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Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done
      #1735261 - 06/13/17 08:30 AM (104.129.196.206)

Hello all,

We will be making our 1st trip to SXM in July (8-18th) and will need some limited cell phone service. I had planned on renting from Sharon and now need to make other plans.

I guess I have 3 choices:

I can get my phone unlocked for international travel and buy some kind of card on the island.

I can buy AT&T's International Day Pass Plan for $10 a day. Seems expensive to me....

I can buy AT&T's Passport Plan for $40 that is good for 30 days but with limited data I don't think it will what I need.

What are my options from you seasoned travelers?

Thanks,

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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: autoeng]
      #1735264 - 06/13/17 08:38 AM (24.60.205.149)

I guess it depends on what you will be using your phone for and whether you have wifi available.

You mention you will need "limited cell phone service" bu then hint you will have a decent data requirement.

We use wifi for all our data absorbing stuff (phone, tablet, laptop) and we can make and receive calls to/from the USA in airplane mode with wifi enabled...no extra charge. We have Verizon but I believe AT & T enabled wifi calling before Verizon

You do need a reasonable recent phone (S6/7/8) or a similarly recent I-phone.

NOT appropriate for calling to a number in SXM...Just your normal USA stuff.

Easiest option...no effort or cost involved. It all depends on whether it fits your needs

Edited by boucharda (06/13/17 08:41 AM)


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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: boucharda]
      #1735275 - 06/13/17 09:23 AM (104.129.196.206)

Thanks for the advice. After reading more I think that with WiFi we can get by with using Facebook Messenger calling and messaging, maybe Google Voice if someone we need to contact doesn't have FB. And WiFi for the data needs as well.

If I'm mistaken about the FB messenger calling and texting please let me know.

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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: autoeng]
      #1735283 - 06/13/17 10:05 AM (200.7.58.50)

We use FB messenger all the time with wifi.

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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: autoeng]
      #1735289 - 06/13/17 10:23 AM (74.14.14.223)

We also use FB messenger, it works great. We have iphones & we can text home for .75 Canadian per text. Works great as well. No issues.
Have fun on the "Friendly Island"!


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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: autoeng]
      #1735290 - 06/13/17 10:25 AM (174.193.139.43)

Yes, you're correct about that. However, if you're on the road and have an emergency, then your wifi won't help you. That's why we purchased a sim card from Sharon and put it in our phone when we arrive on the island. You can get them now at the UTS store which is in the same shopping area with IZI restaurant. The people there are very helpful (but they're not Sharon )

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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: GaKaye]
      #1735297 - 06/13/17 10:41 AM (98.214.230.113)

have have Verizon service. I just signed up for their international plan -- ALL of the same services as you have at home Voice/Text/and Data - same as at home.

The cost $10.00 per day when you use it. Use it for two days $20.00 use it each day for a week $70.00.

However we only use our phone for emergency situations and use the studio's WIFI for everything else. So if i need to make a call I can, if I don't there will be no charge.

for us, this is ideal. Might or might not be for you...

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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: GaKaye]
      #1735301 - 06/13/17 11:16 AM (151.213.146.9)

if all one is concerned with is having phone service in case of emergency, another option without having to buy a local SIM or pay for an international roaming plan, is just using your US phone and paying the full international roaming rate...looks like AT&T is up to $3/min. now for the Caribbean, which admittingly is pretty steep....but personally, since we don't actually PLAN to use our phones for local calls, we choose not to pay for any additional plan or buy a SIM

we use WiFi (calling, texting, email, FB) for all planned communication to the US

Note: for those considering the AT&T Passport plan, remember that in addition to the $40 monthly fee, you will also pay $1/min for calls

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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: astropilot]
      #1735302 - 06/13/17 11:33 AM (24.18.33.109)

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.

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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: SXMScubaman]
      #1735303 - 06/13/17 11:48 AM (216.66.5.53)

I used the AT&T international day plan for $10 per 24 hour period. If you only use it 2 days then its only $20!Unlimited calls, data, & text - no problem except with Chippie. They weren't privy to the plan when I got there back in April. After a few days all went great.

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

Quote:

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

Quote:

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

Quote:

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

Quote:

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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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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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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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: SXMScubaman]
      #1735330 - 06/13/17 04:41 PM (32.213.141.210)

We have also rented from Craig at Packlight for years. Great service and he also rents chairs, umbrellas & coolers.

