Post # 1
for international travel? I am a T-mobile customer. We are going to St. Lucia for our honeymoon and we were told that it costs $1.99 per minute to talk on our cell phones while we are there. It is $.35 per text sent and it is free to receive texts. We only want to call our families a few times to let them know we made it safely. I cannot believe it is so expensive. They also told us it is $15 to get on the internet per gig (or whatever the internet lingo is). How much does your cell phone provider charge you?
We are shutting off our internet and VM to save money while we are there. We are thinking about getting a calling card.
Post # 5
I don’t know off hand, but when my husband was deployed to various parts of Africa, his cell phone bill one month came back at almost $1,000 and we didn’t talk an excessive amount!
I would seriously suggest just getting a calling card. If you don’t plan on having lengthy, personal conversations a calling card from the payphone in the hotel lobby is perfect for saying “hi mom, dad, we made it! See you in a week!”.
Post # 6
What about google video chat or skype? It would definitely be cheaper that way and most resorts have internet.
Post # 7
When I went on a cruise last summer it was $1.99/minute or $.35 to send either a text or picture message, and $.05 to receive a text message or $.25 to receive a picture message. I sent my SO one picture message a day and he sent me one text message a day. It wasn’t too horrible.
Post # 8
It depends on where you are. Usually it’s waaaaay cheaper to just buy a SIM card in whatever country you’re in and not bother with your home carrier. We jail broke our iPhones specifically to do this – and it works great! Most phones do that without jailbreaking.
We use Skype on my laptop if there is WiFi or internet cafes if there isn’t in foreign countries to call home. If all you want to do is let them know you got there safe, just email them, or text if you don’t have a computer. it’s your honeymoon. You shouldn’t be chatting with family.
Post # 9
If the resort has internet access, could you just e-mail your families? My husband and I stayed in the US for our honeymoon, but we told everyone that unless there was a problem, they should not try to get a hold of us during the honeymoon, and we wouldn’t be contacting them. It was so nice to break away from technology for a week!
Post # 10
Thanks bees. I will probably call when we make it and leave( maybe just text because it is cheaper). I plan on purchasing a calling card for emergencies only, but we won’t get a lot of minutes. I don’t want to spend a lot of time talking to them on our honeymoon. IDK if our resort has free internet, but skype would be a good idea.
SN: Someone that I know went to either Sandals in Jamacia or Bahamas, and they used their room phone and was charged only $5 the entire time. They think they were under charged because they used the phone everyday.