Country: EL SALVADOR
Network Name: DIGICEL
Product Name: Digicel prepago
Owned by/Major partners: DIGITEL, Venezuela
Operational Frequency: GSM900
Prepaid Package Cost (Just SIM): USD 10
Prepaid Package Validity: Does not expire as long as you receive or make a call every 90 days. Prepaid balance does not expire as you long as keep the service current.
CSD access: No
GPRS access: No
EDGE access: No
SIM applications: No
Manual included: Yes (Spanish)
Refill amounts: USD 5, 10, 20, 50
Availability: Widespread coverage, all major cities/highways, beaches!!
Competitors: Personal (GSM1900), and soon Telefonica (GSM1900) and Telmovil (GSM1900).
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Easy to buy SIM starting package in San Salvador (Just go to Galerias Escalon). Saw another service center in Metrocentro in San Miguel. Prepaid cards available widely.
Took 5 days of repeated nagging to get voicemail activated.
Outsanding value and coverage. They charge by the second. If you use their carrier for long distance (must prefix the number with 166), your calls to the US/Canada cost the same as if it was a local call in San Salvador! Email (firstname.lastname@example.org) included. SMS to local CDMA carriers works fine. Love the fact that pre-paid card balance does not expire and their SIM does not expire as long as you receive or call out every 90 days.
Your GSM compliant phonebook entries do not work, as the + sign confuses the service. You must use a three digit long distance carrier as prefix to dial long distance.
They charge for voicemail retreival (*80). Use a landline (760-1180).
Tried Personal first, and they demanded to see my receipt for the phone to activate prepaid service with my own terminal. Of course I did not have it, who travels with their phone receipt? Too bad, as I understand they now have GPRS.