Phone number change
We got a call from the telephone company this morning telling us they had changed our phone number. That is past tense! We only had this phone installed less than three months ago. Really hard to believe someone at Innovative didn't know, at that time, they would be changing the number, but they didn't tell us!
So, to the newbies, this is the sort of thing we are talking about when we say things are done differently here in the islands.
Nothing to be done except take a deep breath, and start emailing EVERYONE.
A lot of people have only a cell phone, and get along fine. However, it depends on which island, where on that island you live and which cell phone company you use. There have been several threads about which cell company is best.
I lived on St. Thomas for years and had Sprint. It was "OK" , at best. Over the last couple of years Sprint has improved on STT. NOT on STX. Most of the people I have asked on STX agree that AT&T/Cingular is best.
All the islands have dead areas, where no cell phones work. Where will you be living?
I live on ST. Croix and only have a cell phone.
After reading through all the threads, I went with AT&T/Cingular as most people seemed to think that was the best company to use, at least on St. Croix.
There are dead zones and the signal sometimes drops, but overall I've been pretty happy with AT&T/Cingular.
When you look at rental properties or homes to purchase, check to see if you have cell signal or not. Some places don't, for example much of the north shore area on St. Croix and some of the west end in the rain forest doesn't have signal yet. Some condo buildings are constructed with so much concrete and rebar that they have lousy reception inside the units in locations where signal is fine outside or even just close to the windows or on the gallery. Some people also need a landline for business use, such as for sending faxes (which is the only reason I have a landline and it tends to go out several times a year when we have heavy rain).