How to call US?

Old Aug 31st, 2006, 02:29 PM
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How to call US?

Hi, my trip to Egypt will finally come on 9/4/06. My only concern now is if I will be able to call to New York from there. Besides using hotel phone line which is probably super expensive, is there a better way to call US from Egypt? Phone card?
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Old Sep 1st, 2006, 03:00 AM
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You can purchase phone cards (like MCI, but I think it's a different company) at various places. Most markets will have them. I think you can get them in a couple of differnt $ values.

You just scrape off the code on the back and follow the directions.

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Old Sep 1st, 2006, 07:39 AM
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Type in "cell" or "cellphone" in the search and you will come up with a number of threads.

Or go to the Eurpope forum and do the same and you will find lots.
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Shinban,

If you have an international phone, buy a SIM card in Egypt. They're relatively inexpenive and will allow you to call home on you're cell phone. To call internationally from Egypt (at least on a cell phone), hold zero down until a plus sign appears, dial 1 and then the area code and phone number. If your phone is not internationally compatible, then A) buy one in Egypt that is (and will work in other countries as well). They cost 40 (190) dollars at a Radio Shack, including the SIM card, and all you need to do is buy the minutes, or B) do use a calling card.

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Old Sep 2nd, 2006, 01:45 AM
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Thank you for all your responses. I can't use a cell phone because I don't own one (I know it's hard to believe especially I am in NYC). I will buy phone cards then.
Grcxx3 (or anyone), when you say "markets", you mean the markets in Egypt, right?

Thanks again!

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Old Sep 2nd, 2006, 07:12 AM
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Phone cards are quite easy to use. You should be able to get them at any grocery/market. They are also probably available at most of the little corner kiosks that sell drinks,snacks, etc.

Have a great trip!
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Oh = and yes, I meant markets and stuff in Cairo.
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Old Sep 3rd, 2006, 01:56 AM
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Thanks again Grcxx3,

I will do what you suggest. Thanks for making me feel more comfortable before the trip. I have been worried so much!

Thank you thank you!
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No need to worry! You will have a fabulous time. Egypt is a special, magical, exciting place.....and I loved the years we spent there. The people are so friendly and willing to do anything for you (some for a price, some for free!).

Just keep an open mind and a sense of humor.....those 2 things will get you past any inconveniences that may pop up!
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I suggest trying www.ekit.com, it sells prepaid phone time with extremely reasonable rates in almost any country in the world, you can probably check the rates on their website. I have not used ekit in Africa, but used it extensively on travels through Europe, Australia and New Zealand. It's easy to recharge as well.
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