Not surprisingly, buying phones in Colombia can be a bit more expensive than buying them from the US. However, there are instances when we really have no choice but to buy a new one in Colombia. Maybe your phone was stolen by a pickpocket in Parque Lleras or you just want a spare one. Either way, buying phones in Colombia is relatively easy. Here’s the list of shops where you can buy new or used cellphones in Medellin. Just make sure to bring an ID (either passport or the cedula extranjeria) with you!
Monterrey Mall (Centro Comercial Monterrey)
Monterrey is the best mall to visit if you’re looking for technology products in general. Whether it’s for buying a new phone, Mac repairs, or looking for hard to find cameras, Monterrey will probably have them. The shops also offer good prices!
Mondays to Saturdays: 10:00 am – 7:30 pm
Sundays: 11 am to 5 pm
✆ Bogota: (1) 745 5444
Medellin: (4) 604 1919
Cali: (2) 489 1222
Mondays to Sundays: 7:00 am to 9:00 pm
Centro Comercial Opera
It’s a tiny mall, but has a decent amount of shops to help you find the phone you need. You can go to the shop here.
Mondays to Saturdays: 9 am to 7 pm
Like Exito, Jumbo often offers discounts and sales on cell phones and other products. Locate the nearest store to your place here.
Another shop with lots of good deals for phones and other technology products. Check out their locations here.
✆ Medellin: (034) 604 2323
Stand-Alone Mobile Phone Providers
The biggest network providers in Colombia are Claro, Movistar, and Tigo-UNE. They usually have kiosks and stand-alone shops in the major malls in Medellin. Expect their phones to be on the pricier side though, especially if you will go with a prepaid plan.
It might also be a good idea to check on Facebook groups for Medellin expats to see if someone’s selling there. Just note that the phones supported in Colombia are GSM 850 and GSM 1900. You can check whether your phone works in Colombia here.
How’s your experience with buying phones in Colombia? Let us know in the comments!
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