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Old June 18th, 2010, 10:40 AM
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I am getting ready to go on a cruise later this summer and just had a quick technical question. I need to stay in touch with my daughter back home in an inexpensive manner. Does anyone know of a cheap international texting program available? I will be e-mailing her however, I would like to have direct, instant communication as well. Please let me know if anyone has any ideas!!
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I don't know of any inexpensive way for you to get a text from her immediately. However, you can send her an immediate message by emailing her a text message. Here is some helpful info if you are not sure what her text email address is.
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Old June 19th, 2010, 08:19 PM
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I am getting ready to go on a cruise later this summer and just had a quick technical question. I need to stay in touch with my daughter back home in an inexpensive manner. Does anyone know of a cheap international texting program available? I will be e-mailing her however, I would like to have direct, instant communication as well. Please let me know if anyone has any ideas!!
Unfortunately, there really is no such thing as far as I know. You can find Internet Access in the ports for less than it cost's on the ship, but none of it is really inexpensive.

I'm sorry to say this, but if keeping in touch with your daughter is very important to you, you might want to consider another type of vacation .

JMHO, I hope someone else can help you more!
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Okay, Beenie gave you a link that should help! Thanks, BW
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Contact your cell phone carrier; they all offer different plans for international talk and texting. An example: I have an Iphone thru AT&T. they offer an international texting package for about $30 month. You have to buy the entire month.
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Also be aware that when you are not in port, you will be using the ship's cell tower. Find out what charges will result from that. I have never tried to text on board, so I don't know, but surely someone here does.
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One of my girlfriends told me about a new application called Chime. It will let you text to the US via computer for free for a few months. I would suggest going to the internet cafe on board to use the program.

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Something I recommend to my customers are prepaid cell phones. Theyre inexpensive, and a lot of the carriers consider the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico part of the US. The Caribbean in general with prepaid cell phones is not too expensive in regards to international calling and texting (usually .25-.35 per minute, texting usually less)
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Don't know if this is any help, but we are from the UK & text all over Europe & the Caribbean without noticing any untoward charges. We have "pay monthly'' on Vodaphone.
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