International Calls for Seniors Traveling

Jan 25th, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to use your cell phone to call home while abroad? You can.  I was so impressed when my daughter-in-law pulled out her phone and called home to Washington, DC.  We were in the Dominican Republic.  I said to myself, wow.  You can do that?  My cell phone did not work… her’s did. 

 

Before you head off for the airport with a cell phone, there are a few things you should know.  Not all cell phones will work abroad.  Not all carriers offer roaming coverage in every country.  Before you make or receive transborder calls, you’ll need to find out if you can do it, where you can do it, and how much it will cost.  

 

When packing for an international trip, cell phones should be considered among the few essentials that you should always take with you.  Besides some cash, a passport, a power converter, and a translation dictionary, the near-ubiquity of cell phones makes them yet another essential item for your suitcase. Whether your travels are for business or pleasure, a cell phone can be a huge convenience when seniors are trekking around the Taj Mahal, Iguazu Falls or Machu Pichu. You can keep in touch with friends, fellow travelers, or the relatives back home as well as make hotel, dinner, or show reservations or send “wish you were here” camera phone photos or of course, you can simply keep the phone for emergencies. Besides, since you’d rarely leave home without your cell phone, why should you leave the country without it?  

 

Check out information on world roaming via a cell phone at http://reviews.cnet.com/world-phone-guide/?tag=mncol;txt More information is available from (1) Cellular Abroad - (2) Mobal – or (3) and World Cell.

 

Johnny Jet has this good advice on International Cell (GSM -Global Service for Mobile Communication) Phones.

This site http://allworldcellphones.com/international-cell-phone-plans.htm provides a nice overview of information for seniors who want to use their cell phone abroad. Although there are a variety of options available to make international cell phone calls from overseas as I discovered, there is a significant problem: the vast majority of cell phones in use in the United States simply don’t work outside of North America.  Be sure you check with your provider before you take your cell phone abroad.  Of course you can always rent a GSM cell phone.  Go to Google in type in International Cell Phone Rental.  Ding-a-Ling, Beijing calling…  jeb



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