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lovethesun
01-10-2008, 01:47 AM
Greetings!
My son's first trip to Aruba! I am concerned about him calling home to the USA and not spending a lot of money to do so. Should he rent a phone? Are calling cards just too hard to use? Fast Phones? Digicel? Aruba Phones? He is only there for a week and Mom, that's me, just needs him to check in or to call if something is needed. The phone calls, as you may imagine will be quite short. Does he really need a phone while on the island? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

HotPatato
01-10-2008, 06:23 AM
We have used arubadiscountcell in the past very liable company, and they do Fast Phone delivery just try them to see and feel the different.
http://www.arubadiscountcell.com

Randi
01-10-2008, 08:44 AM
We have been using Fast phones (which is digicel) and we have been very pleased. As soon as you come out of the first set of doors (before you go outside) you turn to your right and there is the booth! The phone is all ready for you in a box with the appropriate paper work. Very organized and no need to worry about meeting anyone later. They will give you the phone number a week before arriving so people at home can have it before you depart. All incoming calls are free (except you pay for the call on your end) and phone rental cost very reasonable with minutes including in the rental.

As far as phone rental goes, using the phone in your room is VERY EXPENSIVE. Trying to find a phone to call home is available but not always so easy. If you want to hear from you son and want to be able to be in contact this is the way to go.

If my son went I would definately make him take a phone.

HotPatato
01-10-2008, 09:55 AM
Randi the reason we have used arubadiscountcell is, because of their excellent service we also travel early in the morning and you know of all the hassle before leaving home, the next hassle is when you arrive in Aruba with all those other flights landing together, just only think about the crowd. After the line up for immigration then wait at the luggage belt for the luggage, next step past the customs and your outside the Airport oohh what a tired day. What we did get to our Hotel as fast as we can check in, order a aruba-ariba and than call arubadiscountcell for our phone service, ofcourse with our reservation in hand.They have the lowest prices as far as I know and they get you a phone on YOUR time schedule not theirs. Is life not wonderful that way or the way we plan it?
Just try them http://www.arubadiscountcell.com

Arubalisa
01-10-2008, 10:35 AM
http://www.arubafastphones.com/

I reserved a phone online at the last minute in Aruba late in the evening on 12/22 and they delivered the phone to our hotel late the following afternoon, a Sunday. As far as I was concerned, you cannot beat that kind of service.

HotPatato
01-10-2008, 11:23 AM
arubalisa the company we rent from (which is arubadiscountcell) does the same, and if you would like to know why we rent from them? Because of the great deals and service they have, we did our search also and indeed their are other cell phone rental company's but how are the prices? my opinion "more value for my money"and arubadiscountcell comply with their high standards of customer service.

Jakesdad
01-10-2008, 12:31 PM
What would the cost be to use a calling card compared to a cell phone?
Are the cell phones that much better and economical?
I thought the cost per minute with a cell phone to USA is $.20/minute.

The thought is, if we had a cell phone, one less thing to worry about, getting wet, losing it, etc.

Anybody with pros and cons?

Thanks...:)

HotPatato
01-10-2008, 12:43 PM
Jakesdad very simple, for us it was very helpful, we didn't want to walk a mile to look for a phone booth to make calls, and the good of it was we were reachable anywhere and anytime with a calling card you're not reachable.

Randi
01-10-2008, 12:47 PM
I agree, if you want your child to call home, make it simple and then they will call. Not all pay phones take a calling card. Then there are SETAR phone booths,etc. This is simple and very economical.

janice
01-10-2008, 07:33 PM
there are some phone stores around that charge 25 cents per minute to usa and canada. one is behind the alhambra casino by the divi and bucuti area. it is open 4 pm to 10 pm mon-sat. they also offer the internet for $5 per hour to e-mail you.

lovethesun
01-10-2008, 11:51 PM
Thank you all so very much. We reserved a phone with arubadiscountcell. I was amazed with all of your caring, warm and quick responses. Mom, as you remember that's me, feels great about our choice and my ability to reach said son. I was wondering though, how does one pay for the phone? at the time of pick-up? There was no info on the website....and is it enough just to email or should I follow up with a phone call? Thanks again! Be well all!!!!!

Randi
01-11-2008, 08:34 AM
Credit card!!

Jakesdad
01-11-2008, 09:47 AM
Does the standard Verizon or ATT cell phones work in Aruba?

Randi
01-11-2008, 10:18 AM
I am not sure about the US phones but for the Canadian cell phones, the roaming charges are really expensive. Much more econonmical to rent in Aruba which usually comes with minutes included.

Arubalisa
01-11-2008, 10:24 AM
Does the standard Verizon or ATT cell phones work in Aruba?
Will U.S. cellular phones work in Aruba?
Yes, if you have a GSM (Global System for Mobile Telecommunications) cell phone you can purchase a SIM-unlocked compatible card in Aruba to telephone the US. Check out Telestial (http://www.telestial.com/products/aruba_sim.htm), SETAR (http://www.setar.aw/) or Digicel (http://www.digicelaruba.com/home/) for a pre-paid SIM card.

AT& T Standard International Roaming $1.99/minute
Verizon Internations Services Roaming $1.29/minute

Cingular/AT&T (http://www.wireless.att.com/) Customers can access information "Traveling Outside the US (http://www.cingular.com/learn/international/roaming/international-roaming.jsp)". You need to know if your wireless device (http://www.cingular.com/learn/international/roaming/device-requirements.jsp) will work in Aruba. You also need to activate an international roaming account (http://www.cingular.com/learn/en_US/popups/activate-international-roam-pop.jsp).



