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From the mailbox, "We will be moving this summer to Oahu and I am wondering about cell service. How does T-mobile hold up there? Does it get good coverage or should I consider a different company? Is there certain companies that get better service than other, or some that are horrible? Just want to make sure we will be able to contact family since we will be so far away from them. Thank you so much." ... See MoreSee Less

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Kelly RichardsWe have tmobile on island and the only parts where it can be spotty is on north shore. Other than that coverage has been great everywhere else.

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Raynesa Jonas RAStay far away from Sprint. We only deal with them because we've had them since before flip phones were invented (lol) and we are grandfathered into a ridiculously low cost contract that makes the hit or miss service somewhat bearable.

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Janet Kreikemeier FlewellingWe have T-Mobile and coverage is mostly good, island-wide. Kind of spotty in the crater we live in (AMR) but not as bad as some of the other carriers & considering the geography of the island, I'd say that's to be expected of pretty much all company's coverage.

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Samantha AguirreVerizon works best! We had T-Mobile because we were stationed in NC and once we moved here we switched to Verizon but due to the price we only have two phones not four anymore.

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Tami ScheuffeleT-Mobile is great and super cheap for what we get. We've had no problems.

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Amber MarieVerizon is the best.... you will have coverage EVERYWHERE!

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Kelly InlowWe have had T-Mobile out here for over 10yrs and coverage is great!

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Kelly MarieWe have t mobile and no issues.

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Amanda Jo DickeyT-Mobile is good . I have no issues

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Marleen MilliganAt&t? How is it ther?

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Beth AllenVerizon worked great for us as well

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Holly A HicksKeep it. I had it the 4 years we were there

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Janice LopezThanks in advance ladies

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Janice LopezWhat about sprint?

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Kayla MarieWe have Tmobile it's great

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Jessica M. EllerbeKeep t mobile

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Karen SenikMom flying over every other week...works best.

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From the mailbox, "Can anyone recommend a QUIET (no pets and loud neighbors) apartment around or in Mililani? Thanks in advance!" ... See MoreSee Less

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Dawn Patterson MillsYeah, I think they're called nursing homes!

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Ginger TolbertGood luck around Christmas anywhere on the island.

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From the mailbox, "Hey ladies, I'm trying to get myself motivated to figure out this move. This is my first over seas move so I'm clueless about how this works. How much earlier do they pack up the unaccompanied baggage to ship it out and what did you send with yours if you have done an over seas pcs? Also, am I wrong in assuming that the point of it is to get it out the early enough to have it available once you get housing? I've heard that it takes forever to get housing in Hawaii so is it possible that our other hhg will be there not to far along behind it? I seriously need like a sit down class for this lol." ... See MoreSee Less

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Kristianne SwansonYou mentioned a sit down class πŸ˜‰ Contact MFSC (Military Family Support Center or branch equivalent) about their Smooth Move PCS class, it has invaluable info and tips! Upon arrival and checking in with the leasing office, most often people recieve offers the same week! You will generally be able to move in anywhere from 3 days to 3 weeks after arrival.

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Tea Jay KayI think it really depends on where you want to live and what housing you are eligible for as it pertains to housing. We arrived Jan 3, and signed for a house on the 12th. As for how long it takes belongings to arrive, a lot depends on where you are coming from. We came to the island from Washington state and transit time was about a month, door to door. Our fast shipment was here and available at least a week before our main shipment. In our gast shipment, we sent most of our kitchen, a toolbox with the tools we know we always need for move in, my husbands uniforms/military equipment that we didn't hand carry, home school books for the current year, towels, sheets, blankets, and our beach stuff. In hindsight, I wish I had sent some of our family board games. If you have pets, start now with the Quarantine process - it is a minimum of 120 days. This was our first OCONUS move in 22 years...and our learning curve was high. But I can totally say, once we arrived, all the stress to get here was totally worth it!

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Dizzy DianaI know you didn't ask about money, but I want to mention that PCS'ing here is extremely expensive. You pay everything out of pocket, up front (with the exception of your airfare of course). So you need to plan and save for your hotel, if you need a rental car, first months rent and security deposit if you plan on living off base...Pays can take forever to get changed over, and even then, I see mistakes all the time. Make sure you file for DLA from your current base, before you leave. This will help cover the initial expenses of your hotel stay. TLA is designed to cover your temporary lodging, but it is only paid out in 10 day increments AFTER you pay the hotel yourself. If you are Marine Corps, you have to use your GTC for these expenses, which to me is a much better idea, but if you are Navy or AirForce, it's up to you how you want to pay for it. Regardless of how long it takes to get your pays and allowances settled, you will get reimbursed and most people end up with extra money, but just be prepared and watch your LES like a hawk!

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Lynn Reed MesserYou decide what shipment you want to go when. Some people send unaccompanied goods a few month early so they have the essentials when they get here, and keep most of their stuff with them till right before they PCS. Others do the exact opposite. And you pick the dates, and the moving company will let you know if your requested date is available.

