I have seen that Carnival ships all have cell phone service now.... being Canadian, my provider said my phone will work anywhere in USA but not in carribean..... does anyone have any expereince with this from a canadian perspective.... anyone know if I will able to use mine out there?.... Any help is appreciated. I live in Manitoba and my provider is MTS....
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I use Bell in Ontario and it was the same for me. Actually most times at sea I didn't have any reception but when I did it was expensive so I just waited or used my laptop instead.
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There is another option for you. You can call from each port and departure city as well. MTS probably has a phone card similar to Telus that allows you to make phone calls for significatly cheaper LD rates.
The only downside to this calling card is if the port doesn't have phones that will support it (the cruise center in Grand Turk didn't so I used my cred it card around $5/minute). I also ran into a problem in St. Thomas at Havensight Mall. There were several payphones and the ones I tried, all but one worked and it didn't want to accept my LD calling card. I called collect. I was fustrated after a good 15-20 minutes of trying in 40C sun and no shade.
Email is an option, but there may be a charge to sign into the system and for each email you send. I spent $20 to sign in and send two emails. Don't call from the ships phone, it will cost a small fortune!
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Another really great option that we have used is a TracPhone. You can buy them for $15 at Walmart, CVS, Dollar General and in lots of places in the states. I have seen them on ebay in case you want to get it set up in advance because some of the options available on it need to be set up a few days in advance and it will work in quite a few Ports (but not in Mexico) and make sure you keep it turned off in Mexico. You can have it set up with two phone numbers, one that is a native US phone number, and one that is a Canadian phone number so that when you call Canada it is treated as a local call, and when your friends and family call you, even if it's just to leave a voicemail it is a local call for them. It is pre-paid so you can pay as you go, and you don't have to worry about unpleasant surprises when the bill comes. It will not work on most ships though. Some have reported they will work on a few of NCL's ships, but that has not been our experience.
We like this nifty little phone because d/h's family is in Canada, and when he is on the road he can call them without paying the big bucks like happens when we call Canada from our regular cell phone.
I also have a skype IP phone which I got for next to nothing during a woot off. I spend $30 a year and can call just about anywhere. When we were in Grand Cayman I was able to pick up a wifi signal from a resort while sittting on the balcony of our room on the ship and we were able to call Canada and the US using my laptop and the IP phone. Because we were in Grand Cayman it cost us 2 cents a minute. Since Kuki's ship was parked next door we were going to call him on his cell phone to see if we could borrow a cup of sugar (That was Trip's idea lol). Since he was paying the big bucks to use his cell on board, it's a good thing we didn't hehehe. We were not able to use the ship's internet service to make IP calls though because of the latency issue.
I didn't realize there were so many options available. I won't be using the phone regularly, but I will be sailing with my 16 year old daughter and leaving my younger special needs daughter home with grandma as she refused to go on a "boat", so I will want to connect with her from time to time to just say "hi, mom and breanne love you".
Thanks again. I will need to decide if I will purchase LD cards while in the ports or get a different type of phone set up as was suggested by teenie weenie.
Thanks to all of you..... these boards are great.....