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    Default Cell Phone Question: Traveling to the US

    We're heading back to the US next week. We have both an Orange and Claro cell phone, both quad-band GSMs.

    Will they work in the US (NYC/Philly)?

    What are the roaming charges like?

    Is it possible to get a cheap US cell number like an Orange chip in the DR? I know there are pre-paid plans available but you have to buy a phone, unless that has changed (I had one from Wal-Mart once.)

    What are the options for cell use while in the US?

    TIA for your insight...

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    If your phones are unlocked you can use a pre-paid sim from just about anywhere.Try best buy,target or walmart cost somewhere between 10-80 bucks depending on plan and minutes.

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    Your best / cheapest solution is a prepaid option (as stated above). I know Virgin mobile has some good, relatively cheap plans.

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    Default T Mobil

    Quote Originally Posted by suarezn View Post
    Your best / cheapest solution is a prepaid option (as stated above). I know Virgin mobile has some good, relatively cheap plans.
    US has T Mobil, prepaid you just buy the chip not a phone, if your unlocked just put in the new chip and your good to go. I change back and forth when I travel.

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    Thanks to you all!

    I feel like a tourist going back to the states...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cobraboy View Post
    Thanks to you all!

    I feel like a tourist going back to the states...
    That is the life of expats (when you feel like a tourist going back "home" )

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    Robert

    I have a plan with Tmobile that if you buy $100 worth of minutes they will last you a year. I use the same phone in the DR as in the States and just change the chip. It might be worth it as long as you go back once a year.

    See "pay as you go" in the attached link:

    tmobile

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    Default Another option...

    would be Metro PCS.

    Go to a Metro pcs store (they are everywhere in NYC/Philly), buy the cheapest (around $30) phone (they usually waive the $15 activation fee) and pay $60 for the monthly unlimited international plan.

    Your total cost will be about $100, but....and here is the but....calls to Dominican landlines are included with the unlimited international plan.

    Downside to Metro pcs is that they are city centric....meaning coverage is less than ideal outside major metropolitan areas.


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    Playacaribe2
    Last edited by playacaribe2; 10-22-2010 at 02:12 PM.

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