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    Many thanks Fastphonearuba

    I just got back from Aruba, a trip I will document on the "my trip" section as soon as I can remember all the details. Lets just get the ball rolling with the sentence "I live on the east coast and had tickets to fly back home on Saturday the 27th, the same day Irene was heading that way". My family and I were stranded in Paradise for several days. Woo hoo...

    I must give a world of thanks to Fastphones and more specifically Charles, (who I had the pleasure of meeting in person this time), thanks to him we were able to have communication to our families, the airlines, the car company and everyone else we needed to reach to get us home safely. He was amazingly understanding and as always the service was above and beyond. I never take my personal phone to Aruba for fear of roaming charges or mistakes with the phone company etc. We use the phone for reservations and everything on the island and you get to call back to the states without the huge bill for the people back home. I was able to check on my family and make sure they were safe during all the turmoil. I know I sound like a commercial, but they were truly wonderful and considering all we went through this week, it was nice to have a lifeline that worked flawlessly for less than the price of a good meal in Aruba. Thanks again Charles! you guys are amazing and the service is above and beyond...

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    EXCELLENT
    charles is "the man"

    we were only "stranded for 3 days"
    some of the folks at lacabana could not get flights out til tomorrow.

    i am glad you are home safe and sound.

    Quote Originally Posted by grazizgreen View Post
    I just got back from Aruba, a trip I will document on the "my trip" section as soon as I can remember all the details. Lets just get the ball rolling with the sentence "I live on the east coast and had tickets to fly back home on Saturday the 27th, the same day Irene was heading that way". My family and I were stranded in Paradise for several days. Woo hoo...

    I must give a world of thanks to Fastphones and more specifically Charles, (who I had the pleasure of meeting in person this time), thanks to him we were able to have communication to our families, the airlines, the car company and everyone else we needed to reach to get us home safely. He was amazingly understanding and as always the service was above and beyond. I never take my personal phone to Aruba for fear of roaming charges or mistakes with the phone company etc. We use the phone for reservations and everything on the island and you get to call back to the states without the huge bill for the people back home. I was able to check on my family and make sure they were safe during all the turmoil. I know I sound like a commercial, but they were truly wonderful and considering all we went through this week, it was nice to have a lifeline that worked flawlessly for less than the price of a good meal in Aruba. Thanks again Charles! you guys are amazing and the service is above and beyond...

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    Thanks Andrea glad you got back ok as well...hope everyone was as blessed as we were...

    we made it back home by way of Curacao (lovely at night, must see it in the daylight one day ha-ha) North Carolina and then New York. We got souvenirs for our bosses from each airport just as a goof to prove we were really there... A certain airline who will remain nameless but their name sounds like Metclue gave us a new flight leaving Sept 9th ...needless to say we would have come back to no job, no home and our daughter would have been kicked out of school had we waited for that flight. DH was amazing and managed all kinds of wonderful detours that got us home more than a week earlier than we imagined.

    Still in love with Aruba though, if I had to be stranded on an Island, I wouldn't have chosen any other island or any other people.

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    Thank you for the kind comments. Just so that you know, my personal policy is that if there are weather delays, tsunamis, meteors or the airlines or airport go on strike that I do not charge for the extra days. It isn't a Fastphones thing, it's an Aruba thing.
    Y'ALL COME BEK YE HAIR!!!!!

    be well
    charles
    THERE ARE PLACES TO SEE - STORIES TO TELL
    IMAGES TO HARNESS - AND MORE STORIES ON caribbean.tv
    be well
    charles

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    Charles your too much LOL

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    Hey Andrea - "stranded" is hardly a word to describe a delay on paradise :-) . . . LOL . . . even Gilligan enjoyed his delay in paradise . . . and he was really stranded :-)

    Michael

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    yes indeed "delay" is a better word re: my situation.
    it's not like we were taking shelter on the beach huddled under a cardboard box.
    we were at the beach, restaurants, casino and in the pool.

    there were many though, due to "irene" that were stranded........
    we spoke with folks who were pretty much on their last dollar and at the mercy of their credit card.
    they felt they were stranded.

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    You are right. It isn't stranded at all. It is a GIFT. Take off the wrappings and play.
    be well
    charles

    Quote Originally Posted by mmattalo View Post
    Hey Andrea - "stranded" is hardly a word to describe a delay on paradise :-) . . . LOL . . . even Gilligan enjoyed his delay in paradise . . . and he was really stranded :-)

    Michael
    THERE ARE PLACES TO SEE - STORIES TO TELL
    IMAGES TO HARNESS - AND MORE STORIES ON caribbean.tv
    be well
    charles

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    If there was...and, perhaps there is...if so, an additional "Aruba National Treasure" should go to Charles. Always giving wonderful stories; personalized service; and adds to the "friendliness" of the Island and it's people.

    Thanks, Charles, for being you!

    Ed

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    Hello! I'm looking for a little more info in regards to renting a phone. I looked at the fastphones website and say that it is $50 for a week which includeds 84 minutes. Below that, it shows you rates in cents (Ex US .23), and it says you are billed per second. I'm a little confused by this... Is it 84 minutes free (included in the $50), then 0.23 cents per minute after that?

    I don't plan on spend too much time on the phone while in Aruba, but I would like to have the option to call my family back home to check up with them with out having to pay ridiculous roaming charges!

    Thanks for any info you can provide!
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