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    • wantnomoneyworries
    • By wantnomoneyworries 10th Jul 17, 10:37 PM
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    Help re texting Guatemala
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    • 10th Jul 17, 10:37 PM
    Help re texting Guatemala 10th Jul 17 at 10:37 PM
    I hope someone can give me some advice. My son has gone travelling and is in Guatemala at present. He has purchased a local sim which he will be using to keep in touch with his friends over there. However I wondered if I would be able to text him?
    I have tried with my phone but I have a contract that does not seem to let me contact him. I wondered if I got a pay as you go sim it would allow me to at least send a text? Or if anyone else has experience of contacting someone on a mobile in Guatemala? (a quick look on BT it would cost £1.35/minute to phone so not going to do that) We are in contact online but obviously if he has no wifi I would not be able to contact him.

    Thanks in advance
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    • eDicky
    • By eDicky 11th Jul 17, 12:03 AM
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    • 11th Jul 17, 12:03 AM
    There should be no problem to send an SMS to a Guatemala mobile number, I can't imagine what kind of contract you have that doesn't allow it.

    Use the format +502 X??? ???? where X will be a 3,4 or 5. The same for voice call, unless you use the prefix of a cheap call provider (see MSE article).

    You can order a free PAYG SIM online from one or more of the networks who offer cheap overseas calls, Delight, Lyca, Lebara etc - check their prices for Guatemala. You may find a voice call is cheaper than texting, a few pence per minute, although I don't think it's one of the cheapest destinations. Forget about using BT or any major network.
    • ballyblack
    • By ballyblack 11th Jul 17, 9:29 AM
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    • 11th Jul 17, 9:29 AM
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    • 11th Jul 17, 9:29 AM
    I use fish text for international texts, it displays your own number so the recipient will know who its from

    http://www.fishtext.com/

    Depending what local Sim company he is using to receive the cost varies from .008p to .02p per text message

    Very cheap


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    Last edited by ballyblack; 11-07-2017 at 3:12 PM.
    • Heng Leng
    • By Heng Leng 11th Jul 17, 3:19 PM
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    • 11th Jul 17, 3:19 PM
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    • 11th Jul 17, 3:19 PM
    The Tesco call app gives free international texts at the moment

    https://www.tescointernationalcalling.com/calling-app/

    WhatsApp or Viber are also possible options if you both have data/wi-fi access on the phones.
    • wantnomoneyworries
    • By wantnomoneyworries 11th Jul 17, 6:08 PM
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    • 11th Jul 17, 6:08 PM
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    • 11th Jul 17, 6:08 PM
    Thanks for these - I am successfully using facebook messenger but have the phone as back up - will look into the above suggestions thanks
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