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    So I am confused. If i have a Galaxy S4, are you guys saying, i can buy a sim card at the airport, that comes with its own phone number, slip it in my phone and make calls at the local digicell or setar rate? And text and email at normal rates. And 4g data as well? Cheaper than using my verizon number?

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    Pratoman, As you are aware - I own a cell phone rental company. It is this very confusion that keeps us in business. Good and bad balance out sometimes. Couldn't pass it up. Sorry Andrea.
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    Seems to me that forum member Shnyda might be able to assist to.

    hahaha charles. I do not see that as self promotion
    Quote Originally Posted by pratoman View Post
    So I am confused. If i have a Galaxy S4, are you guys saying, i can buy a sim card at the airport, that comes with its own phone number, slip it in my phone and make calls at the local digicell or setar rate? And text and email at normal rates. And 4g data as well? Cheaper than using my verizon number?

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    I don't want to break any rules, but can we know the name of Charles' company? I have rented cell phones for the past three years and will probably continue to do so. All of this sim card stuff is making my head spin!! Since Charles has been so helpful, I would like to try his service....or maybe I already have!!!

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    His company is Fastphones.
    Send him a private message and he can send you info.

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    LOL Charles, yes i do know. You probably don't remember, but we did meet about 3-5 years ago (time flies so fast i can't keep track). You were at the airport and i rented a phone. If i was renting again, i wouldn't even think of going anywhere but to you. You were terrific and i highly recommend you to anyone renting.
    My problem is that i need to have my same number and email, so that clients and my office can contact me if necessary.

    The reason i am so nervous about all this, is that i just moved from IPhone to Galaxy, and the transition was truly a mess. Verizon is pretty horrible. Poorly trained personnel and different answers ever time you call.

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    Since I am in the market to purchase 'unlocked' GSM cell phones for our trips to Aruba, can someone explain how texting is charged on the sim card? I've read that a $20 sim card is equivalent to +/- 2 hrs. of talk time. How are texts charged on the sim card?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pratoman View Post
    So I am confused. If i have a Galaxy S4, are you guys saying, i can buy a sim card at the airport, that comes with its own phone number, slip it in my phone and make calls at the local digicell or setar rate? And text and email at normal rates. And 4g data as well? Cheaper than using my verizon number?

    You are mostly correct. You can get the card at the airport. You will have a local #. You can call the US and locally. Texting locally will be inexpensive - texting to the US will be expensive. I use a program such as KIK or iMessage to text over the data package rather than SMS. As far as I know - using a VZ 4G phone on Setar or Digicel's network will only get you 3G speeds. VZ limits their phones to only be able to hit LTE/4G speeds on their own network. I can't confirm that for the Samsung phone - but it seems reasonable. 3G speeds are fast enough for most regular usage.

    In my experience - if you are a heavy data user --- it makes most sense to go to a Setar Sim. If you only plan on making 10 minutes of calls and dont care about data- just stick with verizon.
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    Here are a few questions...

    -can I purchase a calling card here in the states and use it to call home while in Aruba from the phone in our room?
    -if I purchase an unlocked phone, take it with me, and buy a sim, can I call home or just make local Aruba calls?
    -will my apps/camera still work on my phone without having international put on my plan? I had looked into it a few months ago and it didn't seem as though AT&T had international calling/data in Aruba. Along with this question, would an app like textnow work without having a special plan? Obviously I would need to be connected to wifi to use it, but I figure the resort will have that as an option?

    Basically, i just want to be able to figure out the most cost effective way to call home and talk to the kids a few times while we are away.

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    1. re: hotel room phone............no i do not think so.
    2. re: unlocked phone yes and yes local and international

    3. yes to camera and yes to apps using free wifi signal


    what kind of a smartphone do u have? the att iphone 4s and 5 have removable SIM cards.
    just stop by a digicel or setar office and get a SIM for aruba use.

    you may want to read some of these threads/posts http://www.aruba.com/forum/search.php?searchid=157749
    Quote Originally Posted by brph26 View Post
    Here are a few questions...

    -can I purchase a calling card here in the states and use it to call home while in Aruba from the phone in our room?
    -if I purchase an unlocked phone, take it with me, and buy a sim, can I call home or just make local Aruba calls?
    -will my apps/camera still work on my phone without having international put on my plan? I had looked into it a few months ago and it didn't seem as though AT&T had international calling/data in Aruba. Along with this question, would an app like textnow work without having a special plan? Obviously I would need to be connected to wifi to use it, but I figure the resort will have that as an option?

    Basically, i just want to be able to figure out the most cost effective way to call home and talk to the kids a few times while we are away.
    Last edited by Andrea J.; 07-25-2013 at 12:04 AM.

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