What do you guys recommend as being the best and cheapest way of staying in voice contact with people back home?
Specifically, I'm travelling out from the UK and am toying with the options available... mobile roaming, country specific SIM's, phonecards etc...
I maybe will need people back home to either call or txt me and vice versa...
What have other people chosen??
A lot of people here have chosen the blog option (see link above) to stay in touch on their travels. I guess it all depends on what you mean by keeping in touch - whether it's to keep people updated on where you are and how you're doing, or you want an immediate way to communicate. As far as I know, phonecards are a pretty cheap option. I use them when I travel, although I must admit I don't have a mobile here at home and so have no desire to drag one with me when I leave. But check out the blog feature - it might be what you're looking for.
Yeah.. the blog is in place so I don't end up spamming everyone on in my address book and they can choose when they keep up to date!
It was more the immeadiate thing I'm enquiring about...
Anymore thoughts anyone? I'm a little anxious about the global SIM thing... has anyone tried them? Are they any good? Any alternatives? I want to be able to send and receive calls and texts..
When I went to Russia I bought a prepay sim card for my phone (make sure you have a tri-band phone) and then txt messaged my friends or family back home w/ my new number and then let then call me. I bought prepay instant phone cards from www.pinplan.com, its usually around five or six cents per minute. It was VERY affordable!