As cheap international flights, and network technology that can enable people to work together wherever they are in the world, have shrunk the world in recent decades staying in touch has never been more important. The good news is, you’ve never had more option for doing just that.
If you want to use just one specific ‘traveling’ phone wherever you go in the world, or even keep your original phone with you as go from country to country you’ll need to make sure it’s on the Global System for Mobile Communications, or GSM, so it can connect to any mobile communications infrastructure, wherever you happen to be in the world.
The GSM network has four bands of traffic, so you’ll need to check your phone specifications to make sure it can reach all of them: a quad-band phone is ideal, but some can connect to three bands of the GSM which might serve your purposes depending on where you are traveling to.
Check your model specifications, and then get in touch with your network provider: they can unlock it for the Global System, though you may need to meet certain requirements: having a contract in good standing, opening for some time with all payments, or be entirely off contract.
If you’re going to be based in the same country for an extended period of time, the most economically sensible thing to do be might be to buy a phone there, and use it for the duration of your stay. Check with your local contacts: they will have valuable insights into which providers offer the best deals and may be able to help you sell your phone on afterwards, covering some of the cost.
Even if you’re bringing a phone from home, you will likely need to buy a local SIM rather than rely on your home network’s expensive roaming facilities to a void a big bill.
Funding from Home
A way to control the cost of your travel and communication expenses, whether it’s for work or pleasure is to ask people at home to help fund your communications using an international top up service. They can send contact money to you all over the world, and your manager in London will be able to keep you in touch and with internet access without you having to worry about it.
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