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jhw349
5/1/2012 04:35 EST

I have read up but honestly still somewhat confused on cell phones. For example we both have Iphones. Are these fixing to be expensive paperweights or can service of some type be transferred to them. What kind of service is offered? We have family in the states we will obviously want to stay in contact with but these family members are old school and things such as Skype is totally out of the question. Can anyone give me an idea on what/how they use phones and an approximate rate I can expect?
Medicine - Say for example prescribed medicine that we take such as Nexium for acid reflux. I assume you can get this medication there and will you just find a doctor and have your records transferred or do you just start over of how does that work?
Moving – How did you guys move your stuff? We will not be taking much with us at all when we roll out of the U.S. Some things that can add up like kitchen appliances and whatnot we are not sure what to do. Should we just give them away or yard sale them or pack them and ship them to ourselves or what. I doubt we take a single piece of furniture with us, atleast not at first till we figure out and get settled, but the little things can really add up when you move into a new place.
Just kind of posting as we think of stuff. Basically we drive ourselves nuts thinking about this and can’t wait to go but patience is a virtue they say. Thanks for all your help.

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Katerina
5/3/2012 12:28 EST

Many people use IPhones in Belize. You can replace your USA SIM card with a Belize SIM card. The issue is that the phone needs to be unlocked and jail-broken to do this. Yours probably is not. That means you'll need special software to allow you to use it in Belize.If you can work that out, once you get here, you can then just buy minutes as you go from Digicell. You'll find instructions on the internet about how to accomplish this, but can also hire a technical specialist in Belize to do it for you.

Skype and other VOiP options are blocked by BTL in Belize. But with an IPhone, Facetime works to connect to USA for those who have an IPhone, IPad or Apple Computer with the right software.

Belize Relocation Director
Escape Artist Belize
http://belize.escapeartist.com/welcome-belize-relocation-services/

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Wealthships
5/3/2012 13:10 EST

The IPhone 4 & 4S use CDMA technology, which is good for you, because one of the two cell phone providers in Belize, Smart, uses CDMA technology as well.

At any Smart office in Belize, you can have your CDMA phone reprogrammed for use in Belize (no unlocking required-they are already unlocked). There’s an activation fee of US$20, and then you must purchase your minutes (or credit as we call it here).

Prescriptions are tricky. Bring your records and go see a Belize physician to get new prescriptions written. But be prepared that not all US or Canada medicines are available in Belize (or even close seconds). In which case, you may have to travel to Guatemala or Mexico to find what you need.

Sharon Hiebing
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jhw349
5/4/2012 06:57 EST

Thanks so much for the replies! That is good to know about the phones. Ours is the Iphone 4. Im hoping my need for that little device goes WAY down once we get there. If skype and other stuff is blocked in Belize, what about Facebook? Can you Facebook and Ebay there? Never even thought about things being blocked there. Medicine was another thing I never thought about. I know nothing of Guatemala but wouldn't have thought you would have to go there to get medicine over Belize. So much stuff you never even think of living in the states its so funny. Looking forward to giving it up though!

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Katerina
5/4/2012 10:36 EST

Yes, there are a lot of little things that are different when you move to a new country... That is part of the adventure!

I forgot to mention the prescriptions. My husband and I are over 50, so need a number of prescriptions. To date, we have found everything we need in Belize, and for much less than we paid in the USA. We hardly ever need a prescription. Most things are sold over the counter.

We head to Belize City every few months and go to Brodies, to stock up on what we need. I like Brodies because most of their prescription drugs are made in Europe, vs. Central America. I've reacted badly to some of the standard drugs made in El Salvador, Guatemala, or Nicaragua,. Not sure about their "purity". But some drugs are very expensive in Belize. Others are unbelievably cheap...

You had asked about Nexium, I believe. That is one of the expensive ones. So my husband bought a year's supply when we were in Merida a month ago. We go up to Merida once a year for specialized medical exams and treatment. We have a "health advisor" there who helps set up our appointments. She is a Belizean who lives in Merida and assists Belizeans and expats who are looking for specialized medical services they can't receive in Belize. Merida is a fantastic medical center and many doctors speak English. I feel much safer in Merida than anywhere in Guatemala, although Guatemala City has good medical care. Since Belize is so small, we don't have as many specialists here.

Glad you have the IPhone 4. Ours is a 3, and we use Digicell, so had to go through the unlock/jail brake route. But technology keeps upgrading. Eventually Belize will give in and give up the VOiP blocking, but not sure when...

