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[edit] Cellular Operators

[edit] Claro

Claro has GSM/GPRS/EDGE services at 900/1800 MHz, and since November 13, 2007 UMTS/HSDPA 3G service in the 850 MHz band, as well as a small 1900 MHz operation in the Pelotas region in Rio Grande do Sul. Since August 2008, Claro has also expanded its UMTS/HSDPA network to Minas Gerais, Bahia, Sergipe, Espírito Santo, Amazonas and Pará using the 2100 MHz band. Along with competitor Vivo, it was one of first two operators to make available the iPhone 3G in Brazil, with TIM entering later.

APN settings

  • username: claro
  • password: claro
  • APN name: claro.com.br

[edit] Oi

Oi formerly known as Telemar, but still legally called Telemar Norte Leste S.A., is the largest landline telephone company in Brazil.

APN settings

  • username: oi
  • password: oi
  • APN name: gprs.oi.com.br

[edit] Telecom

APN settings

  • username: brt
  • password: brt
  • APN name: wap.brt.br

[edit] TIM

TIM operates a GSM network in the A and B band. Their data network is based on GPRS/EDGE for GSM and they also operate a 3G network in the 1,9 GHz/2,1 GHz spectrum.

APN settings

  • username: tim
  • password: tim
  • APN name: timbrasil.br

[edit] VIVO

The largest mobile operator in Brazil that is owned by Telefonica. Their data network is based on WCDMA / HSDPA. Operation frequency: 850/1900 GPRS and EDGE, and nationalwide 3G 2100/850. Minas Gerais state have extensive 900/1800 GSM and spotty 850/2100 3G coverage too.

APN settings

  • username: vivo
  • password: vivo
  • APN name: zap.vivo.com.br

[edit] Prepaid plans

[edit] Claro

Simcard cost: R$15,00/ 9$

Voice Call: R$1,36/ 0.8$/min

Data cost: R$6,00/ 4$/mb

Pacote 1 dia 100mb (blocks the service when the limit is reached) 9,90R$/ 6$ 24 hours
Pacote 7 dias 700mb (blocks the service when the limit is reached) 34,90R$/ 21$ 1 week
Pacote Internet Smartfone 7 dias 150mb (caps the speed to 64kbps when reachs the limit) 6,90R$/ 4$ 1 week
Pacote Internet Smartfone 1 mes 300mb (caps the speed to 64kbps when the limit is reached) 11,90R$/ 7$ 1 month


Blackberry Packages

  • Package 2 days w/ 200mb of quota: 6,90R$/ 4$ (when reaches the limite, the speed is capped to 64kbps).
  • Package 7 days w/ 500mb of quota: 19,90R$/ 12$ (when reaches the limite, the speed is capped to 64kbps).
  • Package 15 days w/ 1.5gb of quota: 38,90R$/ 24$ (when reaches the limite, the speed is capped to 64kbps).
  • Package 30 days w/ 3gb of quota: 79,90R$/ 49$ (when reaches the limite, the speed is capped to 64kbps).

[edit] How to activate

To activate a prepaid simcard user must make a call to any number except free numbers. An automatic system will pickup the call and ask for a valid CPF (Cadastro Pessoa Física), a brazilian document. So it´s better to ask for the attendant to make this process for you.

Subscribing:

To subscribe to the packages above, you need to:

For classic databundles:

Call the customer service, and ask for datapacks for use in modem. For Smartphone packages (note: These packages blocks modem connections):

Send a SMS with the word "INTERNET" for the 768 number, and wait the confirmation. To agree the blackberry packages, send the word "Pacote" to 769.


[edit] Where to buy

Sold in a newsagent's, supermarkets, shoppings centers.

[edit] Sim Sizes

Regular Simcards and MicroSIMs available


[edit] TIM

Offer name: TIM Infinity Pré

Simcard cost: R$ 10.00 / $6.67 lowest denomination "recharge" is R$ 12.00

Voice Call (Onnet - TIM Mobile and TIM Fixed): R$ 0.25/ $.17/min Voice Call (Local Fixed): R$ 0.50 / $.33 Voice Call (Offnet): R$ 1.49/ $.99

Data cost: "unlimited" for R$ 0.50/day

  • the first 10MB/day or 300MB/month are at the unthrottled "up to 300kb/s" speed and anything beyond is throttled at 50 kb/s

[edit] How to activate

Buy the specially packaged TIMChip Infinity Pré at any TIM reseller. Foreigners will have to register with a passport. The SIM comes pre-activated, but data won't work until a paid voice call is made.

[edit] How to top up

[edit] Vivo

Offer name: Vivo Pré

Simcard cost: R$15.00/ 9$

Data cost: R$4.90/ 3$MB

Plan Price Volume Validity Period Text SMS to 8200 to activate
Vivo internet diário 9,90R$/ 6$ after 150mb, the speed should be capped to 128kbps, without excess tariff 24 hours DIARIO
Vivo internet semanal 35,00R$/ 22$ after 250mb, the speed should be capped to 128kbps without excess tariff 7 days SEMANAL
Vivo internet mensal 130,00R$/ 80$ after 1GB, the speed should be capped to 128kbps without excess tariff 30 days MENSAL

Datapack for smartphones and modems, at 9,90R$, with 20mb per month, (after, the shoud be speed cap up to 32kbps when reaches limit).

Smartphone datapack - Send a SMS to 1515 with the word "internet" in text field, and wait the confirmation response. At the first activation, the customer gets 15 days for free in package.


[edit] Where to buy

Sold in a newsagent's, supermarkets, shoppings centers.

[edit] Sim Sizes

Regular Simcards and MicroSIMs available

[edit] VoIP applications

[edit] GPS and other navigation applications

The best GPS application to use in Brazil is Waze. It is free. It works on many phones, routes around traffic jams, shows police, accidents, hidden cameras

[edit] Restaurants, hotels and other recommendation applications

[edit] Social Networking applications

[edit] Special Travel applications

[edit] Wi Fi Networks

Try Mandic Magic, it discovers locations with free WiFi around you and provides information about the connection type and quality.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mandicmagic.android https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mandic-magic/id603436160?mt=8

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