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    Cell Phone Rental

    Greetings!
    My son's first trip to Aruba! I am concerned about him calling home to the USA and not spending a lot of money to do so. Should he rent a phone? Are calling cards just too hard to use? Fast Phones? Digicel? Aruba Phones? He is only there for a week and Mom, that's me, just needs him to check in or to call if something is needed. The phone calls, as you may imagine will be quite short. Does he really need a phone while on the island? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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    We have used arubadiscountcell in the past very liable company, and they do Fast Phone delivery just try them to see and feel the different.
    http://www.arubadiscountcell.com

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    We have been using Fast phones (which is digicel) and we have been very pleased. As soon as you come out of the first set of doors (before you go outside) you turn to your right and there is the booth! The phone is all ready for you in a box with the appropriate paper work. Very organized and no need to worry about meeting anyone later. They will give you the phone number a week before arriving so people at home can have it before you depart. All incoming calls are free (except you pay for the call on your end) and phone rental cost very reasonable with minutes including in the rental.

    As far as phone rental goes, using the phone in your room is VERY EXPENSIVE. Trying to find a phone to call home is available but not always so easy. If you want to hear from you son and want to be able to be in contact this is the way to go.

    If my son went I would definately make him take a phone.
    happiness is going to Aruba with your adult kids because they still want to come with their parents

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    Randi the reason we have used arubadiscountcell is, because of their excellent service we also travel early in the morning and you know of all the hassle before leaving home, the next hassle is when you arrive in Aruba with all those other flights landing together, just only think about the crowd. After the line up for immigration then wait at the luggage belt for the luggage, next step past the customs and your outside the Airport oohh what a tired day. What we did get to our Hotel as fast as we can check in, order a aruba-ariba and than call arubadiscountcell for our phone service, ofcourse with our reservation in hand.They have the lowest prices as far as I know and they get you a phone on YOUR time schedule not theirs. Is life not wonderful that way or the way we plan it?
    Just try them http://www.arubadiscountcell.com

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    http://www.arubafastphones.com/

    I reserved a phone online at the last minute in Aruba late in the evening on 12/22 and they delivered the phone to our hotel late the following afternoon, a Sunday. As far as I was concerned, you cannot beat that kind of service.

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    arubalisa the company we rent from (which is arubadiscountcell) does the same, and if you would like to know why we rent from them? Because of the great deals and service they have, we did our search also and indeed their are other cell phone rental company's but how are the prices? my opinion "more value for my money"and arubadiscountcell comply with their high standards of customer service.

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    What about phone cards, aka calling cards?

    What would the cost be to use a calling card compared to a cell phone?
    Are the cell phones that much better and economical?
    I thought the cost per minute with a cell phone to USA is $.20/minute.

    The thought is, if we had a cell phone, one less thing to worry about, getting wet, losing it, etc.

    Anybody with pros and cons?

    Thanks...

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    Jakesdad very simple, for us it was very helpful, we didn't want to walk a mile to look for a phone booth to make calls, and the good of it was we were reachable anywhere and anytime with a calling card you're not reachable.

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    I agree, if you want your child to call home, make it simple and then they will call. Not all pay phones take a calling card. Then there are SETAR phone booths,etc. This is simple and very economical.
    happiness is going to Aruba with your adult kids because they still want to come with their parents

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    there are some phone stores around that charge 25 cents per minute to usa and canada. one is behind the alhambra casino by the divi and bucuti area. it is open 4 pm to 10 pm mon-sat. they also offer the internet for $5 per hour to e-mail you.

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