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Best Mobile Phone For A World Traveler

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1. Posted by JoshRTW (Budding Member, 9 posts) 24 Nov '10 12:46

Hi

I was wondering if you knew of top phones that have gps, quadband etc... that can use internet anywhere in the world
and are rugged.

Also if you know of good UK price plans that support world travelers that would be helpful thanks.

Josh

2. Posted by Dodger (Respected Member, 860 posts) 24 Nov '10 14:16

I've been traveling 3 years with the cheapest phone I could find. It doesnt have any of the bells and whistles, but the battery lasts forever and its bullet proof. Its also unlocked so each country I travel in all I do is pick up a pre paid sim and Im in business.

I did a search for rugged smart phone and came up with this. Rugged smart phone launched

Looks nice, but wonder how the battery will fair, plus you probably can't unlock it from your service provider which means you'll be paying hefty bills for use.

3. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin, 5579 posts) 25 Nov '10 00:35

The biggest problem is really that you get stung with roaming costs using your phone outside of the country you have the plan in. No matter what phone you have, those roaming costs can be insane!!

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5. Posted by JoshRTW (Budding Member, 9 posts) 25 Nov '10 12:08

Yep i nearly bought the Motorala Defy, until i realized that no matter what contract i get, it would all be pointless when i leave the UK as the internet texts and calls are all UK limited.

So i need a plan that is global.

I am surprised that there is no plan like this.

Something along the lines of you pay x amount a month and get calls and texts within whatever country you are in that piggybacks on a local carrier?

They are just lazy, it can be done.

Any further suggestions would be helpful.

6. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru, 2634 posts) 26 Nov '10 01:21

Another important thing is to get a quad-band GSM phone.

My mobile recently broke, so I dug out an old, cheap one I had from the back of a drawer. However, when I was in North America, it wasn't working because it was only a dual-band GSM phone.

Also, try and get a phone you can remote unlock for free. Check out this website for some tips and links to unlock models and codes. That way you can buy a SIM only pay-as-you-go in your location, and get some savings that way.

Cheers,
Greg

7. Posted by mapsandmoxie (Budding Member, 74 posts) 4 Dec '10 11:54

If you're looking for ruggedness, I might suggest checking out the OtterBox cases. They're fantastic for durability, and they are made for many different kinds of phones. Just make sure to get the right one for your phone, if you go this route!

Tiff