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

Wow! I didn't know I was missing so much by not having a cell phone... ;) We had one for a year but had to stand on our roof to get a signal so saw no point in keeping it. (Seriously - on the roof - you may laugh but it's really cold in winter here.) I hate answering my landline phone! When we travel and need to contact someone, we seem to find the phone without much problem. I'm with Vampyren - I don't want to be that connected all the time. A small travel alarm gets us up if needed and if we're traveling, what problems are happening at home are happening. I make sure those responsible for looking after our home have the contact numbers for those who can help the most because I can't - not right away, that's for sure. I'm just very old school on certain things, and since I have not had the "convenience" of a cell phone, I don't feel the need to have one. It's just one more way for someone to interrupt a perfectly good holiday.

I will admit - for our last trip, I did set up an e-mail account through yahoo so we could periodically check e-mails and let family know we were still alive. Outside of that... "If the phone doesn't ring, it's me!"

12. Posted by SeeTheSky (Respected Member 558 posts) 11y

i wouldnt take it.
cell phones are evil enough as it is.

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

Quoting SeeTheSky

i wouldnt take it.
cell phones are evil enough as it is.

Says the guy with the cellphone! ;)

14. Posted by chef_trekR (Budding Member 17 posts) 11y

Sort of same topic...

What cell phones are used in different parts of the world?

I know USA and some parts of Mexico Use CDMA, TDMA, and GSM with CDMA being the most popular.

In Europe and Asia (or so I hear) GSM (sim cards) are the most popular.

What about other places?

If you were going to take a cell phone on a long extended trip would you take a GSM phone, or will a CDMA phone work outside USA?

15. Posted by larondey (Full Member 105 posts) 11y

OK, let me know what you think (if I should bring my cell phone and buy a SIM card):

My school, Wake Forest Univ, has a house in Vienna that I'm going to study at next fall. I have a Motorola v400 GSM phone that I think I can have unlocked and work overseas. If I am going to be in Vienna for four months, would it be worth having the card so I can make some Austrian friends there and keep their numbers? Or, should I just spend this time learning that I don't need to be attached to my cell phone 24/7?

Thanks!
James

16. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

Quoting chef_trekR

Sort of same topic...

What cell phones are used in different parts of the world?

I know USA and some parts of Mexico Use CDMA, TDMA, and GSM with CDMA being the most popular.

In Europe and Asia (or so I hear) GSM (sim cards) are the most popular.

What about other places?

If you were going to take a cell phone on a long extended trip would you take a GSM phone, or will a CDMA phone work outside USA?

I think CDMA phones only work in Hong Kong outside of North America. It's aparently all due to some ridiculous 'battle' between phone companies early on. So yes, if you are travelling outside of North America you will need a phone that is compatible with other standards (they all only use GSM, it's not optional to use other standards as these just don't exist).

This doesn't necessarily mean you need a NEW phone. If you have a phone that is 'tri-band', then you should be fine. There's even quad band phones, I think because of Japan... but not 100% sure on that one.

Most phones sold in Europe are definitely tri bands these days. Not sure how that is in North America. Depending on where you are travelling to, you'll need a new sim card for each country (this is basically the 'phone number' and heart of the phone), if you want be calling on local tarrifs and not paying roaming costs. We put up quite a bit of information on this here which should help....

Cheers,

Sam

17. Posted by Peter (Admin 5809 posts) 11y

Quoting larondey

OK, let me know what you think (if I should bring my cell phone and buy a SIM card):

My school, Wake Forest Univ, has a house in Vienna that I'm going to study at next fall. I have a Motorola v400 GSM phone that I think I can have unlocked and work overseas. If I am going to be in Vienna for four months, would it be worth having the card so I can make some Austrian friends there and keep their numbers? Or, should I just spend this time learning that I don't need to be attached to my cell phone 24/7?

Thanks!
James

I'd take it. I take my phone wherever I go now though. I had never even owned a mobile until a year or so ago and now it seems too crucial to live without for very long. Crazy how that works. But definitely, if you're there for 4 months, it would seem very handy to me. Ways I've used my mobile while travelling are mainly for:
a) safety - the ability to quickly call your embassy for instance (particularly useful in corrupt countries)
b) booking accommodation while on the road
c) meeting up with people who I have never met before or organising things while there.

Prepaid sims are cheap and effective in my opinion and I don't really care about being contacted by people back home, so the change of number doesn't bother me.

18. Posted by chef_trekR (Budding Member 17 posts) 11y

Thanks Sam I Am,

It appears my current phone is dual band. I know I used it in Mexico but I guess that's going to be it.

Looks like I'm going to be searching for a new phone soon. Maybe for Christmas. Any suggestions?

19. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 11y

I'd take your phone, just in case you need it for that one time call.
As for what phone? well i'd go for one that is tri-band and a long battery life. Phones with colour screens, camera and all the bells just don't last long enough and you have to charge the things up all the time - big hastle when your on the road or not near a power point.
There are a couple of long life phones - mine has a standby of 700hrs about a month or two if you turn it off at nights, a wind-up charger is another idea.
Anyway have a good trip

20. Posted by danalasta (Respected Member 519 posts) 11y

1. Thou shalt not grow too attached to thy cell phone. For obvious reasons, an addictive dependency on being constantly "in touch" is not healthy. At work, go nuts. Away from work, give it (and the rest of us) a rest.

but if u have to:

2. Thou shalt not subject defenceless bystanders to cell phone conversations. When people cannot escape the banality of your conversation—on a plane, train, bus, cab, or at a restaurant—spare them.

3. Thou shalt not speak louder on thy cell phone than thou would on any other phone...

dana

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