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janemaree1983
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Phones (16th Sep 08 at 8:53am UTC)
Hi all,

wondering what everyone is doing re: mobile phones on tour.
I have an iPhone which I certainly will not be taking and risking having stolen, so I was thinking of taking over my sh*tty old Nokia phone and buying a UK prepaid simcard (which will work all through europe) to send & receive text messages.

Apparently global roaming kills you because you can still receive calls and basically you pay each time you answer the phone or someone leaves you a voicemail.

what is everyone else doing?
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Phones (16th Sep 08 at 1:47pm UTC)
im with vodafone so i put it on roaming. im going to have it off most the time anyway. i dont think many people will try to ring me.
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Phones (17th Sep 08 at 11:21am UTC)
when i went to Indonesia i got Telstra to block people from ringing me while i was overseas- they could only send me msg's.

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Phones (17th Sep 08 at 7:14pm UTC)
Hey fellow tour friend {Grin}

Be very careful using global roaming! Def get the phone company to block in coming calls and your message bank while you are away. They charge you for when people call and leave messages if you dont.

I also had mine only set up for text messages when I went to NZ, but still ended up with a whopping bill! I think the messages cost nearly $1 each! I am going with the UK sim card also, and a phone card!

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Phones (17th Sep 08 at 7:16pm UTC)
PS I also had difficulties on two seperate overseas holidays when Optus blocked everything (text and calls) both incoming and outgoing. I had to get someone back in Australia to call them for me to get it sorted, and it still took 2 days!

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Phones (17th Sep 08 at 8:56pm UTC)
Thinking of travelling next year and as I'll likely spend a lot of time in the UK I think I'll just get a UK Sim card so there will be reasonable charges when I want to use it. No point using my NZ sim card on global roaming for months. I wouldn't plan on doing any calling but there's always a chance someone will ring you, and the cost of texts home to family/friends would start to build up quickly.

Interested to hear what others have done when going to the UK and on one of these tours.
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Phones (25th Sep 08 at 2:39pm UTC)
aussiechell what ended up happening with optus? I am travelling next year and i am with optus. Having my phone is very important to me for so many reasons (calender, alarm clock, emergency calls for whatever reason etc etc) and i need advice on the best option for me to use it overseas.

Thanks

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Phones (17th Jan 09 at 12:48am UTC)
can anyone recomend companies or carriers to get that will offer the roaming while on the tour and can still call back to aus.
i also willtake my phone and block calls (on telstra its called a 11/11 barring to stop outgoing and just not answer calls.. thought i would share)

but i would must prefer to be prepared and ask for the right thing.
so any suggestions would be GREAT.
thanks in advance.

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Phones (17th Jan 09 at 6:28pm UTC)
hey hey!

i seen somthing a while back on here, in regards 2 a 'gosim' which as i understand it is a global sim card with resonable rates..
i have only had a quick look but maybe its woth looking into further? has anyone heard of this before?

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Phones (19th Jan 09 at 9:11am UTC)
Would like to know if anyone's got any advice for inexpensive (or at least not completely ridiculous) roaming data in Europe. My plan for the tour was to use my Blackberry for twitter/texts and as a modem for my netbook and use that for keeping in touch via IM and facebook. Voice calls aren't a huge priority. My carrier here in Canada charges obscene rates so I'm not even considering them.

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Phones (2nd Feb 09 at 7:42pm UTC)
You can get a travel sim which works in most countries, there are a few differents ones. Last time I was over in Ireland and the UK I spent heaps of money topping up my prepaid sims. I had to get 2 differnt sims for when I was in each contry. I am going to go with one of the Travel sims.
Im not sure if I am going to go with Go Sim or TravelSim.

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Phones (3rd Feb 09 at 9:58am UTC)
I found a prepay UK SIM card was great. It allowed me to use my phone all around Europe, was cheap(ish) and as no-one at home knew the new number there was no worries about anyone ringing and it costing a fortune. BUT I always knew I could use it in an emergency. I didn't use it very much, a few texts a day, a couple of short calls. It cost me GBP10 for the card and about another GBP10 in calls/txts for the 42 days I was on tour.

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Phones (3rd Feb 09 at 4:37pm UTC)
Hi Janemaree,

I was considering taking my iPhone but against better judgement I will buy a cheap one to take.

If you are not wanting to buy an international simcard but are looking at Australian mobile company's, I would suggest buying a Vodafone Pre-paid Simcard and buy yourself a Cap plan.

Here is a link to have a read of:

http://www.vodafone.com.au/personal/services/roaming/prepaycaps/index.htm />
You should find alot of information here regarding international roaming usage with a Vodafone Pre-paid cap.

I'm with Optus on a contract, however I'm going to buy a pre-paid Vodafone simcard to use on a cap as they are cheaper then Optus.

Good luck.

Would be great to take our iPhones but the chances of coming home with it, is minimal ;-)

Cheers

Craig




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Originally posted by janemaree1983

Hi all,

wondering what everyone is doing re: mobile phones on tour.
I have an iPhone which I certainly will not be taking and risking having stolen, so I was thinking of taking over my sh*tty old Nokia phone and buying a UK prepaid simcard (which will work all through europe) to send & receive text messages.

Apparently global roaming kills you because you can still receive calls and basically you pay each time you answer the phone or someone leaves you a voicemail.

what is everyone else doing?

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Re: Phones (8th May 13 at 5:57am UTC)
Thanks for the link craigy!
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Re: Phones (27th May 13 at 6:10am UTC)
I normally enable data package and use skype application on my iPhone to make quick calls or messages. And incoming is always free. However, it all depends on the data package pricing (if it's not too high).
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Re: Phones (25th Jul 15 at 7:20am UTC)
Thinking of travelling next year and as I'll likely spend a lot of time in the UK I think I'll just get a UK Sim card so there will be reasonable charges when I want to use it. No point using my NZ sim card on global roaming for months. I wouldn't plan on doing any calling but there's always a chance someone will ring you, and the cost of texts home to family/friends would start to build up quickly.
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