Yes, you can access Facebook and any on-line sales from Belize. But you will pay through the nose if you order on line and have things you bought sent to Belize, due to the horrendous markup/duty tacked on at the post office. We have things sent to our family and friends. Then they bring them down for us, or we pick them up when visiting them up north.

Ann
Belize Relocation Director
Escape Artist Belize
http://belize.escapeartist.com/relocating-to-belize-personalized-belize-relocation-services/ize

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susanellen40
5/9/2012 00:05 EST

Hi there, I am usually over on the Panama forum (lived there for a bit, "practicing for retirement"), but I noticed this thread and had a comment/question.

In Panama, lots of expats have Magic Jack (Deluxe or Pro, I think it's called) so they can call friends and family in the states. It's like calling them from a US number. I wonder if anyone in Belize uses Magic Jack? You have to buy it before you leave the states, by the way.

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Wealthships
5/9/2012 11:22 EST

Yes, jhw349, you wouldn't think you'd need to go to another country for meds, but depending on your health issues, you may have to.

I have one medicine I take that I couldn't find anywhere here in San Ignacio Town. Since Guatemala is only 15 minutes away, and Belize City is 90 (and we won't even get into how far Mexico is for me), it made more sense for me to go over the border.

The meds in Guatemala were fine and worked great for me. One thing you may find is that the strengths of meds here are different too. For instance, I had one 240 mg heart pill I used to take, now I take four 60 mg. At least I can get them here locally though.

Where you end up living in Belize will dictate where's the most reasonable place for you to travel should you not be able to find a certain prescription, or you need advanced medical care not available in Belize.

Sharon Hiebing
Expat Relocation Consultant
http://www.wealthships.com

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Wealthships
5/9/2012 11:30 EST

Yes, I have friends who use Magic Jack in Belize. I also have friends who have tried and failed. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason as to who is successful or not.

Magic Jack themselves say it's not intended for satellite use, but there are some folks on satellite using it.

BTL will normally block it, but I know of some who are successfully using it on BTL, without a VPN (Virtual Private Network). Others can only get it to work with a VPN.

I bet a few other people on this forum will chime in with their experiences, and you'll see what I mean.

Sharon Hiebing
Expat Relocation Consultant
http://www.wealthships.com

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Katerina
5/9/2012 16:47 EST

Yes, I know of several people successfully using Magic Jacks in Belize. But you will need to have VPN as well.

Ann
Belize Relocation Director
Escape Artist Belize
http://belize.escapeartist.com/relocating-to-belize-personalized-belize-relocation-services/

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DNR
3/8/2014 17:33 EST

Ann, I'm curious why you go to Merida? I looked it up and it's looks like quite a distance. Where in Belize are you located. Is your location why you don't go to Chetumal?

Wealthships, I've been concerned about Guatemala. Where do you go for your medical concerns there? I thought you would be able to get medical care in Belmopan. I take it that's not the case.

Hubby and I do have health issues, but I'm hoping with far less stress and warm weather, we'll feel much better. He has diabetes and I have fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue, hypothyroidism and high blood pressure. I think he has fibromyalgia too, but that's not confirmed yet. Sounds like we'll be making trips for insulin, or can you get that in Belize?

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Katerina
3/8/2014 19:17 EST

DNR,

My husband and I go to island doctors for our regular day to day medical care on the island, and in Belize City. But there are some procedures that are not offered in Belize, cost more, or just are not at the quality level of Mexico. And there are many more hospitals in Mexico than in Belize, with better quality control. And, ironically, they are often less expensive.

When we need to undergo a series of more complicated tests/ procedures we go to Merida. Merida is noted for their exceptional medical care, hospitals and doctors. There are many options there. Many of their hospitals are associated with American hospitals. And we have a consultant, who is a nurse, who helps us to set everything up and manage any forms and payment. We have worked with her for a while...

Also, Merida is a wonderful Spanish colonial city. It's gorgeous and there's plenty to do. So when we visit Merida for medical care we take some time to enjoy the many parks, entertainment, restaurants and cafes. It isn't much more expensive to stay there than it is in Chetumal, but has much more to offer. It takes a five hour us ride to get there from Chetumal, but it's worth the trip.

During our last trip there I had cataract surgery, my husband had several doctors appts and tests, and I had some dental work done. Everything was done with quality and in modern, clean facilities. Also, most of the doctors we see in Merida are fluent in English, since they often treat expats.

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