are you going away for a long time or for shorter bursts where you would still be paying for a cell phone plan at home? my current plan is up and i need something that allows me to use my phone both at home (in the states) and in south africa where i maintain a pay as you go plan and can just pop in my sim card there. its usually pretty cheap to buy these pay as you go plans abroad. in which case t-mobile does offer this option with some of its phones...however, you have to be on a plan with them for three months in order for them to unlock the phone.
you can always sign on with a plan that has access codes all over the world and can be used on any phone like vip communications. you prepay for so much, say $20, and then use the access codes to tap into an american line and only pay .10/minute. i use this as well for my calls home from all over the world. that's always an option as well.
That's a good tip to bear in mind...
I would go with the prepaid phone card or voip and Onesuite actually has both. Check if the phone card company has access number to the country you are going to. For voip, it really doesn't matter because the only thing you check is the rate of the country you are going to call, you will always be calling from the internet and it doesn't matter what country you are currently.
You'll be amazed about the rate difference between phone or voip versus roaming rates or even lcoal sim long distance rates.
I always get an international phone, mostly for emergencies. But I always end up calling someone for 10 minutes or sending SMSs to keep in touch, and my bill is astounding. But it's only once in awhile and it's convenient! Perfect example: calling my best friend from the top of Jungfrau in Switzerland for 8 minutes--at $4 a minute!
I just got a phone with GPS and my god is it handy. yeah it cost extra, but i never feel lost and am able to enjoy myself where ever I am. You can also download tours that work with the GPS that will show you how to get to famous areas. -snip- It has been a fun experience so far, but now I feel kind of addicted. Damn you innovation!!!
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