Can you tell if you can text back home with the cell phones you can rent in Aruba?
I just called my carrier (Verizon) to ask the same question. She told me I should be able to place and receive calls and texts without adding an international plan. My rates are $1.99 per minute (calls) and $.50 to send text, $.05 to receive; however, she said nothing is guaranteed. I would call your carrier.
I was in Aruba April '08 and my cell phone did not work at all. I had Verizon at that time. Maybe things have changed.
I have Verizon and just returned from Aruba. Verizon told me to dial "*228 send" to activate roaming. My phone never worked. I was unable to receive to send texts too.
We had no service with Verizon and it was BLISS.
I hope things work out for you, though!
Verizon usually works in Aruba. I just returned last night and Verizon was not working for the past 11 days. I received text messages 5 days after they were sent and after arriving in Newark my phone went nuts with the back messages. Call Verizon before you go to see what's up. I did the update thing before I went.
Sounds like recent problems because when we were there in Feb there was a women receiving and sending texts via verizon.
Does anyone know if AT&T will work there? Thanks!
You need to call your carrier (AT&T) and ask them. There are so many different plans and types of phones that you need to call your carrier directly to find out if you will have service in Aruba. Also be sure to ask them the cost for both incoming and outgoing calls while you're there. It's never cheap while in Aruba. I use my T-Mobile phon/service while I'm in Aruba and the charge is $1.49/minute. Needless to say, I do not use my phone more than 30-40 minutes during my vacation. :)
Beginning of July, Verizon worked. AT&T worked 2 years ago when I had them. Cell phones get pricey, so beware. Not that I am saying not to use, don't abuse.
Iv herd its cheaper to buy a new sim card with a local # in aruba through your carrier before you go.