12-12-2009 01:10:30 PM
I'm going to be in Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Nicaragua, and need to make sure I get any emails without delay. What are my chances of doing that, and how?
I've got the USB device for connecting my laptop to the Internet via the cell signal, and could of course get a Blackberry. But I don't know whether you have service in those countries, or whether roaming is available for internet access (and what it costs).
12-13-2009 06:36:40 AM
Look at the coverage maps at gsmworld.com. The Domincan Republic has a 3g network blanketing their half of the Island. Nicauraga and Guatamala seem to have solid 2g coverage, but where are you travelling? The cities or the bush? Terrestar is rolling out a satellite network that may cover these areas and rides on the ATT network in the U.S. The phones are Blackberry size and run Windows Mobile. If a Cedio Redfly will work with them, it may be a good deal at a better price than tethering.
12-13-2009 09:30:17 AM
Thanks, I'll check out the references you mention.
I don't expect I'll be in a very urban or upscale area. I'm trying to find a nice beach to spend a couple months comfortably, but without putting out tourist prices for lodging etc.
12-13-2009 10:11:41 AM - edited 12-13-2009 10:15:57 AM
AT&T offers roaming services in all of those countries at usual roaming rates. The Blackberry is likely to be the least expensive route. For costs check here:
Data costs using a laptop connect plan are prohibitive at almost $20 per MB. Local wifi hot spots will be much cheaper.
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