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Old 11-02-2006, 08:47 PM
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Leigh--- put the kitty claws away there.. If you re-read the thread you'll note that none of us are saying we need to use our cell phones. In fact we were pointing out that its crazy to do so. The only one that did was Mr O and that was "by accident"....
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Old 11-03-2006, 04:58 PM
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ok kitty claws are put away, wasn't directing it to anyone in particular but the last cruise I was on I was amazed at the amount of people with cell phones attached to their ear. Unfortunately no one really believes how expensive it really is till they try it.....I say just leave it at home. That was the only point I was trying to get across, just havin a little fun with it, thats all. Not to mention Mr O accidently answered but 33 minutes? A very expensive accident I would say.
I really wasn't out to offend anyone, just aother tip on cell phone useage on your cruise.
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JimC,
Actually, I have used my cell phone on my last few cruises to stay in touch with my daughter. I have, however, used text messaging as opposed to actual voice connections. I have T-mobile, and the cost to transmit a phone call on the ship is $4.99 a minute (not a great bargain) - BUT, text messaging is only $.35 per text message to send and $.10 for each message that is received (or they are applied to our bundle of 400 text messages that each of us has per month and there is NO charge)- turns out to be MUCH cheaper than the Internet connection.
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we took our cell phones and lap top only problem we had no reception in grand turk kept in touch with family becaue of my dad got to talk to our grandson it was great internet use 55.00 for 100 min did not use all of it but it was nice to keep in touch we had a wonderful vacation on the elation the best ever
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Nancy- That is a great deal! What provider do you have and I assume that was on a Carnival ship?

I just assumed that the text fee would be at least as high as internet usage fees... but I don't mind being wrong. From what you say, that is a go alternative to using the phone for quick home checks...
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Funshp Freddy, I'm concerned that you haven't been on enough cruises. Have you considered taking some time off and going on vacation?

I used my Cingular phone most of the time I was on my last cruise without being assessed a roaming charge. We sailed out of NYC (NCL) and stayed so close to the shore that I guess we were somehow still in range. First and second ports were in Florida. When we got to Nassau it said "Bahama Net" or something like that, so obviously I didn't use it. If it says Cingular, go for it.
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JimC,
Actually, I have used my text messaging on RC and Celebrity - my cell phone carrier is T-Mobile (which is why it is $4.99 per minute, rather than $2.99 per minute with Cingular for actual phone calls from the ship). Check with your service provider for their text messaging charges - but, for me, the text messaging service was practically free.
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i cruised on the Sensation on October 15th...a freind called me from NY while I was out to sea about 2 hours from the port and I got charged $65.00 for 33 min...just a heads up for you cruiser's
Sateillite phone, baby!!

Looks like you can get Iridium pay as you go, it's a satiellite network that reaches the entire planet, even the poles, a phone is 800 USD and you can get 500 minutes for USD 700. Not only will it work on the ship, but it will work throughout Europe and the far reaches of the world!
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btw, how much does data access cost on cruises? that is to say, the Ethernet port in your stateroom? Is it included with the $1000 one way ticket?? I hope so On submarines there's no live internet access, for obvious reasons, also all the messages get screened for classified information and personally sensitive stuff...if your wife emails to say "I hate you! I want a divorce!" the CO will probably wait until the boat is in port to tell you about that one...
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what about using the phone onboard? is that an arm and a leg aswell?
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