bit of a daft question...
i was wondering is it a good idea to take my mobile phone with me on a rtw trip for 6months? planning to go to states, mexico, thailand, morocco, japan and india-have a sony ericsson t610 based in uk on orange tariff-will it work out there and would be ok to get a sim card from another country to work in the phone? is it useful or does it eat up more money than is wise?
would appreciate any help on this one-thanks!
I wouldn't take it unless you really think you have to. It will probably just be an unnessesary hassle to get your phone working in those countries. If you have to contact home, just call from a pay-phone or e-mail from an internet café...
I would recommend taking it, I mean you don't have to use it when you're away but it's good for peace of mind. I spent 6 weeks in NYC last summer and I took my mobile. I'm with 02 and I only ever used it for sending and receiving texts (which were not cheap - 50p each!!) but it was nice to be able to text family and friends to see if they were in before I called them or just send a quick text to see how they were. My mum was able to top my phone up from the UK with my top-up card.
I wouldn't recommed using your phone for calling home as it is extortionate and phonecards are sooooooo much cheaper. Not sure how well your phone will work in the other countries you mentionned or prices etc, but just pop into your nearest Orange shop and they will be able to enlighten you.
I took my phone with me for 4 months last year and found it very handy! I'm not sure how Orange works there, but I just got new prepaid sim cards in countries where I was spending some time. In the US it was extremely handy having it, particularly while on a week long driving trip. We would just ring ahead to check availability for rooms in motels we wanted to stay in (using AA guides to help us choose). It's pretty nice for peace of mind as well. I noticed actually quite a few places wanted a mobile phone number when placing a reservation. It's very handy for letting people know you're running late.
What can I say, to me it was worth it