Panama City - Post Report Question and Answers

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

Best to bring your favorite unlocked device from home. - Dec 2021

We use a local provider but brought unlocked phones to post. Phones are available here at about a 25% markup. - Sep 2018

Movil or Digicell -- Movistar sucks, in my opinion. - May 2017

I have a local SIM card with 3 GB per month of data and 300 minutes/100 SMS for about $30/month. I rarely use the minutes or SMS, because we use WhatsApp so often. We use Movistar, which seems to be a common provider. - Mar 2017

C&W pre-paid cell service is the cheapest we've found so far. Buy an unlocked phone from the U.S., though, unless you just want voice service. - Oct 2015

There are different options you can choose from, no issues. - Jun 2015

A pre-paid plan for 1 GB of data on an iphone 6 will run US$15 for 15 days. - May 2015

C & W. - Sep 2014

All have it. You can buy it everywhere. - Jul 2014

4 major cell phone companies, all have 4G service at rates generally lower than the U.S. No problems here. If your phone works in the U.S., it will have the radios to work here. - Mar 2014

No. - Sep 2011

several choices here not as cheap as in the US, you only pay for outgoing calls but pay for all texts, incoming and outgoing - Dec 2009

A prepaid plan works for me. I pay US$15 a month. - May 2008

Any of the major carriers are good. - Apr 2008

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