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    welcome to the aruba.com community forum.

    SETAR and DIGICEL both have kiosks outside the luggage pick up room at the airport.
    you will be able to purchase a sim card and get all of the information right there.
    Quote Originally Posted by marcengo View Post
    Hello there!

    Im arriving in Aruba by the end of this week and I'd like to know some information about pre-paid SIM cards for unlocked GSM/3G phones.

    I've made a small research over the several (lol!) mobile operators that provide services in Aruba, Digicel and Setar. Based on the information provide on each website, it is possible to buy a pre-paid GSM card and perform voice calls and 3G data connections.

    Does anyone made this kind of deal? Does it work? How about the coverage all over the island? Where can I buy a pre-paid SIM? Is it really subscription-free?

    Here´s Setar information:

    "Prepaid gives you a lot of benefits:

    You can use it at your own convenience;
    You can communicate 24 hours a day 7 days a week locally or internationally;
    You do not need a subscription;
    You can control your expenditure

    Data plans:
    1: 250 MB @ Afl. 5 (valid 1 day)
    2: 500 MB @ Afl. 18 (valid 1 week)
    3: 1 GB @ Afl. 32 (valid 2 weeks)
    4: 2 GB @ Afl. 49 (valid 1 month)"
    Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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    So, bringing the baby back to life..

    What about 3G? Are Digicel or Setar currently delivering this technology? Data over GSM is pretty lame..

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    Arrow By googling I was able to find the information

    Setar is 4G
    http://setar.aw/visitors/4g-prepaid-plans.html

    Digicel is 4G
    http://4g.digicelabc.com/en/pricing/pricing-in-aruba
    http://4g.digicelabc.com/en/faqs

    Where can I sign up for 4G? To sign up, visit any Digicel Store in Aruba, Bonaire or Curacao and ask the 4Geniusteam about what offers they can provide you with. Alternatively you can call to sign up for prepaid *135# and follow the instructions over the line. Finally you can call 141 and talk to any of the dedicated customer service operators who would be delighted to assist you.

    Both companies have "Fair Usage Policies" in place. More info on fair usage can also be found on the internet.

    Digicel
    What is the fair usage policy? http://4g.digicelabc.com/en/faqs#4

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    Well, after a pleasant week in Aruba, it's time to give my own feedback about GSM/3G coverage, speeds and etc..

    The provider that i chose was SETAR. I did it because their pre-paid plans. They have 4 options, 1 day, 1 week, 2 weeks and a month. The 1-week plan gives you 500Mb and thats what o chose. I dont know if Digicel has something similar, but i got no information about it on the website.

    The coverage of SETAR i could say that was flawless. The only place that i got no 3G/HSPA signal on my jorney around the island was on that rock bridge that fell down, but its totally comprehensive, the place is down in a hill. Although even in the trail between the Alta Vista Chapel and that old mine i could use my google maps as GPS without losing the signal - maybe the map was cached.

    I performed a few speed test during my stay - well, Im a telecom enthusiast and work on a mobile operator in Brazil - and the results were excellent! The average speed was about 3.6Mbps and the ping around 100ms. I could perform clean conversation over skype anytime i needed.

    I paid $20 bucks for the SIM with some Florins credit that allowed me to purchase the data plan (awg 18 for the week) and i also bought another pre-paid card during the week for talking credits. In the end i`ve spent $35 with no remorse. The service was great.

    Bottom line, SETAR is a great deal for those who wants quick 3G speeds with a massive coverage.

    I do not own a 4G device and didnt try Digicel, so, no reviews about them.
    Last edited by marcengo; 05-11-2012 at 11:11 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marcengo View Post
    The coverage of SETAR i could say that was flawless. The only place that i got no 3G/HSPA signal on my jorney around the island was on that rock bridge that fell down, but its totally comprehensive, the place is down in a hill.
    My dh gets a better 3G signal in Aruba than we do here at home in North Georgia USA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arubalisa View Post
    My dh gets a better 3G signal in Aruba than we do here at home in North Georgia USA.
    Same here in Brazil, but theier enviroment\RF interface are waaaaay less hostile than our homelands, my friend. It doesnt take the credit for their great service, but things are easier there!

