Verizon roaming charges?
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Before I call Verizon directly, I thought I'd get the opinion of people who have been there. Does Verizon charge roaming charges in the Caribbean? Rather than buy walkie-talkies we'd like to just keep our cell phones. Any thoughts?If you are talking about calling each other on your Verizon cell phones while on the ship you will EACH be charged $2.49 per minutes while on board. Forget the plan you have at home, it will not apply once you leave port and your calls are transmitted via the ships cell tower. Text messaging charges aren't all that bad, just looked them up and they are 50 cents per message sent and 5 cents per recieved, but they will add up if you make many of them. Not sure of text messages from one on board phone to another but on our trip in Feb several text messages sent to me from the states didn't show up for quite some time after they had actually been sent. Not a good thing to leave your cell phone turned on the entire time you are out of the country as some have reported that in coming messages to your voice mail can also be charged the $2.49 per minute even if you don't answer the phone when it rings if it is turned on. If you plan to use your phone while in the Caribbean call Verizon and have international dialing put on your phone so you can make calls if you wish. If you go to Verizon's web page you can find a listing of the per minute charges from the various countries and for some counties, special numbers that must be dialed in order to call home. Hope this helps.
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Right now, my 17 y/o is freaking out that she won't be able to talk to her bf while we're gone...... They'll get over it eventually I guess....I don't know why but this made me lol . . . oh boy teenagers yeah they'll get over it
Tell them specifically you are on a cruise.. see what they offer..
Shipboard calls are $2.49 a minute.
You can click on this link to see what the rates are in the ports of call you are visiting. Puerto Rico is $.69/minute. You'll want to make sure you call Verizon and have them add the international calling feature to your phone. There isn't a charge for it.
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I had called and they said that they could block his phone for international calls.
Apparently they can't or don't.
If the phone number where you are has the same configuration as ours, then the phone works.
So we had a bunch of charges for calls to his phone that he didn't answer.
They took the charges off, but that doesn't mean that they would do it again.
When my girls' were out of the country I had them text me periodically. Texts from Mexico or Europe were .50, which is reasonable to me.
They kept their phones off and just turned them once a day or so to see if they had a text.
We can use our cell phones just like at home in St Thomas and in Puerto Rico.
Shipboard calls are $2.49 per minute
calls from ports range from .69 to 1.99 per minute (puerto rico has both roaming and included towers)
Must activate IDial for the phone to work in foreign ports.
Texts are .50 to send and .05 to receive
Sometimes you will not be charged for calls in foreign ports because it is up to the local provider to charge Verizon for the calls sometimes they do and sometimes they don't.
You at home plan means nothing once you leave the port of departure, any "no roaming" that you have will be out the window once you are roaming internationally, this applies to ALL PROVIDERS.
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One 4 minute and 52 second call from the Holiday in the middle of the Gulf back to Georgia to check on my African Grey parrot cost me 12.45