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Cell Phone #184549
02/18/2019 12:23 PM
02/18/2019 12:23 PM
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Woodman Offline OP
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Ok, it's been a while since I have chartered, and I have a total newbie crew. I have checked with my service provider, and they do not provide coverage in the BVI.

What providers do?

Can I just buy some minutes, and put a different SIM in my Iphone 6? Or should I buy a cheap phone, and get a SIM there?

I am sure someone has figured this out, so please share your solution.

Thanks!

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Re: Cell Phone [Re: Woodman] #184552
02/18/2019 12:32 PM
02/18/2019 12:32 PM
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St. John, USVI
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If your phone is unlocked you can get a Digicel or Lime sim. If you want to save time and a visit to one of the stores, you can order a LIME sim from https://www.mrsimcard.com/caribbean/s-limebvi.html.

It's worth calling ahead as some of the stores do run out of sim cards. We've seen that happen at the Virgin Gorda Digicel store.

Cheers, RickG


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Re: Cell Phone [Re: Woodman] #184553
02/18/2019 12:34 PM
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Woodman Offline OP
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Thanks for the response.

It is unlocked. I may want to get it in advance, and see if I can have calls forwarded to the Digicel or Lime SIM #.

Will that work?

Re: Cell Phone [Re: Woodman] #184556
02/18/2019 12:47 PM
02/18/2019 12:47 PM
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Verizon has a number of programs.....more info here https://www.verizonwireless.com/solutions-and-services/international-travel/

I will probably a monthly plan @ $70.


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Re: Cell Phone [Re: Woodman] #184586
02/18/2019 05:04 PM
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Cane Garden Bay, Tortola
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AT&T has great coverage and reasonable plans.

Re: Cell Phone [Re: Woodman] #184596
02/18/2019 07:05 PM
02/18/2019 07:05 PM
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Washington DC
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i am using wifi calling with Sprint on an android...

Re: Cell Phone [Re: Woodman] #184599
02/18/2019 08:24 PM
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We have found that T-Mobile is best deal if using existing domestic service.


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Re: Cell Phone [Re: Woodman] #184610
02/18/2019 10:15 PM
02/18/2019 10:15 PM
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I have had an older Motorola flip phone unlocked with a CCT 'SIM' for years. I think I might have gone to their office to obtain the SIM card, and now I can reload online with a few bucks before each trip. It works fine for local calls, although I've never tried it for long distance or data. I have noticed the AT&T signal from St. Thomas seems to be stronger when in BVI this past December. Once I obtain the AT&T signal, I've got the 'works' under my plan at home in the States.


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Re: Cell Phone [Re: Woodman] #184615
02/18/2019 10:47 PM
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Apex, NC
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I'll second getting a sim card from mrsimcard.com. Just plug it into your phone once you get there and you're good to go with a local phone number.
The other way to do it - and what we've been doing the last couple of years - is to use the international day pass program. Both Verizon and ATT have one. It's $10/day. Works well.


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Re: Cell Phone [Re: Woodman] #184627
02/19/2019 09:01 AM
02/19/2019 09:01 AM
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Kannapolis, NC
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I am on Verizon. The $10 international plan works fine. But with a wife that enjoys social media, midway through the day the data slows down. It still works. Just takes longer to load a page. I have found streaming doesn't work at all or just barely. But for just using the phone it is perfect.



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Re: Cell Phone [Re: Woodman] #184689
02/19/2019 02:22 PM
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Colorado
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We use T-Mobile. Just get off the plane and it works and costs nothing extra. Yes, the data is slow(er), but it's plenty fast for all I care about doing while sailing: weather and streaming some tunes.


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