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Old 06-05-2007, 03:13 PM
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Phone service is with Alltel, will I be able to use my phone in Bermuda?
Alltel has given me two stories, one positive and one negative, I need to either confirm I will have service or go to plan B. Plan B is to purchase a prepaid phone once I get there.
Please help.

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Old 06-05-2007, 04:50 PM
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If you have an unlocked GSM phone the best thing would be to pick up a pay as you go SIM card when you arrive. They are like $30 and you can top it up almost anywhere on the island.
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Old 06-05-2007, 05:13 PM
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US phones work, but it's expensive. Verizon hit me pretty hard after I was there for about a month.
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Old 06-05-2007, 06:22 PM
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Basic answer as jay said: no. Unless you pay for the sim card.

Verizon has maybe the best coverage in the US, but take a Verizon phone out of the US and it no workie. If you have Verizon you have to call um a week in advance and they will ship you a phone that will work. But as Gateway says - expensive.

Only service that I know of that will work when you get there is Cingular - assuning you have the $6/month international option.
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Old 06-05-2007, 08:41 PM
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First Light,
Were you in Bermuda for the Big Game Classic a few years ago and damaged a wheel?
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Old 06-05-2007, 10:11 PM
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Fortunately not me.
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Old 06-06-2007, 12:31 PM
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Alltel says they have a contract to use Verizon's towers on the island and that my current phone will work. I guess I will find out when I get there.
Thanks for the replies.
Now, does anyone have any info on the Fairmont South Hampton? Both good and bad.

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Old 06-06-2007, 01:25 PM
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Verizon does not have a tower in Bermuda.
Southhampton Princess is a great hotel.
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Old 06-06-2007, 06:44 PM
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Cingular will unlock your phone for you once your contract is up...then you can use the pre-paid cards available outside the USA. For international coverage, a quad-band GSM phone will work virtually everywhere.
Bermuda uses GSM 1900, and you can double check this and their gsm compaines here: http://www.gsmworld.com/roaming/gsminfo/cou_bm.shtml

You can look up GSM capabilities in other countries here:
http://www.gsmworld.com/roaming/gsminfo/index.shtml

You can buy an unlocked phone off E-Bay (search unlocked GSM).
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Old 06-07-2007, 12:12 AM
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South P is great, it's the biggest hotel on the island full service..everything from private beach and golf course to it's own dock. Trust me get an unlocked gsm phone and pick up a sim here.
Sorry First Light, i thought you were someone else. It wasn't pretty two battlewagons had a run in with a smallish rock....the rock won.
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