Cell Phone Service
Aruba has a modern telecommunications network. Long distance calls can be placed from any telephone or from SETAR (Aruba’s Telecommunications organization) locations around Aruba. Cellular phone rental is also available. The international dialing code for Aruba is 297. Area codes do not exist in Aruba, all numbers start with 5 except for cellular telephone numbers which start with 9, 7, 6 or 5.
Visiting Aruba, or anywhere can be a lot more fun if you have active service to your cellular or smart phone. You can keep in touch with friends and relatives, and you can start posting some great memories to your social media feed like Instagram.
However, it is important to remember a few very important things. The first is that it is vacation, don’t ruin it by showing off to the world how wonderful your time is in Aruba. Take your photos, share them later at night when reflecting on the day and all the good memories, or even over morning coffee. But never let it shadow the actual experience. The second most important thing is data and roaming fees since you are outside your country’s network.
Fortunately, I have T-Mobile here in the United States. International data and roaming is free, and they use wi-fi if you want to make a call. The service is 2G (we are currently on 4G) so don’t expect it to be as good or fast, but its great you can travel and not worry about coming home to a phone bill triple of what it normally is. You can avoid this with other carriers like Verizon if you simply call ahead and purchase an international data/roaming package which should cost about $25. Yes, its more money, but you will be saving $50-100 in the long run. You can cancel the package 30 days after you activate it. A few steps more and a little time on the phone with customer service, but you will be saving a money, even if $50 or more does not seem like a lot of money to you.
The last important thing to remember is not to rely on your phone alone for communication, social or otherwise since Aruba is currently at 2-3G rather than the 4G+ we have here in the United States. In other words, its much slower, be patient.
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Cellphone service in Aruba
- Aruba has two phone providers. Digicel and Setar. I use Digicel.
- You have a choice to use your phone (roaming) or buy an Aruba sim card.
- If you choose to stick with your number remember to contact your phone provider before you fly to Aruba. Ask them if they have cell phone service in Aruba.
- Maybe a roaming plan, international plan or anything at all!
- But wait, here’s what they won’t tell you…
- They’ll charge you around 2$-3$ per minute for incoming and outgoing calls!
- A 20 minute conversation can cost you around 60$.
- Also expect hidden charges. Like data use for email updates and push notifications.
If you plan to roam you’ll be able to do so with At&t in Aruba and also with…
- and more.
However, it‘s way cheaper to have what I call an Aruba cell phone to call abroad. And buy Aruba data cards for when you need a data plan.
Cheaper Cell Phone Service in Aruba
Using your international sim card to get Aruba cell phone service is expensive. I would buy an Aruba sim card from Digicel or Setar. A sim card will cost you about $21. Data plans can be bought separately.
Change your APN (Access Point Name) settings.
- (for Digicel) APN Name: Digicel – APN: web.digicelaruba.com
- (for Setar) APN Name: setarinternet – APN: internet.setar.aw
Having the wrong APN-Settings means your internet connection won’t be good.
How To Call United States from Aruba
Dial 001 and the area code in the united states plus the phone number.
Cell Phone Aruba Tips
If you plan to keep your sim card (and not roam either) you should:
- Turn off your mobile data
- Turn on your WiFi
- Put your device in airplane mode.
Aruba is dotted with WiFi hot-spots. You can make a phone call if you need via Skype, What’s App, Facebook Messenger and all other calling apps over WiFi.