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#431769 - 02/29/12 07:03 PM Cheapest way to call USA  
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Hello all,

I'm looking for some advice on options to call back to the US as well as making calls within Belize.

First a little back story . . . I'm an doctoral student in anthropology and I will be beginning by fieldwork in Belize (Cayo District) soon. Overall, I will be spending 12 months in Belize. I am wondering what my best options will be for the cheapest way to make calls both within Belize and back to the US? Since I'm staying an extended period of time, renting a phone most likely isn't an option. Also, what is the deal with voip services like viber or skype. I know that BTL blocks these, but can a VPN be used to by-pass?

Thanks!!!

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#431780 - 02/29/12 09:00 PM Re: Cheapest way to call USA [Re: pirk]  
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One way that's easy is to either bring and unlocked phone with you from the states or buy a phone here. Buy minutes like everyone else does and you dial direct to the states. I think it cost about $.50 a minute or less. Voip is blocked but many people claim to use a VPN to get around it.

#431789 - 02/29/12 10:45 PM Re: Cheapest way to call USA [Re: pirk]  
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VOIP, true its blocked but many ways to get around that, lots of people using it, you can get an easy answer to that when you get here. It can be set up here. Dont want to post it. I use Skype.
Unlocked cell phones are easiest. Every week or so you can buy double and triple minutes. Usually on Fridays if you buy $50 worth of time on your cell phone you will get $150 credit. making U.S. calls about 15 cents a minute, local much less. Under $50 will get you double the minutes....


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#431792 - 02/29/12 10:57 PM Re: Cheapest way to call USA [Re: pirk]  
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Can't help you in country, but if you have an Iphone, you can text any other Iphone at home.


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#431839 - 03/01/12 10:50 AM Re: Cheapest way to call USA [Re: pirk]  
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Thank you for the advice. I think I'll go the unlocked phone route. Any suggestions on a model of phone to buy here in the US? I've heard that not all phones will work with a Belize SIM card.

Thanks again for all the help.

#431840 - 03/01/12 11:05 AM Re: Cheapest way to call USA [Re: pirk]  
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You can get the ATT phones pay as you go from Walmart. But I have an ATT account. I put my US sims card in the cheap pay as you go phone then call ATT and ask them to unlock it and they do. Some phones you can get for 20 bucks. Then when you get to the airport at BZ international walk across the street to BTL and buy a BZ chip and minutes and put it in the phone.
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#431847 - 03/01/12 11:29 AM Re: Cheapest way to call USA [Re: pirk]  
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You can also buy unlocked, quad-band phones on eBay. I have seen them for $20-30USD.


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#431857 - 03/01/12 01:13 PM Re: Cheapest way to call USA [Re: pirk]  
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I've bought unlocked phones from B&H and fromJR Music both online. I have used several brands of phones here, Motorola, Samsung, Nokia and Blackberry and they all worked.

#431860 - 03/01/12 01:28 PM Re: Cheapest way to call USA [Re: pirk]  
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I use my iphone, unlocked, and buy minutes on my Belize sim card. If you go to a local dealer in your area they can tell you which phones they can unlock (and they probably sell them) and let them know what country you will be in. Very easy, I work from Belize all the time now. Although I find the lines sometimes glitchy and not great quality, I get done what I need to get done.

#431990 - 03/03/12 07:25 AM Re: Cheapest way to call USA [Re: pirk]  
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Originally Posted by pirk
Thank you for the advice. I think I'll go the unlocked phone route. Any suggestions on a model of phone to buy here in the US? I've heard that not all phones will work with a Belize SIM card.

Thanks again for all the help.


Most phones work with local sim cards but for sure the Trac phones do not.
I just tried to get one unlocked and failed.

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