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#234412 - 04/05/07 02:34 AM Cellphones - Smart and Digicell
hunters Offline
I brought a cellphone on my last trip and bought a Digicell chip at the airport with a prepaid option at the BTL office. I brought an unlocked GSM multiband phone and it worked great.

I think Smart uses a different type phone. Can I buy a phone that will work on Smart in the U.S. and bring it with me? Tell me what it needs to have.

If Smart is not an option, what cellphones are in demand there that I might buy up here and resell when I am done with it down there.

Thanks.
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#234414 - 04/05/07 02:39 AM Re: Cellphones - Smart and Digicell [Re: hunters]
dabunk Offline
Smart uses CDMA phones, BTL uses GSM 1900 mhz phones. Razrs are in big demand, very expensive here over 500US.


Edited by dabunk (04/05/07 02:40 AM)

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#234430 - 04/05/07 06:11 AM Re: Cellphones - Smart and Digicell [Re: dabunk]
Marty Offline
insane. seen razrs for $39us in the states.... free with a service contract... they are also one of the flimsiest phones ever. they break a LOT


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#234442 - 04/05/07 02:04 PM Re: Cellphones - Smart and Digicell [Re: Marty]
dabunk Offline
But they are "cool" here, kids are no different here than the US. The cheap Nokia in walmart for 15 US go for over 50 Us here.

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#234454 - 04/05/07 03:43 PM Re: Cellphones - Smart and Digicell [Re: dabunk]
Sir Isaac Newton Offline
I don't suggest smuggling contraband, unless you declare the electronics and pay import duties and GST. Unlocked GSM 1900 band phones without a service contract can be a bit expensive in the US, especially when adding the import duties and GST.

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#234488 - 04/05/07 05:40 PM Re: Cellphones - Smart and Digicell [Re: Sir Isaac Newton]
DANZA Offline
Last year I took a old T-mobile phone but it was going to be about the same as buying a new one. I did neither. This year I took my blackjack thinking it would be unlocked for Belize as well, wrong. I went to BTL as well as the shop across from Milos. Both were unable to get it to work. It is a smart phone, way smarter then me, so I'm not sure if that's the problem. I just bought a cheap T-mobile phone from the same store. But I'm not sure how long it will hold minutes etc. when I return. So an unlocked phone isn't necessarily unlocked for Belize.

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#234489 - 04/05/07 05:46 PM Re: Cellphones - Smart and Digicell [Re: DANZA]
DANZA Offline
Sorry, it was a Cingular service phone. I was told both T-mobile and Cingular would work. I sat next to a guy on the plane that just removed his card and inserted a different one for Belize. So I know it can be done just not by me.

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#234502 - 04/05/07 07:15 PM Re: Cellphones - Smart and Digicell [Re: DANZA]
sweetjane Offline
i use cingular and have been wondering about this. last trip i got international calling, but paid a lot for calling/texting both in bz and my kids back home.

so this trip, do we just bring our regular cingular phones and buy chips to insert? is it really that easy?

(ooh, marty, is there now a spell-checker here?)

thanks!!

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#234504 - 04/05/07 07:28 PM Re: Cellphones - Smart and Digicell [Re: sweetjane]
Sir Isaac Newton Offline
C's (across from Milo's) can unlock most GSM phones (T-mobile, Cingular) for $25 to $50. A Digicel sim chip costs and additional $25. If you contact your carrier, they can help you unlock it and you can pick up a sim chip at the Int'l Airport.

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#234511 - 04/05/07 08:19 PM Re: Cellphones - Smart and Digicell [Re: Sir Isaac Newton]
hunters Offline
Is there a sturdier alternative than the RAZR that is 'in'? Do the kids want the mp3 or i-tunes version?

Thanks for your advice.
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