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Old Friday, November 27th, 2009, 08:07 PM
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Does anyone have any advise on the best way to be able to call home to Canada once I am in Aruba?
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Old Friday, November 27th, 2009, 08:23 PM
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if you are bringing your computer then skype is the way to go.

how often do you need to call?

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Old Friday, November 27th, 2009, 11:25 PM
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I am not bringing a computer. I have two young children that I need to say goodnight to each night, so one a day.
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Old Friday, November 27th, 2009, 11:34 PM
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i honestly don't remember if you mentioned where you were staying but if it is in the low rise, there is a 'phone shop' in the shopping area behind the alhambra casino. they are open every evening and it is very cheap to call from there.

the other alternative since long distance to the states or canada is expensive via credit card or hotel phones, is to rent a cell phone for the week. the link i am going to provide is not the only company that does it but i do know this guy is good at what he does. he can give you some info.

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Thank you. I will look into the link you provided. I am staying in the high rise area (Holiday Inn). I was looking here for a pre-paid calling card, but can't seem to find one that will work in Aruba.
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you can possibly use your own cell phone if it is a gsm (i think that is what they are called) phone. however, your fees, if anything like in the states, will be prohibitive. i know that most cell phones from the states cost $1.29-1.79/ minute.

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Thank you. I will look into the link you provided. I am staying in the high rise area (Holiday Inn). I was looking here for a pre-paid calling card, but can't seem to find one that will work in Aruba.
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Old Saturday, November 28th, 2009, 09:27 AM
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Phone cards are sold in Aruba. At your resort they may be sold in a shop inside your resort. That shop can explain the best way to use it as you will get chaged at some resorts for a local call when using the card. There may be a Calling Center near you.
Warning: Do not use phones around the island stating just chrage to your charge card. BIG FEE there.
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Thanks for the advise. The rental cell phone seems like the best deal. I think that is what I will do.
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I'm not certain, but I think you can buy an inexpensive calling card in the gift shop in the holiday inn and that at the very next resort, the playa linda, there are phone booths where you can use the card. There used to be phones in the holiday inn that took the cards, but I think the last time we needed to use them we had to go to the playa linda.

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Hi Pazmom, I am from toronto and what I do is purchase a calling card from Red sail sports at the Hyatt for $15-$20, depending on how many minutes you want. There are phones right behind the casino at the Hyatt, you can use that card their, and it tells you how much money you have left on the card.

are you presently in Aruba? I used my card last night and have been using it for years. Now that one of my sons is a little older(10) we e-mail ore frequently rather than calling.
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Default Re: Calling home to Canada

My reply relates to calls to the USA, but since Canada has an area code system, I presume the info is valid.

Years ago, we used the resort phone for BRIEF calls. They were about $2.50 a minute.

Coming forward a few years, we used the phone kiosk by the Alhambra casino. That was 25 cents a minute (big difference). We only needed to place 2 or 3 calls in 2 weeks. It was still open in September 2009 at the same advertised rate.

Mostly we try to avoid calling home, but in September 2008 we had an emergency need. We bought a 120-minute phone card for $10 (at Casa Del Mar). The card is used by accessing a local Aruba phone number and our resort charges 50 cents per 3-minute local call. The clock keeps running after you access the international number (for more than 3 minutes, so a 5-minute call was $1.00 plus the calling card expense). At any rate, we thought the calls were in the average of about 25 cents a minute (resort charge plus what we spent for the phone card). We had the convenience of making multiple calls from our room.

Hope this makes sense!
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