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Phone Reception in the Cruise
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    Phone Reception in the Cruise

    by brunoredsox » Mon Jan 19, 2015 5:40 am

    Hi guys, not sure if this has been posted or asked before, so I'll go ahead and do that for us cruise noobs.

    How's the phone reception on the boat? I'm getting a T-mobile (or similar) pre-paid plan with internet for my phone (I'm from Brazil) and I was wondering if the phone/internet packages will work on the cruise.

    Can you guys shed me some light?

    Thanks!
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    Re: Phone Reception in the Cruise

    by pablov8 » Mon Jan 19, 2015 6:51 am

    Last year I was able to send some SMS while we were on the sea, so you have reception. I'm not sure how frequently though.
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    Re: Phone Reception in the Cruise

    by mikijonas » Mon Jan 19, 2015 7:02 am

    Reception is good, bit BLOODY EXPENSIVE... Remember that you wil be outside the US!
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    Re: Phone Reception in the Cruise

    by brunoredsox » Mon Jan 19, 2015 7:03 am

    Oh shit, that's right! I heard that the Cruise Wi-Fi is expensive as f*#k too.
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    Re: Phone Reception in the Cruise

    by Dimma » Mon Jan 19, 2015 7:07 am

    Seriously. Just do without it for 3 and a bit days.
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    Re: Phone Reception in the Cruise

    by erik13 » Mon Jan 19, 2015 7:08 am

    These are the T Mobile rates:
    Rates for Royal Caribbean: Liberty.
    Data $15/MB
    Text SENDING $0.50/txt RECEIVING Deducted from your domestic texting plan’s allotment.*
    Talk $5.99/min.

    I called and the T Mobile rep told me to take the sim card out it's so expensive!
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    Re: Phone Reception in the Cruise

    by brunoredsox » Mon Jan 19, 2015 7:11 am

    Guess I'll have to remove the SIM card ahhahahahahahaa no problem

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    Re: Phone Reception in the Cruise

    by deathmetalpat » Mon Jan 19, 2015 8:16 am

    The best part of the cruise is nobody is on a cell phone ,however there has been free wi-fi service somewhere at our ports of call.So you should be able to get one time to check though e-mails etc.
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    Re: Phone Reception in the Cruise

    by erik13 » Mon Jan 19, 2015 10:58 am

    Would airplane mode be the same as removing the sim card? That way you can still take pictures?
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    Re: Phone Reception in the Cruise

    by manamachine » Mon Jan 19, 2015 11:08 am

    Dudes, definitely turn that reception off. It is not worth the bill you could end up with. Because you're traveling in international waters, you could be looking at thooouuuuusands of dollars in bills. If you need wifi, use what's available on the ship.

    I'm buying a package through my provider for the US, but as soon as I'm on board, it's going on Airplane Mode. And yes, this should stop any charges. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
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    Re: Phone Reception in the Cruise

    by bodomdragon » Mon Jan 19, 2015 11:20 am

    manamachine wrote:as soon as I'm on board, it's going on Airplane Mode. And yes, this should stop any charges. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

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    Re: Phone Reception in the Cruise

    by brunoredsox » Mon Jan 19, 2015 11:22 am

    Airplane mode it is, then. So I can take some photos with you guys! :3drunks:
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    Re: Phone Reception in the Cruise

    by SaraMarie » Mon Jan 19, 2015 11:25 am

    I for one welcome not having any ability to use my cell or wifi. I've already warned people not to bother even trying to contact me. Thank god. Too many of my coworkers stay on Skype and/or do work while on vacation. Not me.
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    Re: Phone Reception in the Cruise

    by Lordmarioh » Mon Jan 19, 2015 12:01 pm

    I'm only using my phone for pictures during the cruise! :bangers:
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    Re: Phone Reception in the Cruise

    by Monmisreal » Mon Jan 19, 2015 12:18 pm

    Yea just leave it on airplane mode. Phones are fine for pictures but don't be that douchebag in the middle of the floor during a show holding up an iPad.
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    Re: Phone Reception in the Cruise

    by Speedy » Mon Jan 19, 2015 2:02 pm

    I have left my phone on the last two years so people can reach me in am emergency. No charge unless you use the phone. Make sure that data roaming is off.
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    Re: Phone Reception in the Cruise

    by Shelton » Mon Jan 19, 2015 2:59 pm

    Speedy wrote:I have left my phone on the last two years so people can reach me in am emergency. No charge unless you use the phone. Make sure that data roaming is off.

