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pasnyder
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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: spiker]
      #1735307 - 06/13/17 01:07 PM (184.164.177.111)

Many of my friends who travel out of the country use Whatsapp on their cell phones. WhatsApp voice and video calls use your phone's Internet connection, instead of your cell plan's voice minutes. So, if you can get free wifi, it's free to call or text anywhere. https://www.whatsapp.com/

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JoeC047
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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: pasnyder]
      #1735308 - 06/13/17 01:32 PM (47.16.91.26)

Let me shed some light on this topic. For the past 20 years I use a phone purchased in SXM for $50. and a sim card for $11. The average local call is approximately .11 cents per minute and a call to the states around .30 cents per minute. I have had the same SXM phone # for many years. You can extend the expiration date of the sim card on line with Top Up. Any questions?

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CaribLee
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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: JoeC047]
      #1735309 - 06/13/17 01:48 PM (174.218.11.22)

Bob with packlight provides essentially the same services that Sharon did. Just Google Packlight sxm.

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Bahston
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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: JoeC047]
      #1735310 - 06/13/17 01:50 PM (198.180.162.5)

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JoeC047 said:
Let me shed some light on this topic. For the past 20 years I use a phone purchased in SXM for $50. and a sim card for $11. The average local call is approximately .11 cents per minute and a call to the states around .30 cents per minute. I have had the same SXM phone # for many years. You can extend the expiration date of the sim card on line with Top Up. Any questions?




I do the same. I've had a French-side mobile phone for years. I use it or do a Top Up every 3 months, and my number stays alive. I've also got a French-side phone card that I use for calls to the US. For data, other than Wi-Fi, I use my ATT-iPad with a Passport plan.


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tmsxmsails
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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: SXMScubaman]
      #1735316 - 06/13/17 02:47 PM (71.10.242.21)

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Rather than 70 a week your better off with the $40 Verizon plan for 30 days. Worked slick for the four weeks we were in SXM.




This is what I just did and I agree, it worked fine. I didn't use it much but it was there when I did need it. The only issue I had was trying to send a text to someone specifically (I could send texts to others). As your phone connects to different carriers (I was sailing from island to island) you get a bunch of texts from Verizon telling you (again) about your Intl plan. In these texts are numbers to call for help. I called it and got an extremely helpful woman who helped me figure out that the reason I couldn't text this one person is because he likely didn't have his iPhone set to accept SMS messages if iMessage was unavailable (or something like that). Bottom line, Verizon support was impressively good.


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kim
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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: tmsxmsails]
      #1735318 - 06/13/17 03:06 PM (24.151.114.250)

But, how quick can you run through 100mb of data??

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tmsxmsails
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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: kim]
      #1735319 - 06/13/17 03:17 PM (71.10.242.21)

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But, how quick can you run through 100mb of data??




Good question/point. I don't know. We really only do this for basic/emergency use. If you want to use large amounts of data you need to find wifi.


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SXMScubaman
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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: kim]
      #1735320 - 06/13/17 03:35 PM (24.18.33.109)

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kim said:
But, how quick can you run through 100mb of data??



We were there a month on this plan and never used up all the data of the program. We would just use the wifi at the resort or wifi at the many places that had free wifi to use.


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Leagle49
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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: SXMScubaman]
      #1735321 - 06/13/17 04:04 PM (40.139.82.253)

We've rented a phone from Craig/Bob at Packlite for years. His service is great and it's very reasonable too. Outgoing calls at .35 and incoming free. You don't have to load any preset amount on the phone but only as many dollars as you want. Recommend him highly. Here's the email address. packlightsxm@hotmail.com

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SXMScubaman
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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: Leagle49]
      #1735329 - 06/13/17 04:34 PM (24.18.33.109)

I was under the impression he got his phones through Sharon.

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