We're arriving on Thursday with 2 Verizon smart phones. We plan to keep them in airplane mode most of the time but if we turn them active what kind of roaming charges can we expect ?
Cell Phone Roaming Charges
Posted 29 June 2015 - 08:08 AM
Depends on what your phone does. A few voice calls or texts won't be too bad. What usually causes problems is data. If your phone starts downloading weather, game updates, and all the other sorts of things that many people's smartphones do in the background all the time, you can end up with a startlingly large bill due to the data roaming charges. One way around this is to install Droidwall, which will allow you to set which applications are allowed to access cellular data.
The actual official roaming costs are readily available on the Verizon website. It shows USD$0.99 per minute for voice, USD$0.50 for text messages, and USD$2.05/Mb for data. They supposedly have some some add-on plans that will reduce the cost, but nobody I know has ever succeeded in getting one of those plans to work.
Posted 29 June 2015 - 09:53 PM
Mark, didn't Big Dave say he had the Verizon MX roaming and it worked?
I think he said it worked fine for him, but DandyDon sure was cranky about his experience...
My brother and nephew each signed up for Verizon's Mexico roaming package but their phones didn't work at all on the island. Then when they got back to the states my brother learned that (according to the person at the Verizon store) merely signing up for the package was "evidence of fraud" so their phones were going to be disabled until he stood in line and got it straightened out.
My personal view is that unless one needs a US number to be reachable on the island, one is better off using a phone with a Telcel SIM if possible.
Posted 30 June 2015 - 10:02 AM
Don't know what kind of phone you have, but on my iPhone, to turn data roaming off, go to Settings - Cellular - Roaming. You should have separate options for Voice and Data - turn (leave) Voice Roaming ON, turn Data Roaming OFF. I now just leave Data Roaming OFF all the time, unless I'm traveling and really want something, then I turn it on only for the time that I'm actively using it.
Posted 30 June 2015 - 01:30 PM
Posted 30 June 2015 - 10:52 PM
Posted 01 July 2015 - 09:37 AM
Posted 01 July 2015 - 10:30 AM
I turn off my ATT data and roaming the moment I get on the plane and switch to Wi-Fi. What that doesn't do for me is stop text messages from showing up-even though I have roaming turned off. So I tell all my friends to stop texting me. Easy for me as I don't text much, but my wife does a lot. I forward all my calls on my phone to my Magic Jack number when in Cozumel and it rings my phone as if it were a local US call but just over Wi-Fi. If I miss the call, MJ sends me an email with the recorded message attached I can download anywhere over Wi-Fi
I also use WhatsApp and FB Messenger when on the island. My current phone has been to most of the bars and restaurants downtown and I have entered their information so if I am in town, I can pick up messages as I walk by or stop there.
There was supposed to be free Wi-Fi along the malecon some time ago and I see something pop up on my phone from time to time, but I can never get connected to it.
Nah Ha 602
Posted 05 July 2015 - 03:55 PM
WiFi only, Data Roaming off. Wet Wendy's, Woody's, Thirsty Couger etc... buy a beer, get the WiFi code and your in. I have the Skype app on my phone and call home via that.
I drink to forget, but I eat to remember.... so it all balances out
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Posted 08 July 2015 - 07:35 AM
Posted 27 July 2015 - 11:41 PM
I thought mine was set for the resort wifi only....oops...was cheaper to bring my daughters boyfriend, now husband, the next trip!! He DID decide he had better learn scuba and get certified!! LOL
Posted 29 July 2015 - 02:52 PM
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