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Buying a Cell Phone on SXM #161322
05/22/2018 08:23 AM
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Our cell phone will not work on SXM. We need advice on where to buy a phone just for use on island. Just an inexpensive phone for emergencies, no bells and whistle needed.

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Re: Buying a Cell Phone on SXM [Re: pburke40] #161337
05/22/2018 09:34 AM
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I bought an unlocked DOOGEE smartphone on Amazon for less then $70. Bought a Chippie sim card on SXM. Worked great.

Re: Buying a Cell Phone on SXM [Re: pburke40] #161343
05/22/2018 11:23 AM
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You can go even lower than that since you don't need a smartphone, as you say "no bells and whistles"...

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00O5EU7TQ/ref=psdc_2407749011_t4_B009IRGQPO


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Re: Buying a Cell Phone on SXM [Re: pburke40] #161347
05/22/2018 11:32 AM
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If you can remove the sim card on the phone you use at home, you can buy a Chippie sim and just swap it out while you're on the island. Just don't (1) leave your phone on your beach chair and let it get stolen, or (2) lose your home sim card while you're using the Chippie one. Having done both of those things, I can confirm that each one is a pain.

Re: Buying a Cell Phone on SXM [Re: pburke40] #161363
05/22/2018 12:47 PM
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If you have a UTS Chippie SIM card, you will have to have at least a 3G compatible phone. We got a Samsung J Mini for about $100 at Blue Point.


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Re: Buying a Cell Phone on SXM [Re: pburke40] #161423
05/22/2018 09:39 PM
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I’ve been using old unlocked Motorola Razr flip phones for years. I’m anticpating upgrading to one of my old iPhones this year. I expect that I’ll be disabling cellular data and just using it as a phone.

Re: Buying a Cell Phone on SXM [Re: pburke40] #161450
05/23/2018 06:12 AM
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We also had a wonderful, reliable flip phone for many years. After Irma it no longer worked on the new network


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Re: Buying a Cell Phone on SXM [Re: BillandElaine] #161468
05/23/2018 08:06 AM
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Elaine--we have one of Sharon's phones, not a flip phone though. I'm hoping it still works!


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Re: Buying a Cell Phone on SXM [Re: pburke40] #161469
05/23/2018 08:10 AM
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I'll bet it does not work. Be prepared.

Last edited by BillandElaine; 05/23/2018 08:10 AM.

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Re: Buying a Cell Phone on SXM [Re: pburke40] #161470
05/23/2018 08:25 AM
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Thanks for all the info. It seems that that I need a 3G unlocked phone. Maybe it’s best to buy it when I get to the island. Looking on Amazon some phones seem to be 3G, then in reviews they are not. Is the store inside Carfour on Bush Road a good place to buy an inexpensive emergency phone?

Re: Buying a Cell Phone on SXM [Re: BillandElaine] #161476
05/23/2018 09:21 AM
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Elaine--I will start another thread about this.


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