Get Mobile Internet in Brazil

Are you sure you want to do that? I repeat : ARE YOU SURE YOU WANT TO DO THAT?
Yes? Well, get ready for some severe hair loss then (either falling out of stress or from you tearing them out your head...). Getting a mobile phone number in Brazil is already a complicated task, but getting Internet mobile with a descent speed and relative stability is close to the impossible, welcome to the dark side of Brazilian technology... 
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Looks good on the tin, but...I have been to many countries in the past years and have been always delighted to being able to buy a SIM Card (=> read our article about buying a SIM Card in Brazil) and being able to access Internet in the middle of nowhere, on my phone or through a USB key. This is quite a precious feature for my work, well in Brazil, it just doesn't work or at least not very well at all.
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She will probably die in a few metres...That's it, you just arrived to Brazil and managed to rent an apartment it's furnished, extremely expensive and hasn't got Internet. Damit! How are you gonna post all those cool photos of you with your arms wide open in front of the Corcovado on Facebook?!

And a genius idea crosses your mind,
you are going to get a USB key and use Internet mobile: WRONG IDEA! That's exactly what I tried to do when I first settled in Rio de Janeiro and I went for some serious headache. I can tell you that I've tried everything that was humanly possible to get this to work, it just doesn't. You might if you're lucky and persevering get a little bit of it, but just enough to check Emails or do very simple tasks. You will have for that to spend hours to figure out why you can't connect and deal with many (new) problems appearing every day.
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OUR RECOMMENDATION:
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1. If you are not discouraged and still up for the adventure, here is what would be the “least worse” solution: Go for VIVO (but you will need to get a CPF number (=> Read our article: How to get a CPF in Brazil). VIVO is the only operator with decent speed but it's a nightmare to activate or understand how it works, especially if you speak no Portuguese. Go to a shop (go to a mall, there is always at least 1 Vivo shop in a mall) and ask them to activate it for you (hopefully someone will speak English) then if you're lucky and it works, you will have to credit your phone and send a text message for different packages. Daily, Weekly or Monthly (make sure they explain that to you and write down numbers and texts to send messages to, normally something like : Send a text with Diario written in it to the number 8200 for a daily package...).

2. Simpler: Go for TIM Infinity, super slow but works much better. Go to a TIM shop (in malls too) and ask them to activate it for you, no need to send text messages for activation, just credit your phone. (Cost R$2.99/Day)

=> Good luck and don't hesitate to post a comment if you have found the Graal of mobile Internet in Brazil, we are still searching...
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HOW MUCH IT COSTS?
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- Around R$10 to buy the SIM Card.
- Vivo USB Modem is free, TIM Modem is around R$30.
- Internet Packages cost R$2.99/Day at tim and R$3 for 2 Days (until midnight day after, when you buy daily package) at VIVO.

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MAGIC TIP
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In theory, the speed of 3G Internet should be up to 3 mbps, an interesting theory probably divided by 10 in reality, that seriously drops down on pick hours when many people use their phones (usually lunchtime or from 5pm). So try to use it during the day. Also and even worse, the Internet packages have a limit (between 50 to 100 megs) of the weight of the data you are viewing. So if you surf on heavy pages (with many pictures or videos) you will soon be over this limit and they will cut your speed to 128 Kbps!

=> So avoid watching the new photos of your "friend" in bikini on Facebook and don't even think about going on Youtube. Another good trick is to buy very small Internet package (like R$3) and renew it, it will then reset your quotas to 0.
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