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  1. #61
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    Pioneers...aren't they the ones that take the arrows?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cassidain
    Pioneers...aren't they the ones that take the arrows?
    Yes, LOL, and in this case, the roaming fees if you blow out your data plan.

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    tim is offline
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    When on the island, I'm going to use my Dauphin chip in a new unlocked Motorola RAZR that I just ordered for $45. What I want to know is how to prevent my iphones from picking up data from some stray source while on the island. Merci.

    Tim
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    MrBart is offline
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    Tim, do you turn off data roaming?

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    JEK is offline
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    Airplane Mode with WiFi on, so you can pick up mail and web-browse when in range of WiFi.
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    Hey John,

    To re-check.....Airplane mode on and Wi-Fi onto avoid roaming charges but still get emails on my I-phone?
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    JEK is offline
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    Yes, whenever you join a WiFi network, but the cellular data and voice are turned off.
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  8. #68
    tim is offline
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    Quote Originally Posted by JEK View Post
    Airplane Mode with WiFi on, so you can pick up mail and web-browse when in range of WiFi.
    Merci encore!
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    lloyd is offline
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    Kimberly
    that's what we've been doing for years.Use the iPhones and iPads ,in Airplane mode,for emails and Skype calls home,on WIFI,which,as you know,is everywhere And a cheap cell,with Dauphin minutes,to use on the island- it's all very easy,and very cheap

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    Petri is offline
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    I always leave data enabled but disable data roaming. This will disable all costly data charges but the cellular network assisted GPS (a-gps) continues to work in most networks.

  11. #71
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    Magic Jack app on iPhone is free to the States...

  12. #72
    tim is offline
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    Magic Jack, too good to be true?

    Ellen turned me on to Magic Jack, a free app for my iphone.I just made a couple of calls to the US, which calls are apparently free of charge and have great clarity of connection. My RAZR phone with Dauphin Sim is okay for talking on the island, but the reception was terrible when calling the US. One drawback to using Magic Jack is that folks in the US probably can't call back free to St. Barth using the number on their caller ID.
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  13. #73
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    Tim,

    I used the Textfree w/ Voice app on my iphone while on the island. You get a certain amount of free minutes, get to pick your US area code (so folks from home can call you), and free texting. When I ran out of minutes, I purchased another 100 minutes for $2.00. All you need is Wifi. Another option is for folks with iphones/ipads is to facetime you. that is also free over Wifi

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    Quote Originally Posted by tim View Post
    When on the island, I'm going to use my Dauphin chip in a new unlocked Motorola RAZR that I just ordered for $45. What I want to know is how to prevent my iphones from picking up data from some stray source while on the island. Merci.

    Tim
    Tim, purchasing a Motorola RAZR in the US and a SIM card on SBH seems an ideal solution for me. I was going to purchase a phone on the island as others suggested, however, if I had the RAZR, I could use that in Sweden as well. Could you provide the unlocked model you ordered, and from where? $45 is a great travel phone for me.

    Thanks for your help....or if anyone has additional suggestions please reply..
    Michele :)
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    I have purchased unlocked RAZR's from both Amazon and Tiger Direct. I would do some comparison shopping and order accordingly. While there are several versions of these phones available, I would pick the least expensive because they will all do the job as an SBH phone and as an inexpensive home market phone. Just make sure you get a Quad Band GSM model.

    Phil

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    Quote Originally Posted by tim View Post
    Ellen turned me on to Magic Jack, a free app for my iphone.I just made a couple of calls to the US, which calls are apparently free of charge and have great clarity of connection. My RAZR phone with Dauphin Sim is okay for talking on the island, but the reception was terrible when calling the US. One drawback to using Magic Jack is that folks in the US probably can't call back free to St. Barth using the number on their caller ID.
    Is your RAZR activated in the US? I only want to use the RAZR as a travel phone; use sim cards from whatever country I am in. However, do you know if this would mean that I would need to purchase a local plan along with sim card to use on St. Barth?

    Thanks again...M
    My son is Pepe Marius' 1st Great Grandchild..miss him terribly! Please, when you see him, give him many XO's from me & Christian...Merci :eagerness:

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    SBH does not have monthly plans like we do in the states. You buy what you need at the cellular store or in most of the groceries, and what you get is a code that you load into the phone. Rates are about 40 EU cents per minute for local calls. I find I use about 10 Eu per week, mostly to make restaurant reservations and to call on Island friends. Refills are typically 5, 10, 20, 30, 50, or 100 EU, and each amount also has a time limit. As an example, a 10 Eu refill usually has a 30 day expiration. BTW, an unlocked phone is activated by whatever SIM card you install, whenever you install it.

    There are several providers on the Island. Orange is the biggest with the best coverage, but they don't guarantee to hold your number if there is no activity for 90 consecutive days. There are others that don't have that limitation, but for some reason I've gone blank on the names. Hopefully Kevin will jump in and bail me out.

    Finally remembered the other carrier that doesn't expire your number, and it's Dauphine. I think, with them, as long as you make 1 call in a year, your number is safe.

    Phil

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    katva is offline
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    Michelle---just another fyi: I bought a RAZR for use in SBH, and was planning to go the same route as Phil, Kevin, etc. I bought it from EBay or Amazon (don't remember), and the price was good. However, it was a piece of junk when it arrived---was supposed to be in "good" condition", and the battery was dead/not rechargeable. After spending $30-40 or so---I just decided to buy one when we got to SBH, and spend the $ 70 or so, which included the SIM and 20 minutes or so of minutes.....rather than worrying about getting another dud. Just my experience, and others have had better luck.......
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    I have an unlocked Quad-band RAZR, purchased new via Amazon, which I use only for telephone calls and SMS. Being unlocked, I can put any carrier's SIM card in it. I do not use it in the US. I have a pre-paid SIM card that I purchased from Dauphin Telecom (next to Boulangerie Choisy in Gustavia) that I use on St Barth. I add €10 to it every few trips, generally on 2-for-1 top-up days, and that seems to hold me quite well.

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    Man, I miss "Sorry, no telephone" more than ever now......

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    Quote Originally Posted by PIRATE40 View Post
    Man, I miss "Sorry, no telephone" more than ever now......
    D'accord.



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    +1 !

    Sorry, no telephone, no internet, no email, no fax, no facebook, no twitter, no google mail/plus/map/phone/calendar, no youtube, no whatsapp, no skype, no text free, no magic jack, no razr, no iphone, no blackberry, no ipad, no macbook, no icloud, no dropbox, no sim card, no wifi, no 4G, no 3G, no 2G, no EDGE, no GPRS, no bluetooth, no cell, no GPS, no signal....

    I wonder if we really know what it means nowadays?.... imagine this, just for a minute.

    Just a few years ago, not that long ago, we lived like this without much trouble.

    But today, for a strange reason, we feel that we​ MUST be "connected" 24/7, no matter where or how.

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    Purr...ecious, Petri. Adorable
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    What Kevin said
    "St. Bart's is Crack for Vacations." Credit given to EDW

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    the world has changed, gotta go with the flow...

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