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    Smile prepaid calling cards

    this is my first post. Can anyone tell me if prepaid phone cards are available in Aruba? I want to be able to call home (NY-USA) while there. If so, how much are they and where can I purchase them. Thanks so much. I'm sure I will be asking more questions of the experienced Aruba travelers before my upcoming trip. Thanks in advance for any and all helpful answers. Have a great day!

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    Senior Member Eagle Beach Boy's Avatar
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    Pre-paid cards are available at most shops. Others will recommend which phones to use and where they are located.

    I myself and friends use SKYPE on the internet. If you have your own laptop you can use it in your room. Or use an internet shop's/hotel's computer and access your SKYPE account and use it.
    Cost is about 18 cents a minute to connect with a telephone or free to connect with another computer.
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    Shops in the lobby of some of the resorts sell them. Since at your resort they can tell you the best way to use them. Meaning: from your room their may still be a charge(local call fee) or may be a phone in the lobby you can use.
    Talk to them. There are also some phone centers on the island that charge like 0.25 a minute to call the States.

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    Senior Member Liz - Aruba Lover's Avatar
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    The call shop by Alhambra Casino is 25 cents a minute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liz - Aruba Lover View Post
    The call shop by Alhambra Casino is 25 cents a minute.
    We have either used the shop at Alhambra or phone cards. This year we are bringing an unlocked cell phone and we are getting a SIM card from Aruba Fastphones. 84 minutes for $20.00.
    Walt
    "Vacation is what you make of it, take from it and what you leave behind."

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    Quote Originally Posted by dogwriter View Post
    We have either used the shop at Alhambra or phone cards. This year we are bringing an unlocked cell phone and we are getting a SIM card from Aruba Fastphones. 84 minutes for $20.00.
    Walt
    I'm doing the same with the sim card. I reserved mine online.

    In regards to Skype, if people travel alot, you can actually buy a phone number from Skype, I forget how much the number costs per month. But you can also look into MagicJack. I have a couple of them actually. I will be trying that in Aruba. But I also travel with my home phone number via Vonage Companion.

    MagicJack is like $40 bucks for the year. And you can pick your area code. So getting a NY one is not hard to do then all calls in and out will be local. You can just plug a standard phone into it, or just use a headset on the computer.
    Decided to take down my timer!

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