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Help! If I buy a unlocked cell phone and SIM card, what's next?

Help! If I buy a unlocked cell phone and SIM card, what's next?

Feb 23rd, 2006, 07:04 AM
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Feb 28th, 2006, 08:08 AM
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There was a reply that said one is charged "twice" for an international call, that is, to the home country and back...that is incorrect with Cingular or TMobile...one is simply charged a set fee for certain calls between certain countries...one is using the system of the country one is in...

it is cheaper to use an unlocked phone with the SIM card of an operator within the country you are in...however, let us stop the generalities regarding the cost of the minutes used-within the host country the cost of the minutes are great, however if one is to call internationally, even between European nations, the cost escalates greatly, and so much that it may not make a difference compared to simply using an internationally set up Cingular or TMobile phone...this thread avoided that discussion and I wanted the cost to be clear...
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Feb 28th, 2006, 08:36 AM
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The danger of generalizations...it depends on what country you're in.

Currently, for example, there is a UK operator called Mobile World. Price on Mobile world to call the US from the UK 5p/minute (not a typo) there is a surcharge of 2.5p/minute if you call between 7 pm and 9 pm and calls to other European locations are almost as cheap.

Or you can buy an international calling card in the country you're in as long as it has a local number..for example I have one that charges 1.9/minute to call from the UK to the US...it has a British 0207 number (London) so I pay for a local call on my UK mobile (varies by operator) and then 1.9/minute on top of that to call the USA.

This is the UK...a lot depends on the basic local sim policies for calls to North America and/or Australia depending on where you're from and the cost of local calls on the prepaid sims.

So one doesn't generalize.
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Feb 28th, 2006, 08:39 AM
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Maybe I'm misunderstanding some of these posts, but in my experience the least expensive way to make calls in Europe is using an unlocked phone with a SIM card for the country in which you find yourself. As for unlocking the phone, a "general' phone store will usually do it for a small fee. By that I mean a shop that sells multiple lines, not an outlet of a particular carrier.

This applies to in-country calls as well as to international ones. On the international calls, you buy a calling card in the country you are in and use it from the SIM card equipped phone.

I've called the US several times a day over a 2 week period from my unlocked Motorola quad band using a 7.5 euro card that gave me hundreds of minutes and had enough left to leave the card with a friend so he could call me after I returned home.
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Feb 28th, 2006, 12:33 PM
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Orval, I believe I didn't explain myself correctly. I said that when a subscriber is roaming in a foreigner country (let's say UK) and makes a call to another number in the country where it is roaming, the cost is higher than if he/she calls his/her home country.
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Feb 28th, 2006, 01:34 PM
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My phone's do not have GSM so will i be able to buy a "throwaway" phone and then in turn a sim card for say Italy?
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Feb 28th, 2006, 03:29 PM
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I am going to France in 2 months and just purchased a tri-band cell phone (I don't own a cell phone so this is just for my trip.) I found that my family can call me from the US to France for 2.5 cents a minute using www.onesuite.com. You sign up for a calling card, you get a number and a pin number and you can call anywhere in Europe for 2.5 cents. My incoming calls to the cell will be free with my France SIM card, which I plan on purchasing the day I arrive.
Hope this helps those who will be calling you while you are in Europe.
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Feb 28th, 2006, 11:20 PM
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>can call anywhere in Europe for 2.5 cents
Really? That would be a bargain. Their site says 21ct to mobile phones?
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