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#108926 - 10/03/05 09:25 PM phones  

what has been peoples experience with cell phones for both local (belize) and international (US) calls. Thanks

#108927 - 10/04/05 07:51 AM Re: phones  
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You need a GSM phone. T-Mobile should work.

You can buy a prepaid SIM card locally to reduce your cost of local calls.

#108928 - 10/04/05 11:10 AM Re: phones  

I kept hearing this as well. Then when we were sitting around one night when we were there last month, my US Cingular cell phone rang. It was a friend from home who didn't know we had left for Belize already. We talked all of about 2 minutes - perfect connection. I have no idea how much the bill will be - don't have it yet.

I never tried to call home and my secretary told me she was unable to leave voice mail if my phone was turned on. She did leave voicemail for the friend/co-worker traveling with us, who generally had her cell turned off. However, neither of us could access our voice mail from Belize. My friend did call home from her cell. Don't know what it cost her.

#108929 - 10/04/05 02:44 PM Re: phones  
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I'm so confused. Where does one get a GSM phone? Is there a contract involed or is it pre-paid? Does anyone have an idea on the cost of having a phone installed in ones home?

#108930 - 10/04/05 03:46 PM Re: phones  
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GSM is mobile communication system. T-Mobile and Cingular uses this system. So if you have their service, your cellphone is most likely a GSM phone. A GSM phone requires a SIM card to work. The SIM card contains your mobile account info. You can use other SIM cards and put them in your phone. As GBZ39 suggested, you can buy a local SIM card in Belize to incur only local charges, not international which is very pricey. You get a local Belize phone number with it, too. However, your GSM phone needs to be unlocked to be able to use other SIM cards.

If you don't have a GSM phone, you can buy them without a contract which is kind of expensive. Maybe you can look on ebay. When buying, make sure the phone is unlocked and has a band of 1900MHz. You can also buy the pre-paid phones (T-Mobile is cheaper). But again, you have to unlock these phones first before you can use it with other SIM cards.

#108931 - 10/04/05 03:50 PM Re: phones  
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You can buy some on the island or ebay. Make sure it is unlocked and supports 1900 mhz. I have used a Nokia 8290 and a Sony Ericsson T616. You can by a Digicell prepaid phone card for calling around the island. I have never tried to call back to the states. I know Cingular offers roaming but you have to call them to turn it on and it is over $3 US per minute. Use one of the internet places for us calls as they are about $1 bz per minute. Or do like us and just use email.

#108932 - 10/04/05 04:23 PM Re: phones  

My friend did not have to call Cingular to turn on roaming. She just dialed from her cell phone as regular and was able to get through to the states. We used the phone in our room for local calls - so don't know how that would have worked.

#108933 - 10/04/05 05:24 PM Re: phones  
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Law, I never actually tried the Cingular card. I read on the website you had to call and get it turned on. I just bought the Digicell sim card to use on the island.

#108934 - 10/04/05 05:39 PM Re: phones  
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...for what it's worth (a lot to anyone either living or vacationing on the northern part of the island who might want to get a Digicell signal) BTL recently installed a new antenna up this way, on the grounds at Sundiver. You now no longer need to stand out at the end of your pier or climb onto your roof top or up the tallest tree to get a signal!!! I have no idea how far reaching the signal now goes (anyone?) but I'd guess it covers up to Costa Maya or thereabouts??? The only problem is now we have to sit here and listen to people's cell phones ring!!!

#108935 - 10/04/05 06:02 PM Re: phones  

Hey k
where did you get your card put in?

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