(Closed) activating a cell phone for overseas?

posted 8 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Depending on your cell phone carrier, you can add an international package which will give you a discounted rate on calls, text, and data services while overseas. However, all phone are not compatible so you would need to check with your carrier.

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper

yeah, call your carrier and ask them if you can add one month (I doubt they’d do just a week) of international services. If I remember correctly, not all phones can do this; some sim cards aren’t advanced enough to handle the different international networks, so if you have a cheapo phone, be ready to be disappointed – but if your phone is nicer, it shouldn’t be a problem.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010 - Ladder 15 Restaurant

Why don’t you use Skype?  It’s a cheap alternative to adding extra services or paying for an extra rent-a-phone.  You just have to be in a wireless area, but there are plenty you can find overseas!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

If your phone has a SIM card, you can unlock and and purchase a UK one for use while there (sim cards are really inexpensive)

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper

actually, the skype option is a good one too – I’m not sure the rates, but you can have them forward calls to your cell. Oh wait, then you’d pay roaming. NM.

$5 is really good if you’re only overseas a week! Will those calling you have to pay an international connection fee or anything? I remember when I was in France there were all kinds of weird hidden costs for using American cell phones (but that was … 6? years ago – something like that).

Post # 9
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: January 2006

$5 per day is not much, but you can rent a phone for $1.50 per day, incoming calls free and all outgoing calls at 0.49 if you rent a cell phone. and you dont need a calling card or anything, is cheaper, i think, the webiste is http://www.phonerentalusa.com

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