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#219582 - 07/03/05 06:36 PM BTL/Digicell SIM cards for foreign GSM phones  
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Does anybody have experience with bringing a foreign GSM phone down to CC?

After some research it appears you need the following:

- A Digicell SIM card which includes basic starter minutes and account infomration (phone # etc)
- A GSM phone that supports 1900 MHz radio frequency.
- Either a pre-paid card or a premium plan with BTL/Digicell for service.

Many internet outlets are selling "SIM starter packages" for Digicell service while traveling in Belize. They include a phone # and some startup minutes. For example:
http://www.telestial.com/products/belize_sim.htm

My questions:

- Has anybody successfully used an "unlocked" foreign/US GSM phone to receive service from Digicell. If so, did you encounter problems or have better success with one phone manufacturer vs another.

- How is the quality of either incoming or outgoing international calls?

- Does the basic service work in CC as well as it may in the cities?

- Are the SMS and/or data features at all what you may experience in US/EU? The Digicell site suggests a data services that is pending release.

Any other comments would be appreciated.

Thanks

#219583 - 07/04/05 02:20 AM Re: BTL/Digicell SIM cards for foreign GSM phones  
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Try T-Mobile V-80 or any like Motorola that can change chips

#219584 - 07/07/05 09:11 AM Re: BTL/Digicell SIM cards for foreign GSM phones  
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I have bought several used "unlocked" gsm phones on Ebay, had them mailed to me in Belize, inserted a BTL digicell SIM chip and have them all work fine.

Once you have pre-paid phone service activated (with the SIM card), you can then receive and make international calls quite easily.

Thanks and cheers,
Wendy


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