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Cellular Abroad SIM Card for Argentina
A Argentina Prepaid SIM Card, together with a tri-band unlocked GSM cell phone, will allow you not only to have a local cell phone number in the Argentina but also to pay local rates - and without a contract. The rates are extremely advantageous and even include unlimited FREE incoming calls from anywhere in the world (when in Buenos Aires). For your next trip to the Argentina, make sure to purchase a prepaid SIM card.

Information and Talk Rates Chart

Key Features
  • Local phone number for Argentina
  • Free incoming calls from anywhere
  • Text Messaging
Initial Credit

US $7.00 
8 min International
16 min Domestic

Incoming / Outgoing Talk Rates

Free Incoming /
US $0.42 Outgoing

International Talk Rates *

Free Incoming /
US $0.84 to US or Canada

SMS Text Messaging

Free incoming
US $0.17 Domestic outgoing
US $0.60 outgoing international

*You can find more detailed information on rates including roaming charges here.

Detailed Features

  • An Argentina pre-paid SIM card and cell phone number-you'll have the number before you depart
  • Complete with initial airtime voucher worth $20 pesos (about $7 USD)
  • Unlimited FREE incoming calls from anywhere (when in the Buenos Aires area)
  • Domestic rates as low as $0.42 per minute
  • Calls back to the US and Canada as little as $0.84 per minute.
  • Add more call credits as needed by purchasing easily-obtainable recharge voucher cards in various denominations
  • Voicemail, Caller ID, call-waiting
  • No yearly contract, monthly charges, daily minimum charges, minimum minutes per call charges or credit checks

Preparing Your Phone for use overseas:
While you won't be able to use your SIM card until you get to Argentina, there are a few things you can do to test your equipment and prep your phone.

  • Test that your phone charger works well with your phone and make sure your phone's battery can take and hold a charge. (All Cellular Abroad phones come with variable-voltage chargers.)
  • If you are supplying your own phone, make sure you have the phone menus specifically set to use English (as opposed to the "automatic" setting.) Consult your phone manual if you don't know where the language setting is.
  • Snap out the SIM chip from the SIM card and insert the chip into your GSM Phone's SIM card slot with the metal portion facing down as to make contact with the contact prongs. (You'll usually find your phone's SIM card slot underneath the battery of your GSM cell phone. Consult your phone manual if unsure of the proper installation procedure.)
  • Power on your phone to test it. You will not be able to make or receive calls until you arrive in Argentina.
  • Note: The PIN-check feature is disabled, by default. Cellular Abroad discourages the use of a PIN number for prepaid services.

Activating Your Service:
  1. Go to Argentina
  2. Be sure that battery is charged
  3. Turn on your phone
  4. Add Talk Time with your startup voucher (see below)
  5. You may start calling
  6. Note: All spoken prompts are in Spanish

Checking Your Credit:
To find your current balance:

  • Call *150 <Send> (free of charge)
  • You will be given your current balance.
  • Alternately, you can send an SMS message to 150 and type "saldo"
  • You will shortly get a message stating your current balance.
  • When your balance is below $5 pesos and/or below $3 pesos, you will get an SMS message alerting you that you are low on talk-time credit.

Recharging Your SIM Card:
Your Telecom Personal SIM card comes with a $20 (peso) recharge voucher. Additional call credit can be added by purchasing additional recharge voucher cards. These "Tarjetas Personal Light" cards are sold in denominations of $10, $20, or $50 pesos at "Telecom Personal" stores, Musimundo, Fravega, Garbarino, or Falabella stores and in supermarkets, drugstores, magazine kiosks and any convenience store displaying the Personal logo. (Other outlets include Compumundo, Bazar Avenida, Bonesi, Carsa, Champion, Disto Tucumán, Dromo, Otero La Plata, Sapienza, Ribeiro, Rodo Hogar and Send Shop.) You can also call Telecom Personal customer service for information on other locations or ways to add credit. Even if you have zero credit - since incoming calls are always free - you will still be able to receive calls. Once you have purchased a recharge card, simply follow these easy instructions:

  • Simply scratch off the protective coating on the back of the card to reveal your voucher code (PIN)
  • From your handset, dial *151 and press the <Send> key
  • Follow the instructions you hear to enter the code number
  • Upon successful entry of the code, your account will be credited and you'll receive a confirmation of your new available balance.

