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Which all-Europe SIm card and GSM phone vendor should I consider?

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I've read the tips, the advice, the messages about cell phones in Europe. I'm reasonably certain I understand what I need and what I want (which aren't necessarily the same thing!)

I'm ready to move on to "who should I get it from?"

I will travel all over Europe in April and May, with no preset itinerary at all. I know I need a quad-band unlocked GSM phone. That's the "need" part.

I want a single SIM card that works all over Europe, so I do not have to spend time looking for and buying and setting up different SIM cards in each country I go to.

I believe that texting will be cheaper than voice, if I need to call home in an emergency or my wife needs to call me. I can live with that.

I might use voice while in one country to call ahead to inquire about hotel resv etc while on the road (actually "on the rails" but that's a different thread!).

All things considered, including what I think this whole 7 week trip will cost, I don't think it's worth a LOT of my worry budget to shop endlessly for the absolute cheapest opportunity, within the guidelines I've described above.

So my question (finally!) is: Is there one vendor I should prefer over the others? I've read what Mobal says online, and also Telestial, and I can't tell which I should prefer.

Thx.

Tom

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