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Now you can afford to use your mobile abroad!
Save money on roaming charges! For the easiest and most cost effective way to stay in touch just follow these simple steps:
Purchase a foreign SIM card, the small plastic chip inside your phone, for the destination you plan to travel to.
Most prepaid SIM cards include:
Most mobiles can be used in over 200 countries, but some countries like the USA have particular network requirements like using tri-band phones. If in doubt refer to your handset manual, or the phone retailer.
Thus avoiding the expense of having to tell them while you're abroad. The optional access numbers also help to reduce the cost of friends and relatives calling you from the UK. Also having a new number means that you can avoid unwanted calls that you would actually have to pay to receive otherwise.
Change the voicemail message on your current mobile telephone to let people know that you can be contacted on your new number.
Before swapping your SIM card make sure all your phone numbers are saved to your phone handset memory. This will mean that you can change your SIM card as many times as you like and still have your important phone numbers. Just remember to insert +<country code> before the numbers (when calling <country>).
If you are travelling in a group, store your companion's new numbers on your phone. This will give you that extra bit of freedom when you want to do your own thing. You can easily meet up later at the price of a local call or text message.
Remember to put those all important numbers in your phone before you go, your airline confirmation number, travel insurance company, accommodation you've booked and anything else you might need.
For those not interested in travelling with a mobile, calling cards are a great way to call home cheaply. Consider these benefits:
We've compared two popular calling cards to illustrate some benefits. Visit the International Calling Cards page for details. Or visit both providers directly to compare for yourself.