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(12-01-2018 07:06 PM)NoMoreTO Wrote:  I think the phone issue is a little more messy these days than before. All of us down here are struggling with this. I always say phones and scopolamine are the favourite topics of expats around here.

You don't register your sim, you have to register your phone, I submitted 4 separate documents for this. Colombian bureaucracy in full force. This is using someone elses cedula at the same time.

Ultimately you should consider buying a phone to get around this.

Of course your SIM is registered. Or what do you mean by this?
I was in Colombia until four weeks ago. I doubt things have changed dramatically since then. I didn't face any issues this year, unlike last year where I had to take my phone receipt to the main Claro location after 30 days, for service to be unblocked.

Trying to do it at an authorized dealer location (regardless of carrier) will often result in unnecessary frustration. Same way it is in the US.
Not to mention trying to use someone else's cedula as well.

Alternatively, if anyone only needs a number to make occasional calls back to the US, there are many apps to do this for free. TextNow for instance, gives you a phone number in any zip code you choose. You can make free unlimited calls and texts to any US number (including 1-800s), and can be called on the number. The call quality is excellent, if you have decent wifi.
12-01-2018 10:14 PM
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Do you guys speak Spanish? I've been to Medellin 3 years in a row, with different phones every time. Never had a problem, I have also went with my friends to setup their sim cards as well many times. No one ever had an issue, I usually do it at claro.
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Yeah... There is something really fishy going on here with all this phone bullshit. I'll not flame out anyone who is having difficulties because I haven't been there in a year and things could have changed, but every single time I go, I repeat the same drill and it works without failure, first time every time. You can do it at either Comcel, Claro, or Tigo. I have the same phone I use all the time (my drop phone)-- old unlocked iPhone 5 from the States.

Before I travel, I dig the old phone out, charge it up, connect it to the internet and check for updates. I place in the last SIM card from my last trip (because sometimes it still works even after months and months of inactivity). As soon as I land, I turn it on and see what happens. Mind you, I still have my "real phone" with t-mobile which works on international roam in case of emergencies. If the drop phone works, I buy a prepaid minutes card and charge it and I'm good to go. If it doesn't and I arrived on a daytime flight, the first stop I make once we arrive back down in the city is a cell store. My taxi driver (same one I use every time and have used for years) goes in and gets a new SIM card using his cedula and we are out of there with no issues, no drama, no BS. This has never failed me not once. I've seen how fast things change in Colombia (heavy fucking sarcasm here) so I seriously doubt some brand new sweeping reform has changed that will prevent me from doing the exact same thing the next time I visit.

Now, if I go into the store and start fucking around with my passport and dealing with the retards that work there--we could be there for hours and still end up defeated because the people are so fucking stupid and incompetent. So I just avoid that altogether and I never have problems.

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SIM registration isn't that tough, although there can be issues if you don't force them to do it for you on the spot when you buy your SIM. You can buy a SIM with a foreign driver's license, passport, etc. I speak decent Spanish, but I'm far from fluent.

Once your phone gets blocked it can get tricky. I know people who've unblocked their phone by showing the receipt or signing a declaration. For me it was more difficult. Excuses include:

1. Phone model not approved for use in Colombia: "un equipo terminal no homologado en Colombia" (it was and I bring a printout of the certificate from la Comisión de Regulación de Comunicaciones proving it is approved)
2. IMEI does not exist: "un equipo terminal con código IMEI inválido" (yet here is my phone that I've used all over the world and the receipt which indicates the IMEI)
3. Account details do not match those used for registration: "Lamentamos informarle que no es posible gestionar su requerimiento ya que el anexo no esta diligenciado con los datos del titular de la líne" (yet here is my receipt for purchase and identification used at time of purchase as well as a signed declaration of ownership which includes my fingerprint (seriously!))

9 months later, various idiots from the Colombian bureaucracy have enough of my personal details and identification to easily steal my identity and my phone is still blocked.

I'm no stranger to bureaucracy and do my own paperwork for Russian visas, which isn't a simple procedure either, but Colombian bureaucracy did me in and I spent 182K pesos to make the problem go away by buying another phone.

Maybe we're all just idiots for being unable to unblock our phones.
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I've found instead of arguing or trying to convince someone in Latin America it's easier to just find someone else or try a different location,
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(12-02-2018 06:19 AM)Dulceácido Wrote:  Yeah... There is something really fishy going on here with all this phone bullshit. I'll not flame out anyone who is having difficulties because I haven't been there in a year and things could have changed, but every single time I go

Getting a competant person to do something right in Colombia is like rolling a set of dice. Just because you had no problem doesn't mean someone else did something wrong. When you use a new phone the person at the phone store has to submit paperwork to "Comisión de Regulación de Comunicaciones" which is a national gov agency to prevent people from being able to use stole phones in Colombia with hopes to crack down on phone theft. Here is some information, you can actually look up your IMEI number online.

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https://www.crcom.gov.co/es/pagina/como-...tu-celular
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I didn't say anyone did anything wrong. I just said I've never had a problem then stated the exact process I have used many times.

And like I said, maybe the next time I visit, my whole world will fall to pieces and I will be completely unable to get my phone to work. I somehow doubt that will be the case, but I'll be sure to come back and report on it.

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(11-27-2018 11:17 PM)Poseidon Wrote:  I walk around El Centro at like 2 - 4 am all the time. Heck, when I was tired of staying in Lleras, I rented a 5 bedroom apartment in El Centro and stayed there for 6 weeks (got a decent deal on it too).

Then again, I walk around at 3 am in corners of Africa that half the people on RVF will literally have involuntary bowel movements, if they are teleported to.
Not even kidding. If you're white, I would highly recommend not doing this.

