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Recharge Telcel with PayPal

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Recharge Telcel with PayPal
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3 ways to recharge Telcel balance for yourself or loved ones in Mexico with PayPal (or 56+ other payment methods).

If you’re using a Telcel phone in Mexico, you can easily recharge it in your Mi Telcel account, or buy a recharge code from a physical store using cash or a standard Mexican payment method. But what if you want to recharge Telcel from the USA, Canada, or another continent? What if you don’t have a Mexican debit or credit card? In those cases, it’s good to know that you can recharge Telcel online with PayPal. Wherever you are in the world. Here are some ways to do it, including pros and cons.

#1: Via the Mi Telcel app

Mi Telcel is Telcel’s own mobile application. By logging into your account, you can top up your Telcel balance or pay for other Telcel services you’re using. From the app, it’s also possible to recharge Telcel for someone else.

  • One overview of all your call credit and data usage, as well as a record of all your previous recharges.
  • One place to pay for all your Telcel services (e.g. internet).
  • The app is available in the USA and Canada.
  • 2021 update: It’s no longer possible to recharge Telcel with PayPal in the Mi Telcel app. The only available payment methods are currently Visa, Mastercard, and American Express.
  • The app is only available in specific regions. While you can use it in the USA and Canada, you may not be able to download it in Europe or elsewhere.
  • The app has a lot of issues, as evident from user reviews in the App Store and Google Play store. As a consequence, it might not be as helpful in practice as you might hope.
  • You can’t use the app to recharge Telcel America phones. Since early 2021, Telcel America is now Simple Mobile. Luckily, it’s easy to get a Simple Mobile reup with PayPal.


#2: Via the Telcel Pay app

Telcel Pay is an app launched in cooperation between Telcel and PayPal. It allows you to recharge Telcel phones with PayPal, but also to pay other bills. That’s convenient if PayPal is your favorite payment method. The app is connected with your PayPal account, so all your Telcel recharges will be visible there in one handy overview. Via the Telcel Pay app, you can also recharge Telcel for a friend or family member in Mexico.
  • Connects with your PayPal account for a single overview of your Telcel recharges.
  • You don’t need a Mexican debit or credit card, only a PayPal account.
  • The app isn’t currently available in the USA or Canada. It’s also unclear where else in the world, other than Mexico, you can use it.

#3: Via the Recharge.com app

The Recharge.com app allows you to recharge call credit, data, or bundles for any prepaid phone worldwide. That also means you can
recharge Telcel Mexico from any country in the world, and for any person in the world. All you need to know is their phone number. The Recharge.com app is available to download for iOS and Android.
  • One place to recharge Telcel – whether it’s Telcel Mexico or Telcel America (now Simple Mobile). Just select the desired mobile carrier from the list of available options.
  • You can pay with PayPal, as well as 56+ other payment methods.
  • You can pay in any currency you prefer. Recharge Telcel in USD, MXN, EUR, or choose from over 50 other global currencies.
  • The app is available in the USA.
  • The app is currently available in a limited number of countries (including the USA, Ireland, UK). It’s coming to a lot more markets in the next months. However, you don’t have to wait. In the meantime, you can recharge Telcel online from anywhere via the Recharge.com website.

The easiest way to recharge Telcel with PayPal

There are several options to recharge Telcel with PayPal, as listed above. Which one is the best for you will depend on your location and whether you’re recharging a Telcel Mexico or Telcel America phone (now Simple Mobile). Do you prefer a single solution for all situations? Keep things easy and recharge Telcel and Simple Mobile via Recharge.com or the Recharge.com app. Support your loved ones in Mexico and stay connected without any hassle.

Written by

Kristina Kalpaklieva