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Cell phone and SIM card use in Dominican Republic

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Cell phone and SIM card use in Dominican Republic

Something I've been wondering about and hoping somebody will have the answer...

We went to Punta Cana this past February and we took along an unlocked cell phone and picked up an Orange SIM card locally to use in it... worked great for the two weeks we were there and was super cheap too. I know that the SIM itself has an expiration on it... my question: The next time we goto Punta Cana can I just get another Orange SIM card to put into that same unlocked phone?

I'm assuming you can... but you know what they say when people "assume". I thought I read somewhere that you couldn't (could have dreamt this too) because when you get your SIM card in the Dominican Republic they take down the phone information and the network "blocks" it from use after expiration of the SIM.

Thanks for any information you can pass along!

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Houston, Texas
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51. Re: Cell phone and SIM card use in Dominican Republic

How long does a sim card last for? What is the cost of the sim card for Claro (or the one you use)? How much is it per minute? Does it include internet? Do you need ID to get one? Can you pay in dollars?

Thank you sir!

Edited: 2:11 pm, March 21, 2013
Houston, Texas
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52. Re: Cell phone and SIM card use in Dominican Republic

How long does a sim card last for? What is the cost of the sim card for Claro (or the one you use)? How much is it per minute? Does it include internet? Do you need ID to get one? Can you pay in dollars?

Thank you sir!

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53. Re: Cell phone and SIM card use in Dominican Republic

Save yourself the hassle man. Check out www.gobecon.com they even deliver it to your hotel and have English speaking reps. Instead you will pay at least 20$ for a taxi then try speaking in another language plus plus. And you will waste an afternoon.

Houston, Texas
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54. Re: Cell phone and SIM card use in Dominican Republic

Timmy...

I have an unlocked GSM phone with up to 1900 mhz. I speak spanish well, and the Claro store is on the corner by the hotel; so I won't have to take a taxi.

Do you still think I should do that website? Do you feel it will be too much money or the hassle?

I went to the website and it doesn't sell minutes and sim cards. I have a very good HTC Status UNLOCKED phone.

Dr. J.

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55. Re: Cell phone and SIM card use in Dominican Republic

Well they give you a phone in our case it was an iPhone. Plus 40 minutes to states and unlimited incoming. The claro store I think was a bit less but if you need more minutes you have to go back. More hassle while on vacation. When we ran out minutes they just charged the phone while we were on the beach. They were very accommodating. But if your looking for absolute price you will probably save a tad going to the store. Don't know if you will need Internet but their wifi prices are great and way less than what the hotel charges. Cheers.

Winnipeg, Canada
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56. Re: Cell phone and SIM card use in Dominican Republic

im here now. went to claro by steves on my own and i dont speak spanish.....$11 US for sim card with minutes and internet included good for 7 days

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57. Re: Cell phone and SIM card use in Dominican Republic

as Debbie said, and you don't need to get to any specific claro store to recharge minutes, you can do so in this country at every corner and you can also do it online.

for how long of a timeframe your minutes are valid til expiration depends on how many minutes/pesos you reload at a time, from the service menue of your phone you can check the expiration date of your actual minutes at any time, if you load further minutes the still owned old minutes will be taken over to the new longer lasting expiration time frame, which is important for frequently visiting guests as Debbie, so from back home in Canada you can recharge some more minutes once in a while, so your phone number/SIM Card will stay active and on the next visit you have most of your needed minutes already charged/at hand.

prepaid internet connections by SIM Card/USB Stick start at the same provider Claro at around 20 bucks per month and if additional data volume is needed it can be reloaded/recharged the same ways as the prepaid phone SIM Cards.

the other reliable and good coverage provider for the punta cana area is named Orange, their rates and services are close/comparable to the ones mentioned for Claro, both are present in PC everywhere.

the countrywide best full coverage is provided by Claro, but for the punta cana area you can take either one and will get the same services.

Mike

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58. Re: Cell phone and SIM card use in Dominican Republic

Thanks a lot Timmy!

That is my sole purpose! I am staying at Renaissance Santo Domingo Jaragua Hotel & Casino, but they charge $9 a PER DAY - PER CONNECTION, which is ridiculous!!! That's $100 at a minimum for my stay!I could buy the SIM card and tons of minutes for that! That is a rip off! I totally agree with you! Sine the Claro store in on the corner on Avenue Independencia and Avenue Pasteur it is a quick walk less than a block out the back of the hotel!

I have another question. I have a need for a DR sim card only to call DR numbers! I'm not like many other people who must call back home while on vacation, however, I want to call taxi's, restaurants, clubs, people, hotels, malls - IN DR! I have a onesimcard.com SIM if I need to call the US but there shouldn't be a need.

How was your experience in Santo Domingo? On the Malecon? The food? How was your Spanish and did you meet anyone who spoke English!

Thanks again for your help!

Edited: 11:54 pm, March 21, 2013
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59. Re: Cell phone and SIM card use in Dominican Republic

Your welcome! Don't know much about santo domingo. And if it's not a hassle for you then follow debbies advice. I doubt though for the price Debbie is mentioning it's unlimited Internet like ours was something just doesn't sound right or more people would be doing it.

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60. Re: Cell phone and SIM card use in Dominican Republic

We have a go phone we purchased from AT&T in PR for $50.00. Can we purchase a SIM card in the DR and just use that phone for calls/texting? I plan to communicate primarily via email as we will have free wifi service on the resort. Thank you in advance for any guidance you can lend me.

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