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  1. #3562
    Quote Originally Posted by Markon  [View Original Post]
    .. I will make a note of El Dorado Mall and Vivo and bring my passport.
    Also the Tim store on the 3rd floor of Ibirapuera mall if you stay in Meoma. Look up Sinfully Korean's report for detail. I may be wrong with the exact place.

  2. #3561
    Quote Originally Posted by Lugnut  [View Original Post]
    .., one of the easiest solutions (for USA residents) is to get a GoogleFi SIM card at home before traveling. Very ...
    The additional benefit is that you get a local number for mongering

  3. #3560
    Quote Originally Posted by Markon  [View Original Post]
    I'm wondering if this advice applies to Sao Paulo as well as Rio?
    I have not seen them in Sao Paulo like what is in Rio. Centro in Rio and in Sao Paulo are very different. SIM is available from news stand in Sao Paulo. You can charge them in supermarket.

  4. #3559
    Regarding SIM and phone matters, one of the easiest solutions (for USA residents) is to get a GoogleFi SIM card at home before traveling. Very affordable. Coverage in all of the Americas and beyond, works upon landing. Be sure to activate the SIM while in the USA.

  5. #3558

    Re: SIM card difficulty Sao Paulo.

    Thanks for the timely info. My biggest nightmare is to have to waste valuable time acquiring the SIM. I will make a note of El Dorado Mall and Vivo and bring my passport.

    Quote Originally Posted by LuckyNuts  [View Original Post]
    I arrived Sao Paulo a couple days ago and learned the difficulty of getting a SIM card here. Went to El Dorado shopping center which has at least three service provider stores. Claro told me they can't set up my phone without a CPF. Asked if I know a local in town that would allow me to use their number. I do not. Next went to the TIM store. Same thing told me I need a CPF number to activate their service. Next went to the VIVO store and showed them my passport and pointed to my phone and said "necessito SIM card". They said they could set me up with a "prepaid" SIM card. After about 20 minutes of data entry he asked me for my CPF number LOL. I explained I'm a foreigner so I don't have one. He said ok he'll have to set it up differently. All this conversation BTW is using google translate on his laptop. After another 20 to 25 minutes he had it completed and working. I tried to pay cash but he said a credit card is required both to buy the SIM card and to recharge the account. Strange but whatever. I did happen to have my credit cards with me so no problem. The Vivo service has been working fine both for data and phone calls.

    There is a very large food and department store on the first floor of El Dorado mall with a small phone store in the corner. That's actually where I was heading on a suggestion by the TIM store rep that they could set me up without a CPF. I just happened to pass the Vivo store on the way so stopped there first and glad I did.

  6. #3557
    Quote Originally Posted by Markon  [View Original Post]
    Vagabundo1 provides excellent info but I'm wondering if this advice applies to Sao Paulo as well as Rio? I usually take my own phone from the US when I travel. But I'm on a no contract month to month so I can't purchase any international travel plan with Verizon. My phone will work with CDMA or GSM. I've used it like this in Mexico. I guess I'm trying to figure out if I need to get the CPF or can I do what he advises to do in Rio?

    SIM Chips, follow up on 116.

    SIM Chips.

    Phone / Getting a Sim " chippee": Go to Central. Buy the Vivo, as it apparently gets better signal. Then you can charge the number "recarga" at any pharma, kiosk, etc, in order to keep your chip charged. You can also get chips for Tim, claro, etc. The cost is 10 reais, or 17 reais. Tell them you do not have a CPF, and that you want them to "cadastrar". You will see any number of women or sometimes men walking around with little trays with Tim, Claro, or Vivo. Getting a Brazilian number is key for game on zap, which is to say, essential.
    I arrived Sao Paulo a couple days ago and learned the difficulty of getting a SIM card here. Went to El Dorado shopping center which has at least three service provider stores. Claro told me they can't set up my phone without a CPF. Asked if I know a local in town that would allow me to use their number. I do not. Next went to the TIM store. Same thing told me I need a CPF number to activate their service. Next went to the VIVO store and showed them my passport and pointed to my phone and said "necessito SIM card". They said they could set me up with a "prepaid" SIM card. After about 20 minutes of data entry he asked me for my CPF number LOL. I explained I'm a foreigner so I don't have one. He said ok he'll have to set it up differently. All this conversation BTW is using google translate on his laptop. After another 20 to 25 minutes he had it completed and working. I tried to pay cash but he said a credit card is required both to buy the SIM card and to recharge the account. Strange but whatever. I did happen to have my credit cards with me so no problem. The Vivo service has been working fine both for data and phone calls.

