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Portuguese phone/SIM in Spain

Discussion in 'Mobile phones and tablets' started by StevethePlanner, Mar 2, 2017.

  1. StevethePlanner

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    A question about SIM cards and countries. In 2015, I walked the CP from Lisbon. When my flight landed in Lisbon, I bought a cheap phone (Samsung) and SIM card (Vodafone) at the airport. She said the prepaid rate was the same for Portugal and Spain. I think that was true. It worked in both countries. I don’t know if I ever put more money on the SIM while in Spain. I tried once in Santiago at a tobacco store, but for some reason it did not work. I don’t know if it was just that store, or if a SIM bought in Portugal could not be added to in Spain.

    My question is: in April-May I’ll be walking VdLP – all in Spain. Will my SIM card work (and re-load) or will I need to buy a new (Spanish) SIM at the Madrid airport (or when I get to Seville)? Pros/Cons?
     
  2. Bajaracer

    Bajaracer Camino Frances 2013 Jun-Jul SJPDP to Finisterre

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    Most SIM cards will be deactivated after 9 months if there is inactivity with the number, I doubt you'll be able to reuse the Portuguese SIM card.
    Most likely you'll have to buy a prepaid Spanish SIM card, make sure the cheap Samsung phone you bought is unlocked.
     
  3. StevethePlanner

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    It's been well over 9 months. I don't mind buying a new SIM card. But I have no idea if the phone is unlocked (or what that implies). It worked in Spain before. Is there a way I can see if it's locked?
     
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    Bajaracer Camino Frances 2013 Jun-Jul SJPDP to Finisterre

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    Find a SIM card such as a US one from AT&T or T-Mobile, it doesn't have to be valid, just one that is not Vodafone. Ask a local independent cell phone store if you could get one and test it out.
     
  5. StevethePlanner

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    Unfortunately, the charger is European and I have no cable here (in the U.S.) to plug it in to test unlock (battery is drained). I guess the worse case scenario is I take it to Spain, a new (Vodafone) SIM doesn’t work and it’s not practical to unlock the phone, so just end up buying a new cheap phone. Hopefully, it won’t come to that. There is a couple of weeks before I leave and I might be able to find a place who can test it.
     

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