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kimmos Sep 28th, 2007 12:24 AM

calling home from USA
 
Hi all, can anyone help me with how to call home from US as our phones do not work over there? thanks so much!

Bokhara Sep 28th, 2007 12:37 AM

You can buy a phone pretty cheaply with a pre-paid SIM. See Cingular or one of the other local telcos.

Diamantina Sep 28th, 2007 03:18 AM

Or you can buy a calling card.

Jed Sep 28th, 2007 06:29 AM

Where is home? ((*))

Neil_Oz Sep 28th, 2007 12:23 PM

Just buy a calling card with a given amount of credit and use it from any phone. You dial an American 1-800 number, enter your PIN then dial away. Rates are reasonable. Any Safeway supermarket or Walgreens pharmacy will sell you one.

kimmos Sep 28th, 2007 09:37 PM

thanks so much for your input! Jed, sorry, home is Aussieland.

kimmos Sep 28th, 2007 09:39 PM

i should have also ask how your family can call you from Aust?

Bokhara Sep 29th, 2007 02:53 PM

If you don't want to buy a cheap cell phone for your trip, you'll obviously need to give them the number of where ever you are staying.

kimmos Sep 29th, 2007 03:45 PM

pardon the ignorance...where are some places to pick up a cheap cellphone?

Neil_Oz Sep 29th, 2007 04:51 PM

kimmos, you need to run a search on this forum to read some previous threads on the vexed question of the portability or lack of it of mbiles/cellphones between North America and the rest of the world. But in summary if you buy an unlocked quadband (triband at a pinch) GSM phone you'll be able to use it just about anywhere bar Japan, buying prepaid SIM cards.

I'm told eBay is the best way to pick up a suitable phone.



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