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1. Posted by silverteen (Budding Member 7 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

im from the uk and going to be travelling to thailand, australia, usa and mexico over 4 months. i will want to text home alot to let people know im safe and what im doing, so it got me thinking, can i buy a SIM free cheap mobile phone here in the uk, take it with me and just buy a SIM card when in thailand, australia, usa and mexico to get cheaper texts home to the uk.

any advice will be really appreciated.

2. Posted by sarahlux (Budding Member 15 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Yes you can use a sim free and buy pay as you go sims in most countries* or if you don't want to buy you can usually get your current one unlocked (unless its on 3 mobile). I do this a lot as I'm always swapping sim cards.

If you do by a cheap one, just make sure its a quad band - I never thought of that and last time I was in thailand my old mobile wouldn't work :(

  • A friend recently had some problems in the USA doing this and was forced to just buy a cheap new mobile out there...but that could have been his phone model....
3. Posted by Cint (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hi, I'm from Australia and travelling to South America at the end of Feb for 3 months. I've been researching the very same thing.

I was also thinking of being able to use the mobile to keep in touch, via text, with people I meet along the way and the airlines I'm travelling with will text me with any schedule changes etc.

I have a Nokia 6120, quad band (so it can be used anywhere in the world), unlocked, so have been researching "Global SIM" cards - which means you can keep the one number versus buying new SIM cards in each country.

I'll be visiting Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia in 3 months, oh and wanting to text home to Oz every now and then!!

Did you find it a pain to keep changing numbers with every new SIM card?


4. Posted by sarahlux (Budding Member 15 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I usually just swap mine between two countries (am from the Uk but live in Luxembourg) and its fine...just remember to store numbers on phone and SIm....

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6. Posted by TalonToday (Budding Member 31 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

well i honestly think leave the phone behind. leave all of that behind just go out and enjoy your journey dont be texting back and forth home instead of enjoying the trip

i think you should send post cards. thoese are alwasy nice to write and recive even if writing is "old fashioned" i think its great plus you wont get a reply haha (i know, im cruel)

you should just forget about home, just focus on your trip. when i travel long distances i really dont want my best friend texting me bawling her eyes out and complaining how her boyfriend just broke up wih her or something like that i just want to enjoy my trip and the only worry is what im going to do the next day.

just my opinion thought id at least try to convince you

7. Posted by fussy (Inactive 208 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

We just back from 4 months OS. We used pay as you go vodafone, text to send 50p, free to receive. Saves changing numbers all the time.