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$0.01/ minute calls....

September 10th, 2008 at 12:17 pm

Hmmm....cellphone company #1 is offering $0.01/minute calls for up to 5 "frequent" numbers...If I switched, I could put the office cellphones on that plan (4) and add sis....If I did decide to go with a contract ::shudder::, they have them starting at $5/month...then calls to office cellphones would be free (since I would be contracting it through the office's acct exec, and would be in the embas sy's plan)...then I could add sis and niece on the $0.01 thing...I'd still have 3 slots....best friend? would have to find out if she uses that company, but definetely a possibility...

hmmmmm....I guess I have until next Tuesday to decide (sales exec comes every Tuesday)

2 Responses to “$0.01/ minute calls....”

  1. Broken Arrow Says:

    WOW! I know you are in ES, but the exchange rate is pretty similar right? I too lazy to check, but the best I can get is about $0.07 per minute right now. Well, $0.05 if I buy a bunch of minutes I don't need and will end up wasting.

  2. MICLASON Says:

    We are "dollarized", meaning we adopted the US Dollar as official currency, since 2001. So, yes that's $0.01 a minute. Cellphone service is really cheap in El Salvador...calls for cells in the same network (same cellphone company numbers) are all below $0.05...calls to other networks or landlines are $0.15-$0.25, depending on the company...and here only the person originating the call pays...so if my friend calls me to chat for 1 hour (we don't), it only affects her balance...texting is free if for the same company...you can get phones for as little as $5 (but the chip is welded into the phone, so if you lose the phone, you lose the number)...and a lot of the time you get offers where if you buy a new phone for, say, $85, they'll give you $14.16 balance each month for 6 months...(the catch being that you cannot carry it over, you use it or lose it)...still, even if you don't use it all, it's a good deal...
    I'm debating wheter to just get a new phone with the same company (so I keep my number....the government is pushing for "portabilidad numerica", meaning you could -for a fee- keep your line number regardless of which company you use, but that still hasn't happened!)...or, go with the company that has the best signal (they are more expensive, but, you DO have 100% signal almost anywhere you go, plus, they have the automatic roaming, which the other ones don't...not that I travel that much!)...The reason I chose MY cellphone company is that, originally, it was the only one that offered prepaid services in which your balance didn't expire (ever, as long as you get at least 1 incoming call every 60 days!)...the other ones had these deals where, if you bought a $3 card, your unused balance expired in 5 days, and so on, up to the $50 cards, which lasted 60 days (can you say rip off?)...
    But now, the company with better signall has gone to non-expiration balance, too...
    Oh, another thing is that sis and niece and everyone at the office used to be with this company that has the best signal, so it was more expensive for me to call them ...but, I just remembered that sis' office changed THEIR cellphone company, so we'd still be with different companies...I think I'll just go with the new phone/old company thing....probably next payday...the charge on this one is just dying in less than 1 day...

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