Here’s a Claro Pre-pay card for your cell phone in case you only want to put S/. 10 (the equivalent of about $3.5) on it. They’d do this in the US, but then they wouldn’t be able to get the additional $97 out of you every month. The fact that Americans happily pay the full $100 shows how brainwashed they are.
The amazing thing that I’ve learned (or had reaffirmed) in these last couple months in Peru is that you really don’t need to spend all that much on your telephone. I’ve been averaging about $30 a month. Sure, you have to make a couple concessions in remember to just text message people instead of actually calling them…but that’s why you get a blackberry…so you have a tactile keyboard and you can message people easily. Actually, I prefer to get a damn message than a phone call because then it’s recorded and you can reference it. Also, assuming your friends can spell, there is less room for confusion. And when you take away all the “what did you say?” or “could you repeat that?” it probably takes just as much time to send a text as it does to make a call.
But Americans are all brainwashed into thinking they need a $100 a month data plan, because of all the millions that are spent on crappy advertising. Actually a phone plan isn’t even the worst of the bad deals Americans are constantly suckered into buying. I remember a friend of mine who was always bragging about the “special deals” he got on his car because he was willing to pay three times as much to have it serviced at the dealer rather than at some guy’s private garage that would have done a ten times better job. He justified all this with the savings he got when he turned the car into the dealer for resale for 1/3 of the value.
People are frickin’ stupid.
Frequent flyer miles…there’s another big lie.
But back to the phone card.
You buy these cards and then scratch off a secret 12 digit code (I think it’s 12 digits) and then type it into your phone and…PRESTO…it’s recharged. I did this the other day at Haiti and accidentally scratched the code so much that I couldn’t read the first three digits. As you can probably guess…that pissed me off to no end because it meant I had about 800 different numbers to try to get my S/. 20. It turned out that the number was 111 so it didn’t take me that long to get to (imagine if it had been 999…that would have irritated).
But even if I’d had to ditch that phone card…I still would have saved money compared to a US phone plan, so there.