travelling to Mexico & need help to set up phone for texting

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Heading to Mexico for 2 weeks and need to know how to reset my phone so I can still text to other phones [iphones] in Mexico.
I have read & read here but still don't have it figured out.
I have 1G of data on my plan, Canada wide calling, unlimited texts, but an not up on all the lingo and how to do things as this is my first smart phone, a [not-so-smart] Nexus 4.
Please give me clear instructions on how to just have the ability to text in Mexico at the lowest cost for 2 weeks - Thanks!!
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Deb Elrick Morrison

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If you're exclusively texting local numbers in Mexico, consider unlocking your phone and buying a prepaid SIM card in Mexico to use while there OR buy a roaming package for $15 you get 75 outgoing texts and unlimited incoming texts and the one for $40 gives you 50 outgoing texts, 50 anytime minutes and 50 MB data
http://help.koodomobile.com/coverage-...
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No, I need to be able to text Canadian iphones also there at the same time, just so we can connect in timely fashion when different agendas are happening...
I have been told it is easy to do, relatively inexpensive, but don't know how to do it.
I am afraid of unexpected roaming charges, data charges, etc and can't call Koodo to find out how to do this.
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Just click on the link Sheila posted above. Look for Mexico and the Carribean on the site. Then just follow the easy instructions. It say that you need simply text a four digit code. Got it?
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Thank you RudyW & Shiela...
Yep, I now have text in Mexico for 30 days. Confirmed via msg from Koodo
Now please - what do I turn off in my phone to prevent voice calls or voice mail or other charges? I just want text available for my away time.
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Sheila has the right idea.

Getting a SIM card in Mexico and paying for an unlock for only 2 weeks makes no $en$e.

In any event, your Mexican SIM plan might charge you more to text to Canada than the roaming package.
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Now please - what do I turn off in my phone to prevent voice calls or voice mail or other charges? I just want text available for my away time.
Thank you RudyW & Shiela... I now have text in Mexico for 30 days. Confirmed via msg from Koodo
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Take a one month call forwarding add-on for $3 and forward your calls to your home or another number with voicemail. That way you can periodically check what calls you have received. Texts still go through and you can still call out.

BEFORE leaving Canada:

To turn on Call Forwarding:

On your wireless device, enter **21*, then the 10-digit number to which you wish to forward your calls, followed by #. For example: **21*1235556789# forwards your calls to the phone number 123.555.6789.

Push the Call, Send, Talk, or Receiver icon. Your wireless device displays a confirmation message when Call Forwarding activates.

To turn off Call Forwarding when you RETURN to Canada.

Dial #21# on your wireless device.
Press the Call, Send, Talk, or Receiver key. Your wireless device displays a confirmation message when Call Forwarding deactivates.

I would advise testing this on your particular phone before departure. If you don't take the $3 a month add-on, each forwarded call will cost you regular airtime.
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As per dfbutt below, it's a text in, text or call out proposition with incoming calls diverted.

You can make your voice greetingsay that you are currently travelling but callers can feel free to text directly or leave a message.

I would recommend NOT playing with call forwarding settings while you are away since there is no guarantee they will work across various networks.

Glad he brought up the data. Settings => More networks => Mobile networks => Mobile data : disable.
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Deb Elrick Morrison

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Thank you ... Got it now
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Thanks Bob, you have been very helpful
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You will also want to turn off data roaming on your phone, so you don't get hit with data costs.

Also, remember that Robert Buchanan's procedure will not let your travelling companions call you, as any calls will go to the forwarded number. Your friends can text you, and you can call them back, as long as ALL of you don't set your phones up the same. There are times when a minute or two of conversation can prevent a whole stream of texts.

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