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by docamv / November 20, 2004 9:21 AM PST

I spend 3-4 months every year overseas where they use the GSM system.Reading the forum I got very useful information concerning the use of my USA phone in overseas. I understand that I sould have an unlocked GSM phone accomadating a quad mode operation. Cingular has such phones ( like the new Razr V3 and an other older one) and I was told that a quad phone is already unlocked. From the forum I understand that when I go to overseas I change the SIM card with a loval one having either a pay- as- you -go -along or a monthly plan. My first question is that did I understand evrything right? Secondly, do I have to pay extra per minutes for call overseas with the Cingular plan? Verizon has a global phone but if you make a call overseas you charged close to two dollars per minute in addition to your plan which is absolutely ridiculous since one can get a local phone there and pay much less! Please advise me what is the best way for me to solve this problem. As I mentioned of course I can get another phone there but wouldn`t it be nicer if I can use my own phone in both places with the expense of getting a SIM card in the country of question and get a plan extra to my Cingular plan.
Thank you all.

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Re: Global Phone
by hh / November 21, 2004 4:25 AM PST
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Everything you have said sounds correct, although I am not sure is a quad-band phone is already 'unlocked'. The best way to find out is ask some tech person or the store's technical support people.
Yes it is ridiculous to pay $2/minute or more while using a US carrier while abroad. I know of people that buy a SIM card when they go abroad (a prepaid one) and then they just switch the SIM card. Of course, if you do that you have a local number, so you would have to supply others of a new number while traveling abroad. Most businessmen have 2 or more cell phone on their business cards, indicating that they have a SIM card in the country where they visit often.
The only drawback might be, if you don't renew your prepaid SIM card often, you may have to get a new SIM card with a new number when you travel abroad.
If you are going for a short stay, depending on how much you will use your phone, a local number might not make sense.

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Re: Global Phone
by Tholt / November 30, 2004 12:20 PM PST
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Cingular has a good international package unfortunately for me it does not work in Korea! You can go to there website Cingular.com or call them and inquire on their package. Also visit a Cingular store and pick up one of their brochures on the international package. I have been a cingular customer for four years and have had no problems with them. They were even nice enough to not sell me the international package because it was useless for my son. Now that's a company I appreciate. Most companies would have hooked me up without saying a word. Good Luck!

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