Discovering Buenos AiresHow to by a SIM card in BA

June 11, 2019by Language School0
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If you are staying in Buenos Aires for a while, because you want to learn Spanish or because you would like to explore this beautiful city, you might want to stay connected to your family and friends back in your own country as well as those new friends in the city. As regards getting in touch with...

If you are staying in Buenos Aires for a while, because you want to learn Spanish or because you would like to explore this beautiful city, you might want to stay connected to your family and friends back in your own country as well as those new friends in the city.

As regards getting in touch with the locals, the first thing you might want to know is that Argentineans are very fond of WhatsApp. So be sure to download the app.

And as regards connectivity, most cafés and restaurants have free WIFI, which you will also find in the subway. Yet, a local SIM card (here called chip) will make things much easier as there are lots of apps to help you explore the city, as for example the one to visit Recoleta Cemetery, or the one to get you around the city. And if you’re planning to be in Argentina for a limited time, the ideal chip is a prepaid one. Long postpaid contracts last for at least one year.

There are three local companies you can buy your chip from: Movistar, Personal or Claro. The chip can be bought in almost any Kiosco. Yet… you will need to follow several steps to activate your chip, and if you choose to activate it on your own, instructions are in Spanish. So I think it is better if you go to the offices of the company of your choice.

To buy the chip, remember to take your passport with you, and that your phone needs to be unlocked.

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