Baby Boomers and Gen Y Coexist- Cellular Rates and Policies

Notes on mobile device usage aboard the lines:

As mentioned in the first blog of this series, connectivity is a major issue for many vacationing adults, and two of the most popular mobile carriers, Verizon and AT&T, have service available throughout the world.  Here’s a little more detail about what they offer and how to find how connected you can be throughout a cruise.

Verizon’s Cruise Ship Cellular Rates and Policies:

Verizon offers service among all 5 of the cruise lines outlined above.  To check for service availability: Refer to Verizon’s ship listing to see whether service is available on your desired cruise line.  Then Dial *611 or call (800) 922-0204 for specific details of service and to enable International Roaming.

Voice Roaming Rate: $2.49 per minute

Text Messaging Rates:  $0.50/address sent, $0.05/message received

Monthly Access:

$30- 50MB Allowance

$75- 150 MB Allowance

$125- 300 MB Allowance

Rate after allowance: $0.005/KB ($5.12/MB)

Pay Per Use Rate: $0.02/KB ($20.48/MB)

Dialing Internationally: 011 + Country Code + Number
Dialing to the U.S.: 011 + 1 + Number

AT&T’s Cruise Ship Cellular Rates and Policies:

AT&T also offers service among all 5 of the cruise lines outlined above.  To check for service availability: Refer to AT & T’s ship listing to see whether service is available on your desired cruise line.  They have a neat tool that allows you to select your cruise line, your destination and mobile device, and tells whether or not your device is compatible with your destination. If your device is compatible the destinations shown above, call 1-800-331-0500 to add international roaming.

Voice Roaming Rate: $2.49 per minute

Data usage: billed at the standard pay-per-use rate (approximately $20.00 per MB).

 

Some tips on traveling and mobile device charges:

  • Those who are accustomed to being “wired” 24/7 may have some issues on a cruise… online charges can soar quickly while on a ship.  Be aware that there is a per-minute charge for usage; check into pre-paid plans, they tend to be significantly cheaper than the pay-as-you-go options offered by the cruiselines.  Another thing to be aware of is that communications are done via satellite, which experiences disruptions in service and tends to operate more slowly that that land-based counterparts.
  • Be sure to check with your carrier before embarking- you will likely be better off, cost-wise converting to one of their “travel” plans for the duration of your cruise.  And, if there is some unconceivable circumstance racks up a really large bill, don’t be afraid to contact your carrier directly to discuss the charges- they are able, and many times willing, to reduce the charges.

 

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One Response to Baby Boomers and Gen Y Coexist- Cellular Rates and Policies

  1. Jerold Hartwell May 22, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

    We used Verizon’s plan on our recent cruise and the cell phone they provided worked well on the ship. It made calls. As soon as we landed in Italy it refused to work, would not connect to the phone system or internet. It never did even after hours of assistance by V’s technical folks back home. We had planned to use it for GPS and to make hotel or B & B reservations. Since we could not connect to Tripadvisor, it was useless. Tech assistance was good, they discovered that the sim card was not correctly identified to the HTC phone and they fixed that. We could call home but that was all. Of course we got lost numerous times as we drove around Italy and we were and are upset with V! What they sold us was not what we got!!!

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