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lovestosail
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Hello all. Been following this forum for 6 months. Coming in August as a travel nurse in STT. Enjoyed lots of good advice here. I'm a T-mobile user and have been told the service there is poor. I'll be living in the East End and commuting to RLS daily. I'll have a house phone for local calls. Think my T-mobile will operate in my rental at Pineapple Village?
Deb

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Topic starter Posted : July 28, 2010 12:52 am
dntw8up
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Think my T-mobile will operate in my rental at Pineapple Village?

No. At&T and Sprint are the only continental U.S. cell providers that work here.

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Posted : July 28, 2010 4:33 am
terry
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Think my T-mobile will operate in my rental at Pineapple Village?

No. At&T and Sprint are the only continental U.S. cell providers that work here.

And AT&T sucks. Their reception is as bad there as it is in the states. Always dropping calls.

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Posted : July 28, 2010 10:01 am
sloop jones
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dropped calls have not part of our experience wi. ATT on STJ,

sloop

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Posted : July 28, 2010 10:10 am
East Ender
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dnt: I do not like disagreeing with you, but I *do* believe T-Mobile works on roaming with no additional charges, depending on the person's plan. Verizon "works" but but they have huge roaming charges regardless of plan. Or something like that.*-)

And to terry: I don't know where the heck you live, but AT&T is the best. But of course, I drink deeply of the iPhone Kool-Aid!!:P

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Posted : July 28, 2010 9:08 pm
lovestosail
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Hmm....what to do. East End I think you're right about T-mobile having service with little roaming charge, but IS there service where I'll be?
Well, guess I'll rely on SKYPE.
Deb

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Topic starter Posted : July 29, 2010 1:28 am
terry
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Actually in STX it works better than in AZ. I probably drop 4 calls per day. Many times I can be sitting in one place and it will be good, then it will drop the call. I can hardly make or take a call in my shop or house.
I have taken my I phone back to the Apple store and they say there is nothing wrong with it.

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Posted : July 29, 2010 4:16 am
GoodToGo
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Are any of you dropped call AT&T users on an iPhone? I have a couple of phones on AT&T and my wife as an iPhone. Generally we don't have any problems with calls but when we do they tend to be the iPhone (in contrast to my windows smartphone and Blackberry.)

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Posted : July 29, 2010 2:58 pm
terry
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all of mine are on a I Phone

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Posted : July 29, 2010 7:24 pm
Linda J
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The only time my plain vanilla cell doesn't work is if I'm in a no-service zone like Cane Bay beach, or if I forget to charge it. More often the latter than the former. lol

Terry, when will we see you?

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Posted : July 29, 2010 7:26 pm
dntw8up
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Hey EE - I'm happy to learn that T-Mobile is an option here, as that was not the case last time I chose a cell service provider. Is it available to locals, or is it one of those services only available to folks in the states and if they use it here extensively (i.e. longer than a vacation) T-Mobile drops them?

Sorry Deb, but I don't know anyone here who has T-Mobile, so I don't know whether service is adequate Pineapple Village.

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Posted : July 29, 2010 7:37 pm
Jim Dandy
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One reason that people have diff rent experiences with AT&T and dropped calls is that older/cheaper phones may only support 2G service while newer phones including I-phones support both 2G & 3G service.

After the big storms of a week ago AT&T's 2G service was out on the East end of STX for eight days. The 3G service was only down for a half a day when AT&T had to tear down their equipment to repair the lightning damage and replace the 2G equipment.

Jim

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Posted : July 29, 2010 7:39 pm
terry
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Linda J, Annie and I will be there around the20th of Sept.

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Posted : July 29, 2010 8:07 pm
A Davis
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i always advise folks to check their service plans before coming to visit even if they have at&t or sprint to ensure no extra costs...

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Posted : July 29, 2010 8:38 pm
East Ender
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dnt: No, I don't think you can BUY service here, but if you have a stateside phone, number and plan, you can use it. I learned this from visitors. I also learned that Verizon costs a ton in roaming. I don't know why- they don't have an agreement with the cell tower owners or something?? I have never heard of people getting dropped from their service provider for living here, as long as they pay their bills.:S On the other hand, I know very little about this whole subject , so will just sit quietly in the corner and download a few new apps for my iPhone.;)

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Posted : July 29, 2010 9:25 pm
DUN
 DUN
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In STT had Sprint, had AT&T, AT&T has worked out better for me.
Has anyone had luck using AT&T tethering?
What is the speed like?
What is the service like?
Is it unlimited?

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Posted : July 29, 2010 11:30 pm
Jim Dandy
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Speeds OK tethering my I-Phone to my laptop. They say the speed is 2.4mbs but I don't believe it. Use it as a backup to BBVI.

You have to jailbreak your phone in order to tether it.

Data is unlimited if you are on an old AT&T plan. They no longer offer unlimited data plans for I-phones.

Jim

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Posted : July 30, 2010 1:16 am
lantzr6
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Just move to STT couple weeks ago. I have T-Mobile. I'm living on East End. It works OK. I drop A LOT of calls, but I haven't been here long enough to know if it's T-Mobile or just island life. The only place T-Mobile hasn't worked AT ALL for me is aroung Bolongo. It's a dead zone from almost Donkey Hill to close to the bridge to nowhere.

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Posted : July 30, 2010 1:23 am
terry
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What is jailbreak?

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Posted : July 30, 2010 1:14 pm
Jim Dandy
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You have to run a specific program on your I-phone so you are able to load and run software from sources other than the Apple itunes store.

Google the term and you will find all the details. If you are not a techy at heart consider paying someone to do it for you.

Jim

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Posted : July 30, 2010 6:14 pm
tnemig
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With iOS4 on the iPhone, you no longer have to jailbreak it to tether it to a computer. There is an option now in the General settings, under Network, that you can set up data tethering either by Bluetooth or USB. Of course, using legit tethering, you get to pay AT&T $20 a month, just for the privilege of tethering your iPhone to your computer, it does not include any additional data plans - you will still be pulling from whatever data plan you are using with your iPhone.

If you want to save the $20 a month, you can jailbreak your iPhone. It isn't too difficult to do. We jailbreak and unlock ours when we get ready to sell them, after upgrading to the newer iPhone models. According to the Library of Congress ruling last week, jailbreaking an iPhone is no longer considered illegal, although Apple has a different take on the ruling 🙂

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Posted : July 31, 2010 6:28 pm
stephyjh
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Pssssh....go for an Android model. The HTC Evo from Sprint is amazing. If you add the extra package, you can use it as a wifi hotspot for up to 8 phones. You can download an app from Amazon that will allow it to function as a Kindle, downloading the ebooks directly to your phone. There's another that will let you rent movies from Blockbuster on your phone. It has two cameras, one of which is an 8.0MP with dual flash and the other of which is a video camera facing the same way as the screen, which will let you video chat. I've seen a lot of people who were really unhappy with their iPhones, especially the new iPhone 4, but everyone I know who has an Evo loves it.

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Posted : August 1, 2010 3:56 am
terry
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Does anyone know how to download your I Tune music to a jump stick?

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Posted : August 1, 2010 2:32 pm
A Davis
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Does anyone know how to download your I Tune music to a jump stick?

you can try locating the music/itunes folder on your hard drive and drag and drop the items from there, if you'd like to import the library to a new machine.

keep in mind, anything purchased from the itunes store will not load in the new location until you authorize the new machine. you can authorize up to 5 computers with your itunes store account.

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Posted : August 1, 2010 2:59 pm
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