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autoeng
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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,

Autoeng


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boucharda
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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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autoeng
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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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BillandElaine
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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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jeepers
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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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GaKaye
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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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astropilot
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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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IslandBoi
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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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SXMScubaman
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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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spiker
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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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