    Cheers!

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    Thanks for posting your Setar experiences

    Quote Originally Posted by marcengo View Post
    Well, after a pleasant week in Aruba, it's time to give my own feedback about GSM/3G coverage, speeds and etc..

    The provider that i chose was SETAR. I did it because their pre-paid plans. They have 4 options, 1 day, 1 week, 2 weeks and a month. The 1-week plan gives you 500Mb and thats what o chose. I dont know if Digicel has something similar, but i got no information about it on the website.

    The coverage of SETAR i could say that was flawless. The only place that i got no 3G/HSPA signal on my jorney around the island was on that rock bridge that fell down, but its totally comprehensive, the place is down in a hill. Although even in the trail between the Alta Vista Chapel and that old mine i could use my google maps as GPS without losing the signal - maybe the map was cached.

    I performed a few speed test during my stay - well, Im a telecom enthusiast and work on a mobile operator in Brazil - and the results were excellent! The average speed was about 3.6Mbps and the ping around 100ms. I could perform clean conversation over skype anytime i needed.

    I paid $20 bucks for the SIM with some Florins credit that allowed me to purchase the data plan (awg 18 for the week) and i also bought another pre-paid card during the week for talking credits. In the end i`ve spent $35 with no remorse. The service was great.

    Bottom line, SETAR is a great deal for those who wants quick 3G speeds with a massive coverage.

    I do not own a 4G device and didnt try Digicel, so, no reviews about them.
    Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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    Here is where everyone starts to hate me. The fact of the matter is that the bulk of our rental business comes from people trying to do exactly what was suggested with the unlocked BB etc. Our rentals on Tuesday are all mostly this kind of a situation.

    What Randi said is correct, however there are some subtleties to that situation and inasmuch as it does not impact Randi then it is of no consequence to him. Namely.
    BB's are being taken over by androids and the two leaders are the I-Phone and the Samsung. There are others you can pick up used but used androids are not easy to find and when you do the aps are normally older. Assume you stick with the Android (I-Phone / Samsung or whatever) and you do a SIM switch, then the issue is, do you want to take a smart phone unit that basically holds your life together (unfortunately) down to the beach or at pook side? Think twice about that one.

    Not trying to push business (well sort of LOL) all kidding aside. Rent a phone and keep your expensive beast safe in the room . Catch up with the important stuff on occasion and go vacationing. We didn't invent this island to have it ruled by cell phones, including the ones we rent.
    It's vacation time man.
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    We didn't invent this island to have it ruled by cell phones, including the ones we rent. It's vacation time man.
    Great advice. Thanks. It reinforces my thoughts exactly.

    So why did I read all the posts all the way to the end? Because while I'm out catching some nice fish offshore from Aruba I want to call some buddies to tell then what a great time they missed. I also want to share the fishing news with my 89 year old mom, She loves to catch fish, but she can't travel much these days. My wife will need some data plan to keep her business going and she will probaly get lot of incoming calls. She'll advise the caller that she is on vacation and that she'll call them when she gets home.

    Thanks for all your excellent information about the cell phones in Aruba. In Fiji we finally got cell service (no land lines are available at all) about a year ago and while it's been nice to have, it also costs the locals more money than they ever imagined. I wonder what some of the posters would do if they had NO phone or Internet at all? We have spent months at a time like that in Fiji for over 11 years. It's very peaceful.
    Last edited by WaisalimaMan; 09-20-2012 at 02:45 PM. Reason: spelling

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    my comment re: your last sentence

    many of us do need cell service and internet service for many reasons...

    some of us work and need the internet to do so.

    some of us need to be in contact by phone

    some of us find the internet a form of entertainment.....in aruba, some go to casinos, some to bars, some out dancing, some play online


    those that do not want to have internet access are in no way forced to have it. those that want it (in aruba) have it readily accessible.

    different strokes for different folks and i love the fact that you'd call your mom!!! god bless her!

    Quote Originally Posted by WaisalimaMan View Post
    ........................... I wonder what some of the posters would do if they had NO phone or Internet at all? We have spent months at a time like that in Fiji for over 11 years. It's very peaceful.
    Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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