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(@Dixie Pixie)
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I spent a good part of the morning on hold with Cingular Cell Phone service (who I have stateside) to see if using my cellphone in STT will be charged as roaming or long distance. They couldn't find the answer! Hahaha. I felt as though my ability to be patient was already being tested before I even set foot on the island!

If any one of you know the answer to this burning and apparently complex question, I would appreciate it!

Posted : January 24, 2006 8:55 pm
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I have never been charged for either on STX with my stateside account, I have seen a couple of posts that said they were when the signal was picked up on a BVI site. Once they proved they were not in th BVI, the charges were dropped.

Posted : January 24, 2006 9:22 pm
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I know this isnt Cingular but I had Verizon when i was in st. croix and I was ROAMING.

Posted : January 24, 2006 9:32 pm
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I've been using my stateside Cingular for the past 7 plus months and haven't incurred any extra fees. No long distance. No roaming.

Posted : January 24, 2006 10:10 pm
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You need to be signed up with Cingulars "Nation Plan" to get long

distance and roaming without additional charges in the USVI.

I have never had

problems being pick up by BVI or San Juan towers.

However I often get San Juan and (spanish speaking) when I

dial {business services) 611.

The quality of the signal varies.

Check the plans out on Cingulars web site.

Posted : January 25, 2006 12:18 am
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I also have Cingular's "Nation" plan. I was on STT and STJ in Dec and January and was very pleased to find that the coverage/signal area has improved quite a bit since I was last there.

The last time I was there my cell phone did not have signal on a good portion of STT, including Peterborg/north side. Now there is signal in that area.

With the Nation plan there are no roaming charges in the USVI.

Posted : January 25, 2006 10:42 am
(@Dixie Pixie)
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Thanks guys!! I knew I'd get the scoop from ya'll.

Posted : January 25, 2006 1:03 pm
(@Jarrod Cronin)
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How about calling to St Thomas using your cingular phone? Are there any international charges that apply?

Posted : January 25, 2006 4:58 pm
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I call from Florida, on my Cingular National Plan, to friends in STT and there are no additional charges for doing so.

Posted : January 25, 2006 5:10 pm
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I witched to Cingular befor I left DC because STX would not be a roaming area. I did not have to sign up for the international plan. i have not been charged roaming or any other type of fees. I have had Cingular service since August.

Posted : January 25, 2006 6:26 pm
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If you have the National plan from Cingular, calling to or from the US Virgin Islands is no different than calling to or from any of the fifty states.

In fact Cingular works so well and is cheaper than Innovative I am in the process of installing a fixed wireless terminal in my home in STX so I can avoid having to use Innovative for telephone service.

One I plug it in all the corded phones and extensions in my home will ring using a wireless SIM. The wireless terminal has twice the power of a hendheld phone and a built in antenna.

If you want to see what a fixed wireless terminal is go to


Posted : January 25, 2006 8:15 pm
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Thanks for all your input!

Posted : January 25, 2006 8:19 pm
(@Dixie Pixie)
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Wow! Listen to you! I'm impressed! Thanks for the link, I will definitely look into this! I'm glad a cell phone will be all that is needed. I currently have both a landline (for my DSL) and a cell phone, and I'm looking forward to giving up the landline.

Posted : January 25, 2006 8:56 pm
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I'm live on STT and have a Cingular Cell Phone. The only way I can get charged extra (alot extra) is when I pick up a BVI tower which can't be done unless from a boat, even then you have to be atleast halfway between jost and STT.

Posted : February 1, 2006 6:45 am
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I've picked up the BVI tower from the East End, STT (my condo). You need to be alert and monitor your phone or pay $3.00 per minute.


Posted : February 1, 2006 12:30 pm
(@Dixie Pixie)
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Forgive me for what may be a painfully ignorant question, but being a spoiled child from the mainland, I have no idea how I would know whether I'm picking up a tower that is next to me or one that is down the street. How do you know if you've picked up a BVI tower? Does that info show on your cellphone screen? Does it show that you are "roaming"? ???

Posted : February 1, 2006 2:12 pm
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It shows up on your telephone screen. On my Motorola phone the name "Cingular Wireless" normally shows up. In STT I was getting something like "EMB2" (I might have the letters transposed). I had to go into my "tools" menu to manually reset the phone back to Cingular.

In other words....if your phone is like mine and you see something other than "Cingular"....

Go to your "tools" menu.
Press Networks,
Press "Available Networks",
Select the network you want to use (i.e. Cingular)
That should do it (of course that depends if Cingular is providing service to the location that you're in at that time.)

Hope this helps,


Posted : February 1, 2006 4:28 pm
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