    There is a very large food and department store on the first floor of El Dorado mall with a small phone store in the corner. That's actually where I was heading on a suggestion by the TIM store rep that they could set me up without a CPF. I just happened to pass the Vivo store on the way so stopped there first and glad I did.

  7. #3556

    SIM cards and Sao Paulo.

    Vagabundo1 provides excellent info but I'm wondering if this advice applies to Sao Paulo as well as Rio? I usually take my own phone from the US when I travel. But I'm on a no contract month to month so I can't purchase any international travel plan with Verizon. My phone will work with CDMA or GSM. I've used it like this in Mexico. I guess I'm trying to figure out if I need to get the CPF or can I do what he advises to do in Rio?

    SIM Chips, follow up on 116.

    SIM Chips.

    Phone / Getting a Sim " chippee": Go to Central. Buy the Vivo, as it apparently gets better signal. Then you can charge the number "recarga" at any pharma, kiosk, etc, in order to keep your chip charged. You can also get chips for Tim, claro, etc. The cost is 10 reais, or 17 reais. Tell them you do not have a CPF, and that you want them to "cadastrar". You will see any number of women or sometimes men walking around with little trays with Tim, Claro, or Vivo. Getting a Brazilian number is key for game on zap, which is to say, essential.

  8. #3555

  9. #3554

    Probably not the new normal

    Quote Originally Posted by Jingo10  [View Original Post]
    European flights to Rio seem to be 2-3 times what they were pre covid...Is this the new normal for flights?
    Right now airlines are having the same problems retaining workers as in other industries. And there are fewer airlines flying to Brazil than pre-Covid. And this is the high season for ticket prices. One day, when the various problems are resolved, we should be back close to normal.

  10. #3553

    New Partner

    Quote Originally Posted by Nordico  [View Original Post]
    American Airlines is now their partner. https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/n...in-brazils-gol. The code sharing with American Airlines is probably the reason for GOL to migrate to Sabre reservation system, which is now causing these problems. I had four flights with GOL in October and November and they cancelled all of them and rebooked me with new reservation numbers. Thats a lot of work if they rebook hundreds of thousands of passengers and the two systems cant talk with each other. I don't know if that is the case.
    The new LATAM partner is Delta Airlines:

    https://www.delta.com/us/en/airline-partners/latam

    https://www.latam.com/en_un/about-us...elta-alliance/

  11. #3552
    American Airlines is now their partner. https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/n...in-brazils-gol. The code sharing with American Airlines is probably the reason for GOL to migrate to Sabre reservation system, which is now causing these problems. I had four flights with GOL in October and November and they cancelled all of them and rebooked me with new reservation numbers. Thats a lot of work if they rebook hundreds of thousands of passengers and the two systems cant talk with each other. I don't know if that is the case. Just guessing.

  12. #3551

    Were Partners

    Quote Originally Posted by OneEyedMan  [View Original Post]
    It might be easier buying our ticket and getting better customer service there.
    Partnership ended in early 2020.

    https://pro.delta.com/content/agency...ip-to-end.html

    LATAM is the new partner.

    https://www.delta.com/us/en/airline-partners/overview

    https://www.delta.com/us/en/skymiles...rline-partners

  13. #3550

    Delta and Gol are partners

    Quote Originally Posted by Sperto  [View Original Post]
    It's incredible that GOL and LATAM manage to sell tickets to foreigners. I also had problems with them not accepting foreign cards, telling me to change country which was impossible, login not working anymore etc. The worst was GOL that changed the date when trying to pay for the ticket.
    It might be easier buying our ticket and getting better customer service there.

  14. #3549
    Quote Originally Posted by Sun08  [View Original Post]
    Which areas of the city are considered the best for AirBnB? Basically the equivalent of Ipanema, Leblon and Copacabana in Rio.
    Jardins is old money.

    Itaim Bibi is new money.

  15. #3548
    Quote Originally Posted by RioBob  [View Original Post]
    I recently bought a ticket on Latam on site orbitz.com, I had no problems at all.....
    That maybe because you are not dealing with LATAM's system.

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