From: Bert Hyman on
In news:c2bSn.8071$1Q5.2804(a)newsfe08.iad "Marcia R."
<Marcia(a)spamlessinlasvegas.net> wrote:

> Bert Hyman wrote:
>> In news:jK9Sn.99730$0B5.45923(a)newsfe05.iad "Marcia R."
>> <Marcia(a)spamlessinlasvegas.net> wrote:
>>
>>> I'm also more interested now is using my cell phone to call home.
>>> I've already asked T-Mobile about making calls from Alaska. All
>>> they've been able to tell me is that I won't get charged extra, but
>>> they couldn't tell me anything about coverage
>>
>> http://www.t-mobile.com/coverage/pcc.aspx?WT.z_unav=mst_global_cvg
>>
>
> I tried a coverage map before, and it was really hard to tell where
> the coverage was. Thanks. I just looked at yours and I still can't
> really tell, but I'm sure I'll figure it out when I get there.

Yeah, it's just a big empty map with green circles on it. Alaska's big,
so you have to zoom in pretty far before something as insignificant as a
city shows up.

Try entering the names of the cities along your route; I tried Juneau
and saw the entire area displayed in gray, which is how T-Mobile marks
their map when it's a roaming area, and in this case, it's identical to
AT&T's coverage.

--
Bert Hyman St. Paul, MN bert(a)iphouse.com
From: Marcia R. on
Kurt Ullman wrote:
> In article <aYaSn.8069$1Q5.1891(a)newsfe08.iad>,
> "Marcia R." <Marcia(a)spamlessinlasvegas.net> wrote:
>
>> Kurt Ullman wrote:
>>> In article <jK9Sn.99730$0B5.45923(a)newsfe05.iad>,
>>> "Marcia R." <Marcia(a)spamlessinlasvegas.net> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Plus, if we are in
>>>> port in Seattle or Alaska, do calls from the ship use towers on land at
>>>> that point, or do you still go through the ship?
>>> If you are in a port, then they usually turn off the ship's towers.
>>> Most likely contract requirements. The easiest thing to do is once you
>>> get into port, turn on the cell. If it is not roaming go ahead, if it
>>> is, then decide based on your roaming costs.
>> Hmmm, how do I tell if it's roaming? Sorry, but I'm blonde. LOL.
>>
>>
>
> My phone asks me if I want to roam before it puts it through. That is
> how I got mine set up. Most phones have some sort of message on the
> screen if you are roaming.
>
OK, thanks. :-)

Marcia
From: Marcia R. on
Bert Hyman wrote:
> In news:aYaSn.8069$1Q5.1891(a)newsfe08.iad "Marcia R."
> <Marcia(a)spamlessinlasvegas.net> wrote:
>
>> Hmmm, how do I tell if it's roaming? Sorry, but I'm blonde. LOL.
>
> If your carrier is T-Mobile, don't worry; they don't charge for it.
>
> But, if you're phone's anything like mine, the name of the actual
> network/carrier will be on the display in the spot that usually says
> "T-Mobile."
>
> Looking at both AT&T and T-Mobile's coverage maps in Alaska since this
> thread has started, I'm pretty sure that all T-Mobile coverage there is
> actually roaming on AT&T's network.
>

So if it says A T & T they will charge or they won't? I'm really not
that concerned, because in the scheme of things it's not going to cost
that much. I just kind of want to know if there are going to be any
real bad surprises on the bill.


Thanks,

Marcia
From: Bert Hyman on
In news:V_cSn.1056$kn1.455(a)newsfe16.iad "Marcia R."
<Marcia(a)spamlessinlasvegas.net> wrote:

> Bert Hyman wrote:
>> In news:aYaSn.8069$1Q5.1891(a)newsfe08.iad "Marcia R."
>> <Marcia(a)spamlessinlasvegas.net> wrote:
>>
>>> Hmmm, how do I tell if it's roaming? Sorry, but I'm blonde. LOL.
>>
>> If your carrier is T-Mobile, don't worry; they don't charge for it.
>>
>> But, if you're phone's anything like mine, the name of the actual
>> network/carrier will be on the display in the spot that usually says
>> "T-Mobile."
>>
>> Looking at both AT&T and T-Mobile's coverage maps in Alaska since
>> this thread has started, I'm pretty sure that all T-Mobile coverage
>> there is actually roaming on AT&T's network.
>>
>
> So if it says A T & T they will charge or they won't?

