|By juni (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #10) on Friday, February 24, 2006 - 1:47 pm:|
I was told today when trying to buy a Cellular One phone card for my TDMA phone that the company was bought out by another company and the service is in limbo. No more card is available and no more minutes can be added on. I understand that I would be better off getting a GSM phone to use on Bonaire with other local service providers.
|By Harrie Cox (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #289) on Friday, February 24, 2006 - 2:30 pm:|
|By Josie (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #1168) on Friday, February 24, 2006 - 2:39 pm:|
I have a GSM tri-band older Nokia, and just get a chippie and pre-paid cards from Telbo here. Chat & Browse also has them if it's more convenient. Works fine!
|By Tish (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #1002) on Friday, February 24, 2006 - 2:45 pm:|
Cellular One is dead? Wow! No wonder my phone stopped working.
|By juni (BonaireTalker - Post #11) on Friday, February 24, 2006 - 3:10 pm:|
As they said in Texas, thanks y'all for the information. Unfortunately I only have a very old TDMA Nokia phone so I guess it's time for me to look for a new phone :-(
|By Kevin Wayne Williams (The Great Escape) (BonaireTalker - Post #85) on Friday, February 24, 2006 - 11:18 pm:|
The staff that is converting Cellular One is staying at my hotel, so I got a chance to talk with them. We didn't talk about business ownership, just technology. They are switching from a TDMA system to CDMA. The conversion should be complete early next week. I was flabbergasted to find that they did a technology swapout without warning. Apparently, there is a plan in place to give out CDMA phones, but I have no idea to who, or when.
|By Ann Phelan - www.bonairecaribbean.com (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #2115) on Saturday, February 25, 2006 - 8:57 am:|
You need the correct band phone to have success. I have an 850 tri band that does NOT work. The correct bands are 900/1800 and I think 1900
|By Tish (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #1009) on Saturday, February 25, 2006 - 9:04 am:|
Wow, Ann, I completely forgot about that. Thanks for adding that info. Would hate for anybody to buy the wrong phone.
|By Harrie Cox (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #290) on Saturday, February 25, 2006 - 10:47 am:|
|By juni (BonaireTalker - Post #13) on Saturday, February 25, 2006 - 11:33 am:|
I would be glad to trade my old Nokia TDMA for a new one CDMA.
|By The Ginocchio's @ Golden Reef Inn (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #986) on Saturday, February 25, 2006 - 2:58 pm:|
I went yesterday to telbo and traded in my old celluarone for the GSM from Telbo. They kept the phone and changed my phone number by just one number. The whole thing cost me $44.00 and they gave me a 20 guilder credit on the phone. I'm happy, and it's actually cheaper than Cellularone.
|By Tish (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #1016) on Saturday, February 25, 2006 - 3:01 pm:|
That's great, Liz!
|By DARLENE ELLIS (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #1981) on Saturday, February 25, 2006 - 4:21 pm:|
We spent a half of day wasting valuable island time trying to get the chip for our phone only to find out that ours wouldn't work on island. I say why bother when Michael at Chat'N'Brouse rents phones at such a reasonable rate and he makes it so easy and quick!!
|By Carole B. (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #5465) on Sunday, February 26, 2006 - 12:21 am:|
I agree with you, Darlene! Michael does make life much easier for everyone with his cell rentals and the prepaid cards to go with it. Can't beat it....literally and figuratively. Carole
|By Lorraine Meadows (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #971) on Wednesday, March 1, 2006 - 5:10 pm:|
Getting a phone from Michael is definately the way to go.His prices are so reasonable.
|By Meryl Virga (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #4530) on Friday, March 31, 2006 - 1:11 pm:|
|By William Borek (BonaireTalker - Post #11) on Friday, March 31, 2006 - 11:14 pm:|
CDMA is used in the US by Verizon Wireless. Cingular (which was Cell One) switched from TDMA to GSM over the last few years in the US. CDMA is more efficent in handling calls than TDMA is.
|By michael gaynor (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #2010) on Saturday, April 1, 2006 - 10:28 am:|
The local Cellular one has now a new name, MIO and has switched over to CDMA format. A GSM company from Curacao will be opening in the next few weeks on Bonaire to compoete with UTS
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