Of the major North American cell phone carriers, AT&T and T-Mobile use GSM technology which requires a sim card and is compatible with Digicell Belize. Smartphone company requires an unlocked phone with CDMA 800 MHz or 850 MHz technology and will work with Verizon.
The advantage of CDMA is that it does provide a better and more stable signal due to the nature of the technology. I can verify that as once I had to go out on the dock to get reception up at Sueno Del Mar and Quicksilver Dianne said her go phones get signal closer to the resort. Advantages of GSM technology it is the global standard for cellular technology and you will be able to use your phone internationally provided the phone is unlocked and has the needed bandwidths mentioned below.
There is a new cell phone company on the horizon that looks like it will work for Belize. Simple Mobile takes sim cards, and has a $10 pay-as-you-go phone option. If you are looking into phones from this carrier as a potential option for Belize cell phone service, you will need to ask the store clerk which phones meet the following requirements an unlocked GSM or Global System Mobile Communication 1900 MHz cellular phone.
Once you have your phone set up, you can easily top up at local stores in San Pedro with phone cards or by machine. Digicell often do double triple days, $10 – $49.99 will get you double credit and $50 or more will get you triple credit.
Digicell also offers the purchase of SMS bundles from your phone by dialing *767 and following the prompts. They have an ongoing double-up promotion for text bundles, which is great cause they seem to go fast.
50 100 SMS
100 200 SMS
200 400 SMS
500 1000 SMS