Anyone have tips/ideas for obtaining an American Cellphone?

Pluto777

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Jul 10, 2017
Have an old lg ZONE4 that was used a couple of years ago, unfortunately however, the number was NOT kept active and I do not have a phone number in the USA. The phone is great and has many useful apps including UBER and MDE (although I suppose I will have to remake a new UBER account since the old number is gone). I believe Verizon was the company the phone worked with (and I also think, but I'm not sure, it may be impossible to use it with any other company since the phone is locked).

Obviously having a USA number is critical for Disney's MDE, dining, tansportation, dining etc etc. Last time the wireless company offered a temporary 30 day prepaid service, but they refused to keep the number assigned to you (why I don't know since it costs them nothing) unless you pay quite a bit - and I can't justify paying so much just to maintain a number that you will only be using a few weeks a year. I do not want to pay a lot every month just to maintain a number in the USA (although a couple of dollars might be okay) especially if that number will make be impossible to get messages on when outside the USA.

Anyone have a suggestion on some way to set up by internet a phone service AHEAD of arriving in Miami international for our next WDW trip? Thanks!
 

frannn

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Are you able to sign up for Google Voice? We were able to get daughter a free phone # to use on her laptop that way. Not sure if you have to have a US backup # though.
 


starry_solo

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Nov 19, 2010
Will you have a rental car? If so, get a burner phone from Target, WalMart or somewhere close by. That will be a prepaid phone.

if not, i Will come up with some other ideas.

oops. You want to have it before you arrive.
where are you coming from?
 
  • Pluto777

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    Are you able to sign up for Google Voice? We were able to get daughter a free phone # to use on her laptop that way. Not sure if you have to have a US backup # though.
    Google voice would be great - BUT I think you need a US number first.. Anyone ever heard of sonetel.com? Seems they offer a solution at a reasonable price
     

    Disneyfan754321

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    Is there a reason you need to keep it when you go home? My kids have tracphone/stright talk from walmart. We buy minutes online as low as $10. A month. When we were at Disney they stayed on disney wifi so they never used any data.
    The smart phones $40
     

    Pluto777

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    Is there a reason you need to keep it when you go home? My kids have tracphone/stright talk from walmart. We buy minutes online as low as $10. A month. When we were at Disney they stayed on disney wifi so they never used any data.
    The smart phones $40
    Just want to save time even more than money on the trip and avoid a trip to a Walmart or cell phone store.. I believe I can activate the old phone BY phone without going to a Verizon store, so likely thats what I'll do
     
  • Shelly F - Ohio

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    You might have better luck getting an answer if you ask it on the Global Neighbors thread. You can find it by scrolling down on the Disboard forum
     

    _19disnA

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    Aug 8, 2018
    ^^ I agree, any of the areas which overseas participants could provide more input on this topic. I have never heard of this being an issue for other international travelers, so I assume some of them could provide input on what they have done when visiting Disney.
     





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