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Need advice on cell phone use in GC

Discussion in 'Cayman Islands' started by sdwho, Jul 11, 2013.

  1. Sunny2012

    Sunny2012 Photographer

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    Another great app I use is the ATT Call International APP, you do not have to have ATT cell service to use.

    You setup an account with a credit card on your mobile, requires WiFi for only .19/minute.

    Introducing AT&T Call International


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    Have a blast in Cayman!
     
  2. WeBeDivin

    WeBeDivin Garibaldi

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    We bought a Lime Sim Card at the LIME store for $5.00. I had two old AT&T smart phones. I called AT&T and they gave me the unlock codes for both of them. Unlocked them both and put the LIME sim in one phone and bought $20.00 of time. Pay as you need more time. You can add money (minutes) online. It also works with a non smart phone. We dive the Caymans 3-5 times a year so it works great for us.

    Pay as you go plan is great. Calling the US from there on a LIME phone is very inexpensive. $20.00 goes a long way.
     
  3. sdwho

    sdwho Barracuda

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    Thanks for all the great advice. I think I'm probably going to go with the buy a cheap phone approach since (a) I don't have an old phone that I can get unlocked and (b) I will need to be reachable (and able to reach others) even when I'm not in wi-fi range.
     
  4. EastEndDiver

    EastEndDiver Captain

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    Either Digicell or Lime offer the same pay as you go plans.They may offer different phones that's about the only difference I have seen.
     
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  5. releck97

    releck97 Captain

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    Location: Cayuga Lake, NY and Pompano Beach, FL
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    And, the go phones are quite inexpensive.
     
  6. Marek K

    Marek K Loggerhead Turtle

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    We use T-Mobile pre-paid accounts in the U.S., and roaming doesn't work with them in the Caymans. I'd really like to find a way to keep in touch with family members if/when we separate on vacation.

    We've got old Nokia "dumb phones" that are GSM tri-band (work in Europe and the U.S.), and they take SIMM cards. Sounds like buying Lime or Digicel pre-paid SIMM cards would be ideal.

    Someone said the pre-paid cards are available at the airport? How about at large supermarkets like Fosters or Kirk?

    Any issues for non-residents? (When I was in Germany a few years ago, I couldn't buy a pre-paid T-Mobile card there unless I was a resident. Well, not without a lot of sweet-talking.)

    And I'm looking at the web sites; and while I see the per-minute costs, I can't seem to find how much a starter pre-paid kit would cost (SIMM card and starter minutes)...
     
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2013
  7. EastEndDiver

    EastEndDiver Captain

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    There are no restrictions on buying a phone/sim card .There are Digicell and Lime stores throughout the island.Not sure on a startup kit.The supermarkets do not sell Sim cards.

    The phone you have should work .
     
  8. Marek K

    Marek K Loggerhead Turtle

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    Yeah, that kind of makes sense.

    But ScubaBing wrote in Post #8 above that SIMM cards were available at the airport -- I assume pre-paid. That would be great, since we'd be splitting up right away after arriving and need phones immediately.

    I see Digicel and Lime shop locations on their web sites, but nothing near the airport.
     

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