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    Shynda,
    thanks for the info...I would be surprised if the SIM card I purchase in Aruba will work in my Verizon phone (thunderbolt) since they are getting so crappy about their service....but I will call them and ask...I don't use my data service as it is too expensive. I noticed on another message someone ( I think Andrea) mentioned the new MIO internet packages you can get for your laptops while on the island. I bought the package deal from Divi Village last year for the first time and was not impressed...sometimes I could not get on at all and for 50 dollars a week I should have great service.....I think it was mentioned it is like 70 for 2/3 weeks which is great for me since we go for 2-3 weeks...
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    Dana -

    Data is fairly inexpensive if you use a SIM from the Island --- $15 for 500MB

    Verizon is actually very good about unlocking phones if your account is in good standing. They unlocked my iPhone 4S with no questions asked and they are shipping iPhone 5's already unlocked.

    Sadly for you the Verizon HTC thunderbolt is not a Global phone - it relies solely on CDMA service which typically do not accept SIM cards. Both Setar and Digicel's SIM cards are for GSM phones. Verizon in the States is a CDMA carrier - although many of their phones have both GSM and CDMA capabilities.

    In my experience - the entire resort area up to tierra del sol has a wifi signal that costs around $50 a week. I have used it on a daily basis when the wired internet to our condo has gone down and had no issues.
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    Ok, thanks again.....although, I have used my thunderbolt in aruba for data without any problems as well as txt and phone service. I turned my data service off last year when we reached charlotte and did not use it while in aruba. I have a xoom and it worked fine for internet.....
    But basically what you said was I could not buy a sim card to use with my thunderbolt...correct ???
    So I may as well rent a phone or just buy a card and go up to phone banks by brickell bay and call home from there......
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    Quote Originally Posted by danadog56 View Post
    Ok, thanks again.....although, I have used my thunderbolt in aruba for data without any problems as well as txt and phone service. I turned my data service off last year when we reached charlotte and did not use it while in aruba. I have a xoom and it worked fine for internet.....
    But basically what you said was I could not buy a sim card to use with my thunderbolt...correct ???
    So I may as well rent a phone or just buy a card and go up to phone banks by brickell bay and call home from there......

    Right - you can use your thunderbolt and pay verizons crazy prices - but you cannot pop an aruban sim in there. Check ebay - you can get a decent "GSM Unlocked" phone for under $50. Here is the first I found for $55 http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-LG-Encor...item27cf6f986a I am not sure how much they sell basic phones for on the island.
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    if you have any company old phone at home and it is working you could call company it belongs to and ask for unlock code.i did it with TMobile and AT@T phones and got codes from them.They do not charge for it and no need to wait either.All you need is number located under battery.

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    Thanks Shnyda and yefim8.....I have several phones that I could do that with...I have a blackberry storm that I could probably use....will call and make sure to get unlock code from verizon (assuming it is gsm compatable)
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