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    SBHGal is offline
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    Issues calling St. Barths from the US

    We are having issues calling St. Barths from our cell phones in the US. We have ATT and have the international calling plan. When we call we get a busy signal. We are able to call other countries with no issue including France. The ATT rep has no idea what is happening, and we never had this issue before.

    Any ideas?

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    KevinS is offline
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    Re: Issues calling St. Barths from the US

    On a cell phone, an SBH landline is +590 590 xxxxxx and a cellphone is +590 690 xxxxxx. Is that the format that you are using?

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    SBHGal is offline
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    Re: Issues calling St. Barths from the US

    yes using that format exactly.

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    JEK is offline
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    Re: Issues calling St. Barths from the US

    Sometimes the circuits are just busy. I had the same problem just now. Fast busy.
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    Re: Issues calling St. Barths from the US

    Quote Originally Posted by JEK View Post
    Sometimes the circuits are just busy. I had the same problem just now. Fast busy.
    We have been getting the fast busy signal for the last two weeks.
    Did you just try calling from your cell phone? Do you have ATT? Trying to figure out if its ATT or something else.

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    JEK is offline
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    Re: Issues calling St. Barths from the US

    Cell with ATT. Why not try a landline?
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    Dennis is offline
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    Re: Issues calling St. Barths from the US

    Quote Originally Posted by JEK View Post
    Cell with ATT. Why not try a landline?
    Huh?

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    Re: Issues calling St. Barths from the US

    Quote Originally Posted by JEK View Post
    Why not try a landline?
    and I thought I was only one still shelling out 50 bucks a month for landline service that I never, ever use for placing calls and never, ever answer for incoming calls
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    Re: Issues calling St. Barths from the US

    Never needs charging and the reception is perfect.

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    Re: Issues calling St. Barths from the US

    Honestly, I still miss my princess phone.
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    Re: Issues calling St. Barths from the US

    Quote Originally Posted by amyb View Post
    Honestly, I still miss my princess phone.
    Amy, I had a pink princess phone in my bedroom growing up! My dad got it for me because when he was traveling and tried calling home the line was always busy!! Sorry - not hijacking the thread, but just brought back a silly memory circa 1972.


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    SBHGal is offline
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    Re: Issues calling St. Barths from the US

    Quote Originally Posted by JEK View Post
    Cell with ATT. Why not try a landline?
    We dont have a landline, and I want to make sure that we are able to make calls with our cell phone when we are there!

    is anyone else getting the same issue fast busy signal calling from a cell phone?

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    Aipotu is offline
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    Re: Issues calling St. Barths from the US

    Ha, we're on the island, and strangely none of our texts are getting back to the US. Fine to anyone here, though. And I literally just got a ping for a voice mail from my brother...which he left 76 hours ago! Ah, paradise...! :-)

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    JEK is offline
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    Re: Issues calling St. Barths from the US

    Reporting that the landline worked.

    GET OFF MY LAWN
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    Re: Issues calling St. Barths from the US

    Quote Originally Posted by GMP62 View Post
    Amy, I had a pink princess phone in my bedroom growing up! My dad got it for me because when he was traveling and tried calling home the line was always busy!! Sorry - not hijacking the thread, but just brought back a silly memory circa 1972.

    Not a hijack at all. Sharing memories…PRICELESS.
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    SBHgirl is offline
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    Re: Issues calling St. Barths from the US

    Wi-Fi calling and messenger works great for me.

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    Re: Issues calling St. Barths from the US

    Quote Originally Posted by cassidain View Post
    and I thought I was only one still shelling out 50 bucks a month for landline service that I never, ever use for placing calls and never, ever answer for incoming calls
    Nope, Cass, you are not alone
    Strangers are friends you haven't met yet.

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    Re: Issues calling St. Barths from the US

    However

    SOME 20 years ago on August 14th, NYC HAD A BLACKOUT. That same day, our grandson DAVID was born! After a brief welcome to the world visit, we found Getting around the dark city without street and traffic lights somewhat of a challenge. Of course, cell service was near impossible. But safely back on Long Island, My kitchen landline was working and I was able to make calls and proudly announce David’s birth. The hospital generators were working, so we were the important communications link at that time with the family.
    Remember Yesterday, Dream About Tomorrow, But Live Today.

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    chiz is offline
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    Re: Issues calling St. Barths from the US

    I still have a St Bart's t-shirt touting "sorry, no telephones"....those were the days when you really felt that you had escaped the maddening world...
    Chiz
    Richmond, VA

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    amyb is offline
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    Re: Issues calling St. Barths from the US

    I also remember THE OLDEN DAYS when ER had menus printed with the tag line to THROW YOUR PHONES INTO THE SEA.
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    JEK is offline
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    Re: Issues calling St. Barths from the US

    That brings back a memory of staying at the ER and getting a call from the kids at home. Paging Mrs. JEK! And then a corded phone with 100' of wire attached a wall jack was delivered to her transat. (the pool was overflowing)
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