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Old 09-04-2012, 11:10 AM   #1
Join Date: Aug 2012
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Vessel Name: Endurance of Portland
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Default Best Mobile Networks?


I currently have a mobile on the Vodafone UK network.

Can anyone suggest the best (and cheapest!) way to retain the facility of a mobile phone whilst cruising Europe and the States/Caribbean

Thank you,


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Old 09-05-2012, 09:48 PM   #2
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We found it much less expensive to buy a local cell phone in countries when we got there than to try and make our existing cell service work in different locales. If you'll be cruising a locale longer than a couple of weeks, it may actually be more cost effective to buy a local phone and the prepaid service - in several Caribbean locales if you buy on a "specials" day, you can get triplicate or even quadruplicate minutes which significantly lower your call costs. Not sure about Europe having never been there. Also - when we first started cruising, we brought along a "open" phone so we could load the local sim card and not buy a local phone. This worked to a point, but it was frustrating to make it work - talking to tech support in a foreign language is difficult! We finally found it easier to just buy the cheapest phone they had available and use it. Unfortunately, most sim cards are only good for a certain number of months before they "expire" -- so you may not be able to buy a local phone one year, leave and use it again when you return - or you may, it depends on the country. Some countries in the Western Caribbean are now literally gluing the back of the phone on so it's impossible to replace a sim card, forcing you to buy a new phone when you return a few months later.

Hope this adds another perspective to your question.
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