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    SIM card question.

    I'm sure I've seen the answer to this elsewhere on this board in the past, but would someone let me know, is it possible to buy/rent a SIM card/cell package at the airport for a week? And if so, anyone have any idea on what a week's charge would be (minimum use, a safety measure more than anything else)?
    Any input would be greatly appreciated.
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    the short answer YES.

    i do not know the price of the sim, i think approx $20 -$30.
    back in november, we had to get a new Sim, picked it up at the digicel kiosk at airport, and it came with i think 2 hrs of talk time and again, i think about $20-$30.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Ratt View Post
    I'm sure I've seen the answer to this elsewhere on this board in the past, but would someone let me know, is it possible to buy/rent a SIM card/cell package at the airport for a week? And if so, anyone have any idea on what a week's charge would be (minimum use, a safety measure more than anything else)?
    Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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    $20 for SIM card and if you have unlocked phone you could add after $20 expired as little as $3 and keep going

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    Sim Card ?

    Can you please explain what a Sim card is used for? Thanks x
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    i hope someone can answer this better than i.

    i am pretty dense with anything technology related but here goes...

    A SIM card is a small card that contains a cell network subscriber's account information. It allows the phone to attach to a mobile network.

    Digicel SIM cards run on the Digicel network.
    Setar SIM cards run on the Setar network

    If you brought your unlocked ATT Iphone, you could go to Digicel or Setar on Aruba, buy a Sim card, insert it, be assigned a local number and would have X amount of minutes to make calls.

    clear as mud right?


    QUOTE=truzcarla;242420]Can you please explain what a Sim card is used for? Thanks x[/QUOTE]

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    Thanks

    I was thinking of renting a phone to make calls to the US. A sim card does this for ATT service. I have verizon hereand I too am not tech lliterate Thanks for helping me out All I know is I am trying not to usemy verizon cell to call the states too expensive
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    http://www.aruba.com/forum/tags/cell%20phones.html
    click above link for some tagged threads re: cell phone rentals.

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    What do you mean by unlocked ????
    I have a verizon cell and always shut my data package off....end up using cell and moaning about phone charges when I get home. But, if I can get a sim to use while there it will spare me that problem.....
    Also, can you keep the sim and and reload minutes when you go back to aruba ??
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    unlocked means you could use Verizon phone with any other companies SIM,s. And yes since you bought SIM you could ad as little as $3 or more if you wish to do so

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    @Danadog -- Unlocked = the phone will accept SIM cards from service providers other than the service you purchased your phone from. Whether or not a SIM slot is unlocked depends both on the carrier and the phone. Your best bet would be to call your cell company.

    @truzcarla -- Verizon's calling and data rates for in aruba are outrageous. Depending on what your phone/data needs are - it may be more cost effective to just buy a phone over renting it. AT&T's international data plans are much more cost effective, but calling is still expensive.

    @Mr. Ratt - keep in mind, there are now 3 types of sim cards depending on which phone you have. I have had trouble getting anything but the old school type of SIM card at the airport location. For Micro SIM I had to go to the location by the highrises (near McDonalds) and for a Nano SIM I had to cut the card myself as they were not yet available on the Island (Not sure if they are yet)


    I make limited calls back to the States and locally when in Aruba and I use a lot of data. I typically buy a $20 setar card for 7 days - $40 for more than 7 days.

    I have used 5 different phones on the Island.

    Blackberry Curve - using verizon service
    iPhone 4S using a setar micro sim
    iPhone 5 using a setar micro sim cut myself into a nano sim
    Old Motorola Razr - Regular sim - no data
    Old Nokia something - Regular sim - no data


    I have become pretty knowledgeable about traveling with Cell phones over the last few years - let me know if you have any questions.
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