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Eskie_Lover
01-20-2005, 10:41 AM
Does anyone have experience using their cellphone at WDW?

Hubby and I are on Rogers AT&T, and will likely split up from time to time, so it would be nice to be able to use our phones to reconnect (he gets lost very easily, and usually calls me with some vague description of where he is, and I then have to either guide him to me, or track him down.....).

mousy_in_canada
01-20-2005, 10:44 AM
I have the rogers pay as you go plan and it does not work in the states.. my DH has Bell, it works BUT they charge tons for roaming and using their networks.. it is just not worth it.

Scratch42
01-20-2005, 10:49 AM
When we were down, I added the US plan but that was for phoning back to TO!

You might want to call Rogers and ask.

Scratch

MECH8T7
01-20-2005, 10:52 AM
This link from the Rogers site should help

http://www.shoprogers.com/store/wireless/coverage/overview.asp?shopperID=95MGR8Q6MQ549N3VHFHPE7HMC6N V2RR0

Generally, you are looking at $.95 per minute for a local call but you will be "doubling" up the fee if you are calling one another on cell phones.

cabmom
01-20-2005, 11:06 AM
Why don't you buy some walkie talkies, trust me it will be cheaper in the long run! They don't bill you for the calls until a couple of months down the road. It will cost more than you think!
Marilynn

Eskie_Lover
01-20-2005, 11:09 AM
Wow - lots of quick replies on that one!

The walkie talkie idea sound good - never really thought of that, and my MIL has some she doesn't use anymore, so we can probably borrow them and not have to pay anything at all!

Thanks!

tink&cinderella
01-20-2005, 06:26 PM
We took Walkie talkies to the world in February 2004 as well as on the cruise. The only difficulty was there was often interference as so many other people were doing the same. I guess there are only so many frequencies to use.

We used our Rogers Cell phone to call. You could just make an agreement that if it rings so many times etc, then you meet at a designated place without picking it up.

ChisJo
01-20-2005, 07:15 PM
One thing I did was attach text messaging to my phone....Anyone with access to an internet can go onto the Rogers website and textmessage you for no charge (Well, I have a package that allows unlimited text messaging, but you can attach text messaging to your package for $5 - cheaper than phoning all the time). I did it for things like informing people I made it safely, to ask how the cat was doing, I found out I won a legal battle through the text messaging, I informed someone that my plane was delayed. It worked really well for me and saved on plenty of phone calls. I wouldn't have even used the phone at all except I did have to make one call, and it cost me $5 USD (phone card).
If you two are using it to inform each other of what you are doing and where, it is a good idea.

StuartMI
01-21-2005, 10:21 AM
Doesn't Bell Mobility have some digital north america plan that covers all the roaming??

totalia
01-21-2005, 02:15 PM
The talkies are a great idea. Neither Rogers nor Telus pay as you go will work when you cross the border. Its amazing. They almost immediately cut off after crossing the border.

Grumbo
01-21-2005, 02:20 PM
We used Bell Mobility's plan.
If you are using Florida alone you must take 2 months. For the USA you can just get one months at it cost 40 Canadian. If you are there for a limited amount of time it is cheaper to get the U.S. for one month. I think we got 200 minutes (not 100% suer) but it is on their website.
We used it in California, Nevada and Arizona and got incoming calls from home so it was a huge bargain.
As for Rogers sorry don't know how it works.

Cheers,
Grumbo

Scratch42
01-22-2005, 07:19 AM
We used Bell Mobility's plan.
If you are using Florida alone you must take 2 months. For the USA you can just get one months at it cost 40 Canadian. If you are there for a limited amount of time it is cheaper to get the U.S. for one month. I think we got 200 minutes (not 100% suer) but it is on their website.
We used it in California, Nevada and Arizona and got incoming calls from home so it was a huge bargain.
As for Rogers sorry don't know how it works.

Cheers,
Grumbo

Both plans make you pay for two months and make sure that you cancel before your next billing period.

And with Bell, phone to make sure that they did put the plan in place!

Scratch
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jtdl
01-22-2005, 08:34 AM
I'm with Bell Mobility and I once got a Roaming Guide from them that listed all the roaming numbers. It listed all the cities in Canada and US (I used it the last time I was in Florida) and you just dialed the number given before dialing the number you're calling. No roaming charges were incurred.

SaraMc
01-22-2005, 09:38 AM
We have a Fido phone which we use all the time when we pop over to Buffalo for the day. We dont get roaming charges for it either, however the moment we hit the boarder we get text messaged from Sprint or Verizon welcoming us the system and to have a good trip.

For Orlando we dont think we are going to even take them. My hubby has a tendancy to blend into the crowd but we have all come up with meeting places if we get seperated.

S

Grumbo
01-22-2005, 11:25 AM
Both plans make you pay for two months and make sure that you cancel before your next billing period.

And with Bell, phone to make sure that they did put the plan in place!

Scratch
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No Scratch it is ONE month for the USA plan, and TWO months for the Florida.
The USA costs $40 and the Florida is $20 per month.

From Bell.ca website....

Minimum 2-month commitment for Connect Florida service and 1-month commitment for Connect USA service.

You also get 100 minutes per month.

I've used it about 3 times now and totally agree make sure you cancel, (Actually you can cancel when you book. Just give them the date you want it to end) However with Bell's billing woes you may end up having to call to sort it out afterwards anyway :)

Cheers,
Grumbo

Scratch42
01-22-2005, 11:30 AM
No Scratch it is ONE month for the USA plan, and TWO months for the Florida.
The USA costs $40 and the Florida is $20 per month.

From Bell.ca website....

Minimum 2-month commitment for Connect Florida service and 1-month commitment for Connect USA service.

You also get 100 minutes per month.

I've used it about 3 times now and totally agree make sure you cancel, (Actually you can cancel when you book. Just give them the date you want it to end) However with Bell's billing woes you may end up having to call to sort it out afterwards anyway :)

Cheers,
Grumbo

But weren't we talking about FLA?LOL

And that is why I'm with Rogers now!

Scratch
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TimNDansMom
01-22-2005, 01:03 PM
Rogers charges .95 per minute plus .75 per minute roaming charge. When calling home I now use a Bell calling card.

Grumbo
01-22-2005, 02:54 PM
But weren't we talking about FLA?LOL

And that is why I'm with Rogers now!

Scratch
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You win Janet. You've totally lost me. You quoted me and I was talking about Florida and USA, and as Florida IS in the USA you can use that one month package :)

Anyway the deal I get through work with Bell can't be touched remotely by Rogers so with Bell.

Cheers,
Grumbo

Scratch42
01-22-2005, 04:42 PM
Grumbo, Grumbo, Grumbo!

You are just thinking about the Repo Cruise!

BTW, any word about Universal in CA?

Scratch

PS I Win! I Win! I Win!
So What's the ****y Prize!LOL

SnowyPrincesses:)
01-23-2005, 07:19 PM
an alternative to phones and walkies is to rent the pagers from your resort.