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

You can bring your unlocked phone from the States and get a SIM card locally. - Jul 9, 2016
We brought unlocked phones from the U.S. and bought scratch cards to reload them. - May 1, 2014
Getting a SIM card is easy through the embassy. Bring a GSM phone or you can get one here. If you want a smart phone, bring an unlocked version and you will be fine. - Feb 8, 2014
I didn't use mine much, so I had an old one just for basic stuff, but everything is available for a price. - Aug 7, 2011