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    Quote Originally Posted by Shnyda View Post
    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.
    I know that you can purchase pre-paid cards online...
    Would this work for you?

    https://www.setar.aw/store/

    You can always ask them using the support link

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    I have an unlocked phone that I use. Can we purchase ahead online if we need a new SIM. I have one but how do I know if it is expired?

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    I guess I should consider myself fortunate not to need a phone or sad I don't have anyone to talk to.

    I have been taking a laptop to Aruba for maybe 5-6 years. Before that I used the terminal in the lobby. I've never had a phone in Aruba and have used Skype just a few times.

    When my daughter comes to Aruba, she generally rents a phone from one of the providers on the island for cheap bucks to keep in touch with her kids.

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    dunno andy....
    we had to have phone availability there beginning in 1997 due to my parent's being ill for long term and needed to make calls daily to check in with nurse or physician. then, after they passed our son was in college making it necessary for us to check in and for him to check in as needed. now, son is grown, married and we can skype just to chit chat but no more checking up on .......but still need to check in with the pet sitter

    someday i hope to be skyping or calling grandchildren instead of pet sitter.

    does anyone have real fond memories of the old days when we did not need our "e" devices?

    sorry i wandered off topic.

    Quote Originally Posted by AndyM View Post
    I guess I should consider myself fortunate not to need a phone or sad I don't have anyone to talk to.

    I have been taking a laptop to Aruba for maybe 5-6 years. Before that I used the terminal in the lobby. I've never had a phone in Aruba and have used Skype just a few times.

    When my daughter comes to Aruba, she generally rents a phone from one of the providers on the island for cheap bucks to keep in touch with her kids.

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    You're right Andrea. It's amazing how fast a new device becomes "essential". The younger generation can't imaging being without a phone. Not that long ago, if you had to make a call while you were away from home you had to find a working pay phone. (Hey kids, they look like this)
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    The main reason I carry one is for safety. I just have to imagine myself with a flat tire on one of those deserted back road...
    Also once I was so glad to have one when I was involved in a car accident with no one to translate... so glad that our friend Hans was there...

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    "does anyone have real fond memories of the old days when we did not need our "e" devices?"

    I certainly do... and were it not for the fact that it's at the point where I actually "need" to be in contact with people on the island, I wouldn't think of or even consider having ANY form of communication while there. That's the whole point of being there... at least for the Lady and I. We're trying to get away from the world and all the stuff that we have to think about when we're not able to be in paradise.
    Also, we don't have young ones to worry about at home, all's pretty good and taken care of and such, so there's no real need to be in contact to that degree.
    The tablet's going to get used a lot more for playing MahJong and Solitaire than it will to communicate with the world while we're on the beach...
    the Lady's got a new little digital obsession.
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    I remember traveling within the US in the late 90's when I had a "regional" cell plan. I was only in New Orleans and I wouldnt turn on my cell phone due to roaming charges etc... Using a cell phone in another country was a concept I couldnt even grasp. I used to buy calling cards if I wanted to make a call home to check in with my parents, etc.

    Nowadays - I am just as connected when on vacation as when I'm not. We FaceTimed with my parents from the beach in Aruba so they could see my daughter playing.

    The downside to all the connectivity - I wind up working on my vacation... about 2 or 3 years ago - on New Year's Eve morning I spent 3 hours writing financial statements from my lounge chair by the pool in Aruba. Oh well! Times change.
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    My daughter is 20 this year and will be venturing out on her own while we are on the island. Well, with her cousins, but still. I will be renting or buying a few phones just to be safe
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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