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2usvinuts
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May 7, 2013 10:03 pm  

Well Verizon, will be getting the boot when we leave the states. we have 2GB of data, unlimited Min's and unlimited long distance as long as we are calling from the mainland. Doesn't work to well in the VI. So whats the best service for the VI we anticipate usage in the BVI and USVI.
Just not looking to pay an arm and a leg for cell service.
Its nice being able to get my email via my smart phone.


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Jim Dandy
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May 7, 2013 10:32 pm  

I would look at purchasing an unlocked dual SIM phone if you want service in both the USVI and the BVI. AT&T works well in many areas in the USVI.

For the BVI you would install a second SIM card from a provider in the BVI. Been awhile since I have been to the BVI so I don't know who has the best service.

If you use AT&T to make calls while in the BVI you will be paying their international rates. Same for receiving calls.

You can find dual SIM phones on Amazon.


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2usvinuts
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May 7, 2013 10:53 pm  

Thanks for the info! I'm not familiar with swapping simm cards ect. There has to be an easier way to do this. I don't know anything about a duel sim phone. Is it a smart phone?
We did hear that AT&T was the best service to go with.
Also Isn't there a local wireless cell provider I think I saw something on innovative?


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rotorhead
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May 7, 2013 11:24 pm  

SIM card implies GSM service, AT&T or one of the service partners of AT&T. You can find dual-SIM Android smart phones, no iPhones.

Another alternative that I use when down island is to use Skype. Instead of paying AT&T $3.95 per minute for roaming, Skype charges $0.02 per minute. You just have to scout out a WiFi location to make your calls from. Usually a hotel, bar or restaurant. I put $10 on Skype about 5 years ago and I'm still using it.


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2usvinuts
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May 7, 2013 11:27 pm  

I wonder if i could slow down that much to 1 remember to turn roaming off
2. to switch simm cards
and 3. figure out how to do the Skype phone calls.


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VIsnorkeler
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May 8, 2013 2:34 pm  

I don't believe there is a good cell phone service that will be inexpensive to use in both the USVIs and the BVIs. I use AT&T, but even when I am on STJ, AT&T will try to tell me that I am in the BVIs. Switching sim cards sounds like a pain to me, too, but using Skype isn't that big a deal.


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Alana33
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May 8, 2013 3:14 pm  

Better to switch the sim cards than die of shock when you open your cell phone bill!
Very expensive to call to/from BVI. One also has to be careful not to pick up the BVI cell tower while in STJ.


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Jim Dandy
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May 8, 2013 4:55 pm  

With a dual SIM phone you don't have to switch SIM cards. Both SIMs are active and you can receive and make calls on either number.

It is like having a phone with two numbers. Some people use one line for personal and the other for business. I use mine with one local and the second for an International SIM that works in 200 countries.

Samsung has a full line of dual SIM phones including smart phones running current versions of the Android OS.

The only downside is these phones currently is one of the SIM slots is 3G and the other is 2G. Not an issue for voice, but if you want to stream large amounts of data more quickly 3G is better and 4G is best.


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2usvinuts
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May 10, 2013 7:41 pm  

Jim I think you have given a great explanation! I believe that is going to be the route we go. One last question is one of those sim cards for the BVI and the other USVI. In another words am I paying a cell provider in the BVI and in the USVI?


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