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    Jacki, what is a "soc" and who is your provider

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    it's an extra plan that you can add (for lack of a better explanation) - remember back when you could add unlimited nights & weekends for $10 or whatever amount - it's like that.

    ETA: I'm with Sprint
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    oh, verizon has something similar but its $10 per 24 hours so its expensive.

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    T-Mobile has the same thing. Unlimited 4G LTE mobile hotspot, unlimited international calling to landlines in 70+ countries and mobile numbers in 30+ countries, and my favorite, unlimited in-flight Wi-Fi on GogoŽ-enabled flights, It's about $25 extra per month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schexc View Post
    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.
    So my concern is...how do I get around the island? How do I use GPS to know where I'm going if there's no wifi to connect. I have a feeling I'm going to be lost the entire time.


    Quote Originally Posted by act1966 View Post
    Thank you. Yep, this seems to be the same as buying the card with the hotel. At least the map on there seems to show a lot of places that it reaches along one coast.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jacki View Post
    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
    See below vvvv

    Quote Originally Posted by gaby View Post
    oh, verizon has something similar but its $10 per 24 hours so its expensive.
    Yes, this is what I have and that's pretty expensive.

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    There are Off Line Map apps available in the App Store for a few bucks - under $5. They work really well!
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Re : your gps concerns as you are driving around.
    Get a digicel or setar data plan for your smartphone.
    Both digicel and setar have kiosks at the airport and will gladly assist. And will set it up for you.

    That way way you will be on data and not have to count on being in a wifi zone. I think a week data plan for your phone is about $40 maybe less

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    You're never lost for more than ten minutes in Aruba.

    If you're concerned about connectivity, I'd recommend bringing an unlocked smartphone, getting a SIM card at the SETAR kiosk as you exit the luggage carousel at Queen Beatrix and sign up for phone and data. The smartphone can act as a hotspot as well so other devices can connnect to it. SETAR has an excellent LTE network (way better than their land-line connectivity). Wifi hotspots can be hit and miss - and, if you're traveling in a car, you'll be hardpressed to maintain connections via the wifi spots.

    Here's a link to SETAR's prepaid plans:

    http://www.setar.aw/residential/mobile/prepaid/

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    As an addendum. You must have an unlocked smartphone where the SIM card can be taken out and another be added for your time on island in order use an aruba data plan.

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    Of course getting lost is the best part about driving on the island! You find awesome things you never would have found otherwise and you will always remember the adventure! Plus you really can't get lost for long!
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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