I’m doing this post as a follow-up to my original post about cell phones in Jamaica. CLICK HERE to read that one.
Over time I learn new things and need to update the old info I’ve posted. I always assume people know everything but then I get new members on my forum asking about it.
As I mentioned in the old post, if you’re a frequent traveler to Jamaica the most economical choice for communicating there is just to buy a Jamaican cell phone. You can get a bottom of the line Digicel phone with a SIM card for less than $50. Then you just add credit to the phone as you need it. And I’m telling you, the dirt cheap Nokia I bought there two years ago is one of the best phones alive! It even has a flashlight on it for dark Jamaican streets at night.
When I’m not in Jamaica I load credit on it periodically through the internet. It’s super easy and you have a couple options for topping it up from home.
CLICK HERE to add credit through Digicel Online Top-Up.
CLICK HERE to add credit through Ezetop Online Top-Up.
Both websites offer the same service, you set up an account with them and use your credit card to add whatever dollar amount to your own cell phone or to anyone’s phone. Ezetop has the added bonus of using Paypal for USA customers sending credit. When you send your own phone credit it just sits on the phone til you get back to Jamaica and turn your phone on.
Both services also have “double bubble” promotions where you add a certain dollar amount to your phone and the credit doubles. ***NOTE*** – Read the fine print about double bubble promotions because in most cases the bonus credit is only valid for 7 days and expires, so it doesn’t serve you any purpose unless you’re in Jamaica using the credit. However it’s a great option for sending credit to your friends….you send them $10 and it doubles to $20.
Another tip – If you call home a lot while you’re in Jamaica you might want to consider the International plan. For $1000 or $1250 JMD you can get 1000 or 1250 international minutes to call Canada, USA and UK. To activate the plan simply load $1000 / $1250 JMD on your phone then dial *134# SEND. From there you will be prompted by a text message. Keep in mind you still need credit over and above the plan to continue to make local Jamaica calls.
Oh and guess what? For Blackberry users, if you take your Blackberry to Jamaica with you and it’s unlocked you can insert your Digicel SIM and purchase BB plans while on vacation! They have 7-day, 14-day and 1-month plans available. For more info on the BB plans Digicel offers CLICK HERE. Note the list of handsets at that link may not be current but you can find out if your BB is compatible at any Digicel store.
Okay I think I’ve covered everything I was trying to update for now. I just got a Blackberry and will be in Jamaica in 3 weeks so will test out the BB packages and let you know how it goes.