Verizon Cell Phone On Ship and Cozumel?

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#1
Liberty, Tx.
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I was wondering if we will have Verizon cell service on the cruise to Cozumel? If so will it be roaming charges? Just wondering if I need to take both my teens cell phones to keep them from trying to use them.
#2
va.
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Yes and yes, if you have international roaming
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#3
Liberty, Tx.
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Just called Verizon they said $2.95 a minute, $20 for 1m for data, 50 cents per pic message . For those prices I think the phones will stay home.
#4
Iowa
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Yikes! Really?

Just checked the Verizon international Roaming page, and saw this info:

Rate Information
CDMA Standard Roaming Per Minute Rate: $0.99
CDMA Value Plan Roaming Per Minute Rate: $0.99

Text Messaging Rates
$0.50/address sent
$0.05/message received

But if you spoke to them, and they said $2.95 a minute (plus the data and pics) I'd definitely lock up the phones!
#5
In the South
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The only Verizon service I plan to use is texting and I'll make sure my phone settings are turned off, so I don't get any unwanted charges. While I'm in port, if there are any free ways available to make calls or use the internet, I plan on taking advantage of those. One time when I was in a store in St. Kitts, they let me use the phone as long as I wanted to ck on my elderly mother. I told them God Bless you for that! Good luck with the kids having to do without cell phones...
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#6
Liberty, Tx.
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I wonder why Cruise Ship Roaming is so much higher than International Roaming?

International Roaming Mexico
CDMA Standard Roaming Per Minute Rate: $0.99
CDMA Value Plan Roaming Per Minute Rate: $0.99

Text Messaging Rates
$0.50/address sent
$0.05/message received
http://businessportals.verizonwireless.com/international/Roaming/North_America/Mexico.html

Cruise Ship Rates
Voice Roaming Rate:
$2.49 per minute
Text Messaging Rates:
$0.50/address sent
$0.05/message received
Global Data
Pay Per Use Rate: $0.02/KB ($20.48/MB)

http://businessportals.verizonwireless.com/international/Cruise_Ships/index.html
#7
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The last 2 times we were in Coz my daughter's Go Phone had service and she never was charged any extra minutes and she made lots of calls and texts. The first time she used it her phone display was in Spanish and last time in English.
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The ship rate is still cheaper than the $10/minute to use the phone in your room. Remember, there is a lot of technology installed on the ship to make those cell phone calls that only a few people will use, so the cost per person will be higher. And, it's a great profit center for the cruise line, especially when someone talks "unlimited" on the cruise, only to find out the international rates when they receive their bill at home.
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Originally posted by rkersh409
I wonder why Cruise Ship Roaming is so much higher than International Roaming?

I imagine it is a difference between land and sea. On land, there are lots of cell sites around to deliver that call, even if they aren't Verizon cell sites. I'm not even sure how the call would be delivered to you if you are at sea. I imagine it is probably costing Verizon more, so of course they are passing that along.
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