Having trouble figuring out how to get a SIM card for your iPhone 5? In this video I explain the easiest way I’ve found for how to do this.
Getting a SIM card for an iPhone in Brazil can be difficult because they take a smaller chip than other phones. If your phone takes a normal sized SIM card you can get a SIM card at any newspaper stand.
If you have an iPhone your best bet is to get a plan with TIM. The only plan that you can get with your iPhone will by R$69.90 per month and you have to pay with your credit card, at least for the first month. The monthly plan comes with unlimited texts, free calling between other TIM users and 300mb of data usage at a speed of 3mbps.
After that month is over you can cancel the monthly subscription and just pay as you go, or continue to pay monthly. If you pay as you go, you will pay R$.60 per day in order to use the internet at a speed of 128kbps, and you will pay R$1.59 per minute to call to other operators.
You’ll need to bring your passport and you’ll need to have a CPF. If you don’t have a CPF they might be able to do a jeito and let you go without needing it.
If you’re buying your SIM card at the TIM store in Savassi in Belo Horizonte, the attendant named Thiago speaks fluent English.
Every phone operator in Brazil sucks but this is the less bad option that I’ve found. If you know better, please let us know in the comments