe, or send a SMS message to 8200 number, with the following text:

  • Smartphone datapack - Send a SMS to 1515 with the word "internet" in text field, and wait the confirmation response. At the first activation, the customer gets 15 days for free in package. For all smartfones datapack, you can get a 10-day free use sending the word "gratis" to 1515, before contracting any datapack.
  • Semanal datapack -  Send a SMS to 1515 with the word "semana" in text field, and wait the confirmation response. 

Other information

Voice Plans:

Vivo ON:

1. Rest of Brazil

Package with voice/sms/data and intranetwork bonuses.

  • 1,39R$ per minute, for intra, extranet calls, and fixed line phones.
  • Bonuses of 125R$ to use with VivoON clients network, plus (18R$ package)
  • Bonuses of 125R$ to use with any Vivo client at local intranetwork calls (18R$ package)
  • 50mb of quota to internet general access
  • Bonuses of 255R$ to use with VivoON clients network, plus (25R$ package)
  • Bonuses of 255R$ to use with any Vivo client at local intranetwork calls (25R$ package)
  • 200mb of quota to internet general access


Vivo tudo package:

This packages deducts 6,90R$/week from your topup charge, and give the following package to use:

PR e SC states:

  • 300 minutes of call to any Vivo cellphone on Brazil (using 15's operator code)
  • Unlimited SMS to vivo cellphones
  • 0,05/min the call that exceeds the quota
  • 75mb/week of quota for internet access (caps to 32kbps after reaching limit)
  • 0,50/min the call to local fixed phones
  • 0,05/SMS to other operators

Northeast and North region:

  • Unlimited minutes and calls  to any Vivo cellphone on Brazil (using 15's operator code)
  • Unlimited SMS to vivo cellphones
  • 100mb/week of quota for internet access (caps to 32kbps after reaching limit)
  • 0,50/min the call to local fixed phones
  • 0,05/SMS to other operators

Rest of Brazil:

  • 100 minutes of call to any Vivo cellphone on Brazil (using 15's operator code)
  • Unlimited SMS to vivo cellphones
  • 0,05/min the call that exceeds the quota
  • 75mb/week of quota for internet access (caps to 32kbps after reaching limit)
  • 0,50/min the call to local fixed phones
  • 0,05/SMS to other operators

Vivo Sempre:

Northeast region (excl. Bahia and Sergipe states):

  • 0,25R$ at day for local and long distance intranet calls using 15's operator code and unlimited SMS package.
  • 0,10/minute for local fixed phone calls.
  • 0,25/day at day for internet access

Rest of Brazil:

  • 0,05/minute for local and long distance intranet calls using 15's operator code and unlimited SMS package.
  • 0,35/minute for local fixed phone calls


You can verify your remaining credits, calling to *8000, and wait the SMS confirmation, or send a SMS to 8000 number with the "SALDO" word.

ClaroEdit

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Homepage:Edit
Data feature packsEdit

GPRS EDGE UMTS HSDPA HSPA+ LTE

Packages for modems:

  • Pacote modem 1 dia - 1 day package: 1,99R$ with 80mb (caps the speed to 64kbps when reaches the limit).


Max Speed: 3mbps

Packages for smartphones:

  • Pacote diário - 0,60R$ per-day in case of usage, with 10mb/day (and 300mb/month) of quota (caps the speed to 32kbps when the limit is reached) (don't need contract, automatic activation).
  • Pacote Internet Smartfone 15 dias - 2 week package: 6,90R$ with 150mb (caps the speed to 32kbps when reachs the limit).
  • Pacote Internet Smartfone 1 mes - 1 month package: 11,90R$ with 300mb (caps the speed to 32kbps when the limit is reached).
  • Pacote Internet Smartfone 3GMax - 1 month package: 0,99/day with 15mb (The speed on this package don't have any caps, and can going up to 6mbps - Caps to 64kbps when the limit is reached).


Blackberry Packages

  • 15 days (R$11,90) package with same features above, plus 50mb pack for video and audiosteaming
  • 30 days (R$19,90) package, with same features above, plus 100mb pack for video and audio steaming

(All plans above, give a @claro.blackberry.com mail.)

Max speed: 300kbps

Subscribing:

To subscribe to the packages above, you need to:

For classic databundles:

  • Call the customer service, and ask for datapacks for use in modem.

For Smartphone packages (note: These packages blocks modem connections):

  • Send a SMS with the word "INTERNET" for the 768 number, and wait the confirmation.
  • To agree the blackberry packages, send the word "Pacote" to 769.

Max speed: up to 3mbps, depending of plan.

Voice plans:

Claro toda hora + Fala mais Brasil promo Package.

