Travel Phone Tips
abroad used to mean limited and expensive options for calling home.
Cell phones are becoming the best way to keep in touch when overseas.
Here are a few of your best options, depending on the type of traveling
If you only need to call home in
the event of emergencies while abroad, consider renting a cell phone.
You can rent cell phones at airports, or at these two online providers. Cellhire.com
rents cell phones for use in Europe, Korea and Japan. It also rents
satellite phones for use in more remote areas. Worldcell.com
offers similar cell and satellite phone rentals. The rental fees are
generally $40 to $60 per week with per minute rates of $1 to $2.
If you already have a cell phone
plan with either At&T Wireless, T-Mobile or Cingular Wireless you
can take advantage of their worldwide GSM network capability. Just be
sure that your cell phone is "tri-band", meaning that it is
compatible with GSM frequencies used outside of the US. You will be able
to use your phone anywhere in the world. Just be aware that the
per-minute rates are steep, averaging from 99 cents to $5.00 per minute
depending on the supplier and where you are calling from.
If you travel abroad frequently
and need to use a phone often, purchase an "unlocked" cell
phone, either on ebay.com or
at some electronics stores. An unlocked cell phone will allow you to buy
SIM cards in the amount of $5 to $100 overseas that you discard when you
have used available minutes. You simply buy a fresh SIM card for more
calling time. The SIM cards offer the best rates per minute, averaging
25 cents a minute for a local call to 60 cents a minute for a call to
the States. There is one drawback. You do not have a permanent telephone
number. Each time you purchase a new SIM card your number changes. You
can also purchase unlocked cell phones and SIM cards at Telestial.com
(you will get a better deal on the phones on ebay.com).
So there are your options! Keeping
in touch when traveling abroad has never been easier.
to dial 911 abroad
Emergencies can arise
anytime—and any place. Be prepared when traveling; know how
to call for help.
- All EU countries:
- Argentina: 911
- Australia: 000
- Canada: 911
- Hong Kong: 999
- Israel: 100
- Japan: 119
- Mexico: 060
- Switzerland: 144
- Thailand: 191