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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacki View Post
    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

    Smart Plan --- This phone looks like a good deal. Overstock has some cheaper ones - but this is a name brand. http://www.overstock.com/Electronics...4/product.html
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    My daughter & I both have iPhones on the Sprint network. Am I understanding correctly that they will not work as they are CDMA?
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    1) Sprint is a CDMA network in the US -- If you just bring your Sprint phone to Aruba it will work there as Aruba has both a CDMA and a GSM network. The CDMA network is a bit more limited on coverage - but the resort area is fully CDMA. Keep in mind this method will result in very high charges from Sprint.

    2) Depends which iPhone you have... iPhone 4 and before were not world phones and did not accept SIM cards. iPhone 4S and 5 both accept SIM cards.. BUT... iPhone 4S is a micro SIM and iPhone 5 is a nano SIM. I know micro SIM's are available in Aruba, I am not sure Nano SIMs are. It is possible to cut a regular SIM into a micro or a nano.

    3) I am a Verizon customer -- My iPhone 4S had to be unlocked by Verizon before inserting a SIM. My iPhone 5 did not require unlocking as it came factory unlocked. You need to call Sprint to find out the status of your phones and their policy on unlocking.



    Hope that helps!
    Last edited by Shnyda; 05-01-2013 at 02:57 PM.
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    Help? You rocked the info! Thanks! I have the 5, my daughter has the 4s. I will add the Sprint phone call to my list of things to do in July to prep for Aruba in August.
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    You should email Setar/Digicel also and see if they have Micro/Nano sims for the 4S and the 5 respectively. If they do - ask if they can hold one of each at the airport for you. I was not able to get anything but a regular SIM at the airport and luckily had a SIM cutter on me so it didnt matter.
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    From the Sprint website:

    Last Updated: Jun 11, 2013

    Sprint's policy is to have the iPhone 4S SIM locked to our network domestically and internationally. We plan to allow existing customers in good standing to unlock the SIM for international use.

    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    "We plan to allow"??? When is exactly does that plan go into effect? The iPhone 4S is a 2 year old phone at this point. You can get a new one on ebay for around $300 now unlocked.
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    on the phone with Sprint Customer service now. My iPhone 5 is not unlocked, but they are unlocking it. My daughter's iPhone 4s is not able to be unlocked because the system thinks it is brand new. In reality, her phone was broken, no sound, so she had it replaced under the insurance plan. Now the Sprint rep has to "build a case" which will take up to 5 business days to get a decision on.

    I'm not really complaining, just putting this info out there in case it can help someone else
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    I used my Verizon cellphone with no problem. Just watch the time. It's very expensive. I think $1 USD per minute.

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    HI everyone. I own a phone rental company and perhaps can give you the insight you are looking for.

    If you come down each year and feel that having your own phone is a good way to go, then I would recommend the following
    Buy your phone here on Aruba.
    This assures you that the phone will be 100% compatible with either company.
    More than once an unlocked phone was bought on e-bay or a USA mall and it doesn't work here.
    Get an open faced, small and very simple phone. Stay away from flip-phones or phones with large screen surfaces.
    With DIGICEL, you can send them an e-mail letting them know that the phone will not be in use and they will de-activate it until you top it off again.
    If you do forget to activate it, the odds that they will deactivate you SIM are extremely slight.

    Locked means that the initial provider (Carrier) of the cell phone ordered the phones to only work within their system. This assures the provider that you do not get one of their plans and receive a large discount (which they subsidize) and then change to another company.

    Un locked simply means that the operating platform of the cell pone is able to work with any SIM. (While this is the case in theory, it is not always the case in practicality.)

    SIM CARD - This is a chip that is easily installed in the phone making it so that there is connectivity between that particular operating system (fancy words for cell phone) and the service provider.
    PREPAID SIM This is a SIM card that uses up an allotted amount of airtime and needs to be recharged with airtime.
    POSTPAID SIM This SIM is intertwined with the carrier and reloading the phone with airtime is normally done at the phone center based on a prior arrangement (PLAN) you have with that carrier.

    Cell rental companies.
    Discount cell.
    Arubafastphones

    If you have any further questions, I am sure that Discount or ourselves would be glad to answer your concerns.

    be well
    charles
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