If you are living in Chile for an extended period of time, you will probably want to get a cell phone. Fortunately, getting a cell phone and number in Chile is very simple, and requires no contract. It is based on the European system, which means incoming calls are free. You can buy prepaid calling cards ranging from a few dollars on up.
The cheapest cell phone is approximately $35 - $40, so it is a relatively low cost investment. You can receive calls from friends and family abroad for free, even if you never buy a card. There are three principal cell phone companies: Movistar, Entel, and Smartcom. All three are relatively similar in price and quality.