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Old 11-03-2010, 08:14 PM   #1
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Using EVO in Jamaica

Is there a way to use my EVO in Jamaica without paying the massive text and data rates Sprint charges me?
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Old 11-03-2010, 08:22 PM   #2
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Is there a way to use my EVO in Jamaica without paying the massive text and data rates Sprint charges me?
I have to research this too. I am going to the Dominican Republic. I think from what I have read we are going to have to get a gsm phone or get some big charges. I will research it but someone jump in and feel free to help us.
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Old 11-03-2010, 10:01 PM   #3
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Wifi and Google voice for texting?
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Old 11-07-2010, 09:31 AM   #4
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CDMA does work in areas in JA, I had virtually no access to wifi though. It's like 2dollars a minute too for voice calls. Last time I went I had my TP2 and just put a digicell SIM in it and turned CDMA off. Worked like a charm.

What areas are you going to be in?? I imagine if you're by a place like Mo Bay that you can have access to wifi for calling and google voice for texts, but if you're in the country then, you are out of luck
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When I travel I use a pre-paid local SIM in my BlackBerry 9650. I only get voice and SMS, but unless my company is going to pick up the tab, roaming data is CRAZY expensive. At least the way I do it I have my contacts with me. I can use a computer in my hotel over WiFi (usually free in a hotel) to check my email. Sucks, but that's just the most expedient way to go.

If your phone doesn't have GSM capabilities then getting a cheap used phone or something like an AT&T Go-Phone would be best. I have an unlocked BlackBerry 7105t that I used to take on trips before getting a BlackBerry with GSM roaming capabilities. Worked superbly for voice and text.
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Yes, in the end, Your best off just getting an UNLOCKED GSM phone and using a local card. I would not recommend a gophone from att because you have to have it active for 6 months before they will give you the unlock code (That's what i tried to do the first time i went to JA)
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If you have a rooted phone, hypothetically of course, could you install a ROM that would work in Jamaica-once again without having to pay an Arm and a leg?
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I'm not criticizing you, but why would you want to bring a phone with you on vacation? I always leave my Sprint phones off at the bottom of the bag when I step foot on a cruise ship or head to the Caribbean. It's called a "vacation" for a reason.
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I'm not criticizing you, but why would you want to bring a phone with you on vacation? I always leave my Sprint phones off at the bottom of the bag when I step foot on a cruise ship or head to the Caribbean. It's called a "vacation" for a reason.
Someone tries to call to inform them that their son was involved in a tragic accident the day after you left for a 14 day Caribbean cruise and had no other way of getting in touch. Then they die a week later. Then when you finally turn on the phone in the U.S. the person finds out their child has been dead for a week. But at least the vacation was enjoyed without those pesky interruptions.

Just saying, having a way to communicate back home could prove useful.

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I'm not criticizing you, but why would you want to bring a phone with you on vacation? I always leave my Sprint phones off at the bottom of the bag when I step foot on a cruise ship or head to the Caribbean. It's called a "vacation" for a reason.
Everybody vacations differently. Everybody has different stuff going on in their lives. It's not a "one size fits all" situation.
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If you have a rooted phone, hypothetically of course, could you install a ROM that would work in Jamaica-once again without having to pay an Arm and a leg?
rooting the evo does not give it GSM capabilities.
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Someone tries to call to inform them that their son was involved in a tragic accident the day after you left for a 14 day Caribbean cruise and had no other way of getting in touch. Then they die a week later. Then when you finally turn on the phone in the U.S. the person finds out their child has been dead for a week. But at least the vacation was enjoyed without those pesky interruptions.

Just saying, having a way to communicate back home could prove useful.
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So you are saying email is okay on vacation and a phone is not? I am confused.
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So you are saying email is okay on vacation and a phone is not? I am confused.
E-mail is easy and convenient. You can use WiFi and shoot messages or Skype back in your down time. Carrying a phone with you to a foreign country on vacation requires you to lug around another device you probably won't use much and pay outrageous fees to use. Even if a relative died while you're away, it's not like you can rush back to the States super fast.

But whatever, to each their own. I have no use for cell phones when I go to the Caribbean.
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