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#7913 - 10/06/00 09:13 AM Activating a new cell phone?  

If i bring a cell phone down on Sunday will B.T.L. be able to acitvate it for me in one or two days? Please let me know as it is an expense that could be avoided but don't want to be phoneless for weeks. Lori

#7914 - 10/06/00 09:19 AM Re: Activating a new cell phone?  
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you may want to call BTL and see which carrier they have a reciprocal agreement with here in the states. Then sign up with that carrier stateside before you go down.

#7915 - 10/06/00 10:40 AM Re: Activating a new cell phone?  
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There are a number of carriers that have worldwide service -- as long as the network is a digital network -- not GSM -- you can get service just about anywhere. I know that here in Houston, Houston Cellular has worldwide service.

#7916 - 10/06/00 10:51 AM Re: Activating a new cell phone?  
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worldwide service means nothing unless there are trans/rec. towers to relay signals unless bze has their towers operational now u may not be able access your carriers

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#7917 - 10/06/00 12:26 PM Re: Activating a new cell phone?  
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BTL has a monopoly, so I don't think you can use anything but their cell phone service. You can bring your own phone but the only thing that counts is having the right band and mode. Make sure yours is TDMA 800 AMPS. There are some dual mode or multi-network phones being sold now that have that capability. Likely to find the right phone in the US if it is/was connected to AT&T or a really old network, as most of the newer digital networks are PCS 1900 and CDMA which won't work in Belize. The really old big chunky motorola flip phones also work. I brought an old cell phone (NOKIA 2160) down last month that a friend gave me that wasn't in use and BTL in Belize City activated it while I waited. Probably not the case now with higher demand.

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