There are many stores around the city that offer rentals of cell
phones, for temporary usage during your stay. When you arrive at the
airport, to the baggage area, there is normally a group of uniformed
telecom representatives that are offering temporary cell phone rentals.
This service is convenient and it is ok for short stays and minimal
calling. However, if you plan to be making frequent calls or have an
extended stay, it could be much less cost to wait and rent a phone from
a service outside the airport. Also, most of the service plans offer
the call-initiator to pay for the call, and do not charge the call-recipient.
This is known as "Lo que llama, paga" or the one that calls,
pays. Nextel is also an available cell phone service, which could be
useful for calling among a group of people as Nextel offers calls through
their radio line, only to/from Nextel phones. An example 2010 tariff
for unlimited use of Nextel Radio is $25 per month (s/.70.00 soles).
However, Nextel service is ONLY AVAILABLE in Peru's coastal zone, not
in the mountainous or jungle regions.
Costs of buying a cell phone range from about $18 for a basic cell phone,
on up to $170 for one of a Smart phone variety.
case example- I chose the Movistar service which offers nationwide coverage,
as does another called "Claro." The phones cost from s./49
soles or about $18. I chose a pre-pay phone (pre-pago) with texting
and radio features, costing s/.149 or about $50.00. The purchase came
with an offer of adding contacts with other Movistar phones, which gives
discounted calling to those numbers beyond the available balance for
making calls or texting to others. This offer is maintained by adding
s/20 soles every month (about $7.00). The cost of calling to Movistar
phones or other cell providers is s/.0.50 centavos per minute. It costs
more to call fixed-telephone numbers.
an airport cell phone rental service is charging US$9.99 activation,
US$9.99 per month. Free incoming calls. To make a call, per minute rate-
US$0.50 within Peru, US$0.99 international. Texting capable. (March
2010) This might be an option for a temporary stay with minimal calling.
All around the city, you will see signs for "Locutorio." This
is normally a small business that has phone booths for making local
or international calls. It is a relatively good way to place calls,
likely less that using a rented cell phone. It is a nominal fee per
minute to call locally. The word "call" is "llamada"
in spanish, pronounced like "Ya ma duh." When you enter this
service, simply ask to make una llamada locale or internacional. If
you are making a local call, they will need to know if it is to a fixed
land-line phone number or to which cellular service you will be calling
to, such as Telefonica/Movistar, Nextel or another called "Claro."
The attendant needs to know this, to be able to direct you to the proper
phone to use, depending on where you are calling. (they use different
calling services which charge differently depending on where you call,
or to which service). Once in the booth, there is a meter showing the
length of your call. Example 2010 costs are approximately- US$0.08 per
minute local fixed, to US$0.10 to 0.20 cents per minute for an international
Long distance-international calling cards are for sale at most supermarkets,
gas stations and bodegas.
Across the city, there are stores offering internet service, normally
referred to as an internet cabina or "cabina internet." These
stores or cabins have computers available which are connected to net2phone
or other voip service. The charge is normally by minute for the call
or for a block of time, with pricing depending on the country being
called. Also, the computer usually has a headset to use, which can make
it better to hear as opposed to calling from a phone booth in a locutorio.
If, for some reason, the headset is not working or the call does not
connect, let the attendant know so they do not charge you for the call.
The internet cabinas in Miraflores and San Isidro would be the likely
place to find Skype available.
is a postal company which offers international mail service, called
SerPost. Look for their signs around the city, sometimes located within
other businesses, like pharmacies (far-macia). Timing for a letter to
North America, or other countries, is about 7 to 10 days on average.
At www.SerPost.com.pe you can check tariff costs for sending letters