First off, you don’t need to go to a phone store to get a SIM card in Mexico, getting a SIM Card is easy. You can pick one up a SIM Card at any OXXO. (OXXO is a chain of convenience stores similar to a 7/11 and they are everywhere.)

After a bit of research, we decided to go with TelCel as our provider because they have the best coverage. We went into an OXXO in Guadalajara and asked for a ‘chip’ and held up our phone. The guy at the counter didn’t speak any English but knew what we wanted and luckily there was someone in line behind us that spoke fluent English and confirmed we were getting the right thing.

TelCel SIM Card, Mexico

How much does it cost?

Buying the SIM card is 50 pesos (US$2) then you load your credit on to it for data and calling, we weren’t really sure how much we’d need or what plan we are getting so we went for the most expensive 500 pesos (US$20) and got 6GB of data and unlimited calls and texts for 33 days.

We paid the $550 pesos and the guy loaded the credit onto the SIM card and handed it back to us.

Topping up

To add more credit when your 33 days are up all you need to do is pop back into any OXXO say ‘recharga’ and give them your phone number and you are away laughing.

Keep the SIM card slip, your number is on the label on the back.

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Zahn is a travel junkie born and raised on the North Shore of Auckland, New Zealand. Zahn spent two years in South Korea where she met Addison in 2018. She has visited 15 countries and is on a mission to literally work her way around the rest.

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