a friend asks me to bring him a unlocked cell phone from the US.
will he be able to get a cell provider in DR (e.g. Orange) on a pay-as-you-go basis? is this workable or would it be better to get him a cell phone locally?
You can buy an activated Alcatel Cell phone in DR for RD$300 including $RD100 credit! If you want to get fancy there are nicer phones for under $RD1000...why bother bringing a phone that needs to be unlocked, activated and possibly eating up hours of your vacation time to get working?