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    Sprint Evo Shift 4G

    Heading to AUA for our 34th visit in a few weeks. Question for anyone that may have a good knowledge of this technology---

    Our cell carrier is Sprint....on my new phone, I have a 'mobile hotspot' feature which enables my phone to become its own wi-fi hotspot (the kids can use their laptops, ipods, etc. in the car.....).

    Has anyone attempted to use this feature while in Aruba? Not sure if it'll function or not....appreciate any info from you techies out there! =o) If it works, I'll then be able to get my own wifi connection in the hotel without additional charges.

    Thanks,

    Ken

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    When we were in Aruba last April, we went to a nearby restaurant to access a free wi-fi connection. I think it could work for your phone. Then again, I don't don't a thing about these phones but isn't a hotspot a wi-fi connection?

    Good luck and enjoy Aruba.

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    Thanks for the reply.....I know that there are free wifi connections around...my phone is capable of being it's own hotspot, though, so that I can connect my laptop, etc. wherever I am.....thanks.

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    It's not the same data rates as the USA. All the USA carriers have to pay Setar a hefty premium. I don't have direct knowledge of Sprints charges but Verizon charges $100 for up to 70mb (thats mb not gb) for smartphone data or hotspot data usage. Thats about 40-45 average web pages.

    Where are you staying? Many folks here have traveled to AUA many times and can advise you the best way to hook up to the internet from where you are staying.
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    Thanks for the info. We are staying at the Renaissance Ocean Suites. Any info on free wifi in the area would be appreciated! Thx.

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    I'd suggest a email to Renaissance. At the other Marriott timeshares on Aruba the internet access in-room is wi-fi and free, but the internet access at the Marriott hotel is a additional charge. If you are in a timeshare room at the Renaissance you may already have free access.
    Aruba where the toughest question each day is "where to dine tonight".



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    with verizon, all you have to do is enable the global data plan on a per rata basis of about $2.00 a day. that gives you unlimited data (web/email). not sure about sprint.

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    I will reach out to Sprint to investigate.

    Thx all!

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