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Cell Phone Charges in Belize

Woke up way too early this am 20 min before my alarm was supposed to go off. I am getting ready to take the 7:00 am Tropic Air flight to Municipal and heading to see Dr. Marcelo Coyi at Belize Medical Associates for a check-up and some tests. My appointment was for 9:00 am but the Dr called me yesterday and said he was not going to be there then and he could see me at 2:00 pm the same day. When he found out why I was coming to see him, his recommendation was to come in for 9:00 am still to get my blood work done [because of the fasting part] that way I would not be starving at 2:00 pm. I will give details on medical costs later this week.

Now onto the real topic of this post.

In various Belize forums, I have read many posts on people asking about using their cell phones while on vacation and what the charges are.  Every phone service provider is different so charges will vary. More often than not everything works out and people do not run into trouble using their cell phones on their Belize vacation. However, there are some cases where people have gotten dinged with huge phone bills. I asked Dianne from quicksilver messenger / Go phone to share a few of those cell phone bill horror stories with you and why renting a Go phone is an easy cost-effective option.

Below are three stories from Dianne that illustrate this; they’re a bit extreme and not the norm, yet all of them are true.

1) I remember a lady who called us the day after arriving in San Pedro. She wanted to rent two Go Phones for her pre-teen grandkids. They had been texting on her phone from the US and found out her plan didn’t cover international texts. Each one was costing her $12US. The kids had the phone for a day and a half and they planned to be here a week. Yikes! We got them all set up so Grandma and the kids were both happy. On our Go Phones, a text to the US costs $0.31Bz ($0.16 US) and now the SMART phone company has bundle purchases for international texts; they’re even cheaper (50 int’l texts for $10Bz = $0.20 each)

2) I have another story for you. In the middle of a phone rental, doing the paperwork, etc., the son and daughter of the family got their hands on the Go Phone package, opened it up, and remarked with disdain, “This phone is antique!” Well, that’s an exaggeration of course but for the techy generation, it seemed true. Our phones are rubberized for durability as they have to pass through many hands and need to hold up to potential abuse. The family rented the phone; got extra minutes wirelessly from us often and at the end of the rental period were returning it. I watched while the son tossed the phone to his sister for one last phone call… and she missed it. The phone bounced! A sleeker model would have shattered and the parents would have lost the damage deposit; the rubberized “antique” saved the day. The family has been repeating customers for their last two vacations.

3) The best cost-saving story I have for you is an example of a self-employed businessman who planned to do a bit of fishing and diving while on Ambergris Caye for a long weekend yet needed to be in touch with his office back home. He checked with his US phone service provider prior to coming and yes, his phone would work here. According to him, he kept his phone on airplane mode for the two-hour trip from Houston to Belize, and the next hour or two to get to Ambergris Caye. During transit the businessman’s office called him, voice mailed, texted, and… sent a data dump to him. His phone bill was at $4000US in the short four hours from Houston! The resort he was staying with recommended us. He and his office set up a phone schedule and the businessman enjoyed his diving and fishing. He also found it far cheaper to call his office from a Go Phone here instead of the office calling him. US/Canadian phone companies have the ability to work with your mobility needs, but it can be expensive. It is usually more cost-effective to consider renting a Go Phone while in San Pedro rather than using your foreign phone here.

As we grow, we try to provide more service options. This year at Go Phones we have three new service provisions. First, we have expanded beyond email reservations to provide our clients with online booking through our website including a credit card authorization form to confirm a deposit or to pay for the rental before arrival. The only thing left for the tab is the amount of phone minutes (dollars); we provide $10Bz free talk time with every rental of three days or more.

Secondly, we have added the option of getting a phone number prior to arrival. We’ve had the request several times and this year we have been able to make it happen. People want to stay in touch with friends, family, business associates, the babysitter, the house-sitter and even the dog-sitter. We do have a small fee for this service as we need to pull a phone package out of circulation and ensure we our clients get their Go Phone number 5-7 days prior to their arrival on island.

