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Feb 25th, 2015, 08:05 PM
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what kind of phone

Fodors,
Been reading thru your site for past few days, looking for ideas and recommendations, in anticipation of a trip to Israel for 7 days France for 2, Amsterdam for a day, departing from Orlando, Fl on March 8, 2015
My question is what kind of phone should I bring? I have an android HTC but my phone cant accommodate any sims cards. My current carrier Sprint's fees are outrageous, as much as .50 a minute to talk and to send texts, .35 to receive texts. On fixed income, I really cant afford to go out buy phones for each country, any suggestions on what I can do? I was informed in many areas in Israel there is no Internet, so Wifi calling is pretty much out. I thought about buying one of those Blue phones sold at walmart for like $100, then buy the card when I get over there, but not sure if the card will work in all of Israel, or other countries. You guys seem to have some great recommendations, is there a more economical way to do this? Besides what to do with that phone when I get back? Live in Orlando, Fl, I enjoy talking, especially with a new grand daughter. Look forward to hearing back from you.
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Feb 26th, 2015, 06:23 AM
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Hi JCF

I got a 20$ phone in the US (I think it is Blu) and works fine in Israel (take tri-band and use it everywhere incl. Europe)
Israel has Wi-Fi everywhere in any café. in Tel Aviv there's free Wi-Fi even in some parks in city center. same in AP.
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Feb 26th, 2015, 10:58 AM
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Have no idea where you heard that Israel doesn't have wi-fi in many areas - with that type of misinformation I would wonder about what other tips you have received from that source.

There is free wi-fi in hundreds and hundreds of places around the country - almost every coffee shop will have it available.

You don't need a phone for each country - if you want local calling ability simply get a cheap phone that can take a SIM card - then you need a SIM card for each country - not that expensive.
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Mar 2nd, 2015, 02:34 PM
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If anything Israel has more and better technology than most countries. Whom do you think developed this stuff?

As Oreet above, buy (believe Amazon has) a cheap phone - Nokia - at about $20 and just get a new SIM card for each country you visit... as soon as in the Arrivals Hall, there's a counter selling these SIMs. Sure you'll have different phone #s each country but you'll be in touch with the outside world.

I'm so glad not to travel without any communications... frees me up from all the nonsense out there.
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