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June 23, 2006 3:22 PM Subscribe
Options for temporary mobile phone access while in Western Europe?
posted by pdb to travel & transportation (11 answers total)
The lovely fiancee and I are going to be spending about a month in England/Ireland/Paris. While there, we'd like to have a mobile phone for making connections with various friends/family members.
We're both Verizon customers, and have CDMA phones (without SIM cards) so our phones won't work on the GSM network in Western Europe. Verizon rents GSM mobile phones, but at $4 a day we're up to about $120 before we even use the $1.50 a minute airtime.
So, what kinds of options do we have? Can we buy one of those pay-as-you-go phones here, assuming we can find one with GSM capability, and buy minutes here for use over there? Or can we buy the phone here and buy minutes there that will work with it?
Or, would it be possible to buy a pay-as-you-go phone there, not being a resident and thus having no billing/credit history in Europe? We could do the calling card/pay phone route, but there's not always a pay phone around when you need one, and it would be a lot easier to have a mobile if the price is right (less than $50 for a mobile, excluding minutes, if at all possible).
I'm hopelessly ignorant about this sort of thing, so any advice would be most welcome.