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Buying a Phone for Peru (South America)


Dec 19, 2003, 7:01 PM
I was wondering if I could buy used phones here and then sell them in South America?

I would also like one for a family friend who lives there.

Does anyone know what kinds of phones to buy or what phones to avoid. I am not going to start a big company but I would like to take a couple of phones down there on each trip.

Rich Brome

Dec 20, 2003, 3:30 PM
Peru has pretty much the same technology mix and same frequencies as the U.S., so you'll find GSM, CDMA, and TDMA networks down there.

TIM is GSM 1900 (like T-Mobile USA)

Telefonica Movistar is CDMA 800 (like Verizon Wireless)

BellSouth is TDMA 800 (like Cingular)

As usual, the easiest phones to sell are GSM, so I would suggest finding GSM 1900 phones here and selling them to TIM customers down there.

Mar 17, 2004, 7:28 PM
Mr. Brome,
remember that Bell South has sold all his carriers in latin america, which were bought by Telefonica, from Spain, and its wireless unit, Movistar.
Rich Brome

Mar 17, 2004, 7:50 PM
"remember"? 😕

I mean... yes, but that was very recently... you're replying to something I wrote way back in December when that had not happened yet. And, just like Cingular buying AT&T, it will take some time for that transaction to complete.

Mar 18, 2004, 11:31 AM
oh, sorry... hadn' seen it 😲

Mar 16, 2008, 12:28 PM
I've noticed Nextel in Lima. If I have a Nextel account here in the states, will it be the same in Peru. Same phone, same or simular plan down there???

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