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Do you have any recommendations regarding mobile phones? Did you keep your home-country plan or use a local provider?

I use an embassy-issued phone, but my spouse has a local phone. It's easy to set up and buy credit. - Dec 27, 2017
We use unlocked smartphones and purchased local sim cards. Plan to spend about $20-$30/month for phone with 3G capability. For calling home -- or anyone in Praia for that matter -- most everyone uses Viber. Some use WhatsApp (less common) and Facebook Messenger. We also have a Vonage line with a U.S. area code. - Oct 30, 2016
Embassy issued. If you want a smart phone, bring one with you. They are prohibitively expensive here. - May 18, 2014
Bring an unlocked cell phone from the States and buy a local SIM card. You can either subscribe to a local plan or pay as you go. There is no data service here yet, but it seems to be coming soon! - Feb 2, 2011
Just buy one here. Or bring your unlocked iPhone but don't be surprised if someone tries to jack you up for it. - Sep 8, 2012
The Embassy provides, otherwise you can buy one on the corner along with sunglasses from some guy. - May 23, 2012
The embassy provided these, so I'm not sure about this. - Sep 19, 2009
USG provides one to employees. Otherwise, one recharges by buying cards with specific quantities of minutes. - Feb 6, 2008