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Best Smartphone + Mods For RTW Trip?

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1. Posted by AcrossTheGlobe (Budding Member 27 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hello! I'm leaving for my RTW trip this coming January and it will take me through every continent except Antarctica. I plan on taking a smartphone with me on the trip and am looking for expertise or advice on the subject.

Basically I am looking to understand what the best route is as far as the actual phone & carrier - as well as what is necessary as far as "unlocking" or "jailbreaking" goes. I realize you have the chip difference (or did at one time) with Verizon using CDMA at one point and GSM with AT&T for example, and remember reading that Verizon is more U.S. while AT&T seems to be more active on some of the other continents.

I just need to understand how this works so that I can get the correct phone selected and have it modded correctly for overseas use and have the correct carrier / plan / etc.

Anyone have good experience / knowledge in this area - or maybe someone can point me in the right direction?



P.S. If there are already good existing threads on this subject, feel free to send me there!

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Essentially you'll need a tri or quad band phone, unlocked. Then buy local sim cards as you travel or go for a global one if you want to have one number the whole trip.

Personally I'd say you'd be hard pressed to find a phone better than the iPhone. With all the apps available, and free messages to everyone else with an iPhone (regardless of country!!) it's basically way ahead of its competition.

3. Posted by AcrossTheGlobe (Budding Member 27 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

@Sam I Am: Hey Sam! Looks like the first part of your advice is congruent with all of the other advice I've gotten from others. Good to know!

As much as I despise Apple and the way they do things, I may have to consider the phone just for the trip and then get rid of it when I get back to the states. Any idea how many bands an iPhone has? Any possible recommendations outside of the iPhone? Thanks again man.

4. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

No need to despise them... once you've used it you'll see how many light-years ahead they are :) One thing about Apple phones is that they actually manage to hold their value. I sold my 3GS a few months ago and got nearly the same as I paid for it. I doubt any other phones come even close to that.

I'm pretty sure it's at least a tri-band, but it might be a quad-band as well. Realistically though, you need to list the countries you are going to, then check each of their bands as you might not even need a quad-band.

Sorry, haven't owned other than an iPhone for the past 4 years and haven't seen any reason to look at others since