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can I use a Smart Phone in Cancun area??

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can I use a Smart Phone in Cancun area??

I have a question about cell phones in Mexico - I have a smart phone with data - can I use that phone to take pictures( not send just take) or will I be changed some "roaming" fee ? It is thru ATT

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1. Re: can I use a Smart Phone in Cancun area??

Your pictures will be saved on the internal memory, but you should have a memory card if you already don't because your internal memory won't hold many pictures. If you aren't sending the pictures to anyone you won't pay any roaming fees

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2. Re: can I use a Smart Phone in Cancun area??

Turning your phone on might be enough to trigger roaming charges, as the telephone will do periodic registrations. With smart phones this is very likely, as some applications generate background traffic. The solution is to use flight mode when you turn the phone on. This disables the radio communications and no charges of any kind are incurred.

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3. Re: can I use a Smart Phone in Cancun area??

iPhone automatically blocks data and updates outside the US unless you turn it on using the settings. If you make/receive a call to/from the US you'll be charged for the airtime and about $1.00 per minute (roaming). Check with at&t for rates and information on how to block your smart phone and if you are sending data use the hotel WiFi.

"If you don't have an iPhone... well you don't have an iPhone".

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4. Re: can I use a Smart Phone in Cancun area??

You can pay AT&T $5.99/month for international roaming but Im not sure what the per minute charges are for calls and data. I have a company phone and spend all day on the phone at work so dont yap much when not working - and most of the emails I send/receive when on vacation are business related. I have been known to check/post to Facebook from overseas and no one says anything, but I work for a huge company - and they probably get 1 bill. Also, if Im sending a client who spends $5 million a year a picture of the Mekong River, or the side of the road in Xcalak - the company doesnt care.

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