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leslie1067
07-23-2008, 07:05 PM
This will be our 7th time to Aruba and we have Alltel as our service on our cellphones. Does anyone know what service from the U.S. works there or if the deal at the Marriott gift shop is a good one to rent cell phones? In the past we have used to phone cards at the Setar place.
Thanks!

Kim L
07-24-2008, 10:00 AM
We have our cell phones with AT&T. We called them and they added the international roaming to my phone for the time we were in Aruba. It cost us .99 per call for the roaming fee. Call your service provider and ask them if your type of phone and their service works in Aruba.

mac
07-24-2008, 11:22 AM
We have used our Verizon the last two years with no problem. You have to call and have international service added and i think it's 1.29/minute.

blahblahblah
07-24-2008, 11:32 AM
We have our cell phones with AT&T. We called them and they added the international roaming to my phone for the time we were in Aruba. It cost us .99 per call for the roaming fee. Call your service provider and ask them if your type of phone and their service works in Aruba.


Check your per-minute fees as well. Right now ATT is charging $1.99 PER MINUTE for calls made/received while in Aruba.

chaynes123
07-25-2008, 09:01 AM
Hi! I am not sure about Alltell but I do know that the deal in the Marriott Hotel is NOT a good one. We looked into it when we were there in June. We rent a phone from Aruba Discount Cell 2x a year (every year) which has been wonderful, so we're sticking with them. They make the process so easy b/c they drop off and pick up the phone at the Marriott. Here's the package we usually get...its a great deal:

Option. (1)
Pay only US$30,- Per/Week include 57 FREE minutes. To the (U.S / Canada or local)
Package includes:
Free outgoing calls as shown on Options.
Free incoming calls from around the world.
The handheld device.
The phone charger.
Free pick-up & delivery service to Hotel / Resort.
Sales tax included in rates.

There are other options on their website:
http://arubadiscountcell.com/hotdealsoncellphones.html

Kim L
07-25-2008, 12:22 PM
I was just there in May and AT&T charged me .99 a minute. I did have to get International Calling from Aruba added to our plan for the time we were there. Guess maybe AT&T raised their rates.

cyber23
07-30-2008, 10:15 PM
You Can Always rent a cell phone in Aruba. There Is a nice place @ the Renaissance mall in Oranjestad. Also they cell Sim Cards if you have an unlock phone

me and ei
07-31-2008, 08:31 AM
It seems that all GSM (At&t) and all CDMA9 Sprint,Verizon type phones work here just get ready to pay a hefty price for using your cell. The best is to rent one here... or do like I did no cell on my vacation.

jaxjack
07-31-2008, 08:48 AM
Tmobile Said if you add international roaming it will work but its 1.49/min

arubaness
07-31-2008, 09:11 AM
verizon is the same, just add the int'l roaming service (free) and pay 1.99/minute. people calling you from the states just have to dial your regular number but you have to dial the US' country code + 10 digit #. tex message was either 99c or $1.

jaxjack
08-01-2008, 09:38 AM
The only weird thing I found out about T-Mobile is that if you receive a call and do not answer, You are still charged the airtime while the person leaves a message. I am going to disable voicemail while I'm there.

EHampite
08-01-2008, 07:26 PM
The only weird thing I found out about T-Mobile is that if you receive a call and do not answer, You are still charged the airtime while the person leaves a message. I am going to disable voicemail while I'm there.

I have T-mobile and wasn't able to access my voicemail while in Aruba. :confused: All of a sudden when I got home, there were all my voicemails! :doh: Any idea why?

arubaness
08-02-2008, 03:21 PM
can you surf the web on your cell in aruba without incurring any additional charges? i.e. can access this forum or my yahoo email?

Arubalisa
08-02-2008, 03:45 PM
can you surf the web on your cell in aruba without incurring any additional charges? i.e. can access this forum or my yahoo email?At&t would charge $1.99 a minute for that privledge :eek:, though he had a great signal. Cheaper to bring a laptop and use WI-FI.

oliemelillo
08-03-2008, 11:01 PM
We found that you can use your own cell phone, just puchase a SIM card in Aruba. It's the least expensive way to go. Just make sure you contact your cell phone provider a week or two in advance to get the password to unlock your phone. We have Cingular and found that we had to use the PIN code that came with our Carribbean SIM card first then we entered Cingulars password and that was it. Buy a primo card for local calls and a Ventaha card for international calls.

gaby
11-29-2010, 09:37 AM
i have verizon wireless which is too expensive to use in aruba and I reserved a phone with aruba discount cell. i just called verizon, and of course i got two different responses so i'll ask here. when i arrive, i am to call trees so she can bring me the phone. now we are staying in an apt so i have to use my cellphone for one call. when i asked verizon while in aruba, do i need to use the country code, whatever, they totally confused me. they talked about CDMA & GSM. if its CDMA, i dial 297 & then the number. if its GSM, I dial the plus sign, 297 & then the number. in other words, +297 732 xxxx.

so, is there anyone who has verizon and while in aruba, called a local number? and if so, what did you dial to get that local number while you were in aruba. if it helps at all, my area code for my cellphone is 908.

i guess i can call verizon for the 3rd time and get the tie breaker but the people on this forum seem more knowledgeable then they do.

TomFrederick
11-29-2010, 10:12 AM
>>> "no cell on my vacation."
----- Ditto! But no doubt some have to check on Children at home or sick
Parents.
>>> "now we are staying in an apt"
----- Can't you use the apt owner's phone?

gaby
11-29-2010, 10:14 AM
well, i called verizon for the tiebreaker. he said when you are in aruba, you are using local towers so just dial the number locally. you don't need country codes. but of course its $1.99 a minute, which is why i am renting a phone. its like a vicious circle. anyway, hopefully he is right but if not, i have what the other two people said to do so one out of 3 have to be right, lol....