I have been helping a person that is moving to David from Texas. One of the things she needed to do was to get her cell phone re-chipped so that it would work on a Panama network. When we went to the Movistar, we learned that she had a “locked” cell phone. I asked if there was a place to take it to get it unlocked and was directed to the store in the following photo.
You can see that the store advertised “unlocking” (desbloqueo).
This is a photo of the young fellow that took care of us.
We dropped the phone off and picked it up about 4 hours later. The cost was between $16-$18. I don’t remember the exact amount. If you bring a locked phone that uses the correct frequencies for Panama, you can get it unlocked in David. I learned something new.
This store is located on a corner between McPato and Hotel Castilla. If you stop in, let them know you heard about them on Chiriquí Chatter.