Discussion in 'Disney Cruise Line Forum' started by Mousemom, May 10, 2014.
How do people come up with things like this?
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THank you to all comedians! Loved the responses
Seriously thou, I have used my cell phone in Key West with no problem (and I have AT&T) and I have also used it while in St. Thomas and again no problem. When I do my upcoming cruise, San Juan will be no issue as well.
Thanks for the kind reply MouseMomX2. I did make sure that I said it may be a silly question to some but I asked based on something my cell phone carrier told us as well as a realtive who fishes in that area. I hope that I am not the only one to wonder about this particular question, but if I am all that was needed was a quick reply. Can't wait for my cruise and enjoying some fun in the sun.
On a more serious notes, I have t-mobile and they just introduced plans that have free texting and data in most countries, and 20 cents a minute calls. My wife and kids were sitting in Cabo on the Carnival Miracle while I was stuck at work, and they texted me for free.
FYI - even if you do have service by one of the major 2 or 3, there's differences in coverage within pre pay and post paid service.
Not sure about Key West, but for example in the northern parts of Maine, even though there's AT&T coverage, GoPhone (AT&T pre paid) does not work at all).
So if you have any pre paid service, you definitely want to check for coverage.
Of course the first rule of cruising is your cell phone stays off for the entire duration of the cruise.
I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing!
For those that may be unclear... this too, was a joke.
DISboards cannot be held responsible for any water damage caused to cell phones as a result of taking the above post seriously. Any reverbage, restoration fees, or zones of inequity that may occur on your cruise are purely coincidental. Prices and participation may vary.
That's not my experience. Specifically, on Western Caribbean itineraries leaving from Port Canaveral, the ship sails close enough to the east coast of Florida that I routinely get solid land-based coverage from AT&T well into the night, assuming I'm on the starboard side of the ship or up on deck. It would not surprise me if coverage were more or less continuous on an itinerary that left Port Canaveral or Miami and headed to Key West.
The ship does turn on its own Cellular At Sea system whenever it's more than x miles (3? 6? I'm not sure of the exact distance) from shore, but does so whether or not the shore system is also available. If you leave your phone on when you board, it should stay locked onto its native carrier for as long as it has a good-enough signal, even once the ship's system is turned on and even if it has a stronger signal. But once your phone locks onto the ship's system, it will tend to stay that way even if once again it can see it's native signal (such as if you were inside, then went up on deck). In that case, just turn it off and back on and it will prefer its home signal when it initializes even if the ship's system is stronger.
I've also picked up the signal from Florida for several hours on a Castaway Cay to Galveston segment when the ship was passing Florida, even though it didn't stop in Key West.
If you want to be able to use your phone when you can, but not run up a big bill the two key things are:
1. Turn off data roaming
2. Verify which carrier it's on before placing or receiving calls.
It doesn't cost anything to just be locked on to the ship's or foreign country's system. Although you can't control inbound SMS, they are generally free or minimal in cost (like $0.05). Just don't place calls, answer calls, or send SMS if you're not on your home system unless you're willing to pay for the roaming charges.
Prices, tax, and participation may vary in Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico.
It was a good thing, it was nice to keep in touch. They had a great cruise on the Miracle, our only choice for a 7 day since Disney abandoned us west coasties.
I don't have a problem with Carnival, I sail them all the time. I meant them being on a cruise and you at work. I take the kids traveling and leave DH at work all the time!! Someone's gotta pay the bills!
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