I know it's been discussed before but after 30 minutes of searching I'm not finding my answers so sorry in advance for the duplicate questions.
First, I need to call the caretaker of the house we're staying at but I'm not sure what city code to use for Ambergris Caye (north end of the town) or a cell phone. I've got the 501 country code but that is it. Can anyone tell me off the top of their head?
Second, I'm trying to decide what is cheaper for calling the US from Belize when we are there next week. We are just looking for a way to check in with our kids a few times. I can roam with T-Mobile for $2.99 a minute or I can bring my unlocked phone down and buy a prepaid Digicel SIM but I don't know their international rates to call the US. So far I haven't had any luck finding the rates here or on their website.
Last year we bought an international calling card that said it worked from Belize but we could never get it to work, ending up paying a fortune to call home a couple of times from those international phones that take credit cards.
I forgot to add. Does anyone know if Verizon Wireless now works on Ambergris Caye?
I actually work for T-Mobile IT and worked for AT&T/Cingular before that and know a bit about cell phone networks. My understanding is that Digicel, the only Cellular network on the island, is all GSM for voice and GPRS for data (same as T-Mobile and AT&T in the states), where as Verizon is a CDMA network, basically incompatible. So, that being said I would assume that it will not work there.
Friends of ours that are coming with us have Verizon and adding an international package so they could call from Belize. I don't think it will work but the rep they talked to said it will. Are there some CDMA towers somewhere that they can hook into to roam down there?
Any idea that the per minute rate to the US if you take the cost of the SIM card + the minutes?
Just trying to figure out for a few 5 minute calls if it's worth it to buy the SIM + minutes, or just spend the $2.99 a minute with T-Mobile, or apparently the Verizon per minute charge is only $1.29 a minute, if it works from the island.
Correct. Just as long as you are here long enough and intend to make enough calls to make it worth it. Remember, you will have to purchase a number(and possibly unlock the phone) which will approximately $50 depending on if you use digicell or smart.