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Cell Phone Service

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Cell Phone Service

Could you please tell me about cell phone service. I currently have the basic smart phone plan with Verizon. Will I be able to call the US and will the rates be really high? What about email with a smart phone? Will I be able to check email and write emails and will the rates be high? Any help would be appreciated.

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My sister used her Verizon phone when she was visiting to call us here from Nassau when her flight was cancelled and she had to stay overnight, and to call her husband in Colorado from here when we were having problems getting her homeward bound flight connections straight, and yes it was expensive. I don't know the amount, but I know that she was concerned about how big the bill was going to be.

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Last year, Verizon was 1.25 a minute to call the states. As for emails, the price is determined by the size of the email. I turned that function off on my phone. I didn't have an international plan. Maybe the pricing with an international plan would be better. You should look into that.

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We were just there. We have verizon also. My older type phone pretty much didn't work at all, even though i called verizon ahead of time. My husband has a droid - his phone worked (calls, texts). He was told emails would work, they did not at all. He had called verizon and they gave him a price of a few dollars for the plan for 4 days (they're refunding it because it didn't work). Calls I believe they said would be 1.99 a minute.

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Artemus-did you know that they offer 15 minutes a day of free internet time per person? You need to go to the Library in the Coral Tower-there are specific hours, I believe. As for Verizon phone service-we have always been able to get service EVENTUALLY. There have been times that we are sitting in the exact same place as we were when we GOT service, only to be UNABLE get service. Calls are $1.99/minute. Texting is, I think, 5 cents incoming and 50 cents outgoing (or the other way around, but I think I have it right).

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I would say forget about using your US carrier cell phones, etc. There's no telling if you will have service or what you'll be charged, since you will be relying on the BTC network to forward the calls to the states. Our local telephone company (BTC) is going through trying times. Just last week, land line and cell service went down for the whole day across the country. Last time I checked it is 2012. But no service for a whole day. Also a friend of ours from Toronto, recently got home to find a bill of over $1500 for using her cell for local calls while in Nassau. She used her phone for a total of 120 minutes over two weeks. She spends half the year here, and has never had more than a $50 extra hit. I went to pay my BTC post paid account recently, my bill was approx. $50, get to the window, I'm told I owe almost $500...go and see a customer service rep...get told I'm paid up for the next three months. Seriously, why would you want to use your cell phone here?

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Also meant to say, we used a calling card (you can get them in machines located near the casino, the phones are there also), it was easier :)

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Why would you want to use your cell phone here? My sister and I (no other siblings) each purchased at Harborside Resort so we could vacation together. Our Dad was not so sick and elderly back in 2003. So we felt the $1.99/minute was worth it in more recent years to call Dad while on Paradise Island, even though he was first in his own home and being checked on, and more recently,being cared for in a Veteran's Home. Sadly, he passed away 4 months ago. So now we will not need to be making calls while in The Bahamas.

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"Seriously, why would you want to use your cell phone here?"

Very similar to what Mary said, we have very sick elderly parants and we need to check to make sure everything is okay with them. At $2.00 minute, it is worth the peace of mind to know things are okay.

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With the availability of wi-fi, you are almost better off bringing a small laptop (one with microphone) and using Skype. Even making calls to land lines is cheaper than most phone services. My wife called her friend in Norway from Colorado, talked for a half hour for $5. Last time I called the Bahamas from Denver it was $.11 (that's 11 cents) per minute. If you call Skype to Skype, it's free. Of course you have to be staying someplace with wi-fi, or at least know where to go to get access to it.

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Artemus, that's why I also mentioned the calling card. For instance on last year's visit our phones only worked the first day. That's why I bought the phone card and was able to call home that way. It's an option should your phone not work at some point.

(Mary, so sorry about your dad :(