How to obtain a land line or a mobile phone in Peru? What about Internet? Find out, in this article, how to stay connected in the Land of Incas.
To date, the number of telecommunication subscribers in Peru amounts to 4 million. Moreover, more than 30 million mobile phone lines are currently in use while 10 million users are connected to the Internet. Indeed, Peru hosts a continuously developing telecommunications network which is mainly accessible in urban regions. However, remote regions, especially those which are inhabited by indigenous populations, do not have access to telecommunication services.
So if you intend to relocate in Peru, make sure that the region where you have settled is entitled to coverage. You will then be able to keep in touch with your friends and family on the spot and abroad.
Most accommodations available in Peru are already equipped with a land line. But if it is not the case, you can visit a branch of your favorite service provider to subscribe for a land line. The telephony market is shared by several service providers among which Claro and Movistar are the most popular ones.
You are thus required to localize your address on a plan so as to indicate to the technicians where the land line is to be installed. The request can also be made by phone, but procedures can be quite long.
Note that there are several types of land line subscriptions in Peru. Some service providers provide combined packages including a land line and a mobile line at a particular price. In all cases, feel free to inquire about these with your service provider.
On your arrival in Peru, you may purchase a prepaid sim card at any branch of your favorite service provider by producing your identity card. In general, prepaid sim cards cost around 15 new Peruvian soles.
Some service providers provide packages including either 2G or 3G.
Peru hosts several Internet service providers from which you can choose to subscribe. In general, you will be required to produce your identity card, your carné de extranjeria, that is your foreign resident card, and proof of address.
On the other hand, if you do not yet have an Internet connection, you can still get connected in major cities, and even in some remote villages, thanks to numerous Internet cafes.
Finally, Wi-fi Hotspots are available in some major cities, such as Lima, as well as in some restaurants and hotels. Access can be paid or free of charge.
Expat.com – Telecommunications in Peru Forum
Claro – Land line, mobile and Internet service provider www.claro.com.pe
Movistar – Land line, mobile and Internet service provider www.movistar.com.pe
Qnet – Internet service provider www.qnet.com.pe