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    Quote Originally Posted by danadog56 View Post
    okay then, so I go online into my skype account, pay for and unlimited call subscription to usa from aruba and the cost is only 2.99. And the skype credits are what ??? Do I have to buy those also and if so what is the cost involved in that ???

    Andrea, so if I use skype to call home from a wifi area in aruba it wont cost me anything??? If the person I am calling to has skype also....but if not and I call the cell phone from my laptop then I need to have skype credits that I prepay in advance...
    Have I finally gotten it or am I still a neandrothal ????
    1) Skype to Skype is 100% free.

    2) Purchase a subscription for unlimited calling to any USA Land Phone Number or Cell Phone Number for $2.99 per month. Purchasing Skype credits is not required.

    Example: The Marriott Ocean Club and Surf Club both have free internet access in the rooms. Hence, for two weeks this month I called work numbers, home numbers and cells phones in the USA for a flat $2.99 and canceled the Skype subscription when I return home.

    If your hotel/timeshare does not have free or cheap internet access several places in Aruba have free WiFi. I believe in the Hi Rise area the espresso cafe in South Beach Centre (opposite The Lazy Lizard) offers free WiFi?
    Last edited by jdoll; 10-30-2010 at 12:57 PM.
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    Danadog is too funny

    Most (if not all) laptops (for the last 5 years) has a built in wifi already so you don't need to buy a wifi card. Andrea's wifi card is the wifi version of a phone card.

    If you can find a free wifi hotspot then use it so your internet access will be free and just pay for the actual Skype rates of 2.6c per minute to call a US number. I only use Skype though for pc to pc calls because I already have a VoIP service from Onesuite plus its a little bit cheaper at 2.5c per minute.

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    Danadog - Unless where you are staying has free Wi-Fi internet you have to pay for internet service before using Skype. Most resorts use the company Setar which is $10 day, $35 week or $70 month. Divi resorts have their own service. At the Aruban (now Tropicana) we used to have Aruba Wireless. Now we have Setar.

    A few years ago, you would have to buy a wi-fi card and enter into the number on the card to get internet service. You don't have to buy the wi-fi card anymore, though they still sell the cards. I personally buy the wi-fi card as I was told by a few locals that it is better to do it that way.

    When open your browser and the internet service provider will be pop up on your screen or if not, go to start menu and "connect to". You then pay with your credit card for the amount of time you want to buy.

    Skype is so easy to use. I didn't know about the $2.99 a month subscription. I think the least Skype credits you can buy is $10. That is how much I put in my account last April. I many many calls in the month I was there and still had credit ($) left over. A mistake I made is calling local #'s in Aruba from Skype. Those calls were not .026 a minute. They were much more.

    Directions from Setar:


    Open your web browser.
    • On the welcome page, select the option Postpaid Users, Prepaid Card or Pay & Surf
    • Enter your information
    • Click on Login
    • Once you are logged in, you will be able to browse the Internet, check your email, or use any other Internet application that you normally use at home.
    A few free hot spots if you do not way to pay for internet service is the Starbucks at Ren Marketplace and Ren Mall, Salt & Pepper, Delifrance, Palm Beach Mall, bar at Matthew's Beachside, bar and pool area at Amsterdam Manor.
    Last edited by Liz - Aruba Lover; 11-10-2010 at 01:09 AM.


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    i do not use the $2.99 subscription either.
    couple of times i have added the skype credit and use that.

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    Is there a list anywhere of resorts/cafe's/casino's that offer free wifi? We plan on using the Skype service to video chat with our kids and will be staying at the Divi Dutch Village.

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    the starbucks at the renaissance mall has FREE wifi.

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    my son's have been using skype for the last couple of summers and we didn't have to pay for anything. only the wifi.

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    I have been using Skype for years in our home in Aruba. I recently purchased a Verizon Iphone and downloaded the free Skype application and it works perfect without needing a computer.

    The trick is to make sure the phone is in "Airplane" mode. Once the phone is in airplane mode, turn on the Wi-Fi function. Your Iphone is now ready to make and receive phone calls via Skype, provided that you are connected to wi-fi. I think it is so much better than using a laptop with a microphone.

    There is also free wi-fi near the TGIF restaurant & A Taste of Belgium in the Palm Beach Mall. The quality is good enough to make phone calls via Skype.

    Regards,

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