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I have researched other questions on this forum about cell phones and get so confused I could weep. Our cell phones in the US are through Verizon; we thought we could rent one from them for our trip but their limit is 30 days and our trip is 38 days. My husband has int he past "activated" his Blackberry only to find it doesn't always work. Then, since it doesn't work, he doesn't have a way to contact their customer service number.

Verizon referred us to another provider for a cell phone rental but that seemed unwieldy and expensive.

We've considered buying a cheap one there, but we will be in Hong Kong, Australia, and New Zealand.

We're staying in fairly standard hotels (i.e Sheratons, Novotel in NZ) with some independent hotels along the way. I also don't want to be awakened @ 3am with a wrong number (we get wrong numbers all the time) and I don't really want to, for example, have a phone ringing when I'm trying to snorkle on the Great Barrier Reef!

Should we just take a chance and make sure our close family has all our itinerary details with contact info? What about the difficulties we sometimes encounter using our credit cards (even though we are very conscientious about notifying them in advance!)? If they want to reach us to verify charges, that could be problematic. Should we just advise family we'll make every effort to check email once a day?? Would certainly appreciate advice.

Back in the day (of course we never took a five week trip back then), we had no cell phones, no Internet, just an itinerary with hotel contact info and post cards!

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