Last but not least, the third addition to our service package is the inclusion of Ms. Sue Vasquez to Quicksilver. Ms. Sue has become a mobile Go Phone agent. She continues the tradition of meeting our clients at the airstrip for both rentals and returns. Ms. Sue also takes care of providing phone minutes (talk time) via wireless service to our clients before 7pm daily. Furthermore, Ms. Sue acts as a liaison with our other agents; Monkey Business at Banana Beach, Asian Garden Day Spa, Exotic Caye Beach Resort & Fido’s Gift Shop.

So, that’s about it on the “What’s new and wazzup”. We hope you check out our Quicksilver Messenger  and Go phones website. Better yet, visit one of our island agents or reserve your Go Phone online when planning your trip . Stay in touch folks!

Go Phone Belize Cell Phones
tacogirl mobile site option for cell phone surfers

19 thoughts on “Cell Phone Charges in Belize

  1. Randy LeBlanc says:

    I’m presently planning on arriving in Belize on the 5th for a 10 days. I’m looking to rent a cell phone for the Belize area. Can you provide a point of contact?

  2. tacogirl says:

    Thanks for the invite Alicia, keep in touch closer to the date. Glad my blog has been helpful for you. Al Gene actually proposed at Victoria house on the island not Roberts Grove.

  3. Alicia says:

    Tacogirl, you and yours are more than welcomed to come to the wedding and reception. I have been a avid reader of your your blog and it has helped me get more acquainted with Belize and all things Belizean. it will be New Years.

    Al, thanks for all of the advice, but a little too late to change plans now, rooms and reservations and all things wedding have been booked. We do plan on getting to Placencia while in Belize. Plus, I fell in love with San Pedro on my visit and it has special meaning for us. But thanks again.

  4. al salter says:

    Alicia: Roberts Grove in Placencia is where to get married. It is where Gene Simmons proposed to Shannon Tweed. What more could you ask? Plus you want to get married in Belize. San Pedro is geographically in Belize but not existentially.

  5. tacogirl says:

    Sounds Great Alicia. Getting out of the cold for a Tropical wedding will be a long lasting happy memory. Banana Beach is a nice spot to stay [we live very close to there and often enjoy a meal at to El Divino]

  6. Alicia says:

    Thanks Al for the advice, I went to Xunantanich this past March and was too scared to make it to the top LOL (fear of heights) so I know that would be out of the question for me. We went to San Pedro and stayed at Banana Beach and that is where the wedding will be. My fiances family is from Belize and his parents live in Belize City so we are looking forward to getting out of the cold (Chicago) and having a good ole party on New Years Eve.

  7. al salter says:

    Alicia: Laurie is not reliable in this area. I have been married several times and googling the subject actually leads you to New Zealand, Paris, Jamaica and Cancun etc. Not A/C or Vegas.

  8. tacogirl says:

    At the top Xunantanich pyramid in Cayo might be more romantic but I have attended some great weddings on the beach in San Pedro, lots of very cool locations to get married on Ambergris Caye. Vegas is damn cool place to tie the knot too. I went there once for the CES consumer technology tradeshow and had a blast.

  9. al salter says:

    I should think Alicia that a more romantic spot for a wedding would be the top of Xunantanich pyramid in Cayo. Getting married in San Pedro is a marginal improvement over the Luxor in Vegas:)

  10. Kathy Furlotte says:

    I also have rented a cell phone from Diane every year for the past 3 years. She always met us at the airport with the phone and picked it up the morning we were leaving from Banyan Bay. The cost for 2 weeks to make 1 daily phone call back to Canada was very reasonable. I will be booking with her again in Feb.

  11. Alicia says:

    Thanks, this information was extremely helpful. I will be getting married in San Pedro on December 31st, but will be in Belize for 3 weeks and this will help keeping in contact with guest. And it will be good information to give out to the guest.

  12. Sharon Hiebing says:

    Thanks, Laurie, for sharing this. I have always highly endorsed Dianne’s Quicksilver services, and refer my clients to her frequently. These new changes sound great! I’m “liking” her facebook page now!

    Sharon Hiebing
    Relocate Without Rose-Colored Glasses

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