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So sorry! I need telephone options for BVI!

Pathetic topic I know......but I need some input from those experienced in the BVI. We are first time charterers out of Tortola and am in need of communication options for calls back to the U.S. mainland. We use Sprint in the U.S. but I do not think that's an option along the Francis Drake Channel islands. Thanks in advance for any input.
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You might want to ask your charter company if the boat is equipped with one of these:

SatCom Upgrades | Yachting Magazine

it may, but it looks to get pricey fast if you are long winded
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Most charter boats have a cell phone that you can activate.
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Jeeze.....don't listen to those guys

Sat phones way to expensive!!!!!!!!!!
Charter cell phones that you can activate.......way too expensive
Make sure your cell phone is unlocked and buy a chip the the local compamy and charge it up with time yourself!!!
Or just use SKYPE!
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wouldnt data transmission via skype be as expensive as a sat phone as you would be charged on a per meg transmission basis? IIRC there is no 3g usb stick via a us carrier that would allow unlimited (or even limited) international data transmissions.. but if youve got one lemme know!
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"wouldnt data transmission via skype be as expensive as a sat phone as you would be charged on a per meg transmission basis?"
AFAIK with US carriers you can only use Skype on a Verizon cell phone, it is not available for all carriers yet. So forget comparing costs on that.

"Make sure your cell phone is unlocked and buy a chip " Also useless since the OP uses SPRINT and Sprint is a proprietary network that does not use GSM phones. Only GSM phones use SIM chips, in the US that means AT&T and T-Mobile are the only major carriers that you can take out of country and pop local SIM chips into. Again, no good for the OP.

The best solutions would be to use Skype or another VOIP phone from a local internet cafe or WiFi connection. Or, just as easy to buy a prepaid phone card when you get there, that has good rates back to the US. Or, beg buy or borrow a GSM cell phone, here or there, and THEN you can buy a local prepaid SIM chip to use it for calling home.

Just depends on how "wired" you have to be, whether you are on 24-hour call or calling in from each landfall will be enough.
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Or, beg buy or borrow a GSM cell phone, here or there, and THEN you can buy a local prepaid SIM chip to use it for calling home.
HS - Would the GSM phone (mine is from AT&T) have to be unlocked?

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HS - Would the GSM phone (mine is from AT&T) have to be unlocked?

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Yes. You can get a gsm phone cheap at Walmart, $30 and it comes with 300 mins! Just get it unlocked.
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Yes, it has to be unlocked but that's actually no problem. You call AT&T and tell them "I'll be traveling out of the country and need the unlock code". As long as you have been an AT&T customer for more than 90 days (some of the reps get that confused and think you must have the phone +90 days, but this applies to new phones on existing accounts as well) they will have someone call you back within 48 hours with your unlock code. Free.
If you don't need it--call and get it anyway, so it is done and out of the way "forever".
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