    I've given people the number for the ship in case of emergencies. But I'm a newbie, so I don't know if that's how it works. Hopefully I won't need to test it (not like I'll be able to do anything while in the middle of the Caribbean anyway...)
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    Re: Phone Reception in the Cruise

    by Pellaz » Mon Jan 19, 2015 3:25 pm

    Speedy wrote:I have left my phone on the last two years so people can reach me in am emergency. No charge unless you use the phone. Make sure that data roaming is off.


    Yeah, that last part is REALLY important. You can get reamed pretty badly if you're not careful.

    The best rule of thumb is, "When the land drops below the horizon, put your phone in airplane mode."
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    Re: Phone Reception in the Cruise

    by deathmetalpat » Mon Jan 19, 2015 4:35 pm

    Looking at the web page for the Jamaican cell phone company,data is $581.03 USD per MB ,if you don't have any international roaming on your phone.So yeah make sure data is off except wi-fi when you get there.
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    Re: Phone Reception in the Cruise

    by Phoenix » Mon Jan 19, 2015 4:45 pm

    deathmetalpat wrote:Looking at the web page for the Jamaican cell phone company,data is $581.03 USD per MB ,if you don't have any international roaming on your phone.So yeah make sure data is off except wi-fi when you get there.


    :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:

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    Re: Phone Reception in the Cruise

    by Tono_Fyr » Mon Jan 19, 2015 5:14 pm

    We'll be on a fucking cruise ship with a bunch of awesome bands! There are better things to do than sit on the internet/call people! Save that shit for later!

    I look forward to being completely unreachable.
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    Re: Phone Reception in the Cruise

    by Jotunheimr » Mon Jan 19, 2015 5:42 pm

    Tono_Fyr wrote:We'll be on a fucking cruise ship with a bunch of awesome bands! There are better things to do than sit on the internet/call people! Save that shit for later!

    I look forward to being completely unreachable.


    Exactly! And I know some people from work will probably try to reach me so this thing's going on airplane mode until I get back home
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    Re: Phone Reception in the Cruise

    by gundiesalvo » Mon Jan 19, 2015 6:29 pm

    Tono_Fyr wrote:We'll be on a fucking cruise ship with a bunch of awesome bands! There are better things to do than sit on the internet/call people! Save that shit for later!

    I look forward to being completely unreachable.


    Yep, just let people back home know you'll be off-grid for a few days, shouldn't be a biggie. All stories I hear from cruisers who used their phones seem to lead to astronomical ammounts of money being paid at the end.
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    Re: Phone Reception in the Cruise

    by EpidemicReign » Mon Jan 19, 2015 11:36 pm

    I've got a digital camera to take photos, phone is staying OFF and in the cabin.
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    Re: Phone Reception in the Cruise

    by bodomdragon » Tue Jan 20, 2015 12:40 am

    Tono_Fyr wrote:We'll be on a fucking cruise ship with a bunch of awesome bands! There are better things to do than sit on the internet/call people! Save that shit for later!

    I look forward to being completely unreachable.

    Absolutely agree!!!!

    Except that my girlfriend doesn't.

    If I don't text her from time to time she'll cut my balls off when I get back.
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    Re: Phone Reception in the Cruise

    by SavaShip » Tue Jan 20, 2015 9:38 am

    AT&T Has a add-on package specifically for cruises.

    $30 gets you 50 talk minutes
    $60 gets you 50 talk minutes and 100 text messages
    $120 gets you the above plus 100MB of data.

    Normal rates on the cruise AT&T published as: $0.50 per text. $1.30 per picture text. $2.50 per minute talk, and $19.97 per MegaByte of data.

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    Re: Phone Reception in the Cruise

    by mooyagi » Tue Jan 20, 2015 4:57 pm

    bodomdragon wrote:
    Tono_Fyr wrote:We'll be on a fucking cruise ship with a bunch of awesome bands! There are better things to do than sit on the internet/call people! Save that shit for later!

    I look forward to being completely unreachable.

    Absolutely agree!!!!

    Except that my girlfriend doesn't.

    If I don't text her from time to time she'll cut my balls off when I get back.


    Sounds like someone needs a new girlfriend. :P :beerwink:
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