Telcel’s “sin limite” plans now have a limit to use in USA and Canada. Essentially, if you are using most of your data outside of Mexico or using your phone for more than a month(see 29 day limit below) outside of Mexico, Telcel may suspend your service.
So for my U.S. friends considering Telcel’s sin limite plan for their U.S. use, that is no longer available.
FYI, the limitations are due to cost structure contracts with T Mobile and AT&T in the U.S. When I’m in USA, my phone tells me which network(T Mobile or AT&T) I am “renting” with my Telcel contract.
- How the heck are they monitoring this? Computer generated?
- Will Telcel cut off your phone completely, or simply charge you a higher rate?
The workaround would be to use a Telcel chip on the lowest priced plan when in Mexico, then use a U.S. chip when in USA.
For us south of the border types, the sin limite plans are smokin’ hot deals that cannot be beat. Here is my July 2016 post on using Google Voice with Telcel so that USA callers can reach you in Mexico by calling your USA phone #. One phone, one number had been my goal for the past 8 years. FINALLY have it!
Here is the translation on sin limite limits from Telcel’s site:
Services “Without Border” NO USE FOR PERMANENT INTERNATIONAL. It is deemed to be a permanent International Use when any of the following circumstances are present:
(1) The user has used the services “Without Borders” for a period equal to or greater than 29 consecutive days outside the national territory;that is, without having registered domestic traffic within the network of Telcel in the indicated period; or
(2) When the monthly voice traffic, SMS and / or data being within range “Without Borders” (USA and / or Canada):
a. It is greater than the average minutes and / or SMS consumed by the user during the last 3 months in the national territory, or
b. It is greater than 100 minutes and / or SMS; or
(3) When the monthly traffic International Long Distance (ILD) projection being in Mexico bound for the US and / or Canada:
a. It is greater than the average minutes or SMS consumed by the user during the last 3 months in the national territory, or
b. It is greater than 100 minutes and / or SMS.
If the user incurs any of the practices identified in paragraphs (1) and (2) above, Telcel may suspend temporarily: a. the use of services abroad for countries included within the coverage “Without Borders” (US and Canada), and / or b. hiring benefits packages that include “Without Borders”. In both cases, the use of services and hiring packages being inside Mexico will not be suspended, so the user can continue to use them to their re-entry into the country.
If the user incurs as stated in the previous paragraph (3), Telcel may temporarily suspend the use of outgoing ILD services bound for the US and / or Canada for up to 30 calendar days. This does not imply the blocking of the line and may continue to use the services within the national territory.
In the case of paragraphs (2) and (3) above criteria is more favorable for the user is applied.
Here is the current sin limite tariff list today: