Travel Forums General Talk MOBILE PHONES?

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1. Posted by jackflash (Inactive 84 posts) 18y Star this if you like it!

This might seem a strange question, Yes or no, to take a mobile phone on a RTW trip? Useful or a pain in the neck?

2. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4139 posts) 18y Star this if you like it!

Pain in the neck. You want to remove yourself as much as possible from your everyday life when travelling. My mobile rang when I was checking into a hotel in Dubai and it was some freak trying to sell me real estate.

3. Posted by jackflash (Inactive 84 posts) 18y Star this if you like it!

ha ha, yeah thought as much, I was just thinking it might be useful to store contact details of fellow travellers, however, there is the old pen and paper instead . . . . . .

4. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1162 posts) 18y Star this if you like it!

Really depends. If your staying in one country for a while it can be very handy as you only have to buy a local sim card and can not only make calls but also receive some (and I don´t think your real estate will phone you on this number ;)). For me it was very useful when I was booking accommodation or looking for a job, also I was glad to have an alarm when I had to get up early to catch a bus/train.
If it is not worth a lot, I´d take it with me.

5. Posted by Mikey B (Respected Member 181 posts) 18y Star this if you like it!

if you're constanly moving about then you're not really going to need the phone. However, if you're going to be staying in one place for some time and working possibly (Australia for example), then it's good having a phone and like Steffbo said you only have to buy a sim card. Just leave it in the bottom of your backpack when you don't need it.

6. Posted by smythy (Full Member 237 posts) 18y Star this if you like it!

I like to take it more for the features on it rather than making calls etc.

Handy device for keeping notes, setting alarms, keeping contacts as well although the downside is, if it gets knicked, lost uve lost all that info!!

7. Posted by kenmc (Full Member 80 posts) 18y Star this if you like it!

I'm not going to bother taking mine with me. Email will be the way of keeping in touch for me. Don't see the point really, calls will cost a fortune unless you get a local sim, in which case you'll have to tell everyone your new number and they won't ring you anyway cos now they'll be dialling internationally.
and you've to bring a charger as well - yet more things to forget/lose/break/worry about. I think they only elecricals I'll be bringing are the digi camera and my mp3 player.

8. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 18y Star this if you like it!

I like taking it along, but be sure to switch the ringer off at night!! It's handy for alarms and considering that my trips often combine some level of work... for that too. If you're staying in one country for a long time you can get a local sim card too to stop people from back home calling that you don't really want to talk to (and to save money on roaming!).

9. Posted by klangeluk (Full Member 146 posts) 18y Star this if you like it!

it comes handy...some of my friends (travellers) mentioned that its so much easier to have it around makes it easier to contact their local friends whenever they want to catch up where you can text each other...and yes as an alarm clock, reminder etc hehe ill probably take mine

10. Posted by Jon Carlisle (Budding Member 39 posts) 18y Star this if you like it!

Don't take it!!!

After many years travelling I had forgotten one of THE greatest aspects of being on the road.

For my sins, and a salary, I now drive a truck round Europe. You can be sure that wenever I'm just drifting into that glorious feeling that no bugger knows WEHRE I am, WHAT I'm doing and WHO I'm doing it with............ the bloody phone rings or a text arriving signal jars me back to some place where someone wants to know. I have no choice with the truck phone, thast for work. But I no longer have a personal phone. And its WONDERFUL.

Of course you can switch it off until u really need to use it... but for me those damn things kill or at least seriously hamper the true nature of spontaneous living.

You don't have to listen to my hang-ups of course! But, for what it's worth, that's my humble opinion :)

Have a good trip anyway !