Movistar Colombia is a mobile phone operator owned by Telefonica Moviles and it operates in Spain and in many Latin American countries as Movistar. The name Movistar has been in use in Spain since 1995 when their GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) services were launched and, it is now the biggest carrier in the country with 22 million mobile customers offering the widest coverage.
In April 2005, the name was adopted worldwide after Telefonica Moviles purchased BellSouth’s operation branches in South America. On the same year, O2 was purchased though the brand was announced to remain the same in the UK, Germany and the Republic of Ireland.
Movistar Colombia’s main competitor in the country and in Latin America is America Movil, which markets its services under the brands Claro, Telcel, Porta and Comcel.
As advertised on their website, Movistar is the second largest mobile operator in Colombia and offers a wide coverage throughout the Colombian territory. They offer pay-as-you-go services, postpaid plans and mobile internet access through their 3G network.
If you bring your own GSM phone, for $30,000 Colombian Pesos (around US$16 as the exchange rate may vary) you can get a prepaid plan that includes benefits such as, but not limited to your first five minutes are free on every single call and online services for you to check your minutes and get “Recargas” (get more minutes). Movistar Colombia offers similar benefits to their postpaid customers. You can get a mobile phone for as low as $35,900 Colombian Pesos (US$20) but, you have many different options so you can customize your plan and make it fit your needs.
If your phone’s capable of accessing the web through a mobile network, then you can get one of the mobile plans that Movistar offers. You could get full internet browsing for $23,900 (US$13) or just get emails or instant messaging for $9,900 (US$6) a month.
The same $23,900 plan mentioned above for free browsing also applies for mobile web on any computer. You just have to acquire Movistar’s USB Modem for $9,900 and you’re good to go.
Movistar Colombia offers a wide range of cell phones so they can meet almost anyone’s needs. Some of the brands you’ll see on Movistar’s catalog of devices are Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, Alcatel, LG, Sony Ericcson, RIM’s Blackberry and the one and only iPhone from Apple.
Styles vary as well, from basic cell phones to flip and slide phones and smart phones with and without touch screens. Thanks to the speedy 3.5G network, customers can take full advantage of Blackberry and Android OS devices which are a big hit worldwide, along with Apple’s iPhone 4.
Regardless of the device you acquire or the plan you get, Movistar gives you access to Long Distance calling and international text messaging, as well as international roaming in many countries around the world thanks to GSMs wide adoption. Even more interesting, Movistar offers you roaming over the air on select airlines and, roaming on cruise ships so you always stay connected.
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