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Wolverine888
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June 8, 2018 9:34 am  

Thoughts on continuing my Verizon service in STT? They have a major presence here in the States, however not so much there, huh? I’m not under contract and could switch to a different provider if I wished to. Reason I ask, during my most recent visit, the only signal I was able to get for the first few days, no matter where I was on island was Verizon’s “1x Extended,” lousy speed. After talking to their service rep, they had me change some settings on my iPhone which got me “Open Mob. LTE,” which was much better. My real estate agent had ATT and service which seemed to work really well on the other hand. Just wondering what the general consensus is among you folks. Would appreciate your thoughts.


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June 8, 2018 11:57 am  

We all use AT&T or Sprint, so no experience with Verizon. Maybe try it out for a month and see how well it works (and what kind of bill you get)?

You will likely wind up switching to AT&T. If you do wind up moving to STJ, that's what works best here.


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June 8, 2018 12:04 pm  

AT&T


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Wolverine888
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June 9, 2018 7:50 am  

I will look into AT&T then...my only thought with regard to Verizon was that apparently after Irma, only Verizon and Virgin Mobile were able to get signals (in Verizon’s case, it was because they put mobile towers in place quickly).


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June 9, 2018 3:59 pm  

apparently after Irma, only Verizon and Virgin Mobile were able to get signals (in Verizon’s case, it was because they put mobile towers in place quickly).

I have never heard that comment spoken in STT


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June 9, 2018 4:40 pm  

apparently after Irma, only Verizon and Virgin Mobile were able to get signals (in Verizon’s case, it was because they put mobile towers in place quickly).

I have never heard that comment spoken in STT

Zero: It is true. We had tourists around who were calling. As I understand, there were towers that belonged to Choice? Innovative? Someone besides AT&T and Sprint anyway. It didn't last very long, maybe a week? Sprint worked for a bit, then stopped completely. AT&T came up quickly in some areas.

Wolverine: I don't think Verizon moved to put up mobile towers as they don't have a presence.


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Wolverine888
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June 10, 2018 8:28 am  

Thanks for all the input everyone...may have to give serious consideration then to switching to AT&T in the coming weeks while still stateside, and I suppose they also offer some kind of bundling with internet & cable service to go along with their cellphone service there in STT?


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June 10, 2018 3:41 pm  

I suppose they also offer some kind of bundling with internet & cable service to go along with their cellphone service there in STT?

No, AT&T does not offer those services here. You will need a local provider for both Internet and cable, which may or may not be best served by the same company, depending on your location and your need for certain Internet speeds.


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June 10, 2018 4:47 pm  

AT&T does offer Direct TV here but it doesn't offer a full spectrum of channel selection.
You can hotspot your phone for internet but it is very limited for big data usage.


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June 10, 2018 9:38 pm  

Thanks everyone for your input...have done some further research now and am thinking broadband.vi’s live streaming residential service for $99.95 may suit my needs best but will continue to look into it. BVI’s website says they are waiving their $199 installation fee at this time.


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June 11, 2018 1:18 am  

Thanks everyone for your input...have done some further research now and am thinking broadband.vi’s live streaming residential service for $99.95 may suit my needs best but will continue to look into it. BVI’s website says they are waiving their $199 installation fee at this time.

No install fee is a good deal as they need to install and aim the radio antenna. But perhaps Beeski can comment, I thought BBVI was not doing new installs yet due to still getting existing customers back up and running. So when are you needing service by?


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Wolverine888
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June 11, 2018 5:55 am  

Was hoping to have service shortly after moving in 1 July Scubadoo


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June 11, 2018 11:03 am  

A few towers survived the storm, including the one near me in Wintberg. People from all over the island came to the neighborhood to use their phone.

I usually have 2 phones on different networks in case one goes out. Had the wrong 2 pre Irma. Now have ATT and waiting for Viya to come back 100%.


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June 12, 2018 6:29 am  

I had Sprint pre storms. It worked for awhile after the storms then just stopped completely. I now have ATT. My neighbor had Choice/Viya and had service after the storms. I too am thinking of having two services for storm season, but not sure which one to go with. My son has Sprint, and is finally coming home today, so I will report back on how that is working on STJ. Post storm, that was one of the worst things. Lack of communication. Word of mouth spread quickly (as it always does here) but it wasn't always good info. A lot of unnecessary freaking out over bad info.


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June 12, 2018 10:54 am  

Thanks everyone for your input...have done some further research now and am thinking broadband.vi’s live streaming residential service for $99.95 may suit my needs best but will continue to look into it. BVI’s website says they are waiving their $199 installation fee at this time.

No install fee is a good deal as they need to install and aim the radio antenna. But perhaps Beeski can comment, I thought BBVI was not doing new installs yet due to still getting existing customers back up and running. So when are you needing service by?

I am very happy to announce that Broadband VI is 100% restored and installing new customers in 1-3 days. We still have a lot of work to do, temporary patches will be turned into permanent fixes. Some towers are still being rebuilt. But almost all of our old customers are back online and we have the ability to get almost anyone who wants service online.

re: Verizon, they have no presence in the Virgin Islands. Customers were able to roam on Viya towers.

re: Sprint, they lost their entire network for 2 months (very poor network design IMO). Customers were able to roam on Viya.


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June 12, 2018 11:33 am  

Thanks Beeski, great to know!


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