I currently have Verizon and am wondering if I will need to change carriers once on the island. Some other forums have said Verizon service is spotty and usually roaming but those forums were a few years old. Does Verizon work?
When people say "roaming", we're talking about charges of at least $1/minute, $2.50 per text message, and a dollar or two per MB of data.
Many unwary tourists with Verizon plans have found themselves with a thousand-dollar phone bill after a week's vacation.
To live here, you definitely need another carrier. If you are on STJ, AT&T usually works better than Sprint. For STT, either will work. Don't know about STX.
jandb15, I would call back and double-check. Maybe you have a different plan than most, or maybe they have recently changed their rules. I know many people have gotten charged ridiculous rates for data and text from Verizon in the past; any one one of the visitor forums will have a thread on this.
I just got off the phone with Verizon and they said calls made in VI cost $1.79/min. There are no charges for text or data as long as you stay within your plan allowance. However, texts with a picture or video attachment will cost $0.50. He checked the coverage map and said most areas in STT are covered with either 4G or 3G. Hopefully this helps. The main thing I want my phone for is GPS until I get to know the island.
I have a Garmin GPS and always programmed key locations for our guests. It worked well for them and then they could concentrate on driving on the left.
If you are using a not so smart phone that depends on WiFi and or cell tower locations to calculate your position you might have a problem in areas with poor service or no service but I never had a problem with satellite GPS even in the rain forest.