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1. Posted by C.Glynn (Budding Member 26 posts) 8y

Yes, of course, my personal cell phone does not work oversees... wrong plan, you see, wrong phone for that matter.

I would have to upgrade, you understand. Spends loads of cash. Silly me, I would prefer to spend that load on things like... traveling, if you get me.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to what service - or types of temporary phones to use? Or NOT to use...

It seems there are pre-paid and rechargeable international cell phones available - quite inexpensively. Has anyone used these & are they really worth it?

Completely Flummoxed In the US of A,
Cynthia

2. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y

I carry a cell/mobile phone around. More for emergency than anything else.

I made the mistake years ago of having a roaming Sim. Seriously expensive.

There are those who will say it's terrible to carry a phone with you. Travel is about escape etc. And I will agree with that, nothing worse than travelers constantly texting and calling each other. But then we all have to evolve, travel is changing.

What I did in my last trip was to carry a sim free tri band phone, it works in most of the world. Whenever I stayed in a country for an extended period I would buy a local sim. For texting international it worked out cheap. I think texting from Pakistan cost me .05 USD cents. Why charge at all? I also used it too call ahead to some hostels or hotels, it worked better than email, and making a good contact ahead of time.

All the best

3. Posted by gogo400 (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

If your just wanting a phone to stay in touch with family, friends etc... and your travelling in places that have internet, or Internet cafes you can hookup with Skype or another VoIP provider using a computer or laptop.

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5. Posted by C.Glynn (Budding Member 26 posts) 8y

Yes, I am just looking to have it for emergency purposes.. not to chat. That's why I am leaving the country! To get AWAY! LOL

A sim free tri band phone, huh? I will have to look into that. Thanks for posting.

C

6. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 8y

I've also been hearing quite a bit about gosim recently, who might be worth a look. They won't be as cheap as individual sim cards for individual countries, BUT it means you will be able to keep the same number for incoming calls, and they are free in many countries at least (which is often the big kicker on roaming - you pay for incoming calls). And it avoids the hassle of having to get new cards/numbers/top ups in random countries where you don't speak the language.

Note I have (as yet) no personal experience with them so am only working on hearesay.

7. Posted by aroundtrip (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

Hey, I’ve also heard of gosim. I’ve been looking for a global sim card for when I next go travelling and they seem to be good from what I've read. I like, as you mentioned, the fact that you keep the same number for incoming calls… like a holiday number.

Plus it is prepaid so it should make budgeting easier.

8. Posted by swtrav (Budding Member 10 posts) 8y

Aside from emergencies, t's also nice to have a cell phone in-country because it's a great way to keep in contact with the local friends you'll meet while you're there!

9. Posted by aroundtrip (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

Yeah true - it's hard enough to try and keep track of everyone...god, what did we do before mobile phones!?

10. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 8y

What did we do before mobile phones? relaxed and lived our own lives!

I loved it when there was no/very little phones or email coverage etc, as you were actually cut off and thus could immerse yourself properly. Now, when I was young... (ramble, ramble, ramble)