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elandpeter
11/26/2020 17:50 EST

We will be there in 20 days! Cancelled our regular phone service (Cons Cellular b/c they don't have service there) and need to buy prepaid phone for MINIMAL talks with my DH while we are there. Should we buy phones here or when we get to BZE? Got recs for us? TIA

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linberk
11/26/2020 19:52 EST

Depends on where you are calling.
We have Google Fi for stateside calls and an inexpensive flip phone with a pay as you go for Belize calls.
Google fi works in Belize but you are immediately identified as 'other' with a US number. Local businesses don't want to return long distance calls.
Hope this helps.

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elandpeter
11/27/2020 09:37 EST

All we need it for is between the two of us while in BZE. Very few minutes each month, ie less than 50. No LD or data needed, someone told us we could turn off our existing US service and just replace the SIM card in BZE. True or false? Any downside to this? TIA!

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elandpeter
11/27/2020 09:38 EST

All we need it for is between the two of us while in BZE. Very few minutes each month, ie less than 50. No LD or data needed, someone told us we could turn off our existing US service and just replace the SIM card in BZE. True or false? Any downside to this? TIA!

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terrific
11/27/2020 16:48 EST

if only wanted for local calling you can buy a cheap flip phone from smart of Btl and just buy top up minutes as needed. Usually about once a month or so there will be double or triple up days where you get the extra minutes free. in emergency you can still use these phones to call back to home wherever that is. Changing the chip is doable, if it is unlocked but we keep the US phones as mini computers for use on wifi. while there finding it cheaper in the long run. to have the local cheap ones.

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elandpeter
12/6/2020 09:50 EST

Greetings from the coast of Carolina!
Since we will only use the phone for contacting each other while on AC, we are now seriously considering buying walkie talkies.
Any downsides,?
We will be in AC in four days--hurrah!

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elandpeter
12/12/2020 09:40 EST

Thanks to all who commented!
We arrived in BZE two days ago, and already LOVE IT. And, we have been indoctrinated with Messenger, which seems to be working well. We also brought walkie-talkies for us to use when just the two of us are apart and need to communicate.
Life is good here!

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bradinbelize
1/21/2021 10:18 EST

Best option to travel internationally (not just Belize). Buy a used UNLOCKED iPhone or Android device. Get a good used one on Amazon.

Must be unlocked -

then just buy a SIM card when you are for prepaid phone use here in Belize (and most other countries have these in vending machines on arrival) - here in BZ you need to go to the SMART or DIGI store.

Also, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and FaceTime are free and work worldwide as long as you are connected to wi-fi, so free and easy to call or text back home to US or Canada.

I have a worldwide VOIP number (magicJack, which you can pick up in Wal-Mart for around $50), set that up at home, download APP to your unlocked phone and again, you can call from anywhere in the world you are connected to the internet (around $35 annual fee).

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bradinbelize
1/21/2021 10:18 EST

Best option to travel internationally (not just Belize). Buy a used UNLOCKED iPhone or Android device. Get a good used one on Amazon.

Must be unlocked -

then just buy a SIM card when you are for prepaid phone use here in Belize (and most other countries have these in vending machines on arrival) - here in BZ you need to go to the SMART or DIGI store.

Also, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and FaceTime are free and work worldwide as long as you are connected to wi-fi, so free and easy to call or text back home to US or Canada.

I have a worldwide VOIP number (magicJack, which you can pick up in Wal-Mart for around $50), set that up at home, download APP to your unlocked phone and again, you can call from anywhere in the world you are connected to the internet (around $35 annual fee).

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bradinbelize
1/21/2021 10:18 EST

Best option to travel internationally (not just Belize). Buy a used UNLOCKED iPhone or Android device. Get a good used one on Amazon.

Must be unlocked -

then just buy a SIM card when you are for prepaid phone use here in Belize (and most other countries have these in vending machines on arrival) - here in BZ you need to go to the SMART or DIGI store.

Also, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and FaceTime are free and work worldwide as long as you are connected to wi-fi, so free and easy to call or text back home to US or Canada.

I have a worldwide VOIP number (magicJack, which you can pick up in Wal-Mart for around $50), set that up at home, download APP to your unlocked phone and again, you can call from anywhere in the world you are connected to the internet (around $35 annual fee).

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