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    I'm going to Puerto Vallarta in a couple weeks and I've heard a bunch of different comments on what I can and can't do on my phone while there. Does anybody know the real story? I use AT&T and they apparently have a few data packages called "passport". One of my many questions is whether or not I need a data package if the hotel has wifi. I am traveling with my wife, her mother, and her aunt so I will probably drink a lot and bury myself in the internet.

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    Book separate hotels.
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    • #3
      If the hotel has WiFi and your phone is capable to do Wifi calling, you don’t need a data package.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Truth Detector View Post
          I'm going to Puerto Vallarta in a couple weeks and I've heard a bunch of different comments on what I can and can't do on my phone while there. Does anybody know the real story? I use AT&T and they apparently have a few data packages called "passport". One of my many questions is whether or not I need a data package if the hotel has wifi. I am traveling with my wife, her mother, and her aunt so I will probably drink a lot and bury myself in the internet.

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          It's going to depend on the quality of the wifi service at the hotel. Most of the hotels that cater to tourists have really good wifi. Check out the reviews of the place on Trip Advisor, since you'll likely find a lot of comments relating to the wifi service. It it's good, I wouldn't bother with the data package. Have fun!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by R_Mears_Fan View Post
            If the hotel has WiFi and your phone is capable to do Wifi calling, you don’t need a data package.
            Truth. When I went to England in 2016, I called my wife a couple of times this way. Skype is cheap.
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            • #7
              Thanks. According to the reviews the hotel is great but the WiFi is sketchy.
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              • #8
                When I traveled internationally for work, I would also notify my carrier that I would be overseas. Sometimes they have a short term package that allows you to use foreign cell towers without the stupid crazy roaming fees. As far as hotel wifi goes, imo, they are mostly crap at the basic level included in the cost of the room. What I have mostly seen is that often they will try to get you to pay as much as an extra $30/night to get to a decent bandwidth. So, you can use the basic level, but it will be slow as hell. Also, if you have not checked and made sure that you will not get excessive roaming fees, I would keep the phone in airplane mode to avoid unexpected costs. I believe most phones in airplane mode will still let you use an available wifi.

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                • #9
                  Sans good wifi, you have two options:

                  1) Buy the international calling package with AT&T so you can use the phone there. Basically you're paying for AT&T to allow you access to the cell network.

                  2) If you have an unlocked phone, buy a SIM when you get there. I exclusively have unlocked phones and have had great success with this from the Oman to Italy to Peru. If you're planning to go to an all inclusive and never leave, probably not the move you want to make. My lone all inclusive experience in Mexico involved me renting a car and driving into the jungle when I got bored of sipping fruity cocktails by the beach, so I might not be the best parallel to your experience. The internet says Telcel will sell you a sim card and 2GB of data for about $35.

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                  • #10
                    I’m Verizon so AT&T may be different, but if you do the passport check the fine print on data. I have unlimited data. On the Verizon plan if you are out of country after a certain usage (which is low) they throttle the data so it’s ridiculously slow. Again, understand you are AT&T so it may be different. But if you do rely on AT&T vs hotel and can’t watch a race or highlights because they limit data, well that would suck.
                    My experience with hotel WiFi is it all depends on usage. Probably great at 2 am when nobody else is using, but 9 am or 6 pm it can’t handle. Same if you are in that ‘one part’ of the hotel that doesn’t have good reception.

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                    • #11
                      My Verizon package includes coverage in Canada, where it works the same as in the US. I don't know about coverage in Mexico with this package. Adding coverage for anywhere else would be costly. It would have cost $10/day for coverage in Israel (plus charges per minute talking and charges for using data) when I went there two years ago. I figured that I had spent enough on the 2 week trip itself and the phone was an unnecessary expense. We used Skype and/or FB Messenger on WiFi in the hotels instead.

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                      • #12
                        Just how much porn are you planning to watch?

                        Perhaps the hotel has an attractive adult movie package you can purchase cheaper than the data you’ll consume by binging on vivid TV.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by VirtualBalboa View Post
                          2) If you have an unlocked phone, buy a SIM when you get there. I exclusively have unlocked phones and have had great success with this from the Oman to Italy to Peru. If you're planning to go to an all inclusive and never leave, probably not the move you want to make. My lone all inclusive experience in Mexico involved me renting a car and driving into the jungle when I got bored of sipping fruity cocktails by the beach, so I might not be the best parallel to your experience. The internet says Telcel will sell you a sim card and 2GB of data for about $35.
                          This is simultaneously intriguing and intimidating.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Indyknut View Post
                            Just how much porn are you planning to watch?
                            Did you see who I’m traveling with??
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Truth Detector View Post
                              Did you see who I’m traveling with??
                              I was going to suggest you invite 38special...
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