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!!