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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: pony600]
      #1735332 - 06/13/17 05:00 PM (24.18.33.109)

But does he has his own phones or getting them from Sharon?

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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: GaKaye]
      #1735334 - 06/13/17 05:24 PM (24.44.41.166)

Since Smart phones, we have always rented a SIM from Sharon.
I will probably buy from UTS when we arrive. Do you just call them to top off if you run out of time?
We really don't use the phone much--mostly for reservations and a quick check home.
Or if my credit card company decides to send me an urgent message!!!! I almost forgot--- changing airline reservations


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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: The_Lurker]
      #1735336 - 06/13/17 05:52 PM (24.60.205.149)

Maybe I'm very low maintenance but I have to do nothing to be able to make calls home from my own cell...and receive them (or return the call) when on wifi at SBR. I just inform everyone to use email instead of text and there is no issue.

I would think it overkill to rent a phone or get a sim just for reservations (use Skype) and on road calls....

Just a simple person I guess.


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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: boucharda]
      #1735342 - 06/13/17 06:32 PM (47.16.91.26)

Lurker: Here is the link to top up your SIM card. It will give you an expiration date when you enter your phone #. http://utschippie.com/expirationdate.aspx

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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: JoeC047]
      #1735350 - 06/13/17 07:52 PM (96.231.206.165)

Quote:

JoeC047 said:
Lurker: Here is the link to top up your SIM card. It will give you an expiration date when you enter your phone #. http://utschippie.com/expirationdate.aspx




Not sure if it's just me, but t that link hasn't worked in ages.

I bought a super cheap dual SIM (unlocked) phone on Amazon, and then a Chippie (UTS) SIM card. I can make local calls and have my very own SXM phone number! Love it!

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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: SXMScubaman]
      #1735351 - 06/13/17 07:54 PM (32.213.141.210)

I believe that he has his own phones.

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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: GaKaye]
      #1735357 - 06/13/17 09:03 PM (24.128.232.95)

The UTS store by IZI was closed the last time I went there. Possibly for good.

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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: MotownTim]
      #1735361 - 06/13/17 09:27 PM (96.231.206.165)

You can buy at Mailbox in Simpson Bay

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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: MotownTim]
      #1735363 - 06/13/17 09:53 PM (24.151.114.250)

Or was it for lunch. I was there in March. Realized they close for 60 or 90 minutes for lunch

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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: kim]
      #1735364 - 06/13/17 10:24 PM (24.128.232.95)

Don't think it was for lunch. They were moving furniture out. Something about an odor in the place. Maybe they returned. I don't know. This was just a couple weeks ago. I went down to Telcell.

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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: MotownTim]
      #1735374 - 06/14/17 06:29 AM (67.249.249.128)

I have been using Chippie's TopUp service for years and never knew there was a way to confirm the expiration date. Tried it this morning and it worked just fine. Thanks for the info.

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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: JoeC047]
      #1735375 - 06/14/17 08:01 AM (24.44.41.166)

Joe, Thank-you for the link.
I saved it, since I will be buying the sim on our next trip.


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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: The_Lurker]
      #1735377 - 06/14/17 08:51 AM (174.194.3.123)

Unless something's changed in the past couple of weeks, you can't actually purchase more time for your topup card on the website. You have to go to the UTS store or the Mailbox in SXM to do that. Tim just posted that the UTS store near IZI has closed; does anyone know if there's another one on the island?

What you can do on the website is add time to your phone from your card, which you have to do every 90 days to keep your sim card, and therefore your phone number, active.

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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: GaKaye]
      #1735378 - 06/14/17 09:16 AM (200.7.48.64)

Another option is the Top Up Card, which I believe you can only get from Sharon. Allows you to add $ to your phone via a web portal.

There are UTS stores in Philipsburg, Marigot and I believe the one in Cole Bay is still open.

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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: autoeng]
      #1735380 - 06/14/17 09:42 AM (71.194.26.21)

Because nobody mentioned it, if you want a French phone number, you can purchase a SIM from Dauphin Telecom in Marigot. Since we spend almost all of our time on the French side, it is easier to make calls with it. And I do not have to add funds to my telephone account when I am not on the island and we're only on the island once a year.

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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: BillandElaine]
      #1735391 - 06/14/17 11:53 AM (174.193.144.169)

The Top Up card is what I have, and I do add money to my phone from that. I thought that I could load more money onto that at a UTS store or at the Mailbox. Am I wrong about that, Elaine?

