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    use Tracfone in Costa Rica?

    From a quick Google search I did I gather the answer is no but I thought I'd check here anyway.

    Will the tracfone still connect to any WiFi network down there? So I could use WhatsApp, Insta, Snapchat, etc.?

    If I need voice services, what's the best solution? Are burner phones available there? Or buy an unlocked phone here and get a SIM down there?

    Thanks for any advice.

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    Your Tracfone (or any device) will work with WiFi anywhere. So, Whatsapp, Insta, Snapchat...will work just fine.

    If you have a Google Voice number, you can make/receive calls (with your GV number) over WiFi using the Hangouts app and the Hangouts Dialer app. Some people said both Hangouts apps have been replaced functionally by the new Google Voice app, but I have not used it.

    If you want cell phone service, you can buy an unlocked phone here and a local SIM there. Make sure the phone has the proper frequencies/bands used in Costa Rica.

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    If your TracFone is GSM-capable, you can get a Simple Mobile SIM and plan, which will roam in Costa Rica. Whether your phone is TracFone-branded or not, it will work. See this link:

    https://www.simplemobile.com/ildroaming

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    Too bad Slime doesn't throw in Costa Rica for free to TF users. Afaik Slime still own the whole as in 100% cellular business in CR.
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    Thanks, will see if I can get by with messaging through wifi.

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