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Old January 2nd, 2008, 06:46 PM
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Any advice for using a cell phone on Royal Caribbean ships? My plan charges $2.49 per minute. Has anyone heard of anything cheaper since we need to keep in contact with our business? Thanks, Deb
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Yes - get a cell phone that will transfer email - like a blackberry or iPhone. The data charges while onboard are minimal.

Then use email as much as possible and use call centers and web cafes when in port.

For the web cafe - I usually bite the bullet and purchase 100 minutes for about $55. It brings the cost down to $.36/minute which is enough to do most of what you need to do. It sounds like a lot of $$, but when you think about it $55 is not much if it means being able to keep in touch as much as you need for an entire week.
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My NEXTEL PTT (Direct Connect) worked in PV, Mazatlan and Cabo up to Seattle for no extra charge.
I did not try to make a phone call.
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Thanks for the tips. We did set up an email account last year but found the connection times way too slow and ended up using our cell phone anyway. Deb
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I agree that the connection speed is very slow on cruise ships, especially at times. My best experience has been in ports at Internet Cafes.

Last year I sailed a Norwegian ship, A T & T's rate was $2.49 a minute.
I spent over $100..... Never again.

I now have the Iphone and plan to use that, along with the internet at ports.
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We have Alltel. I recently checked rates for Mexico coverage. They send you a special cell phone for one weekfree ($35 shipping), then about $5 per week after. 99 cents incoming calls from USA and $2.49 outgoing calls from Mexico.

Last time we cruised, we phoned home from our phone onboard and by the end of the cruise (after 2 short calls home) we were charged $75.

We sail Jan 31 to Cozumel and would like better rates than this. Any advice?
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Thanks for all the replies...I will look into the internet cafes...I've never thought of that...Deb
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Ya know, its a shame that the cruise lines charge so much for internet connections.
The uplink is a flat cost that they are paying anyway. The additional cost for individual users is infinitesimal...almost immeasurable.

They could offer the service as an incentive to cruise with them....wait, we'd be there and not in the casino or bar.
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I have a Blackberry that works anywhere in the world that has ATT service. I only pay for the ATT service and avoid cruise line charges.

It works in most ports of call but not always at sea.
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