How to Use a Cell Phone in Jamaica

By Techwalla Electronics Editor

Jamaica is a paradise vacation that is extremely popular amongst travelers. While you're listening to reggae music and dancing the night away, you want to make sure that you are able to use your cell phone in the case of an emergency. Using a cell phone in Jamaica is easy if you follow the correct procedures.

Things You'll Need

  • Plug adapter
  • List of important phone numbers
  • Transformer

Step 1

Make sure that your cell phone charger has the correct plug for Jamaica. Jamaica uses the same plugs as the United States, so unless your charger was purchased in another country, you should not need a plug adaptor. If your charger has a different plug type, purchase plug adaptors "A" and "B" from an electronics store before you leave home so that you can charge your cell phone while in Jamaica.

Step 2

Use a transformer that can handle 110 volts, which is the voltage used in Jamaica, when charging your cell phone. Your cell phone will likely burn up if you do not use the correct transformer.

Step 3

Speak to your cell phone provider to make sure that they offer phone coverage in Jamaica. Ask to be upgraded to international roaming.

Step 4

Consider renting a cell phone or SIM card to use with your personal cell phone if your cellular company does not offer coverage in Jamaica.

Step 5

Know how to dial locally within Jamaica. There are no area codes in this country, so just simply dial the number.

Step 6

Understand how to call the United States from Jamaica. First dial "011" (this is the international prefix to dial outside of Jamaica). Then dial "1" (this is the international code used to dial to the U.S.). Follow that by the area code and phone number.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be sure to charge your cell phone each night using the correct plug adaptor and transformer.