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Should I take my iphone on a RTW trip?

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21. Posted by AdamLeic90 (Budding Member 27 posts) 4y

Definitely take it... make sure it is unlocked by your network carrier before you come out though! A couple of weeks ago I was sending constant emails to o2 from Melbourne trying to get mine unlocked. Just get a sim card in every country you go to, they're always cheap. I'm paying $30 / month with Vodafone atm and get heaps of data and calls back to the UK with it.

Adam.

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23. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 4y

Quoting Peter

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.

It's pretty popular up here too. Haven't tried it myself, but I think free SMS's is the big draw.

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

It's pretty popular up here too. Haven't tried it myself, but I think free SMS's is the big draw.

Free SMS'es to who? Other people with Viber or anyone? Is it just that they don't allow people to go offline like Skype does? Guess I'll just need to try to find out :)

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

Quoting Sam I Am

Quoting Peter

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.

It's pretty popular up here too. Haven't tried it myself, but I think free SMS's is the big draw.

Don't get me wrong Skype is great, used it myself several times to video call during my travels, i just found myself using viber a lot more due to fact everyone had iPhone/android back home.. with skype there were minor issues such as my account constantly showing up offline when i wasn't.. dropping connection and receiving sms few days after it was sent.. i guess with viber i just found it alot easier getting touch with people, soon i sent sms i knew that they'd get it through straight away plus calls are lot easier and pleasant with not having to wait around for the other person show up online on Skype.

[ Edit: Edited on 07-Oct-2011, at 13:31 by lush87x ]

26. Posted by paulmacpaul (Full Member 107 posts) 4y

Yes. An iPhone is like an all-in-one gadget. It would be really useful on your trip.

27. Posted by xjessie007 (Budding Member 22 posts) 4y

Here is one more tip. Since the battery on the iPhone does not last very long, 2 or 3 days max if not using location services or internet, I would suggest taking an external battery (part of the hard case) or one of those solar-power adapters.

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

Thanks for all the great advice folks, you have all been really helpful! It does seem a good idea to take it and yeah I was thinking about one of those solar chargers aswell :)

29. Posted by WB99 (Budding Member 7 posts) 4y

I would definitely bring your phone. There are a lot of great apps that you can use while traveling.

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