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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: GaKaye]
      #1735398 - 06/14/17 12:53 PM (66.188.98.30)

Project FI! https://g.co/fi/r/D5342K
I use it all over the world $10 per GB.

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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: GaKaye]
      #1735399 - 06/14/17 01:13 PM (174.116.44.201)

I have done that at the Mailbox several times.I keep my phone active by adding money from my card on the website buychippieonline.com

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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: GaKaye]
      #1735405 - 06/14/17 01:56 PM (73.148.207.131)

Quote:

GaKaye said:
Unless something's changed in the past couple of weeks, you can't actually purchase more time for your topup card on the website. You have to go to the UTS store or the Mailbox in SXM to do that. Tim just posted that the UTS store near IZI has closed; does anyone know if there's another one on the island?




The UTS store in Philipsburg is open. It is located on Codville Webster Road. The Philipsburg location is open Mon-Fri 8am to 4 pm. There is another UTS store in Marigot at 24 Rue de la République. I believe this store is open till 5:30 pm and does have Saturday hours as well. I'll know more next week when I'm there.

As far as the Cole Bay location, as of May 29th, UTS posted on their facebook page their locations that would be closed due to weather and they listed the Cole Bay location, but it had the same hours as the Philipsburg location only M-F 8am to 4 pm. I'll see next week if it is truly closed.


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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: astropilot]
      #1735406 - 06/14/17 02:00 PM (73.33.2.84)

I use the Verizon daily international plan when traveling but your description misses the biggest "gotcha" catch. The $10 is triggered by texts not just calls. There is no way I can get everybody to stop texting me so I just assume I am paying each day.
I used the 40/month plan once but you go through data quickly then have to keep in wifi mode to avoid overage.


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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: dkupersmith]
      #1735409 - 06/14/17 02:04 PM (24.18.33.109)

"There is no way I can get everybody to stop texting me so I just assume I am paying each day."

Only if you open them.


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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: SXMScubaman]
      #1735417 - 06/14/17 03:16 PM (24.60.205.149)

Unfortunately if you see texts then the daily charge was initiated..opened or not

The Verizon $10/day or $40/month uses the same plan constraints (data, text, minutes (if any) you have in the USA...why are you exceeding it?


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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: dkupersmith]
      #1735418 - 06/14/17 03:25 PM (174.199.16.20)

Quote:

dkupersmith said:
I use the Verizon daily international plan when traveling but your description misses the biggest "gotcha" catch. The $10 is triggered by texts not just calls. There is no way I can get everybody to stop texting me so I just assume I am paying each day.
I used the 40/month plan once but you go through data quickly then have to keep in wifi mode to avoid overage.




Put your phone on airplane mode. Then the texts won't come through until your on wifi. That's how we use the 10 a day, we stretch it out if we need to make calls. We still have to work from the island so found this to be the best approach.


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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: kim]
      #1735420 - 06/14/17 03:27 PM (24.60.205.149)

If your phone is on airplane mode (wifi on) chances are you CAN make those work calls using your own carrier without an International plan...

Trust me..it works well


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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: dkupersmith]
      #1735423 - 06/14/17 03:44 PM (172.12.76.19)

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dkupersmith said:
I use the Verizon daily international plan when traveling but your description misses the biggest "gotcha" catch. The $10 is triggered by texts not just calls. There is no way I can get everybody to stop texting me so I just assume I am paying each day.
I used the 40/month plan once but you go through data quickly then have to keep in wifi mode to avoid overage.




If we keep our phone on airplane mode on the days we don't need the phone, we don't see incoming texts and don't get charged by AT&T for that day.

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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: DandM29212]
      #1735457 - 06/14/17 09:10 PM (72.240.129.70)

T Mobile offers .20 a minute calls and unlimited text and data for no additional charge to your regular plan. Data is steady but slow, although faster than Club O's wifi.

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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: yanks03]
      #1735490 - 06/15/17 11:38 AM (67.86.221.25)

I am a bit slow when it comes to Sim Cards and top up and stuff like that. We have been using Sharon's Service since it started.

I have an IPhone 6s and have Verizon as my carrier. Without buying a phone or taking one apart, what seems to be my best option? Is it a service from Verizon or Pack Light? Does a Sim Card work on an iPhone? Is so where is the best place for me to go? Staying at Royal Palm.coming in on a Friday.

Thanks in advance for an answer in layman terms.