T-Mobile doesn't charge extra when roaming domestically, at least not on
any of the sorts of accounts they've been writing for years. If you're
outside the US, that's another story.

> I'm really not that concerned, because in the scheme of things it's
> not going to cost that much. I just kind of want to know if there are
> going to be any real bad surprises on the bill.

Well, it's something you should know regardless, so I'd suggest you
either call or email T-Mobile's support people.

--
Bert Hyman St. Paul, MN bert(a)iphouse.com
From: John Sisker on
"Marcia R." <Marcia(a)spamlessinlasvegas.net> wrote in message
news:jK9Sn.99730$0B5.45923(a)newsfe05.iad...
> Now that I'm flying up to Seattle to meet my niece for our cruise to
> Alaska instead of driving up with my fiance, and have some questions.
>
> First of all, I'm not going to staple my pre-printed Princess cruise
> luggage tags on my suitcases before checking it through at the airport. We
> are staying at a hotel the first night and taking a cab to the dock, so
> there are no transfers with the cruise line. My question is, would it
> save a bunch of time to take a little stapler with me to do it before
> checking in at the pier, or do they quickly staple it there? I'd rather
> just do what moves the process along smoother.
>
> I'm also more interested now is using my cell phone to call home. I've
> already asked T-Mobile about making calls from Alaska. All they've been
> able to tell me is that I won't get charged extra, but they couldn't tell
> me anything about coverage. From personal experience with any cell phone
> provider...can you usually make cell phone calls from port in Alaska?
> We'll be in Ketchikan, Skagway and Juneau. Plus, if we are in port in
> Seattle or Alaska, do calls from the ship use towers on land at that
> point, or do you still go through the ship? And, I keep hearing it costs
> a lot to call from the ship at sea, but how much is a lot? Are we talking
> about $3 a call or $30? Thanks.
>
> Marcia



Marcia,

You are indeed through in your research; this is a good thing. Better to
know before you go. But as another pointed out sometime ago, don't
over-think things too much. Know, but you also want to enjoy. Likewise,
knowing what to expect is one thing, but some things you will just need to
experience yourself once there. You can't always follow in everyone else's
footsteps. It simply doesn't work that way.

Yet, as a general rule, if our luggage will be going with us right to the
ship from the airport, we staple and put the pre-printed luggage tags that
we downloaded from the cruise lines website right on our luggage before
leaving home. On the other hand, if we have a pre-cruise hotel stay and/or
package, we don't put the cruise line luggage tags on until we are checking
out of the hotel itself and heading for the ship. We certainly don't want
airport personal sending our luggage to the wrong location simple because we
were pre-mature in when to really put the appropriate luggage tags on.

In addition, even having a small stapler in our tote bag for this purpose,
does not seem like a good idea in this case, especially with all the airport
security to go through. However, as an easy solution, we simple bring a
small plastic scotch tape dispenser with us. It serves the same purpose, and
should not be questioned.

As to you cell phone question, that seemed to bring as many different
answers as people having cell phones and different service providers. What
works for one person, a particular cell phone, and/or what company they
have, all varies. There is not simply a black and white type answer.
Personally, I have an Apple iPhone with AT&T as my provider. To answer that
question, I would ask AT&T only, and based on my phone and contract, only
then would I get an answer that I would trust.

Good luck,
John Sisker - SHIP-TO-SHORE CRUISE AGENCY´┐Ż
(714) 536-3850 or toll-free at (800) 724-6644 & (Agency ID: 714.536.3850)
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