Using a special
phone or SIM for foreign calls to keep you from paying big roaming
a "Travel" Phone:
- SET UP A T-MOBILE ACCOUNT
You get a
new SIM and a new number and you'll be able to use your Data allotment
in most countries in the world, including the US, Free Text Messages
and calls made outside the US are .20 each. You can use Call Forwarding
to this new phone from your regular phone and still get incoming calls.
- GET AN INTERNATIONAL ROAMING SIM
choose from options that including Talk, Text and Data plans, or
country- and continent-specific SIM's. Some assign an incoming US
number and calls from US numbers can be Free.
- LOCAL SIM's
There are available at stores and kiosks near train stations and
airports in your
destination country that can sell you a SIM that will work locally.
Have the store make sure their SIM works in your phone before you
leave. A "local" SIM may also work in a neighboring
country, sometimes at the same rate, sometimes a higher rate, and
sometimes just for a short period of time. If you can use a calling app
you only broadband access with this SIM which can save you money.
- SET UP A PREPAID PHONE FOR
TRAVEL IN MEXICO (& CANADA)
Do what we
do if you're just going to Mexico or Canada..
- A NEW PHONE FROM T-MOBILE
travel-friendly phones and plans, including Unlimited Data and Texting,
no contract required
- A NEW PHONE FROM AT&T
AT&T has roaming agreements in most countries of the
world and a good selection of
global-capable phones. Their roaming charges can be expensive but
packages are available.
MOBAL ROAMING PHONE
specializes in phones and SIM's for Europe and several Asian countries.
- AN UNLOCKED PHONE TO
BE USED WITH THE ABOVE INTERNATIONAL SIM's
If you have
a CDMA-only phone or one that can't or won't be unlocked, you can get
inexpensive basic phone that does what you need while traveling out of
really need access in remote places, Satellite phones normally work all
around the world. Prices are not cheap, but you can pay as you go.
Service is not found everywhere. Coverage in dense urban
areas, in certain modes of transport, and in tunnels, where the right
part of the sky is not visible, may not be available. Satellite phones
are available for purchase or for rent from MOBAL.
System for Mobile communications, originally Groupe Spaécial Mobile),
is a standard developed by the European Telecommunications Standards
Institute to describe the technical protocol for digital cellular
networks used by mobile phones. It is the global standard for mobile
communications on 90% of the world's wireless networks, and is
available in over 200 countries and territories. AT&T, T-Mobile and
some smaller systems in the US use GSM.
The other technology used in the US is CDMA (Code Division Multiple
Access) which is used by Verizon, Sprint and several other carriers.
CDMA is available in only about 40 countries. Many new
Verizon and Sprint phones work on certain GSM systems outside
(Subscriber Identity Module) is a small, removable programming chip
that instructs a GSM phone what network to use and your subscriber
information such as your phone number and phone book. For travelers,
your wireless phone can be modified to access foreign wireless networks
by changing the SIM.
There are many possibilities including Smart
phones that can work on Wi-Fi networks around the world. Your carrier
may support "Wi-Fi Calling" or you can use an app such as Google
Wi-Fi devices. There are a number of computer-associated
devices that can handle both incoming and outgoing calls that don't
care where you are located. These types of
connections are useful if you plan to handle calls and data from a
Rates can be as low as Free, depending on the cost of your Internet