After more than five years with Movistar I am switching to Simyo. Movistar is owned by Telefónica, the old Spanish telephone monopoly. It is purportedly the world’s richest mobile phone operating company.
Ruben switched to Simyo several months ago and has been satisfied with the service and cost savings. So I decided to give it a try as well.
So who is Simyo?
(I’m including some of their ad copy as it reads more American than Spanish.)
Tranquilo, no somos una empresa tipo chiringuito ni unos recién llegados. Detrás de Simyo está el grupo de telecomunicaciones holandés KPN. El cuarto operador de telefonía móvil más grande de Europa, con 32 millones de clientes y presencia en Alemania, Bélgica, Holanda y España.
Relax, we aren’t some hotdog stand company nor recently arrived. Behind Simyo is the Dutch telecommunications group KPN. The fourth largest mobile telephone operator in Europe, with 32 million clients and presence in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain.
Prepaid or contract?
I don’t use my mobile much. Mostly calls/SMS to/from Ruben along with daily publicity from Movistar. here in Spain I have always had prepago (“prepaid”) and never had a contrato (“contract”) account. (Unlike the US where I always had some contract with a fixed minimum monthly fee.) Every six months I have to add a minimum of 5 € to the prepago account, which I can do on-line or at an ATM. This time I opted for a contract. It’s paid monthly via EFT.
Sin consumo mínimo
Si un mes no hablo, no pago nada. Y nada significa nada. En simyo queremos que sólo pagues por lo que hables. Ni más ni menos. ¡Abajo las cuotas mensuales!
No minimum consumption
If one month you don’t talk, you pay nothing. And nothing means nothing. With Simyo you only pay only when you talk. No more, no less. Down with monthly quotas!
Sin compromiso de permanencia
El contrato de permanencia es el compromiso que te ata a una compañía durante un tiempo determinado. En Simyo no te obligamos a permanecer con nosotros si quieres cambiarte a otra compañía. Nunca.
No contract period
The contract of tenure is a contract that binds you to a company during a pre-determined time. At Simyo we don’t obligate you to stay with us if you want to change to another company. Never.
So how much does it cost?
A todas horas, todos los días / 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Llamar a un móvil Simyo / Call another Simyo customer
(los 10 primeros min. de cada llamada. Luego, a 9 cent.) / (the first ten minutes of each call. Afterwards, at 9 cent.)
Llamar a un fijo dentro de España / To call a landline in Spain
Llamar a un móvil de otra compañía / To call a mobile of another operator
Enviar un SMS / Send an SMS
Enviar un MMS / Send an MMS
It’s interesting that they still make money at these rates. And Ruben’s monthly costs should reduce, since it will be a free call to talk to me. (He also got a 5 € bonus for my account.) My service is expected to start overnight. Last Saturday morning Correos called and then delivered my Simyo SIM. So now I am all set.