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Beth GonzalezIt doesn't always take that long for housing. We moved into our house 4 days after arriving to island and we waited another month for our hhg to arrive. We didn't do unaccompanied because we heard we will be in a hotel for weeks and they won't let you get it anyway and then by the time you get a house the stuff is here anyway. I would send it just incase. Basic necessities and wants. Dishes, linens, tv...etc. we got a call when on leave that they had a house for us and it would be ready in 3 weeks. When we checked in they said it was ready right away.

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Kate LarsonI had my husband deal with scheduling the movers (his job, his problem lol) and he dragged his feet so if we had done an unaccompanied shipment it actually would have arrived the same time as HHG. Our HHG arrived the same week as our lease started, actually got to the island the day we signed it. We were in a hotel 1 month. That said, if you are going to be in a 2 bedroom in military housing (we're in civilian housing) theres a chance you will be in a house much sooner than most. We couldn't take base housing (too many pets) but they had something to offer us right away. 2 bedroom houses tend to be readily available, if that is what you'll be looking at moving into take that into account.

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Kelln Tilo JrMost important of all to us is: get ur animals going with the regulations of entry into Hawaii--you don't need orders to get the process started and it's crucial!! It can be costly if you don't--there's a 2 animal limit on base housing and keep in mind that home owners who rent out, tend to not allow animals, or small ones at best. You don't need orders to get ur paperwork started!! If you see a military vet, they will know the timelines and what's required, if you use a civilian Vet, do ur homework, ask questions and get things done, quickly. Took our HHGs 2 months from the east coast and our POV about a month. Our POV was here two days prior to us arriving, so we rented a car for 2 days. Be prepared to put deposits down if renting...

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Kayla MarieWe got on island dec 19 and our stuff gets here Wednesday probably took longer with the holidays I shipped my car a month early and it was here the day before we for here so that was helpful. And they didn't pack and ship that early they finished loading our stuff up on the 16th of December

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Ashley ReyesSend our HHG 30 days prior to us leaving & our car 30 days prior as well. Our car was here before we got here & our HHG shortly after. We applied for housing once we got his hard copy orders and had an offer about a week before we landed on island. We were in the hotel about 8 or so days before we moved in our house. We didn't send unaccompanied because it would have got here around the same time as HHG.

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Marena WenzlickOur base in San Diego holds a service member and their families on the move class. (I've been told most of not all bases have them). Call the housing office or fleet and family services (I think this is who we signed up through) and as if they have a class talking about pcsing. It has helped us so much with our move to Hawaii.

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Jessica FoxenThank you ladies for the info. If you have moved to Hawaii and don't mind saying, would you please share how long you waited for 4 bedroom house on post. Specifically in summer months. I know it varies but I'm just trying to put feelers out there.

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Logan FeltsWe shipped our hhg 6 weeks before we left. It arrived about 2 weeks after we got here so we used loaner furniture for about a week after we signed our lease with housing.

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From the mailbox, "Hi there... 2 questions... Any yardsale sites? Also what online high schools are recommended. We are considering enrolling our 11th grader. Also is there any type of walking across the stage for those that are home schooled/ online schooled?" ... See MoreSee Less

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Kristianne SwansonI suggest contacting the SLO (School Liason Officer) with your questions. All bases employ a SLO so you can contact one on either end to assist with the transfer. πŸ™‚ www.greatlifehawaii.com/family-support/school-liaison-officer

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Kayla MarieTons of yardsale sites type schofield online yardsale and 10+ will pop up

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From the mailbox, "My fiancé is about to move here the 11th.. we are getting married end of December then I will be headed down there. I'm only 20 so I'm young and super nervous about it all and have no idea what to expect. Any tips from anyone would be much appreciated!❀" ... See MoreSee Less

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Kristianne SwansonSuch an exciting time, congratulations! πŸ™‚ I highly recommend you look into the New Spouse Orientation program if you and your fiance are at/nearby a base. This is a link to the Navy program but each branch equivalent Military Family Support Center (MFSC/FFRC) should have similar helpful info. www.cnic.navy.mil/ffr/family_readiness/fleet_and_family_support_program/life_skills/new_spouse_or... Also check out Military OneSource for all kinds of topics related to military life. www.militaryonesource.mil/family-and-relationships/marriage and my final plug will be to check out the Spouse's Clubs when you arrive. I have lived here at Hickam for the past 5 years and can honestly say that the spouses club has been one of the best parts about being here! I have met so many friendly, supportive people and even with my husband deployed, I am not alone. πŸ€—

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Dannielle NiewaldIf you are Navy, I Would highly encourage attending a Compass Class. Search for Pearl Harbor Compass on facebook. Compass provides hands on spouse mentoring classes covering Navy History and Traditions, Finance Preparedness, Moving/PCS, Deployment, and so much more. Its a FREE 3 day class, with free food and free childcare provided all 3 days! Its a great opportunity to meet new friends and learn all the ins and outs of Military life.

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