cell phone service
My husband and I are moving to the island and wanted to know how do you go about getting a cell phone on the island, We will be living on the East End on St Thomas. Also, do you feel that it is necessary to have a land line and what does the cost usually run? Can you recommend some of the best outlets to buy a cell phone and to be hooked up with the service.
With a land line, Innovative costs under $30 if you don't make any calls. With a cable package you will have both phone and cable, not internet for under $70. Thats without any long distance calls. I don't know about what cell phones you can get on STT.
Cell phone service varies on island, so it's best to wait until you've found a place to live and then ask what service your neighbors use. I have Sprint, many others have AT&T. Both have "stores" on STT.
THANK YOU ALL FOR THE INFO
I use ATT and have found few, if any, dead spots on the island. I have two numbers and two phones for $60 a month. Would have a land line if I could get one but up in the hills where I live Innovative can't keep the phone working.
Use ATT air card and not happy with the download limit. Am going to get one from the states (no surcharge for use here) in my sisters name on her account with unlimited accesss.
Will let you know how that works.
AT&T for the east end!! There is a store in Crown Bay.
wonderful, AT&T it is.
I have at&t here and it is excellent. I live in the hills and have no problems with making calls.
Unfortunately I am in a big dead spot for AT&T (Mahogany Run area, ocean side) and there is no Sprint or other US-based carrier signal in this location.
My phone switches to CCI Boatphone, LIME, and other non-US networks all the time. Even when I have several bars of signal with AT&T the second I hit "send" the bars go away. Or, the bars stay but the call just won't go through. Or, the call goes through and then drops. My phone will chime the arrival of a voice mail-- a day or two (or more) after the caller left the message. Text messages seem to go through despite signal problems, though.
Recently I was at the AT&T store and they are aware of this problem but say there's nothing they can do.
I am also in an AT&T dead spot. I have Sprint and it prefers BVI (international) towers, but I have turned off roaming and it works fine.
I have AT&T on St. Croix. I sometimes get messages a week late, even though I am using the phone just fine on a daily basis. Where do they go????
Don't hear much about T-Mobile, but when I visit for two weeks each summer, staying in Frenchman's Bay, I get excellent service. T-Mobile bought SunCom on Puerto Rico, and I guess it all goes through there. The US Virgin Islands are also included in their coverage area, unlike Verizon. My friend who had Verizon last year had very poor connectivity and paid a lot for her calls. So, I don't know if T-Mobile is sold in the USVIs, but if you have it when visiting there, it works wonderfully.