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#267970 - 02/15/08 08:47 AM Wireless Access?  
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We need to get a quad-band cell phone to touch base with home while we're down the 1st week in March, is there wireless access readily available? the reason for asking is that T-Mobile offers cell phones that can link over the internet even if there's no cell service available. We may get one of those if it'll work there.
How is the regular cell phone service on the island?

#267973 - 02/15/08 09:08 AM Re: Wireless Access? [Re: BamaB's]  
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BamaB - I have AT&T cell service and I just had to add the international service to my package for a additional small monthly fee. Once I get to Belize, my service automatically switches to BTL. I am able to receive calls from home and able to make them with no problem. You might want to check with T-Mobile to see if something like this is available. Hope that helps.

#267979 - 02/15/08 10:08 AM Re: Wireless Access? [Re: Dita]  
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dita - i do as you do - but international roaming rates still apply (like $3 something a minute). texting is 50 cents a text.

#267980 - 02/15/08 10:09 AM Re: Wireless Access? [Re: Dita]  
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Thank you, Int. service is available & we'll have that, it will only incur the roaming charges from the area, we're considering the wireless set-up just because it wouldn't be as dependent on the availability of cell towers & reception & wouldn't have the roaming charge.

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#267982 - 02/15/08 10:15 AM Re: Wireless Access? [Re: BamaB's]  
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there is a whole thread about cells somewhere in the archives - with real info from locals as well. try a search - maybe it was in the 'living in bz' section?

#267983 - 02/15/08 10:15 AM Re: Wireless Access? [Re: BamaB's]  

Unless you're going to be really off the beaten track you'll have no problem with getting a BTL cell signal. And if you buy a local SIM card it'll be much cheaper.

#268042 - 02/15/08 03:56 PM Re: Wireless Access? [Re: ]  
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Wonder with BTL blocking most VOIP if you will be able to use T-mobile via the internet.

#268099 - 02/16/08 09:20 AM Re: Wireless Access? [Re: kwalkpt]  
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BTL blocks the VOIP ? How is that possible? Nevermind, I would imagine that will make the cell phone useless, I'm sure it uses the same technology as VOIP, they showed it to us using a standard LYNKSYS router. How much is a local SIM card?

#268101 - 02/16/08 09:45 AM Re: Wireless Access? [Re: BamaB's]  
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Yep...good old BTL....if you have the high speed DSL not the $100 a month but the $200bz a month and use the internet server ANCHOR FREE, which is free you can use some voip like skype,. Seems just simpler to get a phone card, calls run from 25 to 50 cents US.. a minute to US. Use the 1010199 1+area code+phone number, not the directions on card and its a bit cheaper....

#268170 - 02/17/08 01:38 AM Re: Wireless Access? [Re: Cooper]  
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Sim chip is 50 Bze, and they sell special cards to call the US only with a slightly cheaper price. Smart is still cheaper to call the US per minute. Bring a CDMA phone, costs 50 dollah to put a number on it. And add minutes just like BTL.

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