It is not uncommon that even though on vacation most are tethered to their smartphone. It is nothing wrong with this practice as unlike years ago, a smartphone allows you to do so much more than just talk! Aruba is a very tourist-friendly country, however for those who do not pay attention or manage their visit as once you return back home and get your bill, it can result in a big frown or a big smile. Years ago, a big frown was my reality as I forgot to turn off roaming and the result was a bill nearly $2,000. Back then, it was not uncommon to rent/purchase a device from the local carrier (Digicel) or of course you could use your own.
Fast-forward as technology has improved and pricing has become much more competitive and lower. Most carriers offer a specific “international plan” which ranges from $8– $12 per day. I’ve had T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon and for my weekly stay to Aruba I was paying approximately $70. Not cheap…. but way better than my $2,000 bonehead?
My most recent trip consisted of 8 days. Another reality: Many consumers think Consumer Cellular is designated for seniors due to the reduced cost? That is kind of correct, although not totally 100% correct. A couple of years ago I had Verizon and gladly paid $70. I heard about Consumer Cellular but had doubts, however since I was officially retiring, I was exploring how to reduce my monthly cost. I contacted Verizon and inquired if they offered a “senior” plan or “reduced’ option? I was told no, although they did offer some reductions but no where near the less than $50 per month that Consumer Cellular was offering. So….adios to Verizon!
The bottom-line is I just reviewed my most recent bill which including the roaming charges for my Aruba trip. The cost was $48 which was far less than the $70 I had been paying or even the $60 my wife paid from her AT&T account.
Word to the wise – pay attention to your cost and do not pay more that what you have to. By the way, while I am not endorsing a product or service, Consumer Cellular has exceeded my expectations by offering the same service I had been using, which includes using lots of data at far less than what I had been paying.