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Has anyone used Travel Pass by Verizon on a cruise? Supposedly it's only $5 per day phone usage when used in Mexico. If so, aside from having it on your account, how'd it work once off the ship? Did you need to change any settings or did it just start working for you? Thanks very much.
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I haven't used Travel Pass but you might want to look into whether or not your phone can do WiFi calling. I used it in Canada at hotels. I was in airplane mode but turned WiFi back on and was able to call as I would normally but at no cost.
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I did no TravelPass activation prior to arriving in Stockholm...and my Verizon iPhone produced a text message saying I was “on”the system. It worked throughout the Baltic...cost was $10/day. Last month I experienced the same messages in Shanghai and in Nagasaki. I hope you have the same ease of use that I did.


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I used the $10 dollar per 24 hours service on our last vacation in Europe, well worth it, you start it when you leave and it ends when you get back. I used my phone like I normally do.
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I used it once... in Italy. Basically before I leave on a trip I go to Verizon's website and check the countries I'll be in to make sure they are covered. I jot down how to call locally within the country and also how to call home. Maybe there is an easier way to figure out the country codes but I don't know it.
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I use it all the time when in Canada. Never had another charge other than the daily one. It takes a little longer to find the service when we initially get there and it is intermittent. According to my daughter that is standard service with Rodgers Communication up there.
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I have used travel pass in both Mexico and Canada, it was $10 a day and worked great. No additional charges at all other than the $10 per day. It uses your regular data plan. Of course I always have my phone on airplane mode while on the ship so as soon as we would get into port I would take it off of airplane mode and I would receive a notification that my travel pass was working. It was good for 24 hours, so good for the whole day we were in port. Just remember to put it back in airplane mode when you reboard the ship.
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Originally posted by Thrak
I haven't used Travel Pass but you might want to look into whether or not your phone can do WiFi calling. I used it in Canada at hotels. I was in airplane mode but turned WiFi back on and was able to call as I would normally but at no cost.
So Thrak, do I understand you correctly? If you are connected to WiFi and in airplane mode, you can make international calls at no cost? I hope that's what you are saying, that would be awesome. We used Travel Pass when in Canada the past couple of years, but it's gone up from $2 per 24 hours last year to the $10 rate now. Being gone 3 weeks, that adds up.
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So do you only get charged for the days you turn your phone off airport mode (days your in port) or if you were gone on a 7 day cruise would it be $10 a day? = $70

I need to check into this either way
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Thank you so much for all your replies but can you explain why phone should be on airplane mode on the ship? And what features can I utilize when it's in airplane mode? When on Travel Pass do you get all your voice mail messages when in port and what about emails? Is that part of my data plan? Or should I purchase the internet plan on the ship? You are all so helpful!
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Originally posted by Funkat
So Thrak, do I understand you correctly? If you are connected to WiFi and in airplane mode, you can make international calls at no cost? I hope that's what you are saying, that would be awesome. We used Travel Pass when in Canada the past couple of years, but it's gone up from $2 per 24 hours last year to the $10 rate now. Being gone 3 weeks, that adds up.
You can make the calls but you are using wifi minutes from the ship. You have to have bought a plan or be Platinum/Elite and using those free minutes.


Originally posted by claudia814
Thank you so much for all your replies but can you explain why phone should be on airplane mode on the ship? And what features can I utilize when it's in airplane mode? When on Travel Pass do you get all your voice mail messages when in port and what about emails? Is that part of my data plan? Or should I purchase the internet plan on the ship? You are all so helpful!
If you are not in airplane mode you will pick up the ship's satellite signal and it will cost you $$$$$. When you are onboard and want to use your phone for anything you have to have it on airplane mode and then turn on wifi. You will need to have some internet minutes and then you can use your phone via wifi. I do know when I used my phone on wifi I got some text messages. As for Travel Pass... if it is activated it is like you were at home using your regular plan (calls, text, data).
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Originally posted by Globehoppers
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You are so right, I pay £21 a month for unlimited minutes, texts and 25 gb data, I can use my phone in all of Europe, USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand at no extra cost. £21 a month is $29 all inc.
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Originally posted by KSGal
So do you only get charged for the days you turn your phone off airport mode (days your in port) or if you were gone on a 7 day cruise would it be $10 a day? = $70

I need to check into this either way
When you contact Verizon, make sure to ask about their travel pass for a month. When we were in Europe in November, the plan would have been $40 for the whole month instead of $10 per day.

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Originally posted by lladage
When you contact Verizon, make sure to ask about their travel pass for a month. When we were in Europe in November, the plan would have been $40 for the whole month instead of $10 per day.

Lynn
That is another plan ($40 for a month and includes a small amount of minutes and data). Travel Pass is $10/day when you use it. You just ask Verizon to add it to your plan. No cost to have it on there. Only cost is when you use it.
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I used Travel Pas while on my British Isles cruise. It was $10 a day only for the days I used it. You can also play it time a little. It wasn't actually a day, it was 24 hours. So if you used it one afternoon in one city and the next morning in another city, it was still within the 24 hour window and only one charge of $10.
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Originally posted by Funkat
So Thrak, do I understand you correctly? If you are connected to WiFi and in airplane mode, you can make international calls at no cost? I hope that's what you are saying, that would be awesome. We used Travel Pass when in Canada the past couple of years, but it's gone up from $2 per 24 hours last year to the $10 rate now. Being gone 3 weeks, that adds up.
I was in Canada when I discovered that Delta had totally trashed my flights for an upcoming cruise. I spent an hour or so on the phone with both Delta and Alaska Airlines and incurred zero cost as I made the call using the hotel WiFi. I simply enabled "advanced calling services" on the phone and it worked just like a normal phone call. I had entered airplane mode but then turned WiFi back on to connect to the hotel system.
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to just receive text while on ship, the cost per Verizon was nominal. but do I also need wifi thru ship internet?
I plan on using travel pass when in port, don't care about internet or email when on ship. Just want to be able to receive text from son if necessary