National Geographic Talk Abroad Lite review: At least it's cheap

A bare-bones cell phone and international travel plan team up in an interesting package.

National Geographic Talk Abroad Lite
Josh Miller/CNET

I don't mean to be a hater, but if the National Geographic Talk Abroad Lite weren't attached to the Talk Abroad international cell phone SIM card, I'd have to wind caution tape all around my review.

So why wouldn't you run from this handset, given my less-than-glowing recommendation? Its two saving graces are the travel plan that gives you a U.S. and U.K. number, so friends and family can always reach you while abroad, and the fact that for an unlocked phone, its $59.99 price tag is extremely affordable.

Let's face it, if all you want and expect is a cheap, basic travel phone to place calls and texts, this phone could fulfill the requirement.

Watch the video, see the photos, and read all the pros and cons in my full National Geographic Talk Abroad Lite review .

About the author

Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.


Join the discussion

Conversation powered by Livefyre

Show Comments Hide Comments