I don't do drugs or anything other than alcohol though, so even if you're not white, your YMMV depending on who you are.

White non-privilege recognized! Dodgy

I get the occasional funny look in some parts of Centro even during the day. One girl I dated briefly worked the second shift at Hotel Nutibara and she would be "escorted" from the hotel to her motorcycle after the shift. One gag I like to pull on the local chicas is to suggest that we go hang out in Centro at night. I don't think I have ever seen a look other than "no way, you crazy gringo".
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Ok guys, I know, somewhere this has been asked and answered already. However, I used the search function and didn't find anything useful but this thread.

So, I'm going down to Medellin soon and looking for an area to stay. It already has been narrowed down to either Laureles or Envigado.

What do you guys think about staying in Envigado? Is it cool enough for 2months+? How does it compare to Laureles?
12-04-2018 06:31 PM
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I haven’t spent a lot of time in Envigado but it seems more quiet and residential so less happening in the day and night, fewer options for cafes, restaurants, bars, clubs, etc. I don’t see any reason why someone would stay there over Laureles, why did you chose Envigado as an option?

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^^ I was mentioning to a friend that all the RVF guys are in Poblado and Laureles.

So the plus I think is that it could be lighter on the gringos. At this point in Medellin it can be a plus to go against the demographics grain. Its a quick bus down the main drag to get into poblado. But ya, no party scene there as far as I know. Some nice people and some nice restaurants, best Christmas lights in town! That's all I got.
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The Christmas lights in Medellín are pretty epic

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llaures or pobabldo no other choices.
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what city in colombia would you guys recommend for a tall blonde 23 yr old american (i look like a fucking gringo) looking to teach english in colombia for 2-3 months? dont care too much, just want somewhere safe with warm weather and good party scene. already been to cartagena besides that open to anywhere
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(12-04-2018 06:56 PM)scotian Wrote:  I haven’t spent a lot of time in Envigado but it seems more quiet and residential so less happening in the day and night, fewer options for cafes, restaurants, bars, clubs, etc. I don’t see any reason why someone would stay there over Laureles, why did you chose Envigado as an option?


Thanks for answering.

Basically, I just did a Google Maps Analysis of the area and saw that Envigado has a high density of restaurants / bars as well. So, that means I'm going to Laureles.
12-05-2018 03:34 AM
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Yeah.... Envigado is just going to equate to some long pain-in-the-ass cab rides to do anything. Unless you are visiting people who live in Envigado and are specifically going to be hanging out there, there is really no reason to stay there that I can think of. Even if you knew people there, it would probably be better/more fun for them to take that cab ride and visit you in Laureles.

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Who's in Bogota right now? Flying there for the weekend
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(11-28-2018 05:11 PM)Poseidon Wrote:  
(11-28-2018 03:08 PM)Zuk Wrote:  Could not find answer, do girls/milfs in Columbia speak English. And which city do you recommend for daygame, where English is spoken the best?

The English levels are directly proportional to the socio-economic status of the person. So, it depends on the crowds you hang out with.

Some random barrio chick isn't going to speak any useful Ingles. While college chicks from middle class and richer homes will speak a decent level of it. Ladies working in the hospitality industry will also have a higher proficiency. The higher end the establishment, the better the English.

If a girl is not from a financially well-off background, isn't in college, and isn't working a professional job, the chances she's a prepago increases.
They need to learn it for the "trade," and constant interaction with English speaking foreigners gives them enough practice.

Thanks. I would more need real percentage of what percentage of girls on the street speak English.

If i approach 10 hot girls on the street in Columbia how many of them will speak English. Which cities are the best Bogota, Medelin or Cartagena?

For example in Budapest it is probbaly around 50% or more, while in istanbul it was around 10%.
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(12-06-2018 02:29 PM)Zuk Wrote:  Thanks. I would more need real percentage of what percentage of girls on the street speak English.

In that case: exactly 14.2%.

Quote:If i approach 10 hot girls on the street in Columbia how many of them will speak English.

If you understand how the decimal system works, what the word "percent" means, and refer to the above statement of absolute fact, then exactly 1 girl will speak English and beside her will be .42 (almost half) of another girl who speaks English.

Good luck.

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(12-06-2018 02:29 PM)Zuk Wrote:  Thanks. I would more need real percentage of what percentage of girls on the street speak English.

If i approach 10 hot girls on the street in Columbia how many of them will speak English. Which cities are the best Bogota, Medelin or Cartagena?

For example in Budapest it is probbaly around 50% or more, while in istanbul it was around 10%.

Hold tight, I was just about to answer you after surveying 100 random girls on the street but I see you need an accurate number. I wish I had seen your message earlier but I will go survey an extra 9,900 for you.
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No need for sarcasm. Don't you people do daygame and approch women on streets, malls anyways?

Of course, I do not need exact number and exact percentage. I ned comparasion with european cities such as Budapest. Does every second person speaks english, third, fourth, tenth?

Every third could be ok, but every tenth would be a waste of time for me.
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It will be a waste of time for you, think about it dude, Colombia is an impoverished 3rd world shit hole just getting over a 60 year old civil war. They speak Spanish, one of top five most spoken languages in the world, they don’t really “need” to speak another language and for the average person in a mall, it’s not a high priority. The girls who speak English fluently are mostly educated and often high class, thus less receptive to mildly autistic day game spammers who approach them in a foreign language.

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Anyone in Medellin? I’m thinking of popping down in January some time...
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Anyone in Medellin? I’m thinking of popping down in January some time...
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(12-04-2018 11:59 PM)FLGuy1988 Wrote:  llaures or pobabldo no other choices.

All these chicas I meet come from Robledo. Thinking I should short cut the cab/Uber fare expense and just stake out over there. Idea
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