buying a cell phone
Good evening everyone! I have researched this board for the best cell phone coverage for the VI's, and have come to the conclusion Cingular has the best service. Am I right? I will be changing my carrier and will need to buy a new phone. Does anyone know if there is a phone that picks up the cingular signal the best? Thank you all in advance for any replies!
I use Cingular...I have a razor phone which was working nicely until I spilled coffee into the ear piece 🙁 Now I'm a speakerphone kind of girl....I think you are on STT, so I can't speak much for there, but coverage on STX is mostly good, with some totally dead areas. A friend has the black razor phone, and for whatever reason that I can't imagine, it works better than my silver one. Another thing to consider is a Bluetooth earpiece for hands free since the islands seem to be cracking down on that to some degree....and try out a bunch of them, too...I bought what I thought was the best and I'd do better with a tin can and string. I wear glasses and it hangs over your ear (sometimes) but collides with my glasses, then falls off and hits the floor, which could possibly be yet another reason I don't like it so much anymore and it seems to get poorer reception. (Do ya think?)
You might consider purchasing their replacement warranty if you buy a high end phone since the moisture (other than coffee) has totally trashed the two phones we brought from stateside. Don't know if it's the same on STT, but on STX sometimes you have to spin in circles until you find the best reception. Leaning on the barbecue grill seems to help quite a lot, too... 🙂
Thank you for the info Becky! Wonder if a PINK razor would work any better?!! LOL! Does the replacement warranty cover moisture damage? I had moisture ruin a couple of phones myself and AT&T didn't consider that a reason for replacement. Thanks again in advance!!
If you are copming to STX for PMV then I would consider SunCom. They cover the USVI's and Puerto Rico from the US. No roaming, no long distance charges..
Oh! Sorry everyone. I will be going to STT.
Charlotte.. Is Suncom a carrier? If so, does anyone know if it works in STT also?
Thnaks for all comments.
Cingular had to replace a couple for me due to high humidity, but I was in Arkansas for a visit when I replaced them - I think I had to pay a $25 deductible or something, but they got replaced. One was a total hassle, the other went smoothly ("we no longer produce that model"...yeah, okay, whatever...)....Also, another person on this board told me that they had no problem replacing their Cingular cell at the local store when it crapped out due to moisture here on island.
Below is a PM note I got from Eggman as well.....I am somewhat technologically challenged, so I have no way to explain any of this...just passing along bits and pieces!
I just upgraded to a Motorola phone with Cingular (different model than yours) however I wanted to pass along a possible tip that could explain the difference in your Razr phone compared to your friend's. The clerk who was helping me with my phone said he was going to turn off an "Auto Update" feature (I believe it has something to do with daylight savings time or some such). He said by disabling the AutoUpdate, I would get 'better reception.' I have no idea about the claim, but thought I would pass it along to you to investigate further should you choose.
I went to K-Mart and purchased a Cingular phone, buying a basic phone and unlimited service contract.The program offered 30 day cancelation if I was not happy with the service.After I used around STX for 25 days I returned it and stated I didn't like the phone and was refunded to my credit cars all the fees except a small service fee ( about $22.00). This gave me a phone to try out in locations I would need it. Some spots it won't work, but I don't care nobody can call me at some locations. It seem to work about 85% of the time and that was enough for me.Unless your a doctor or very important make the phone work for you, not you work for perfect phone.
I have Verizon and a two year contract. When I vacations in STT it worked fine, but I was wondering if I will be able to continue having them as my service provider while living in STT? I also have a RAZR (hate itttt, it always freezes up) not that that is really relevant though! =)
Thanx for the info East End Doug. So can I ask which model of phone? In your opinion, you think cingular will be fine for STT then?
Did your Razor not work because of the humidity or is the phone bad no matter what? It is relevant to me because I need to by a new phone along with new service provider, so all comments are appreciated!
SunCom use to be AT&T. They are the only carrier in the states that reach Puerto Rick, St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix, without roaming charges or charging for long distance.
Well I had a Motorola E815 when I went down there, but the RAZR works-it's just bothersome (freezes up a lot) and TRUST ME...it's not cause of the HUMIDITY cause i'm in CONNECTICUT! lol-But does anyone know if Verizon works in the islands even to the mainland?