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11. Posted by Frey201 (Budding Member 69 posts) 5y

Cheers guys, still no sure what to do really. I'll probably end up taking it. I cant really afford a top notch camera so I guess the photos that would be taken with my phone would have to do. Finding it quite hard to find an insurance company that covers mobile though. And if I do take it, do I cancel my contract here or what?

12. Posted by trentb (Budding Member 14 posts) 5y

If you take it you have two options:
1. Leave it on the contract you have - but your bills will be massive due to roaming charges etc
2. You can cancel it. This will be a set fee (depending on how long your contract has to run).

13. Posted by Frey201 (Budding Member 69 posts) 5y

My contract just gets renewed monthly now as the 12month contract is up. It wont work though if iv no contract will it?

14. Posted by gizalia (First Time Poster 1 posts) 5y

I've got the same decision to make, but luckily I've got an older iphone that doesn't need a micro-sim. I got my Mobile company to unlock the phone, then moved my number over to giff gaff (http://giffgaff.com/) which is a no strings mobile company on the O2 network. Means that I save a lot of money before I go travelling, and I'm not tied in to a contract while I'm away.

A friend of mine who went travelling recently, said her iphone was invaluable. She used to hang out outside McDonalds for the free wi-fi and use her phone to get on skype to call home/check emails. I figure if it gets nicked, it'll be insured, and this way I'm not running up a huge bill back home with roaming costs as I'll just be using local sims as and where I can get them.

15. Posted by xjessie007 (Budding Member 22 posts) 5y

You can get a local SIM card, and you will be fine. With your current sim card, just make sure the data roaming function is off, and you are safe. If nothing else, you can use your iphone for navigation.

16. Posted by trentb (Budding Member 14 posts) 5y

Make sure you are able to use a different sim in your phone before going.

17. Posted by SkiBunny84 (Budding Member 26 posts) 4y

I take my iPhone everywhere. I just make sure I get a local SIM.

18. Posted by Frey201 (Budding Member 69 posts) 4y

Does anyone know anything about getting an international sim for the iphone before leaving that might be of use in SE Asia?

19. Posted by lush87x (Budding Member 10 posts) 4y

hey guys, i'd say definitely worth taking ur iPhone, i've recently just come back from SE Asia and found it very handy getting in touch with friends and family. There's several cheap inernational sim available, i used truemove whilst in thailand, cheap however do make sure to turn data off even with ur international sim, forgot to do it myself realised after my had credit disappeared very quickly.. only really used my thai sim few times as discovered fantastic free app "VIBER" as all my family have i phones (also available on android handset) i was able to do free voice call/text via WiFi :) so much better than Skype.. saved me loads money and faffing around changing sims, plus there's free WiFi more less everywhere you go in Asia.. I'm planning head off to north America in few months couldn't imagine not taking it with me, as it was such a great help during my travels.. As those with iPhone 4 if u do buy international sim just cut it to size.. dont think i seen any micro sims whilst over there.. Enjoy ur travels

20. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 4y

Quoting lush87x

only really used my thai sim few times as discovered fantastic free app "VIBER" as all my family have i phones (also available on android handset) i was able to do free voice call/text via WiFi :) so much better than Skype..

I'm curious, what makes it better than Skype? Considering you can do voice + text chat with Skype on the iPhone as well. And with Skype you can communicate with all the people who have it on their desktop as well.