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11. Posted by Bond-BigM (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

Yes it probably will, I stayed in near Prague for 18 months and had a Czech sim which worked all over Europe and in the UK when I came home for the odd weekend.

On my travels I wouldn't be without a phone, maybe some of you like the idea of not having one and I suppose there are always tinternet cafe's where ever you go but in the occasional emergency they are handy.

B

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 3, 2007, at 2:40 AM by Bond-BigM ]

12. Posted by Mr Gecko (Inactive 34 posts) 9y

i cant really advise here but i will tell you my approach.

my mum is a nervous wreck and likes to know if she can contact me at time or any day, especially if i dont email. plus my parents dont know how to use email and are not interested.

so texting is the best way, but i take my phone with me for emergencies uncase something crazy / bad happens then family can at least text me!

i turn off voice messaging services on my phone, so no one can leave voice messages.

i dont pay a bean taking my phone with me!

also if your phone is a contract with vodafone they now do a deal were your minutes in eg uk can now be used abroad meaning you dont pay any extra costs...but i think with receiving calls you would.

ive got 2 phones with me, a tri band and a quad band phone to work in most areas in the world...having said that some countrys gsm networks are on different frequencies all together were no phone would really work, unless you got a satelite phone...hong kong is an example.

also now and again i will send the odd text to family and friends...

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 3, 2007, at 2:41 AM by Mr Gecko ]

13. Posted by worldwideG (Respected Member 117 posts) 9y

i've been travelling for 7 months through china and south east asia without a mobile phone and have got along without any problems. however, i would suggest bringing a phone with you for a few reasons:
1) when you meet locals and want to make arrangements to meet up with them later it is useful to have a phone to do this.
2) when you phone home the reception on some land-line telephones is terrible here in asia!
3) you can text people back home rather than phone them to save $.
4) depending on your mates and family back home they may not call you that often anyway and you can always not answer their call if money is tight.
5) you won't add much weight to your bag by bringing a phone.

in hindsight, i would have brought a phone along with me.
hope this helps.

14. Posted by Dezafinado (Respected Member 177 posts) 9y

Quoting Bond-BigM

Yes it probably will, I stayed in near Prague for 18 months and had a Czech sim which worked all over Europe and in the UK when I came home for the odd weekend.

On my travels I wouldn't be without a phone, maybe some of you like the idea of not having one and I suppose there are always tinternet cafe's where ever you go but in the occasional emergency they are handy. B

Now this sounds good. I would use my cell more for travel arrangements while in Europe than calling home. Unless I need to get in touch with someone, texting is sufficient.

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