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What's the best mobile if you're travelling worldwide?

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1. Posted by Marcus1 (Full Member 129 posts) 8y

I'm from Ireland, heading to Australia & then on from there. What's the best mobile to get if you're moving around from place to place & want to keep in touch with people back home & with travellers you meet along the way?

2. Posted by traveltail (Budding Member 8 posts) 8y

i don't have an idea what mobile is best for traveling, however I know that it's better to bring a quadband phone

that site also has "Frequency Bands by Country" for your information

at least if you move from one country to another, and you have a roaming sim, you can still get connected to your friends, loved ones, etc :)

3. Posted by Gavin-D (Budding Member 81 posts) 8y

i'd also suggest a cheap model. if you drop it in water/ out your pocket you have a good chance of getting it working again and if not your not gonna be outta pocket by much.

4. Posted by bertles86 (Inactive 108 posts) 8y

Go to GSM Arena.

The best site on the net for phones.

you basically want a Quad band phone, each band that phones transmit on is used in different areas:

850 MHz (U.S./Canada/Latin America/Brazil)
900 MHz (Europe/Brazil/Asia)
1800 MHz (Europe/Brazil)
1900 MHz (U.S./Canada/Latin America)

So it depends where you are going other than Oz, I think Oz is dualband (900/1800) so look at dirt cheap phones like a Nokia 1600 which is currently £10-20 in England brand new. Get it unlocked for free on Unlockme Forums by posting your IMEI code straight from the box when you buy it. Then when you get to Oz by a Telstra sim card and pop it in. Or look at an international sim card for cheap calls home if that's what you need, like GoSim.

So in essence get a dirt cheap phone that has 900/1800 bands which nearly all Euro phones do, and unlock it before you go. Then it'll work in most of Asia too (China/SE Asia), but if you intend to move on to the US then you need a beefier model which is quadband or at least triband incorporating all of the above bands. Look at a second hand Nokia N73 or Samsung E250 on eBay, pick either up for about £30-40.

Enjoy.

5. Posted by Tyne (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

Quoting bertles86

you basically want a Quad band phone, each band that phones transmit on is used in different areas:

850 MHz (U.S./Canada/Latin America/Brazil)
900 MHz (Europe/Brazil/Asia)
1800 MHz (Europe/Brazil)
1900 MHz (U.S./Canada/Latin America)

. . . but if you intend to move on to the US then you need a beefier model which is quadband or at least triband incorporating all of the above bands. Look at a second hand Nokia N73 or Samsung E250 on eBay, pick either up for about £30-40.

Enjoy.

I have a Samsung SCH-u340. Would this work for international calls if I purchased some sort of minutes card? My current provider is U.S. Cellular.

6. Posted by bertles86 (Inactive 108 posts) 8y

Errrm I think that phone is purely on the US market, don't know much about it. I *think* it should work in US/Canada/South America, possibly Asia. Pretty sure Europe is a no no. You're best is ring your provider (Verizon is it in the US?) and ask specific to the country you're off to!

7. Posted by fierres (Inactive 30 posts) 8y

Quoting Gavin-D

i'd also suggest a cheap model. if you drop it in water/ out your pocket you have a good chance of getting it working again and if not your not gonna be outta pocket by much.

agree, just get a cheap one