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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: dkupersmith]
      #1735499 - 06/15/17 01:15 PM (151.213.146.9)

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dkupersmith said:
I use the Verizon daily international plan when traveling but your description misses the biggest "gotcha" catch. The $10 is triggered by texts not just calls...




i wonder if AT&T's $10/day plan works the same way, considering that AT&T doesn't normally charge you to RECEIVE texts while outside the US, just charges for sending

From AT&T's website:

Pay-per-use messaging rates
Text $0.25/message sent
Picture/Video $0.50/message sent

Standard domestic messaging rates apply to text, picture, and video messages received.

Pay-per-use rates apply if you do not have a package.


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Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: RICKnGRACE_LI_NY]
      #1735509 - 06/15/17 02:12 PM (47.16.91.26)

Rick & Grace, You will spend much more using your Verizon than buying an inexpensive phone and a sim card, depending on how often you visit SXM, or how much you use your phone.

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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: JoeC047]
      #1735519 - 06/15/17 03:12 PM (24.44.41.166)

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Rick & Grace, You will spend much more using your Verizon than buying an inexpensive phone and a sim card, depending on how often you visit SXM, or how much you use your phone.




Why do you need to buy the phone? Why not just the SIM?


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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: The_Lurker]
      #1735527 - 06/15/17 04:27 PM (71.194.26.21)

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Why do you need to buy the phone? Why not just the SIM?




You do not have to buy the phone if the phone is unlocked. If the phone is locked, then you have to deal with your provider (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile) to have the phone unlocked or buy another unlocked phone.

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Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: The_Lurker]
      #1735533 - 06/15/17 05:55 PM (47.16.91.26)

You need to have a tri-band phone, or as ChiTownHarry explained.

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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: ChiTownHarry]
      #1735535 - 06/15/17 06:02 PM (24.44.41.166)

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ChiTownHarry said:
Quote:

The_Lurker said:
Why do you need to buy the phone? Why not just the SIM?




You do not have to buy the phone if the phone is unlocked. If the phone is locked, then you have to deal with your provider (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile) to have the phone unlocked or buy another unlocked phone.




Ok, was just curious, since we have been changing the SIM for a few years in SXM. We do the same thing in Italy.


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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: ChiTownHarry]
      #1735546 - 06/15/17 08:49 PM (69.115.6.203)

How do I determine if I have a locked or unlocked phone? I'm clueless about all this stuff...just got a "smart" phone not too long ago, still figuring out how to use all things on it!!

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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: kim]
      #1735564 - 06/15/17 11:13 PM (73.33.2.84)

True, but the reason I keep my phone on is in case of a medical emergency with my mother, so wifi won't work. The assisted living facility will call if any problem.

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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: dkupersmith]
      #1735566 - 06/15/17 11:42 PM (172.218.176.193)

For Canadians that want to have their phones unlocked, there was good news this week. As of December 1, 2017, Canadian carriers will have to unlock phones at no charge and all phones sold as of that date will have to be unlocked. I have always had and unlocked phone and switch out the SIM card where ever we go. I always find it the least expensive way to go.

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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: Shelby2]
      #1735584 - 06/16/17 10:00 AM (71.194.26.21)

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How do I determine if I have a locked or unlocked phone?




If you received the phone from a US carrier (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile,etc) it is likely locked. We are with AT&T and if the phone is paid for, you can contact AT&T to have it unlocked. For more information AT&T unlock device information

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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: ChiTownHarry]
      #1735590 - 06/16/17 10:31 AM (69.126.4.72)

appreciate your reply, thanks!

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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: ChiTownHarry]
      #1735595 - 06/16/17 11:00 AM (73.148.207.131)

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ChiTownHarry said:
If you received the phone from a US carrier (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile,etc) it is likely locked. We are with AT&T and if the phone is paid for, you can contact AT&T to have it unlocked. For more information AT&T unlock device information




All Verizon LTE phones are sold unlocked. This is due to certain spectrum allocated to them by the FCC that is designated for open source and they are not allowed to lock their devices using that spectrum.

Sprint will unlock your device for international sim use once the device has been on your account for 90 days.

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Re: Cell phone options now that Queen of SXM is done [Re: wilsonck]
      #1735639 - 06/16/17 02:47 PM (73.167.75.90)

We've used a local SIM in our unlocked Android phone for years, from UTS. The pain is adding to the balance every so often while we're away. We get it done, but not convenient.

For calls home I usually use Skype...

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