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Old 10-01-2012, 11:37 PM   #1
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Cell Phone Questions While Cruising

I will probably have my cell phone turned on while cruising - I use so many utilities on it (and I just HAVE to play silly games lol) but does this mean that any phone calls or IM's that come through will be at a high cost while cruising?

How does cell phone usage work?? I don't want to pay a ridiculous fee for incoming stuff.

Thanks in advance for any advice
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Old 10-01-2012, 11:48 PM   #2
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I will probably have my cell phone turned on while cruising - I use so many utilities on it (and I just HAVE to play silly games lol) but does this mean that any phone calls or IM's that come through will be at a high cost while cruising?

How does cell phone usage work?? I don't want to pay a ridiculous fee for incoming stuff.

Thanks in advance for any advice
Put it in "Airplane Mode" or "Stand Alone" mode and you won't have to worry.
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Old 10-01-2012, 11:55 PM   #3
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Cellular at sea will cost you $2.49 per minute in addition to any charges from your carrier! Yikes. That's for calls.

If you put the phone in airplane mode, you can use all the aps but not get charged for calls. And check with your carrier. If you are going to St. Thomas (US Virgin Islands), many plans include this location--so you can turn the phone on, download any messages, etc. Just remember to return it to airplane mode before the ship sails. Same for Alaska--included on our plan!
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Old 10-02-2012, 01:51 AM   #4
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make sure you have data roaming turned off.
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I believe AT and T has a deal worked out to make it cheaper on the ship. You may want to check it out
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Old 10-02-2012, 08:50 AM   #6
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Just checked Verizon & it's normal rates for texting while in St Thomas.
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My advice is....turn your phone off and detox for the week!
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:16 AM   #8
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My advice is....turn your phone off and detox for the week!
I would conditionally agree with this. If you can, turn it off and play your games offline or not at all. Enjoy your kids for the week.
If you can't (I'm self-employed and need to keep in contact with the customers as it's only me!), set aside a block of time for business and stick to it! You're on vacation! I get up extra early and do any computing then offline. I wait till I reach ports that we have no excursions booked and go to a wifi source for emails. Any important emails are not so important that you don't have a day or 2 to respond to. My gmail account is set up already with an 'away' message to let them know when I will be back. Then I collect emails in port, and in my early morning computer time on deck I respond to the emails. If it's an urgent reply, I go online for 5 minutes or so, long enough to send the emails, and shut it down for the rest of the day. If necessary, after the kiddies have gone to bed, and if DW has nothing else planned for us, I'll do a bit of work then. (Gotta remember, if momma ain't happy, ain't NOBODY happy!)
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My advice is....turn your phone off and detox for the week!
That's what my DW and I do. I kind of like having no phone for a week.
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