It’s said that the biggest fear one has it that of public peaking. For me, my biggest fear is not having cellular service, and not being able to connect while on the go.

So, how does one connect while in Chile

chili country phone photo

Photo by Bill Selak

Some quick tips to staying connected while on the go:
Phone Public phones located on streets are very likely to be tampered or vandalized, so it’s better to use a phone located inside a commerce or a station. Prepaid cards for mobile phones and landlines are sold at most newspaper kiosks, supermarkets, gas stations, pharmacies and phone dealers. Mobile GSM networks are ubiquitous in all major cities and most of the territory of central and southern Chile. OpenSignal has independent Chile coverage maps.

Entel should normally have the best coverage. In some remote areas in the south it is the only option (if there is any coverage at all). If you are going to stay mostly around bigger settlements, any operator should be fine. A basic prepaid cellular phone usually costs about 15000 pesos, most frequently charged with 10000 pesos worth of prepaid minutes. No ID is required to buy a prepaid phone. Of course, you can use your own device if it is unlocked. GSM SIM cards from ENTEL, Movistar or Claro are usually available for 5000 pesos, but without cr, so you’ll need to buy some prepaid minutes to be able to call.

Newcomer Virgin Mobile Chile sometimes give away free SIM cards if you register on their website. Otherwise you can buy, also through their website and they will send it to an address. Some foreign cr cards are not accepted for payment. Virgin uses the Movistar network and can be cheaper than others, especially if you buy packages. Money can be charged into a cellphone from almost any ATM using a cr or debit card and from some pharmacies (Ahumada, Cruz Verde and Salco Brand) on the counter and in cash. Also, one can charge money directly into the phone by using a cr card through an automated service operator, with directions in Spanish or English. Chilean phone numbering scheme is very simple and straight.

Other tips on staying connected while in Chile? Please add your comments and tips.