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Island Cell Phones
Posted by: Jersey Mike (
Date: January 09, 2010 01:39PM

Can anyone advise on Verizon service on the island? Or is there a less expensive way to use a cell phone, like renting a local one? I would like to call back to the USA and call phone to phone while on the island. Ideas? Thanks, Mike

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Re: Island Cell Phones
Posted by: pat (
Date: January 09, 2010 01:58PM


I've rented from Sharon, Queen of St. Maarten, and she is awesome to do business with.

Sorry, I don't have an e-mail but I'm betting Barbara or Philippe will and if not, you can always google her.

Her rates are more than reasonable; her phones are good and very easy to use; and she couldn't be any easier to do business with. In some cases, she can even arrange for you to pick up your cell phone through your rental car company.


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Re: Island Cell Phones
Posted by: sanfilip (
Date: January 09, 2010 02:19PM

Jersey Mike, here is Sharon's website.........


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Re: Island Cell Phones
Posted by: visitor (
Date: January 09, 2010 02:20PM

sharon's website with all the info you need...she's the best!

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Re: Island Cell Phones
Posted by: CarolynandWalt (
Date: January 12, 2010 10:05AM

We now rent from Sharon. She's great! I didn't think to check my regular Verizon phone last week when we were there, but I did check it near the airport in November and there was no service. Before the recent problems, I was always able to get good reception in that area. So...I wouldn't count on Verizon.

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Re: Island Cell Phones
Posted by: marie (
Date: January 13, 2010 01:42PM

I went to a place yesterday called Scarlet to rent a modeum. their minutes to callthe us are .07 vs sharon @ .35. Haven't tried it yet, however.

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Re: Island Cell Phones
Posted by: SXMSharon (
Date: January 13, 2010 04:04PM

The rate to call to a US landline is $.09 & to a US cell phone is $.18 with Scarlet but you have to have a Telcell phone or Telem landline in order to use their calling cards. I also believe that if you are using them through a resort landline you will be charged the resorts rate on top of the calling card rate. Most resorts charge anywhere from $.25 to $.75 per minute for a local call. My rate (which is the carriers rate) to the US is $.32 & my customers do not have to go & purchase any calling cards & they can just call us for a refill of time.

I have been asked about switching my carrier so that my customers could use the Scarlet calling cards & I will most likely do that once the appeal by Telem has been decided on. Telem is appealing the court decision ordering them to allow Scarlet free access to their landline & cellular systems. I am not going to change all of my phones over & then have the decision thrown out which would make then make Scarlet's service not usable.

My customers know that I have always gone with the best rates & service for them but this is still too much up in the air for me to make such a large committment.


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Re: Island Cell Phones
Posted by: alexis (
Date: February 06, 2010 06:24AM

I would stay far from Scarlet. Corrupt bunch.

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Re: Island Cell Phones
Posted by: Jersey Mike (
Date: February 07, 2010 11:30PM

just returned from 2 weeks and rented a phone from Sharon. Good deal, good service, phone worked fine. Would recommend to friends who would like to keep in touch while in St Maarten. Thanks, Mike

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