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How many SIM cards do you carry?

Roaming charge is killing me. Not able connect back to office every week is not an option. Sat Phone is not an answer either. From the Windward Islands to Mexico / Belize, what SIM cards are a must have.

Last trip going through Thorny Path in Bahamas, I was able to connect most of the time sailing through the islands, so I would like to get a card that will work in Bahamas.
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Re: How many SIM cards do you carry?

We buy a SIM card for any country we go to where we plan to stay for a time.. Generally the cost ranges from $1 to free when you buy air time. Generally they, and/or the air time expire after 30 days or 90 days. If you are in the same country you can top up your time, but once it expires it is time to start again. It has been our experience that you need a different card for each country even if the same company operates in both - for example, our Vodaphone card from Australia was useless in South Africa or was it NZ and Oz.

Anyway, to answer your question I have about 5 SIM cards but only because I haven't thrown them out.
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Re: How many SIM cards do you carry?

Haha.... I thought you might have more since you guys have traveled more than most of us here.

For voice roaming, I assume they will give you a new phone number. Will your old number still work when someone call you?
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Re: How many SIM cards do you carry?

We carry two; one for the US which we use in the VI and a second one for the hurricane season in Grenada. We don't worry about the rest of the islands as we can use any local's phone for local island calls if the need arises, which is rare.
Internet is THE method of communication IMO for sailors today. Quite a difference from ham radio and phone patching of yesteryear!
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Re: How many SIM cards do you carry?

We get SIM cards for anywhere we are going to be more than a couple of weeks. Right now we have 3 - Aruba, Bahamas, US - and as previous poster commented; you never know when they will expire.
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Re: How many SIM cards do you carry?

We have a different phone number in each country so we have to let people know the new number so they can call us. We also use Skype when it makes sense.
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Re: How many SIM cards do you carry?

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We get SIM cards for anywhere we are going to be more than a couple of weeks. Right now we have 3 - Aruba, Bahamas, US - and as previous poster commented; you never know when they will expire.
Jaye is on track. The easy answer to "How many SIM cards do you carry?" is "As many as you use."

I have two or three from the Bahamas since sometimes it is cheaper to get a new number than reactivate an old card. I've got cards from LIME, Digicell, and Orange. There might be another odd one here or there.

My US phone is a quad-band AT&T iPhone 4 which works almost everywhere right off the boat. I also carry an old quad-band Razr for a local card.

The big usability factor has been a US Google Voice number. I use the Google Voice number to give to people that might call me from the US. It rings my AT&T phone, my SkypeIn number, and whatever local number I'm using. No one that needs to call me ever needs to worry about what my phone number is this week. Even better, voice mail on Google voice is available both as audio (on the phone and on-line) and as voice-to-text in an e-mail.

If I'm only going to be in a country for a couple of days I use my US AT&T phone and let everything roll to voice mail. When I have Internet I check messages and return what makes sense. Lots of people get e-mail messages in response to voice mail.
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Re: How many SIM cards do you carry?

dawg, if you want to give people just one phone number that can always reach you, try a Google Voice number. Free, US area codes, and as you hit port and buy a new SIM card you can also log into the GVoice account on the internet and change the number(s) it forwards to.

A caller just calls into GVoice, that's all they need to know. YOu can set up the rules for who gets forwarded, when they get forwarded, how many numbers they get forwarded to...very versatile. Yes, you will pay something for the international forwarding, but at VOIP rates it isn't much. And for the folks you don't want to pay for, you can always just put your new direct number on the voicemail message. ""Leave a message or call me at".

You can also pick up the voicemail over the web, or have it forwarded to your phone by text messaging. The "transcription" from voice to text sometimes is bafflingly hilarious.
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Re: How many SIM cards do you carry?

Excellent Gentlemen, sound likes an viable alternatives. I will implement this in for my travel.

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The "transcription" from voice to text sometimes is bafflingly hilarious.
You meant the people with an accent. LOL.
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Re: How many SIM cards do you carry?

No, even if you have Tom-Brokaw-air-controller perfect enunciation, the Google transcription can go wildly wrong. I think it is another one of those "We've got a great idea!" projects that they haven't done any work on in years. The "Tell Me" vr system from the mid to late 90's did better.
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