I recently have been stressing about ways to save on expenses while living in Ecuador for six months and have made a decision. I am suspending my phone for the duration of my time down in South America.
My Blackberry is global capable, which is why I bought it. However, because it costs me $65 a month, excluding the global activation, which would be an additional $30, it just seemed to be more of a burden than a blessing.
So, I went to my cell phone provider and asked them to suspend my phone. The girl told me it would be about $30 total because it would have to be re-activated after 3-months and then re-suspended. GROOVY! That is less than one-month of having my phone turned on.
I figure I can keep in touch with my family and friends using Skype on my computer and e-mail. However, for emergency purposes, I am going to look into pay-as-you-go phones while I am in Ecuador.
Do any of you know of good phone companies in Latin America that offer such plans?