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#124855 - 08/08/06 02:18 PM Cell Phone in Belize
newyork75 Offline
I am traveling to Belize this Friday and I called verizon to see if I could use my cell phone there. The verizon guy said that Belize is on a differnet network so we can't use it. Does anyone have any suggestions for cell phone use in Belize?

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#124856 - 08/08/06 02:24 PM Re: Cell Phone in Belize
Sun&sand Offline
Newyork, we had the same problem. Cingular and T-mobile will work in Belize, but not verizon or nextel. So, we went to C's and bought a cell phone, and update the minutes when we need it. We leave it in our condo, and use it only for incoming/emergency calls, or local calls. We use the voip (if it's not still blocked) at Coconut internets for outgoing calls....much cheaper. You might also check in to a low end contract with cingular or tmobile before you leave. Also, if you have a phone that's been unlocked, a tri-band phone, I understand that you can just buy a sims card in Belize and use that. ??? I'm not really sure how it works, but that's what I've been told. Good luck!!
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#124857 - 08/08/06 03:50 PM Re: Cell Phone in Belize
Caye Connect Offline
Buy a cheap GSM 1900 phone off of ebay (tri/quad band, just make sure it supports 1900) and buy a BTL SIM card here. Just make sure it is UNLOCKED:

http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?cgiurl=http%3A%2F%2Fcgi.ebay.com%2Fws%2F&fkr=1&from=R8&satitle=gsm+unlocked&category0=

You can generally take a GSM phone to anywhere in the world and buy a local SIM.

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#124858 - 08/08/06 04:33 PM Re: Cell Phone in Belize
ida_y_vuelta Offline
KnckrBckrNYC is right! that's your best bet for using a cell phone there! if you still decide to bring your own phone though, do go to C's they might be able to put a chip in. it does cost a little bit to get it unlocked but to me i think it's worth to have!

C's is on middle street on the opposite side of War Paint... War Paint just stands out you can't really miss it, C's is a little more hidden it blends more into the town!

My next trip for there i'm just gonna buy a cheap phone from home (b/c mine unfortunately doesn't work there, a chip won't go in mine, my phone is from canadian company so i'm even surprised it works in the states when i go) and but a chip from belize and unlock it! That's probably your best bet!

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#124859 - 08/08/06 09:55 PM Re: Cell Phone in Belize
GBZ39 Offline
There are four bands of GSM in the world. Phones are sold with 2,3,or 4 bands.

I bought a T-Mobile...with a Prepaid card. It has only 2 bands. It works in US & Belize. It didn't work in Europe.

The phone needs to be UNBLOCKED.

I just buy a cheap local prepaid card at the Belize phone company.

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#124860 - 08/25/06 02:42 PM Re: Cell Phone in Belize
Dan Carey Offline
&nbsp Hi all,
I've got an el-cheapo Nokia 3390 that's unlocked, has a BTL Digicell SIM card installed and is ready to use in Belize. If you need a loaner phone, just ask.

&nbsp &nbsp Dan
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#124861 - 08/25/06 03:47 PM Re: Cell Phone in Belize
MALIBU Offline
I'm a Cingular customer, works just fine in Belize, London, and even in West Texas!!!

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#124862 - 08/25/06 03:51 PM Re: Cell Phone in Belize
KB Offline
If you have a cell phone that supports international roaming it should work but beware - for long distance the signal must first pass through BTL and it is very expensive. For local calling is can be cheaper to rent a phone for the week from Mr. C's.

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#124863 - 08/25/06 03:58 PM Re: Cell Phone in Belize
ida_y_vuelta Offline
i rented a phone from C's for about a week and although it was nice to have a phone it was a little pricy... it ended up around $80US so i might have been better off buying a phone and getting a chip put into and unlock it there! in the long run it might be cheaper...

it all just depends on how long you're planning on being there!

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#124864 - 08/25/06 05:57 PM Re: Cell Phone in Belize
Barbara K Offline
You can also rent a cell phone for $5 US/day at the BTL office at the Int'l airport, then buy a phone card to use with it.
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