Best option for roaming on a cruise?

Posted Apr 17, 2012 at 8:43 am in Threads > Smartphones & Tablets

I’m going on a cruise for my honeymoon and it departs on Sunday. I looked at Verizon’s roaming information and found this:

http://businessportals.verizonwireless.com/international/Cruise_Ships/index.html

However, since we are porting in several places, I might need access when I’m at those locations. Paying Verizon seems like it would be kinda expensive and costly and you’re not getting much.

Obviously, my first thought was to immediately cache those places we are porting on my phone so I don’t need data. I want to have the option of looking stuff up on my phone in case I get lost or something. And I have a group project I need to at least be able to check in on here and there while I’m gone (yeah it sucks but there is no way around this).

I have an unlocked Nokia N85 – should I just go pick up $50+ in cell phone prepaid credit, pop in the SIM, and then use that while I’m away? Or is international roaming on prepaid just not an option or has a really ridiculous rate?

  • bolanrox

    personally leave it off or home it’s your honey moon :) I don’t think i ever turned my phone on the whole time we were gone

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Lol good advice. I just had my honeymoon in the Texas hill country and it was nice being in locations with no service. Enjoy it while you can.

      • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

        Oh, and congrats on you just now getting married too! Hill country is very nice… I might need to plan a little weekend get away at one point.

    • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

      While I would absolutely love to do that… I don’t need my project members thinking I’m slacking… I mean I know they would understand, but at the same time I’m kinda the anchor of the group.

      Will try to avoid doing work as much as possible, trust me. :D

      • bolanrox

        coming from someone who was working from home up to the morning of my wedding (or the very least the day before) and answering phone calls on my days off – just turn off the phone and walk away for the week. You will not regret it :) I turned my phone off when we first got to the airport and didn’t turn it back on until we landed :)

    • SGB101

      leave the dam thing at home.

      a few years back the wife made me leave my phone and lappy at home, (im self employed so i dont get paid if i dont work), for the yearly 3 week family holiday to Europe, reluctantly i did, for the first few days of ‘cold turkey’ i really enjoyed it. i didnt even buy a newspaper, and it was complete bliss.

      each year since ive done the same and i look forward to it. imagine my/our shock last summer when we arrived back in the UK and half the country was rioting and looting.

      leave it at home, lock the cabin door, order all food to the room and enjoy yourself, as when the first child arrives, it will be along time till you have time to yourself again.

  • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

    In response to your question, you could pick up a Simple Mobile SIM card for your Nokia N85. They have decent rates for international roaming and it’s pay as you go.

    http://www.mysimplemobile.com/Simple-Mobile-Plan.aspx

    • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

      Thanks Taylor!

      Unfortunately, I don’t have much of an option, I work full time and go to school in the evenings for accounting. The semester ends in the first half of May and we got this ridiculously annoying tax return project to do, I’m going to have to at least check my email once or twice.

      Hell, I don’t think I’m going to be able to have enough time to do the simplemobile thing. Guess I should just use Verizon and be as meager as possible…

  • bolanrox

    can you expense the usage when you get back?

    • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

      No unfortunately. No hobby/business and not self-employed.

  • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

    Verizon just rolled out new plans for international data.

    http://allthingsd.com/20120418/verizon-aims-new-data-package-at-global-travelers/

  • SGB101

    its amazing how much roaming costs, even for just a few emails a day. im sure the ship will have wifi, and that will work out cheaper.

    specially if you get chatting to a few guests and sure the password. thats what my teens did last time we was away.