Im planning to travelling RTW in May, visiting USA, Canada, Europe and South-East Asia.
I was hoping that someone would be able to give me some advice on mobile phones. I would like to take a phone with me, for a sense of security and also so that i can stay in contact with home, without have to rely heavily on email.
Is it possible to take my existing phone with me and buy a new simcard in each country that i feel i need the phone to work, or does a global phonecard exist??
Obviously im pretty clueless on this topic, so i would appreciate if someone could help out.
if you really need you mobile while travelling and your are away for longer - yes, buying sim cards in each country is a solution (unlock your mobile - as some networks might not be compatible with your original one).
Myself I only receive a short call or just text messeges - and call back from the internet/international call shop.
I took the liberty of checking where you are from in your profile as this is slightly a country related thing. Seeing as you are from Australia, your phone will be a GSM phone. If you are travelling to the States, you'll need to make sure you have a tri-band phone and if you are travelling to certain south american countries, I think you even need a quad-band phone. As massageuk points out, you'll need to make sure your phone isn't sim locked or unlock it if it is.
Anywhere in Europe or Asia and I think you'll be fine without any of the 'extra bands'.
You can buy a sim card as you go. We also did up some info comparing two companies that offer prepaid sim cards for different countries before you leave home. It's more expensive but has benefits like knowing your phone number before you leave and english installation instructions. The direct link is here...
Hope that helps and happy travelling!