calling home from USA

Sep 28th, 2007, 12:24 AM
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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!
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Sep 28th, 2007, 12:37 AM
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You can buy a phone pretty cheaply with a pre-paid SIM. See Cingular or one of the other local telcos.
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Sep 28th, 2007, 03:18 AM
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Or you can buy a calling card.
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Sep 28th, 2007, 06:29 AM
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Where is home?
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Sep 28th, 2007, 12:23 PM
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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.
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Sep 28th, 2007, 09:37 PM
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thanks so much for your input! Jed, sorry, home is Aussieland.
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Sep 28th, 2007, 09:39 PM
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i should have also ask how your family can call you from Aust?
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Sep 29th, 2007, 02:53 PM
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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.
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Sep 29th, 2007, 03:45 PM
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pardon the ignorance...where are some places to pick up a cheap cellphone?
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Sep 29th, 2007, 04:51 PM
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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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