I read that some cell phone providers in STT provide free calls back to the mainland....does anyone know who these providers are?
I have ATT/Cingular & can call the US at no charge.
i have Sprint everything plan i could call anywhere in the US, Puerto rico and Hawaii for free.
You can also call Guam and the Marshall Islands. Nothing make you feel you are getting your money's worth like a 12,000 mile call to Guam.
Usvi are part of america. If you get a plan that has free long distance you can call anywhere in the us for free. Your 2 main choices are Sprint and Att/Cingular.
Thanks. I currently have AT&T and they said it would cost me money to call back to the states. Maybe that's different if I switch my number and go to an AT&T store on the island. How did you handle that?
If you have a nationwide plan you can call everywhere for no additional charges, US mainland, PR, Alaska, Hawaii, Marshall Islands, Guam.
I have a New Jersey Area Code.....AT&T plan....never an additional charge to call back to the mainland as long as I remain within my monthly minutes.
If you keep a stateside area code for your phone it may deter many locals who are not using not using a nationwide cell phone plan from ever calling your number as it is a long distance call for us. I personally refuse to call anyone back that requires I spend long distance dollars to call them on island.
I spent September in St Thomas with my ATT phone. No long distance charges and I called home a lot. I think you must have gotten an uniformed customer service rep.
While I can see your point regarding long distance charges.......I've never (to my knowledge) not received a call back to my NJ number from any business or personal contact on island.
Since I only reside part time on STT (3-4 months out of the year) it would not be practical to change my number.......also, everyone I know has my current number.
Now that "portable numbers" are commonplace I think you'll see more and more people continuing to use their "current telephone numbers" where ever they move.
The other thing to keep in mind is ATT charges you to change your number and you have to get a new sim card so it is a pain/