So first off I'm completely out of the technological loop, and have yet to own a smart phone. Therefore, I'm wondering if it's even necessary for me to have an iphone or ipod touch on my trip? The closer I get to leaving for an extended amount of time in SEA the more I'm beginning to think one or the other could come in handy for apps, podcasts, and skyping. Money is a factor for me and I'm not too excited about shelling out over 600+ dollars for an unlocked iphone. Could I get away with taking an ipod touch? Pros and Cons of each would be greatly appreciated!
#1 magdalena88 has been a member since 3/9/2013. Posts: 3
iphone - pros can buy cheap sim cards and make calls and use the internet cons - expensive
ipod touch pros - cheap cons cannot make phone calls , only connect to the Webb through wi fi
it all depends how much you want to stay connected , if money is a factor just use the cheap internet shops that are all over se asia
if you really need a smart phone why not just go for an older model iphone , or a cheap android phone (like a 2nd hand Galaxy s2)
Cool. I think I'm going to look into getting an older iphone. Thanks for the advice Danny.
#3 magdalena88 has been a member since 3/9/2013. Posts: 3
If you can live without a smart phone generally you can probably live without one whilst travelling! ;-)
You email, Facebook message etc from a Touch so you may only need to consider a phone if you want to call a lot? As boxee said there are internet cafes everywhere for Skype calls.
I took a blackberry with me and planned on getting a cheap data plan for it. Once over I realized that nearly everywhere you go there is wifi available so I decided I didn't need the data plan.
After about a week into my trip I cracked the screen on the phone... I used it for another week but then it was getting too difficult to use.
I looked at phones and tablets etc over there and ended up buying a small tablet. It was fairly cheap($150) and did everything I needed. It was also nicer then trying to search things up on a small phone screen and it didn't take up much room either.
Long story short, unless you plan on using the phone as a phone and buying a plan for it in each country you go to or using the phone once you get back home I wouldn't bother with buying a phone. A little tablet or laptop is much more user friendly when searching for info and for answering emails etc. Wifi is available everywhere as are pay phones if you need to actually phone someone. If you can find a decent quality one before you go that is what I recommend, mine got the job done but wasn't great and anything of good quality actually costs more over there then what it does here.