Cellphone use on cruise

I am on a transatlantic cruise in April.  Will my cellphone work for calls back to the USA from the ship?  I am on the Silversea Wind.

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You will have to access anything through the ship network and roaming will apply. There will be charges for certain

If you have an iPhone and an internet package you can FaceTime and iMessage those who also have iPhones.

 

For all others, with an internet package you can use a google voice number to call and text anyone. GV numbers and services are free. We used it in Europe and it works great. 

Because of the high roaming fees, I would recommend phoning with the stateroom phone instead of your cell.

 

Good to know.  Does the high latency and limited bandwidth create issues with Google Voice and FaceTime?

 

I’m sure it depends on the cruise line’s internet quality. I’m getting ready to go on my first cruise (with RCI) and Voom has decent reviews. Anything with video has a higher chance of latency issues. Google voice would really be the most reliable method of communication. We had a mifi in Europe and my husband was able to talk with people from work while we wandered around Paris, London, and the Netherlands. It even worked on the train, passing between countries. That little mifi was so useful. 

 

We actually use our GV numbers all the time. We are KY->FL transplants and never changed our KY phone numbers. But our GV numbers are our FL area code (essentially, we have 2 phone numbers for one phone). We give the GV numbers to locals with landlines (doctor’s, etc) so the call isn’t long distance. 

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