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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Buckeye Boy, Feb 4, 2011.

  1. Buckeye Boy

    Buckeye Boy Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    I am leaving for the Bahamas next Wednesday and I need to know what I need to do to my phone to make it work? I have a Droid X with unlimited internet package.I really dont want to call Verizon , so can someone help me out? thanks:thinking:

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  2. jcarlosfox

    jcarlosfox Member

    You need to figure out if there is a CDMA carrier in the Bahamas, and then call Verizon to see what it will cost you to use your phone and data. Your unlimited data does not include travel outside the US.

    You could just put it in airplane mode and use WIFI for email, internet and Skype calls. Make sure Verizon's version of skype will make a call using Skype with WIFI in airplane mode, or just download the other version of Skype from the marketplace.
  3. Doit2it

    Doit2it Android Expert

    Based on the map on Verizon's site, they don't have CDMA coverage in the Bahamas, so no voice calls:
    Calling From Bahamas

    The same map shows 3G coverage. Of course you will have to pay the rates shown on this page:
    Data From Bahamas

    If you don't call Verizon to set up an Int'l plan and just use the Pay Per Use of $.02 per kb it adds up fast. That's $20 per Mb.

    Example: I average 2Gb per month of data. Divide by 4.5 for a week usage (1 week vacation) equals 444Mb or $8,880 for one week of data in the Bahamas on the Pay per Use plan.

    Turn off data: Settings / Data Manager / Data Delivery / uncheck all 3: Background Data, Data Roaming, Data Enabled
    or just put the phone in Airplane mode for the entire trip.

    If your hotel or the local coffee shop has WiFi, you can use the Droid X WiFi all you want. That doesn't use Verizon's data.
  4. CharlesLewis

    CharlesLewis Android Enthusiast

    If you were in an area where you had phone service, would turning off data this way still allow phone use?
  5. Outlaw71

    Outlaw71 Android Expert

    You can call and switch your line over to an international (no roaming charges) calling plan for while you are there. I do this when I go to Canada. Sorry, I know you said you didn't want to call them but.... well I can't switch your plan from my phone.

    ...... oh yeah, Bahamas??? I HATE YOU!
  6. Doit2it

    Doit2it Android Expert

    Yes. If you are in a CDMA area, you will still have phone and text message access, but no data if data is turned off. That is, turning off data through the Data Manager settings. If you use Airplane mode, it disables ALL transmitters in the phone: data, phone, WiFi, and Bluetooth.
  7. Buckeye Boy

    Buckeye Boy Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    if i go into settings and turn those 3 off, can i still get wifi or is that shut down as well?
    say i just wanted to use wifi at hotel for free, which i know they have, What if i lose the wifi signal and i start accruing 3g charges. i need to know exactly what i need to do.?
    if i get the $100 international data they will prorate it for the 5 days i will be there and they said it would cost me like $18. but if i am going to use wifi the whole time there i would not need that correct?:thinking::thinking::thinking:
  8. iron_city

    iron_city Member

    FYI...Bluetooth still works in Airplane mode.

    I was in Mexico last week, and put the phone in Airplane for the duration of the trip. I was still able to turn on BT, pair it with my headphones, and listen to media through the headphones.

    From what I could tell, GPS reception is disabled, too. I couldn't get a fix in MapDroyd.
  9. Buckeye Boy

    Buckeye Boy Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    i guess my hotel charges $15 per day for wifi access. i guess i will go with the Verizon Intl package and get it pro rated.:(

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