Originally Posted by KonTiki
Verizon is the largest Phone company in Puerto Rico (and obviously they are a CDMA carrier), and they have coverage all throughout the Island. And whats even better is that since it is part of the United States, there are no roaming fees involved, your data coverage should be just as if you were here in the US. I have had no trouble when I have been down there.
A few clarifications are in order:
is NOT part of VZW-USA. It is the old "Celulares Telefónica", doing business as VZW-PR
, since Verizon (not VZW-USA) owns a majority share of the PRTC (Puerto Rico Telephone Company).
2. Verizon is in the process of selling its stake in PRTC. This will almost certainly mean the end of the VZW-PR
brand. Furthermore, the future owners, a Mexican conglomerate, have indicated that they would like to transition the network to GSM once the purchase is complete.
3. Currently, if you are a VZW-USA customer, you get voice and SMS coverage in Puerto Rico as part of your "Extended Network". However, and just as it is in the mainland, data services generally don't work on "Extended Network". In fact, back in 2004 when I had a VZW-USA Treo 600, it was good only for voice and SMS in Puerto Rico. I'm surprised that you say that you haven't had any trouble using your data services in Puerto Rico. If true, this is a relatively new development, but one that may not last long (see point #2 above).
4. If you would like Blackberry service in Puerto Rico that comes as part of your standard plan, then go with Sprint or Cingular. T-Mobile is not an option, as it treats any usage you make in Puerto Rico as "international" roaming.