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Re: Cell phone usage for USA and "maybe" Caribbean

We could not use the call forwarding option as we did not have a contract phone in the USA. Having an island sim in one phone at all times allowed us to get incoming calls from the UK and Europe without a problem. Then the other phone with it's local sim was used for outgoing calls.

Basic phones are about $40 US

I am not sure of my facts on this topic and things keep changing but believe that roaming charges in islands like St Lucia can be 5 to 10 times higher than the costs of calls made with the local sim.

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I am a cell phone manufacturer ,1st buy a cheap 25dollar phone that has multiple sims card slots , GSM quad band .
once you get in the area you are staying at purchase a pay as you go sim card or oay as you use .
I have 4 slots in my phones , I put all 4 sim cards in my phone .... for the usa , mexico china and Costa rica [China and Costa rica are pay as you go cards ]
Buy GSM phone quad band phone ,this is important buy a quad band phone!!!!!not just a GSM phone ,they are cheaper than cdma or wcdma and can be used anywhere .....
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I am a cell phone manufacturer ,1st buy a cheap 25dollar phone that has multiple sims card slots , GSM quad band .
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Can you give a specific make/model of phone and a supplier please.
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I am a cell phone manufacturer ,1st buy a cheap 25dollar phone that has multiple sims card slots , GSM quad band .
once you get in the area you are staying at purchase a pay as you go sim card or oay as you use .
I have 4 slots in my phones , I put all 4 sim cards in my phone .... for the usa , mexico china and Costa rica [China and Costa rica are pay as you go cards ]
Buy GSM phone quad band phone ,this is important buy a quad band phone!!!!!not just a GSM phone ,they are cheaper than cdma or wcdma and can be used anywhere .....
You sound very adamant about this and I appreciate your enthusiasm. As mentioned above can you offer a few brands that meet this criteria?
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Re: Cell phone usage for USA and "maybe" Caribbean

f15, do a web search for "4 sim cell phone" and you'll get a horde of hits from alibaba and a dozen companies from Shenzhen (surprised?) that all sell for $25-40. How good they are and whether a US carrier will provision them, prepaid or otherwise, is a whole other question. And that's mostly "2g" voice phones, nothing fancy.
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f15, do a web search for "4 sim cell phone" and you'll get a horde of hits from alibaba and a dozen companies from Shenzhen (surprised?) that all sell for $25-40. How good they are and whether a US carrier will provision them, prepaid or otherwise, is a whole other question. And that's mostly "2g" voice phones, nothing fancy.
Got it, buyer beware but that's fine. Been in 3rd worlds countries so you get what you get and 2 G will be fine.

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Re: Cell phone usage for USA and "maybe" Caribbean

F15 ,

go to Amigo Movil SA. LLC
you need a basic phone for your plans right?
calls and texts only ?
one you can plug a sims card into and use ?
call 409-457-2049 tomorrow around 12

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Re: Cell phone usage for USA and "maybe" Caribbean

In prep to go back to they western carib I attempted to get our old nokia unlocked in Clearwater, Fl. The shop said it would be $75, and three weeks. Ended taking locked phone on trip, had it unlocked in Roatan for $5, in about 10 minutes. I now have a Nokia, unlocked, quad band, model 2700-c2, which I purchased off Amazon for $80. We carried sim cards for each country/cell provider. Some prepaid and some pay as you go. The phone works fine when back home in Clearwater with ATT sim on contract.
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Re: Cell phone usage for USA and "maybe" Caribbean

Not in the Caribbean, but we bought a prepaid $17.00 phone here in Mexico and it's great. It came with 100 pesos credit on it too. ($7.50)
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Re: Cell phone usage for USA and "maybe" Caribbean

check out Telestial on the internet (just google it). They have an excellent primer on cell phones abroad and also sell unlocked tri-band cell phones that will work in any country overseas. I got one of their cheaper models and got sim cards in the various islands I went to for 10-15 bucks. Worked great until I dropped it in the water.
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