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#371502 - 03/24/10 09:57 PM cell coverage with Verizon  
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How is the cell coverage on Verizon in Northern Belize? We will be sailing in early April and didn't know if I may need a satellite phone.

#371504 - 03/24/10 10:09 PM Re: cell coverage with Verizon [Re: wyowind]  
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You'll have the coverage given by BTL's Digicell service, because that's what you will be connecting to. Verizon and all other US networks don't operate in Belize.

#371523 - 03/25/10 07:08 AM Re: cell coverage with Verizon [Re: Peter Jones]  
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You can get your Verizon phone to work in Belize by contacting them before you leave and making arrangements with them ahead of time. Rates will be considerably higher. I assume that is because you are paying BTL through Verizon.

#371546 - 03/25/10 10:32 AM Re: cell coverage with Verizon [Re: crockhunter]  
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For those of you who are considering using your phones here and do not want costly roaming charges...

In order to have mobile cellular service in Belize, an unlocked GSM (Global System Mobile Communication) 1900 MHz cellular phone is required.

Our friend got her provider (at&t) to unlock her lg neon before coming here and she then bought a digicell sim chip for $50.

Cell rentals on the island are another option. http://quicksilvermessagingservices.com/


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#371548 - 03/25/10 10:41 AM Re: cell coverage with Verizon [Re: crockhunter]  
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Originally Posted by crockhunter
You can get your Verizon phone to work in Belize


This of course is "working" in the sense that it will be able to roam onto the BTL network. Coverage will be BTL coverage, and of course as has been stated you can expect costs to be enormous, but fine for just emergency usage. If you want to chat on the phone your best bet would be to get a prepaid BTL Digicell SIM card ahead of time. Maybe BTL can provide that via their website, or perhaps someone here can help (buy it and mail it to you). So long as it has on-board credit of at least US$25 that credit will be good for three months, so bear that period in mind when you get it.

#371557 - 03/25/10 11:52 AM Re: cell coverage with Verizon [Re: crockhunter]  
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Originally Posted by crockhunter
You can get your Verizon phone to work in Belize by contacting them before you leave and making arrangements with them ahead of time. Rates will be considerably higher. I assume that is because you are paying BTL through Verizon.


You don't have to contact Verizon.....just turn your Verizon cell phone on when you arrive and be prepared to pay $1.75 US per minute.


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#371566 - 03/25/10 12:29 PM Re: cell coverage with Verizon [Re: Loansum-Al K]  
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Texting from Belize with a Verizon phone isn't terribly expensive. Much less than talking...

#371567 - 03/25/10 12:30 PM Re: cell coverage with Verizon [Re: JeanH]  
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Our verizon phone worked fine in San Pedro. Verizon does not charge extra to have international calling added to your plan. The rates are listed on their website.

#371641 - 03/26/10 10:06 AM Re: cell coverage with Verizon [Re: suecate]  
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The coverage on my Verizon phone in San Pedro was fine in April 09, but when i returned in July 09, and December 09 I had no signal at all. couldn't send/receive text either, however when I had signal in April I paid $.50 cents to receive text and $1.25 to send out text. Never could figure out why I didn't have signal in July and December.


#371656 - 03/26/10 12:39 PM Re: cell coverage with Verizon [Re: CB Belize]  
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I've used my Verizon phone the past two years, while my international calling plan isn't "free" it beats most of what's been posted here IMHO. I pay about $4.00/month and then while in Belize I'm at either .35 or .38/minute, but what I really like is that I get those rates while I'm in the states and calling friends who live in Belize.


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