Detailed Rates:
Calls are billed in per-second increments. Argentina uses the Argentine Peso (ARS) currency. $1 ARD = to about $0.35 USD. Rates are based on per-minute charges and given in pesos with US dollar approximations given afterward. For up-to-date currency exchange rates, use our Currency Converter.

Domestic Outgoing Anytime
Any phone in Argentina $1.59 (~$0.42 USD)

International Outgoing Peak* Off-Peak**
South & Central America $2.33 ($0.61 USD) $1.87 ($0.49 USD)
North America $1.04 ($0.27 USD) $0.83 ($0.22 USD)
Europe $1.75 ($0.46 USD) $1.40 ($0.37 USD)
Rest of the World (most locations) Up to $3.21 ($0.84 USD) Up to $2.57 ($0.67 USD)

*Peak: M-F 8 AM - 10 PM, Sat 8AM - 1PM
**Off-Peak: All other times

Incoming Call Received (from anywhere in the world) Rate (per minute)
In Buenos Aires region FREE
Up to 110 km away from Buenos Aires $0.25 ($0.07 USD)
110 km - 240km away from Buenos Aires $0.35 ($0.09 USD)
Over 240 km away from Buenos Aires $0.45 ($0.12 USD)

The Personal prepaid SIM card does not support international roaming. You cannot make or receive calls outside of Argentina with this card.

If a person is calling from a public phone or using a calling card you will be charged 0.89/pesos min for the incoming call.

Text Messaging
SMS messages are free to receive. They cost $0.17 (~$0.06) to send a domestic SMS (or SMS to email).

To call your voicemail, dial *555 from your cell phone. You can also access your voicemail box by dialing 9799-0131 from a landline. All spoken prompts are in Spanish.

Upon entering the system, enter your voicemail password. Your initial password will be the last 4 digits of your phone number. If desired, you can change the password by calling *25283 from your handset. To access voicemail from another phone, call your phone number and then press # when the system answers your call. Then, enter your voicemail password. Voicemail is always active. It is not possible to disable it.

Useful commands:

  • 1 To hear messages
  • 7-7 Erase a message
  • 3-3 Advance to the end of a message
  • 1-1 Go back to the beginning of a message
  • 9 To save a message
  • 7 To erase a message
  • 5 To get message information

You may personalize your outgoing message by following the spoken (Spanish) prompts in the voicemail system menu.

For an interactive coverage map, you can go to It is important to note that for the best service outside of larger cities, a cellular phone which supports the 850 MHz GSM band is required.

Customer Service:
Customer service for your Argentina prepaid SIM card is available 24 hr./day by dialing *111 at any time from your Argentina cellular phone. From a landline, dial toll free at 0800 444 0800. Internationally, you can reach them at + 54 11 4706 6962. After a recording and usually a short wait, you will speak to a friendly live operator. Many, but not all, know English. For problems with the phone or other hardware, contact Cellular Abroad at 001-310-862-7100 or email If you are having a problem and you are unsure who to consult, please call Cellular Abroad or relay a message to us through a contact at home. Usually there is a simple fix. Our business hours are 8 AM to 6 PM Pacific Time, seven days a week.

Your Personal SIM card does NOT support roaming outside of Argentina. Do not assume that it will work outside of that country.

Service Life:
Adding call credit to the SIM will give an additional eight months of service.  If the SIM is not reloaded at least once every 8 months then the SIM card and accompanying phone number will expire.

Multi-Country Travel
You can also purchase other SIM cards as well for other countries to where you may be traveling. (This option is good for those planning on doing a lot of local calling.) We also offer an international roaming National Geographic Talk Abroad™ SIM Card that is convenient for travel to multiple countries. (This option is useful for those wanting a single number for use in multiple countries and who will be making more calls back home than locally.)

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