I am planning a trip June and July (2009) to Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Indonesia (With a few day stop over in Japan) and I am trying to find good advice on a cell phone. I currently have an Apple iPhone with AT&T from the U.S. and I really don't want to pay for roaming charges the entire time. I do have other phones available to me or I can unlock my iPhone. I am trying to see if I should get a different sim card for every country and can i do that ahead of time?
Or should I rent a cell phone from a travel company?
I basically need a somewhat reliable...but more importantly cheep option. Any advice is helpful thanks!
#1 jeffneil has been a member since 25/4/2009. Posts: 3
I'd think the cheapest way would be to buy local sim cards as you go - I've got a coin jar half full of Thai, Indonesian and Vietnamese sims -- very inexpensive and as they're all prepaid it's easy to keep on top of the cost. No need to do ahead of time -- just pop into a local convenience store (eg 7-eleven in Thailand) upon arrival and pick one up.
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Thanks for your help!
#3 jeffneil has been a member since 25/4/2009. Posts: 3
That is good to know. I had the same question as I have a blackberry storm and had unlocked it - I think - right now. I am traveling through Thailand and Cambodia in July and August and wanted to make sure the phones will work. So just as long as it is unlocked you can place a new sim card in and the phone will work? How do you know it is unlocked? Should I test it out in the States by putting a new sim card in the phone and seeing if it works? Sorry, just wanted to make sure the phone will work once out of the country. Thanks for the advice!
To my best knowledge the storm is only available in the states with verizon. That means it is a CDMA phone and doesn't take a sim
card, the only other network it will work on
if it is unlocked is sprint ( another CDMA ) network. Verizon has a very limited amount of countries that will support CDMA even if u wanted to use international roaming. I would recommend buying a GO Phone from AT&T at walmart, it is the prepaid one, then unlock that and use it.
#7 jeffneil has been a member since 25/4/2009. Posts: 3
I have a Sim card for the Storm and it is capable of using a 3G network when not on a Verizon sim card. The Storm is also in the UK under Vodophone so I think as long as I can make sure it is unlocked it will be fine. When I check it I will let you know if it works.
I know Thai payphones are reliable and instructions are sometimes in English. Cambodia has no pay phones but don't worry you just go to a shop or stall and use their phone and pay a small charge.I don't know how much a international call would cost you so best get a SIM, I recommend Hello at 7 cents a minute to Europe. Also, you can buy a second hand phone for $20 in Cambodia.
I don't know about Vietnam.