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    Gaby - here is the low-down

    A cell phone is nothing more than an electronic device. Without a SIM card, it is useless with the exception that the games still function (sometimes)

    A SIM card is a chip that allows your device to communicate with a network (There are various networks and the chips - SIMS'- are normally network specific)

    A "LOCKED" phone is one that will only work with one Network or the SIM of that network

    An unlocked one will work with any SIM you stick in it.

    A device (the phone itself) does not have a number or the ability to communicate without a SIM

    The SIM is the phone number and is the link within the phone that allows it to work.

    Cell - without - SIM = Cell
    Cell - with SIM = Cell with a phone number that communicates

    Literally, you can buy an unlocked cell phone and travel with it all over the world as long as you buy new SIM cards per network location
    THAT is cumbersome and is why networks offer you the ability for your SIM to connect to other networks as you roam around the planet. Networks call this litrle service "ROAMING" and charge you up the ying yang.

    With this, I have probably shut down my company but hey ..... an answer was deserved.

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    Hi there kids,
    OK, here's my 2 cents on cell phones. I bought an unlocked phone from Amazon about 5 years ago. Brought it down and had a SETAR sim card installed. The minutes do run out in 90 days but the phone number stays active for 6 months. I have had the same number the whole time. Of course, we came down about every 5 to 6 months and did add minutes to it at the airport kiosk with no problem. You can also add $10.00 worth of time on-line from the states if you get close to the 6 month expire date to keep the same number. I did that a few times too. . . .
    So that's my 2 cents worth, hope it helps. . . .

    Tom and Stanley (the Aruba Guys)

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    How do I tell if my phone has a sim card in it. I have a Samsung Convoy and my service is Verizon. Thanks Norm

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    http://cache.vzw.com/multimedia/mim/...oy2_manual.pdf

    I just read the manual and cannot find any reference to a SIM card placement.

    I is late but I will see if I can find out anything for you tomorrow.

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    It was bugging me so I kept on looking. This is what I found. SORRRRY.

    QUESTION

    how do i remove sim card



    asked 2 years, 3 months ago Anonymous

    on Samsung Convoy™ Cell Phone


    ANSWERS

    Thank you for sending us an inquiry.

    The Samsung Convoy is a CDMA phone, and it does not have a SIM card.

    The phone is connected directly to your service provider.

    answered 2 years, 3 months ago

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    thanks chasrles

    thanks charles now I understand y u're reviews are so great. Norm
    Quote Originally Posted by charles View Post
    It was bugging me so I kI ept on looking. This is what I found. SORRRRY.

    QUESTION

    how do i remove sim card



    asked 2 years, 3 months ago Anonymous

    on Samsung Convoy™ Cell Phone


    ANSWERS

    Thank you for sending us an inquiry.

    The Samsung Convoy is a CDMA phone, and it does not have a SIM card.

    The phone is connected directly to your service provider.

    answered 2 years, 3 months ago


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    Lightbulb

    I purchased my own new Arubian cellphone for about $80 at a downtown Digicel store many years ago.

    Now to keep it active with the same phone number, I have to go online at:
    http://www.digicelaruba.com/
    and click on the Online Top Up link and purchase a minimum of 15afl ($9) of airtime.
    To keep my phone active I only need ONE purchase every 5 months or less.
    You can pay with with a credit card or with your Paypal account.


    Every purchase of airtime that is bought is good to use for one month, unused balance is saved and reactivate with your next purchase.
    So the trick is to keep your phone active and to make a purchase just before leaving for your trip or online while in Aruba.

    When you buy time with a Digicel scratch card in Aruba it's only good for 15 days, when you purchased time online it's good for one month instead...
    Last edited by qlaval; 04-23-2013 at 08:30 PM. Reason: spelling...
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    thank you pierre!

    i just went to that site, and did the top up.

    the last time that i added minutes was in mid november, so i guess it is in the timeframe......meaning the SIM is still good.


    per customer service, if the SIM had expired and was no longer current, Digicel would not have been able to top off.

    I put in $8.80

    again, thanks for the top off link

    QUOTE=qlaval;243740]I purchased my own new Arubian cellphone for about $80 at a downtown Digicel store many years ago.

    Now to keep it active with the same phone number, I have to go online at:
    http://www.digicelaruba.com/
    and click on the Online Tup Up link and purchase a minimum of 15afl ($9) of airtime.
    To keep my phone active I only need ONE purchase every 5 months or less.
    You can pay with with a credit card or with your Paypal account.


    Every purchase of airtime that is bought is good to use for one month, unused balance is saved and reactivate with your next purchase.
    So the trick is to keep your phone active and to make a purchase just before leaving for your trip or online while in Aruba.

    When you buy time with a Digicel scratch card in Aruba it's only good for 15 days, when you purchased time online it's good for one month instead...[/QUOTE]

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    You're welcome Andrea.

    It's so much easier to do it online...
    If you use Microsoft Outlook just put a reminder in your calendar in a little bit less than 5 months...

    Quote Originally Posted by andrea j. View Post
    thank you pierre!

    I just went to that site, and did the top up.

    The last time that i added minutes was in mid november, so i guess it is in the timeframe......meaning the sim is still good.


    Per customer service, if the sim had expired and was no longer current, digicel would not have been able to top off.

    I put in $8.80

    again, thanks for the top off link

    Quote Originally Posted by qlaval View Post
    i purchased my own new arubian cellphone for about $80 at a downtown digicel store many years ago.

    Now to keep it active with the same phone number, i have to go online at:
    http://www.digicelaruba.com/
    and click on the online top up link and purchase a minimum of 15afl ($9) of airtime.
    To keep my phone active i only need one purchase every 5 months or less.
    You can pay with with a credit card or with your paypal account.


    Every purchase of airtime that is bought is good to use for one month, unused balance is saved and reactivate with your next purchase.
    So the trick is to keep your phone active and to make a purchase just before leaving for your trip or online while in aruba.

    When you buy time with a digicel scratch card in aruba it's only good for 15 days, when you purchased time online it's good for one month instead...

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    Does anyone know if you can "top off" a setar sim? I have been using the same sim for a couple year... I would prefer not losing the number, and I had to cut the SIM to work properly in my phone.
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