As mentioned in a previous post about visiting Singapore, I am a man who needs to be connected all the time. I am used to using hotel wifi but in the Guam Plaza Hotel, there wasn’t any wifi available in my hotel room. I also need to be connected for work in case I get any inquiries. It is a necessity now as well as an addiction, but when you need to be connected, Guam isn’t a difficult place to keep connected. There are a few telecoms that offer prepaid services but like almost all websites in Guam, information was pretty confusing for the prepaid sites. There are three carriers on Guam with GTA, iConnect, and Docomo Pacific.
After researching the options, I decided to go with Docomo Pacific as my carrier. It had a good website overall, although Guam websites tend to be terrible for prepaid users. I decided to get a SIM card and unlimited data as I am a heavy user. The SIM card was $9.95 and I had to get $15 in prepaid cards. There was no option offered to me to buy only what I needed and even though I would be on the island for 5 days (24 hour periods) I had to have a small balance on my SIM card. I only needed $10 but there is also a $1 911 service fee and a need for $0.01 balance was required. After these charges, I’d have $0 so I had to buy $5 for no apparent reason. When I arrived, I ended up waiting about 10 minutes inside the Docomo shop before being helped. It wasn’t difficult to get the SIM card as the attendant just checked that my phone was compatible before getting me all setup. I didn’t have to do anything but I did have to help her with finding the services. Having an Android, I use Google Hangouts for SMS and she didn’t really know how to use it. I ended up having to show her how but it was pretty easy once she got it setup. I could have done it myself as well but I didn’t bother. She did everything faster than I could anyways.
The coverage was pretty good and I was a heavy user of data as well. I tethered my data with the Saviour and we ended up using over 2GB of data. This was due to the fact I was also backing up my photos and using data all day reading news about Japan and a snow storm that was hitting Tokyo at the same time I was enjoying the heat and sun in Guam. While my phone switched between 3G and 4G services a lot, it wasn’t too bad when it was stable. I don’t know if the SIM card will still work the next time I visit Guam but if it does, I’ll be sure to be using it. Keeping connected in Guam is not difficult but I do wish they had a small shop in the tourist area specializing in prepaid SIM cards.
- Docomo Pacific – Prepaid Page (Official Site)