We will be leaving behind 4 children. (4,5,7,and7). This is our first trip out of the US. We definatly dont want any suprises on our cell phone bill so we will be leaving them turned off. One way or another we are going to call home everyday. Whats the best way? I have read that you can rent cell phones? What about buying a prepaid? Any suggestions? What does everyone else do?
We also used video skype. However, sometimes "seeing" Mom & Dad sometimes makes the "little ones" miss them even more. That might make it more difficult for the sitter when the call is done. Not a problem for us as our daughter is a little older and thinks the video call is cool. Just keep it in mind.
If Skype is not an option, they used to sell "JusTalk" calling cards in the gift shop. If they still carry them, you might have to ask the Sales Clerk for them. I don't think they had them readily displayed. One trip, we bought a 90 min card that was fairly inexpensive. There was an additional US$2.00 connection fee charged to the room per call.
Last edited by NeedBlueWater; May 10th, 2012 at 04:06 PM.
We went to CN a few years go and per the advice on this message board went to the gift shop to buy Jus Talk cards and they looked at us like we were on crack. They had never heard of it before. So we ended up just calling from our room with the operator connecting us. It was $1 a minute - charged to our room. We only talked to our kids for a few minutes every day and it was worth it. $5 a day is really not that bad for phone calls home.
What we did after a few years of using the jus talk cards is buy a cheap cell phone there. Then get a new sim card(about $5) and add international minutes at the start of every tip.They usually run a special where you can get 2000 international minutes for $20. Or something close to that. Also, I believe you can probably use your current cell phone and just switch out the sim card with a digicel one. I didn't want to mess around with my phone and since we know we're going back at least once a year its nice to have our own "Jamaica phone". Not only was it cheapest way to call home but it was the most convenient.
$1.00 a minute from your room for a phone call is not that bad ..... I call to check on our 14 year old cats (1 that has seizures & is on meds) & have parents that are almost 90 & have had to leave with them in the hospital in the past so called daily to check on them ..... We only talk for 5 - 10 minutes so it was not a big expense. We leave our Smartphones off but do check our e-mail at the internet cafe a couple of times a day.