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    Using cell/internet on the island?

    So I'm told (by the owner of the room we will be staying at in Aruba at Tropicana) that we can purchase internet for $35 for the entire week, which includes unlimited internet and stated "The prepaid card will provide internet access anywhere in Aruba including your room." So does that mean that I can use my cell phone for the internet anywhere I go? As in I would be able to use GPS, facebook, and so on? How does this card work? Has anyone done this?

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    we used the MIO while at the Trop in November, however MIO is now defunct.

    there are tons of free wifi hotspots in aruba.


    i think the answer is yes re: the use of your device and the internet hotspots on the island.
    but if you are not in a hotspot , you will not have internet on your device.
    this card provides access to internet, but it is not a data plan.
    if you have multiple devices, you must log off 1 device before you sign on to another using he internet card


    i think that there is a code on the card that you enter into the phone/tablet/laptop and there you have it!



    keep in AIRPLANE mode, but make sure that wifi is ON.

    the beach at tropicana/lacabana has free wifi for guests.

    at the trop, in the pool area and lobby area you will get FREE wifi.

    imo, start with the free and then see how that goes for a day before you pay $ for internet access.




    Quote Originally Posted by AudiaS4 View Post
    So I'm told (by the owner of the room we will be staying at in Aruba at Tropicana) that we can purchase internet for $35 for the entire week, which includes unlimited internet and stated "The prepaid card will provide internet access anywhere in Aruba including your room." So does that mean that I can use my cell phone for the internet anywhere I go? As in I would be able to use GPS, facebook, and so on? How does this card work? Has anyone done this?

    TIA

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    My husband will still need internet to work (he probably would not go down to the beach, lobby or pool to use the internet for work) and we would kind of both like to be able to use it when we are out and about (checking in and sending beautiful beach pictures back home and so on). We will definitely need to figure out a GPS while there.

    I was reading somewhere (but can't remember where) about Aruba getting a lot of free wifi spots at certain areas and beaches. But, that won't help if we are out and trying to find our way to a certain place. How do you get around if you are not familiar with Aruba?

    So do you think you can use the same code on multiple devices as long as we log on/off (just like on a ship?). I think $35 for the entire week is a good deal and wouldn't mind buying 2 of them for each of our phones...but only if they would work everywhere on the island.

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    As far as working everywhere on the island. That would be a no.
    If it is a Setar plan (and I think it is) the access is not everywhere. There are many setar hotspots for wifi , but not everywhere.

    For that access everywhere you would need a data plan for your phone.

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    Well darn. Do you know where the list for all the hotspots are?

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    OUR COUPLE'S RETREAT. THE PEARL CONDO HOTEL AT EAGLE BEACH. CONDO ACCOMMODATES TWO ADULTS. YOU MUST REQUEST UNIT #8. https://photos.app.goo.gl/lRquP1F4VtxyZhR42 RENTING DIRECTLY THROUGH http://www.thepearlaruba.com/.

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    Thank you very much.


    Well that doesn't look like very much of Aruba has it. So these area's are going to be the only area's that I would get service if I bought the $35 service? That kinda wouldn't make sense to pay if it's already "free" in those areas. I'm confused.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AudiaS4 View Post
    Thank you very much.


    Well that doesn't look like very much of Aruba has it. So these area's are going to be the only area's that I would get service if I bought the $35 service? That kinda wouldn't make sense to pay if it's already "free" in those areas. I'm confused.
    These are locations where you can receive free internet without a fee. A number of restaurants offer it too; I recall Legends, Double Down at the Tropicana Casino and the Glitz Casino. I'm sure others can add too. We've always had free service where we've stayed, so really haven't had to search for many locations.
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    OUR COUPLE'S RETREAT. THE PEARL CONDO HOTEL AT EAGLE BEACH. CONDO ACCOMMODATES TWO ADULTS. YOU MUST REQUEST UNIT #8. https://photos.app.goo.gl/lRquP1F4VtxyZhR42 RENTING DIRECTLY THROUGH http://www.thepearlaruba.com/.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AudiaS4 View Post
    Thank you very much.


    Well that doesn't look like very much of Aruba has it. So these area's are going to be the only area's that I would get service if I bought the $35 service? That kinda wouldn't make sense to pay if it's already "free" in those areas. I'm confused.
    http://www.setar.aw/visitors/wi-fi/

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    Using the link act1966 provided (thank you!) you can email them directly and order access right on their website. This is the same as the card for $35/week. When you pay with your credit card you will receive an access code and use that to log on on their website and be free to surf.

    Also contact your cell provider. I just did and found that I can add a soc to my cell service for FREE text & calling in Aruba! After calling I also logged on and did a customer service chat to confirm the information so I have it in writing
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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