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    Buying a phone

    Someone suggested to me that if we go to aruba once or twice a year, wouldn't it make sense to purchase a cheap phone and buy a "pay as you go" card? That way each time you go to Aruba all you need is the phone card.

    Does anyone have any comments?
    happiness is going to Aruba with your adult kids because they still want to come with their parents

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    If you buy an unlocked phone in the States, you should be able to buy either a Setar or Digicel sim card in Aruba for about $25. I believe that you would either have to go directly to Setar or Digicel to purchase the SIM, but once you have it you could pretty much go anywhere to purchase minutes. You could purchase the cards for as little as 10 florins/ $6

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    phone

    We bought a phone quite a few years ago at the Setar store. They are around $80.They give you a number.Every time we go to the island we just get a gsm primo card and load it.It works out great for us.

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    hi randi
    yup that is what we did
    we purchased a nokia at the setar store at the airport
    (nothing fancy at all)
    price about $70

    then we bought minutes

    we usually spend about $25 on phone cards/minutes (easily installed) each vacation.
    we were assigned a phone number
    and have had that phone for 3 yrs now and it has been perfect for our needs.

    andrea

    Quote Originally Posted by Randi View Post
    Someone suggested to me that if we go to aruba once or twice a year, wouldn't it make sense to purchase a cheap phone and buy a "pay as you go" card? That way each time you go to Aruba all you need is the phone card.

    Does anyone have any comments?

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    Sounds great! Worth considering! Where is the Setar store at the airport? Also, how many minutes does $25 buy you? Is there a difference between local/long distance? Do you get charged for incoming? If you want more time how do you get it?

    Thanks for the information!!!!!
    happiness is going to Aruba with your adult kids because they still want to come with their parents

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randi View Post
    Sounds great! Worth considering! Where is the Setar store at the airport? Also, how many minutes does $25 buy you? Is there a difference between local/long distance? Do you get charged for incoming? If you want more time how do you get it?

    Thanks for the information!!!!!
    Hi Randi,

    I'll answer most of your Q's.
    Setar store is right outside of the arrival hall.
    Can't say about minutes.
    There's a difference in local and long distance prices.
    No charge for incoming
    Most hotel lobbies have a store that sell cards.

    Bryan Morris
    Aruba's Premier Wedding Photographer

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    There is a Setar store behind McDonalds in the high rise area.

    Our phone uses the GSM Primo card. Calls to U.S. are about .31 per minute. Check with Setar how long the phone can be inactive before it needs to be reprogramed.
    Tom & Karen

    Next Trip: Jan. 6 - April 7

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