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      The Boquete Feria de Las Flores y del Café   01/12/2017

      The Boquete Feria de Las Flores y del Café begins Thursday, January 12th and runs until Sunday, January 22nd. For those who have not yet seen -- and experienced -- this magnificent fair, you are in for a treat, and some inconveniences. Most importantly, you must see all of the flowers and the tiendas at and around the Fair Grounds here in Boquete.  During these eleven days you also need to be extremely careful, especially while driving and in planning your activities. In recent years there have been well in excess of 100,000 visitors to Boquete. Last year that number was closer to 200,000, and some predictions for 2017's Fair are closer to 300,000 people coming to our area to see the Fair. Traffic congestion will be the norm. Getting seats in restaurants will be difficult at times. Parking spaces will essentially be nonexistent. Buying groceries may be difficult and time consuming. Busses will be parked on the side streets, making driving difficult. There will be lots (as in LOTS) of people walking, standing around the bridge and the Feria and the many tiendas (small shops and stands [kiosks]) while taking pictures, talking, viewing the scenery, etc. Please be extremely attentive while driving, and drive slowly. Some streets will be blocked and require passes to use them. Other streets will simply be blocked based on congestion. Please be careful of your personal items, such as purses and wallets. Having so many people in one area creates a prime target for pickpockets and other maliantes to do their thing. To repeat, most importantly, you must see all of the flowers and the tiendas at and around the Fair Grounds here in Boquete.  Three closing thoughts. First: enjoy. Second: be safe. Third: you might wish to post your pictures, comments, reviews, etc., here on CL (start a topic or reply to an existing topic in http://www.chiriqui.life/forum/118-boquete-feria-de-las-flores-y-del-café/).   To provide general feedback or ask for help regarding Chiriqui.Life, please leave a posting in Problems, Feedback and Suggestions or email support@chiriqui.life or private message to @Admin_01.
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Bonnie

Mas Movil phone plan

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Since early in 2016 I have been using Mobile Recharge to recharge my iPhone. I went to their website today and found that Mas Movil, my provider, no longer is an option. So I'm exploring alternatives and seeking advice from more knowledgeable phone users.

I dislike the inconvenience of phone cards. I'm not a big phone user, so I tend to feel that a monthly plan would be a waste of money. However, I don't really know what plans exist, and the lack of English speakers in the C&W office makes it difficult to determine. Can anyone offer information and advice?

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I periodically go into the Boquete office and have Carmen, the cashier,  put $10 or $20 into my phone.  She'll get your name, number, do the paperwork, enter into her computer and give you a receipt.  I get a message on my phone of the date and minutes added. 

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We occasionally do what Pederhaney says, and then we aperiodically also buy a small supply (quantity five to ten) of Mas Movil's scratch-off cards, the $5.00 version, so that we don't have to go to the C&W office all that often.

As an aside I have the same cell number (but not the same phone) that I have had from the early 2000 era (which I got from Geovana Caballero when she worked at the C&W office in David). She no longer works for C&W, which is good for her but not good for us gringos needing good customer service. Our cell service is prepaid service just like Bonnie uses, which is something that works well for us since we are not big users of cell service here.

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Although I see that Bonnie doesn't care for them, I actually like the MasMovil scratch cards because it's a pay-as-you-use system, there is no billing to deal with, and I don't have to sign any blank authorizations to my Credit Card.  Also, never have to visit the C&W office.

Typically I buy two $15 cards per month, one for data and the other for phone time.

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On 11/30/2016 at 7:43 AM, Bonnie said:

Since early in 2016 I have been using Mobile Recharge to recharge my iPhone. I went to their website today and found that Mas Movil, my provider, no longer is an option. So I'm exploring alternatives and seeking advice from more knowledgeable phone users.

I dislike the inconvenience of phone cards. I'm not a big phone user, so I tend to feel that a monthly plan would be a waste of money. However, I don't really know what plans exist, and the lack of English speakers in the C&W office makes it difficult to determine. Can anyone offer information and advice?

Here's a C&W recharge online option.  I haven't tried it lately.  If you go with a plan instead of pre-paid, they are offering 100 phone minutes and 2 GB of data/month for $14.99.  They also have promotions that give more phone time and more data for a lower price.

https://cwp.merchantprocess.net/Security/ClientLogin

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I have Mas Movil and like the scratch off cards as well.  I have a tablet that does everything a smart phone does so I don't need anything fancy however, I can put $5.00 on it today and without even making a call, the money is gone in 2 weeks.  What is up with this?

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There is an expiration date.  Maybe with $5 it is a short one.  Do you text on your phone?  That would use it up.

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On 12/1/2016 at 8:16 AM, JudyS said:

Here's a C&W recharge online option.  I haven't tried it lately.  If you go with a plan instead of pre-paid, they are offering 100 phone minutes and 2 GB of data/month for $14.99.  They also have promotions that give more phone time and more data for a lower price.

https://cwp.merchantprocess.net/Security/ClientLogin

I just set up an account so I could recharge online (a lengthy process).  Then I successfully recharged my phone using this online account.  So it does work.

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That's good to know. I went to the site, but after completing four pages of information, with more to go, I decided it would be better to do this after I get my E Cedula.

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We do the same as Penderhaney...go in about every 6-8 weeks and add $10 or $20 dollars with Carmen. We always ask what the special ( Ofertas especiales ) deals are and buy them. You get a ton of minutes. We are on an unlimited data plan for $11.40 prepaid on our CC every month.

Speak a bit of spanish with Carmen and you will have a new friend!

 

 

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Is Carmen the one at the desk, or is she the cashier?

I went in yesterday to inquire about plans. Although there were two desks for service reps, one marked "English spoken" but vacant, there was only one rep. A woman was being helped, and there was one other person ahead of me. I waited 45 minutes for what, I couldn't help but overhear, was a standard, uncomplicated transaction. Then, just as I was approaching the desk, the Internet went down. I have lived here nine years and have visited the Cable and Wireless office many times. I've never waited less than 20 minutes to be helped--and usually more. If I had to look forward to doing that every 6 to 8 weeks just to get minutes on my phone, I would need therapy. The scratch off cards are looking better and better.

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Yes. Carmen at the cashier counter...... she can help you a lot faster✌️

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We have a monthly (data only) plan for ~$11 per month for which we pay automatically by credit card (you have to go to the office in Boquete to get this setup).  For minutes we use the +Movil website to top up - see below.  You have to top up every 3 months or they will suspend your account - this is important to us because we used to buy 1 year's worth of minutes ($30 - $40) at a time.

https://cwp.merchantprocess.net/Security/ClientLogin

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C & W has a plan that, for $14.99 a month, gives you 100 minutes and 2GB. That is looking to me like the least expensive and most convenient. And, with any luck, it will require just one more visit to the C & W office.

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