Verizon Wireless (http://www.verizonwireless.com/) International calling to/from Aruba is available (http://mobileoptions.vzw.com/international/roaming/rates/Aruba.html). Your phone must be activated for international dialing and accepting international calls. The programming must be done from your home calling area.
"I-DIAL
Making international calls, and roaming in most countries, requires international dialing capability (I-DIAL) on your account. You can make calls to and roam in some North American countries without I-DIAL; see International Services (http://b2b.vzw.com/international/inside_us.html) for details. I-DIAL requires a minimum payment history and contract term, and a security deposit may be required. Failure to maintain these requirements may result in I-DIAL suspension without notice. You can remove I-DIAL at any time by calling Customer Service. For South Korea, see the special instructions below."

Jakesdad
01-11-2008, 12:19 PM
Does anyone know if the cell phone is free on nights and/or weekends if you rent a phone from ArubaDiscountCell?

Thanks,
Rick

Jakesdad
01-12-2008, 08:15 AM
If we get a cell phone, which would be more resonable for cost, the charge to call the hotel vs call the cell phone?

MercedesCLK550
01-12-2008, 07:41 PM
Cingular is good. We have other carriers and I found Cingular to be good with price and reception.

hansb87
02-13-2008, 12:58 PM
On our vacation we rent a phone from maloca. ( www.malocafamily.com (http://www.malocafamily.com))
It's a great phone and great service. After we arrived the delivered it to us very fast. Also the phone is not just to call but has many functions. Like sooo many companies are in the phone. Anything you want to find is there. also there is e-mail/internet on it. Music/movies. It's great. You do pay a bit more but for us that was worth it.

WAYNE
02-13-2008, 01:35 PM
My cousin used his Verizon wireless phone from New York and had the international calling added last year. We never could make a call, all it did was roam so we ended up getting a phone card . That was a pain in the neck waiting on lines to get to use a phone. This year we are going to rent a phone. Has to be better.

Tim
06-24-2008, 09:29 PM
Hi,

I'm heading down in a few days 6/29. I wanted to know if anyone ever rented the cell phones in Aruba and if someone is calling from the US do they dial an international number or are the phones setup with US numbers? Trying to figure out if its a good deal unless you have to pay international rates on your home phone bill if the kids keep calling you on the vacation:cool:

uncle dave
06-24-2008, 09:36 PM
calling Aruba requires an international #, and, as you may know, the international rates are way expensive.

Liz - Aruba Lover
06-24-2008, 09:40 PM
I have rented from Aruba Fast Phones. They are very reliable. You can contact them on their website http://www.arubafastphones.com/ (http://www.arubafastphones.com/) Weekly rate is $50. for the phone which includes 84 mins. Daily rate is $8. Calling the U.S. from Aruba you dial 001 then area code and number. Calling Aruba from the U.S. is 011 then 297 then the number. Fast Phones has a kioski outside the sliding doors from the luggage area where you would pickup the phone. If given enough time, they will email the cell phone # before you arrive in Aruba. If I remember correctly, rates calling the U.S. to a landline phone was 34 cents minutes. More to cell phones.

Kim L
06-25-2008, 10:06 AM
We have Bell South for our cell phone provider. We signed up for the international calling and all we were charged was $1.99 roaming fee for each connection.

We have rented from Fast Phones before but found that this was a cheaper way to go.

maryann
06-27-2008, 07:32 AM
Thanks for the info

Sean V
08-20-2008, 08:48 AM
Hello,

We will be needing a phone while on the Island for our entire stay, 10 days.
We expect only to call out to the states three or four times maybe 15 minutes per call.
As we are not up on this could anyone offer assistance on where and what to do?

Thanks everyone.:)

FFgoo
08-20-2008, 09:17 AM
I would first look into you celluar phone carriers availability...most phones will work in Aruba, I would call your carrier though and see the compatability. The other thing you can do is rent a phone from Setar-they are a rental agency for phones and computer stuff. There is a kiosk in the foyer area as you are leaving the airport for rentals and I think you can go through your hotel as well. I learned a hard lesson last year by using the hotel phone to call back to the states...this year I will either rent or use my cell...good luck. If you stay on this website and look on the "about' tab at the bottom you can see info about travel communications as well....hope this helps a bit!

Arubalisa
08-20-2008, 09:27 AM
Aruba Fast Phones http://www.arubafastphones.com/ (http://www.arubafastphones.com/) gives you 84 minutes for $50 for a week's rental.

More info:
Cell Phone (http://www.aruba.com/forum/f7/cell-phone-31808/?highlight=aruba+fast+phones)
Cell Phone Rental (http://www.aruba.com/forum/f7/cell-phone-rental-29735/?highlight=aruba+fast+phones)

mattnewhampshire
08-20-2008, 10:10 AM
We use Verizon Wireless and they activated international calling for us. It's 1.99 a minute to make a call to the states, or to receive a call to the states. My wife is taking hers because her father is ill, I'm leaving mine in my car because I'm not speaking to anyone but my wife for 2 weeks. :)

bishop
08-20-2008, 06:22 PM
Arubafast phones. incoming calls are free the last I knew. Get your number out to family etc. when you get there and have them call you.

Cosmo
08-21-2008, 04:57 PM
att also gets service if you switch to international for 6 dollars a month the per minute is 1.69

Sean V
08-23-2008, 08:19 AM
Thank you all! I will set up my verizon phone to accept calls for the emergencies. Like mattnewhampshire we need to keep in touch since my wife's father has been ill.