My Experience using the Storm in Peru and Argentina
I recently traveled to several cities in Argentina and Peru with the Storm. Overall, my experience was great.
Switching to the international data plan with Verizon was simple. Less than a week before my trip, I called Verizon to inform them of my travels. They transferred me over quickly to some sort of Blackberry international specialist. I forgot the exact title of this individual. This specialist asked me several questions regarding the countries I was traveling to and the dates of my vacation. After these inquiries, she informed me of my options. Pretty much, I was just switching to the international data plan and I would have to pay roaming charges if I used any minutes. I basically set it up to where the international data plan would only be in effect for the dates of my travel and when I got back to the US, my plan would be switched to the regular plan automatically. She told me right away what my prorated charges should be also. It was a very simply and quick experience to set my Storm up.
As far as actual use in Argentina and Peru, 90% of the time, I was on an EDGE network with good speeds. The only city I didnít have at least decent reception was in El Calafate, Argentina. The other cities I visited (Ushuaia, Iguazu, Buenos Aires, Cusco, Lima) had almost full service on the countryís EDGE network.
Iím not sure what else anyone wants to know but if there are any questions, feel free to drop them and Iíll see if I can provide an answer.
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What services did you use on your phone? E-mail? Internet? IM? BB Messenger? Streaming Media?
I'll be going to Italy soon and want to use the Verizon data plan so I have full functionality I have now for data and will buy a local SIM for voice. Did you do this? More details on your data usage would be greatly appreciated.
I wasnt able to use Flycast though...not sure how Slacker or any other radio would work...but for the other apps, speeds were pretty much spot on...where in Italy are you headed to?...I say if its in the major cities, you should be good...if you go into the mountains or more rural areas like I did at times, your reception might not be as good, if you get any at all
- 03-01-09, 12:45 PM #8
Thanks for the above information.
My daughter will be going to Argentina with her Storm in a few weeks and will be staying for about six weeks. I just talked to Verizon and they activated the sim card. I was told the cost for calls from there would be $4.99 a minute. When I goggled for info I found a number of companies selling prepaid sim cards for Argentina. Would those cards work in the Storm? I think it would be a lot cheaper especially because she likes to talk a lot
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- 03-01-09, 12:58 PM #10
Horsebiz, yes, prepaid sims should work, likely she will not get data though. Why would the rate be so high? I'm on T-mobile and it was only about $1.49/min when I was in Argentina in '07. Call VZW and check what they say.
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- 03-01-09, 02:29 PM #12
I am in the same place as horsebiz/WERA_Cannoli. I will be leaving to Italy in 2 months and I have been looking at all of the possibilities with international service. I am almost certain that I will end up with the Storm, but I am not sure if I want to only because of the WiFi, I was hoping that Niagra would end up with WiFi - damn Verizon. Only blaming Verizon because I have heard that in the original models WiFi was enabled, never mind if its not true.
The provider thing also has me split. I don't know if I want to stay with Verizon, or move to another US carrier, or just get my phone unlocked and then go out of the country and get a SIM card over there. Decisions, decisions.
I am also interested in the data plan. Ming-Tzu, how much did it come out for you and how many days were you away?
- 03-01-09, 02:47 PM #13
Argentina and Uruguay on the Storm
I also traveled to Buenos Aires and San Antonio de Areco in Argentina as well as Colonia in Uruguay. Had great coverage thru Claro on the EDGE network. I used the data plan from Verizon which works out to about 17 dollars per week. If you sign up for the month of coverage and then cancel upon your return, you will only be charged for the period that you used it. Check out WorldMate it is a wonderful travel tool and they give you a one week trial for Gold (pay) version which gives you access to hotel and airline reservations. Regular edition has weather and travel itinerary with reminders as well as currency conversion.
- 03-01-09, 03:03 PM #15
The data plan is not bad. They charge domestically about $30.00 a month and to do to their global plan it is about $69.00 minus the $30.00 you already pay. So it is only an increase of $39 for the month and they do pro rate.
I do find the $5 a minute for voice high compared to other companies. I have been with Verizon since they split and here in Boston Ma they have a much better network than AT&T, that is one reason I went for the Storm over the Iphone. The other reason is I got two Storms for about $49
I will have to learn more about the sim and see if my daughter can install it when she gets to Argentina
- 03-01-09, 03:09 PM #17
- 03-01-09, 06:37 PM #18Originally Posted by startsev
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using storm overseas
Use a pencil eraser to push the sim card out. The first time for me it was a bit sticky. Used the unlocked storm in both South Africa and Namibia with local sim cards. no problems, and much cheaper than $5 per minute. Did not use a data plan though.
- 07-24-09, 09:40 PM #23
I'm presuming that the Tour (9630) and the Storm (9530) will work in exactly the same way when it comes to international data plan access. Based on that presumption, I'm interested in knowing anything that anyone could share about being able to browse the web and access email while within the city limits of Cuzco / Cusco.
I'm going to suspend the voice plan and bump the unlimited data plan to the international unlimited data for a three-week stint within Cuzco. Verizon was not able to tell me whether or not there is data coverage there. They pointed me to the Claro site (which seems to be in Spanish only). Other posts that I found from as recently as late 2007 said there were no data services available for a phone like the 8830 World Edition (which is not quad-band like the Storm and Tour).
If anyone has input they can share, I sure would appreciate it.
Thanks in advance!
- 07-25-09, 09:21 AM #25