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Most hotels now have some kind of Internet connection. In Oranjestad, Internet Planet is the place to check your email. It's in the Renaissance Mall.
To call Aruba direct from the United States, dial 011–297, followed by the seven-digit number in Aruba. International, direct, and operator-assisted calls from Aruba to all countries in the world are possible via hotel operators or from the Government Long Distance Telephone, Telegraph, and Radio Office (SETAR), in the post-office building in Oranjestad. When making calls on Aruba, simply dial the seven-digit number. AT&T customers can dial 800–8000 from special phones at the cruise dock and in the airport's arrival and departure halls and charge calls to their credit card. From other phones, dial 121 to contact the SETAR international operator to place a collect or AT&T calling-card call. Local calls from pay phones, which accept both local currency and phone cards, cost 25¢. Business travelers or vacationers who need to be in regular contact with their families at home can rent an international cell phone from the concierge in most hotels or at some local electronics stores.
Dial the seven-digit number.
Calling the U.S.
Dial 0, then 1, the area code, and the number.
The cheapest way to phone home is by using a phone card to dial direct. You can buy phone cards at SETAR offices, newsagents, supermarkets, and some pharmacies and gas stations.
Aruba has excellent cellular coverage, and there are only a few remote spots where coverage is spotty. Both SETAR and Digicel offer rental phones, but take note of the cost, as the rental charges and deposit may make purchasing a cheap phone a better choice, especially if you're staying more than a week. Most U.S.–based GSM and CDMA cell phones work on Aruba.
If you have a multiband phone (some countries use frequencies different from those used in the United States) and your service provider uses the world-standard GSM network (as do T-Mobile, Cingular, and Verizon), you can probably use your phone abroad. Roaming fees can be steep. And overseas you normally pay the toll charges for incoming calls. It's almost always cheaper to send a text message than to make a call.
If you just want to make local calls, consider buying a new SIM card (note that your provider may have to unlock your phone for you to use a different SIM card) and a prepaid service plan in the destination. You'll then have a local number and can make local calls at local rates. If your trip is extensive, you could also simply buy a new cell phone in your destination, as the initial cost will be offset over time.
If you travel internationally frequently, save one of your old mobile phones or buy a cheap one on the Internet; ask your cell-phone company to unlock it for you, and take it with you as a travel phone, buying a new SIM card with pay-as-you-go service in each destination.
Aruba Cellular (297/563–1500. www.arubacellular.com.)
Aruba Discount Cell (297/732–8809. www.arubadiscountcell.com.)
Digicel (297/522–2222. www.digicelaruba.com.)
SETAR (297/525–1000. www.setar.aw.)
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