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Mobile Phone - To take or not to take that is the question?

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1. Posted by matt_25 (Full Member 42 posts) 11y

Please advise on whether it is worth taking mobile phone RTW as I am not sure?

I am going to S.E. Asia, OZ, NZ and the US.

Thanks in advance

;)

2. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 11y

Sorry for not really answering your question, but I found a thread about this. http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=11149

3. Posted by Kingwindle (Respected Member 301 posts) 11y

You can find cheap centres to call home everywhere. Unless you are loaded, wont the roaming cost you a fortune every time you receive a call/text message.
Madness mate, dont you wanna be away from home travelling and phone when you want to??
I couldnt think of anything worse than taking it!!! You can always email home all the time??

Dont do it!!

4. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

I agree with Kingwindle, I'd never want to have a mobile phone with me on a long trip. Part of the experience is the FREEDOM form such things.

5. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

I don't have a mobile phone here at home, so I'll second that! Part of the experience of travelling is cutting those strings to home, even for a little while. Makes me wonder if a mobile is like a kind of security blanket...?

6. Posted by maddave (Budding Member 23 posts) 11y

Im taking a pay as you talk phone travelling with me. It is never going to be on apart from for 5 minutes every so often to text my girl backhome. Didn't have one last time and felt very alone at times and just needed to say hi to someone I knew and know a reply was going to arrive some time in the near future. But I wouldn't sit there and chat on it for hours on end, thats just silly!

7. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

take mobile to access your text messeges (you don't pay for them) and missing calls. Before leaving your country record your personal greeting asking to send you text messeges/emails.

If you have to answer phone calls - buy a sim card to each of this country and leave this numbers on your home country mobile greetings service.

8. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting tway

I don't have a mobile phone here at home, so I'll second that! Part of the experience of travelling is cutting those strings to home, even for a little while. Makes me wonder if a mobile is like a kind of security blanket...?

I think it is Tway, though those who have them will probably disagree, claiming a need to stay in touch at all times. We don't have a cell phone either. I don't like answering the the portable, so I definitely don't want one following me everywhere I go.

I'm so tempted to make a sign to show all those talking while driving and paying no attention as they try to walk and talk. It will read: HANG UP!! YOU'RE NOT THAT IMPORTANT!!! (But, I digress...)

Leave the phone home and enjoy the trip! Internet cafes are wonderful things for staying in touch. We carry a phone company calling card if something's important enough that we need to call home.

9. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Unless your in BFE...and have lost a limb, you really don't need one.
People got along for ages before the cell phone. There is a certain freedom that comes with being 'cell-less'.

10. Posted by MartinH (Full Member 67 posts) 11y

plus dont forget you have to charge it, who wants an extra charger to carry for something thats very expensive and that you wouldnt want to use all the time, texting is kinda sad really. Sorry to whoever said they felt lonely without texting, I find the idea strange.