I will be on my RTW trip from April to October 08. My question is what to do about a phone? I have an Australian GSM that I can unlock and then buy pre-paid SIM cards for in various places. However, I think it would be cheaper to buy a cheap prepaid phone for the US, but what about other countries? I plan to be in Europe for about four months (including UK & Ireland), about one month in USA/Canada, short periods in Fiji, NZ, Malaysia and Egypt.
I have done some traveling Internationally (not a great globe trotter or anything) and you can do a few things: one buy a SIM card for each country, calling card etc. I found that to be a pain in the neck, because I had a perfectly good phone that I wanted to take and didn't want to deal with anything on my trip. I also planned on going to multiple countries). So I tried a Global SIM card.
I did a search on Google "International SIM card" or something like that and came up with a bunch of companies that actually provide these. I actually tried the Oneroam card (best price from what I could tell) Oneroam and it worked great! The downside is that it has an Estonia number, however, most of these cards have some strange numbers and It also really depends on how much you plan on talking and how many countries you plan on visiting? Some of these cards have expirations some don't. So, it really is up to you what you want to do.
Anyway, good luck with it.
make sure you get a quad band gsm phone, it will save you in the long run, have it unlocked and get a sim card off ebay for the country your going too. try to find one you can reload online, its easier in the city at hotspots.
if your traveling with computer try to find one that lets you charge via your laptop usb port that way you don't need a converter for the power plug. (try motorola)
I have a L7 and love it.
[ Edit: Edited on Dec 24, 2007, at 9:37 AM by flir67 ]
I recently bought a sim4travel from mylocal carphone warehouse it was £5 and you can top up credit online. the phone works in most places but south america calls etc are very expensive but the network coverage for Australia is very resonable. you can use the sim in any unblocked mobile.
I am wondering the same thing - we're leaving in Feb and going to SA, S.E.Asia, Oz, NZ and USA. Does the above international sim you mentioned work in a tri band phone?? I have a Samsund D6OO which is tri-band rather than quad and I don't want to be buying a new phone but thought it would be much easier having a sim rather than using phone cards wherever we go.
it shows the frequecies they use for cell phones check your manufacture for your gsm phone frequencies
just make sure your phone is unlocked as if it is locked it will not work outside of your carrier,