Brazil:

  • 0,25R$ per call for local and long distance on-net calls using the 21's carrier code, to Claro Movel, Claro Fixo (as former Embratel Livre), and Net Fone.
  • 0,60R$ per call for local calls to fixed landline phones.
  • 1,50R$ per minute to offnet mobile calls.
  • 0,50 per day in a unlimited SMS package for any national operator.


Claro toda hora + Nova fala mais brasil com bonus:

With 13R$ topup:

  • 13R$ bonus every 24 hours for local and long distance on-net calls using the 21's carrier code, to Claro Movel, Claro Fixo (as former Embratel Livre), and Net Fone.

​With 20R$ topup:

  • 20R$ bonus every 24 hours for local and long distance on-net calls using the 21's carrier code, to Claro Movel, Claro Fixo (as former Embratel Livre), and Net Fone.

With 30R$ topup:

  • 30R$ bonus every 24 hours for local and long distance on-net calls using the 21's carrier code, to Claro Movel, Claro Fixo (as former Embratel Livre), and Net Fone.
  • 0,60/call for local fixed phones
  • 0,50/day for unlimited SMS package.


Roaming:

For make calls outside of registry area code: The regular local tariff in receivment, or making calls.

For received calls outside of registry area code: R$0,00/min (free)

CTBC Celular (Algar Telecom)Edit

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Homepage: www.ctbccelular.com.br

Data feature packs:


GPRS EDGE UMTS HSDPA

Plans:

Basic:

With a topup of R$ 15,90/at month, the client can activate the package. The package have 600mb/month. When the limit is reached, the pack it's capped to 64kbps

The voice call tariff follow as bellow:

  • R$0,12/call intra-network calls in the same or other DDD (using 12's operator code), local fixed landline
  • R$0,20/call for any extra-network calls in the same DDD.


Maxspeed: 1mbps.

Oi MóvelEdit

GPRS EDGE HSDPA

Data feature packs for smartphones:

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  • R$0,75/day of use, with 10mb quota. After, the speed caps to 50kbps. Automatic subscribe at first access (this package also offer unlimited SMS to any operator).
  • R$2,90/week, with 30mb quota. After, the speed caps to 50kbps. To subscribe, send a SMS with "oi" word to 35007.
  • R$9,90/month, with 100mb quota. After, the speed caps to 50kbps. To subscribe, send a SMS with "oi" word to 35030.


Data feature packs for modems and tablets:

  • R$1,89 - Daily package with 50mb quota. After, the speed caps to 50kbps. To subscribe, go to a service attendment center.
  • R$9,90 - Weekly package with 100mb quota. After, the speed caps to 50kbps. To subscribe, go to a service attendment center.
  • R$34,90 - Montly package with 350mb quota. After, the speed caps to 50kbps. To subscribe, go to a service attendment center.
  • R$54,90 - Montly package with 500mb quota. After, the speed caps to 50kbps. To subscribe, go to a service attendment center.


Max speed: up to 1mbps.

Voice plans:

  1. National (including São Paulo state):

Tudo por um dia:

  • R$0,10/day - Refilling your line with credits from 13R$ up to 24,99R$, you can make calls to any Oi fixo (landline) or Oi Móvel (intranetwork) calls local, or national using the 31's operator code, at 15 minutes limit per day.
  • R$0,10/day - Refilling your line with credits from 25R$, you can make calls to any Oi fixo (landline) or Oi Móvel (intranetwork) calls local, or national using the 31's operator code, at 30 minutes limit per day.
  • R$2,00/min extranetworks mobile calls.
  • R$0,75/day - Unlimited SMS + 10mb/day.


Oi Galera:

  • R$0,99/day - 60 minutes for local and long distance intranetwork calls for Oi movel and Oi Fixed phones, using 31's carrier code. Includes 10mb/day for internet access (caps to 32kbps); 530SMS package/day (30 for all operators, and 500 for intranetwork)

You can subscribe at this plan signing a wait list on Oi's site. After the fulfilling of list, the chip it's sent to the home of customer.

A faster way, (from 18/3/2014), it's pay a tax of 10R$ and convert a regular prepaid plan to Oi Galera at any Oi stores.

Sercomtel CelularEdit

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Homepage: http://www.sercomtelcelular.com.brEdit
Data feature packsEdit

GPRS EDGE UMTS HSDPA

Packages for smartphones:

  • 0,50/day - 1mbps, and cap up to 10mb/day. After, speed falls to 64kbps.

Max speed: up to 1mbps.

Voice plans:

Celular e-Conomico: 0,04/min: intranetwork calls

0,20/min: fixed landline calls

1,39/min: extranetwork calls

Roaming:

Not avaliable.

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