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1. Posted by chrispope (Budding Member 12 posts) 10y

Hey there all. Anyone got any advice as to whether to take a mobile away for a year? Just thinking about best way to keep in touch with people you meet and in case me and my mates get split up, as well as emergencies? Or is e-mail sufficient? Any ideas would be cool. Cheers C

2. Posted by jackboy (Inactive 350 posts) 10y

Hi
Start your life again and leave your mobile behind you,just have all your phone numbers in an e-mail to your self.
A mobile is useless for phoning home????? as home is a different timeplan;ie;8 oclock at night where you are halfpissed is 4oclock in the morning in England so you wont have no friends left if you keep phoning them hrs.
E-Mailing is sufficient for meeting up or arranging anything with your travelling friends and home and just leave a short message stating where you(town/hotel) are and where you are intending to go, etc by bus!!!! so at least people know where you are.
Make sure you have good travel insurance.
Have a great trip and enjoy your travels.
al de bes

3. Posted by Paul_H (Budding Member 29 posts) 10y

Hi Chris

I've got my phone with me and I'm away for 9 months. I haven't used it but I brought it with me for emergencies only and also if my parents need to get hold of me urgently as well. I know most people tell you not too but as I said I've got it just in case. The internet is the best way to keep in contact with people. Think about an online journal or a big email list. If you need to phone home there are plenty of places that offer international calls but shop around for the best prices.

Hope this helps, Paul

4. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 10y

I have my mobile with me, but its mostly so i`m contactible (by w*rk and stupid customers who 7mths later still haven`t got it into their heads that I`m on a long holiday) rather than for me to use. I tend to use it mostly for the other functions (clock, alarm, calculator, addy book etc). I do use it periodically for arranging to meet up with people etc (generally people i haven`t met before, so it can be trickier if plans go slightly wrong) and also for some sms`s home/to friends, but never to phone home or any kind of long distance.

BUT. Mine`s being paid for anyway by work, so its no huge problem. And phones are expensive to maintain, especially as you pay for incoming calls/sms as well as outgoing...

Leave it at home. Set up a email account that everybody knows, and if you want voice options, set up a free voicemail service which people can leave messages at, and then you can collect as and when.

In virtually all emergency situations (where you won`t get help by passers by etc), phone will be useless anyway, as either you wont be able to communicate the problem, or most likely , there will be no signal. In more built up/wired areas, chances are otehr people will be around who will be able to help etc.

5. Posted by darren2 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

A mobile phone is a very cheap way of staying intouch with your friends back home if you purchase the SIM card for the phone in the country you will be calling from. For example in Thailand you can call Canada for about 25 cents per minute, the Philippines to Canada or the US is about 40 cents per minute, and Hong Kong is about a nickel per minute. The SIM cards are very cheap, generally under 5 dollars, so the cost vs convienence is very good. Make the call from wherever you want and you will have a number that your new local friends can reach you at. Also the SMS messaging is very reasonable.

6. Posted by wildesmoke (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

Chris Try the website www.0044.co.uk, it does international sim cards were texts are on average 11p each, no charges for recieving calls and UK landlines can ring you for around 13p per minute, again no charge for recieving. The intetnational SIM card is £34.99, but they have others if you are only going to one country.

7. Posted by nickla (Respected Member 223 posts) 10y

Hi, im going to be living in Japan for a year and want a mobile with which i can keep in touch with home and they can keep in touch with me. I checked out the 0044 site, but it doesnt seem to cover japan, ne one know of anywhere else that offers the same kind of service, but that includes japan?

Nicola

8. Posted by maba (Inactive 227 posts) 10y

Just a thought too, with a mobile you can enter the emergency numbers of the country you are in. Like Police, Ambulance, Fire, Credit Card, Bank.
A mobile is a convinent & quick way to contact accomodation places when moving around.

9. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 10y

Taking a mobile is a good idea, just don't rely on it.
Texting is usually the cheaper option than calling (and they don't charge you to recieve). International sims are also a good way if you are going away for a longer period to different countries, that way you keep the same phone number.
Have an alternative way of keeping in contact like e-mail. If you are taking a phone look for either a tri-band or quad-band phone, longer battery life the better.