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Jul 25th, 2007, 08:37 PM
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Yet more SIM/cell questions. Please help!

Received unlock code from Cingular. Travel in Gemany to Czech Rep. and back to Germany. Can we exchange cards in phone as needed. Also, do we wait to unlock in Germany. Would like to see if phone actually unlocks before leaving, but will it continue to work? When we leave Europe do we put our original SIM back in and will it work as usual? One more, if one has an international or country specific calling card and uses the cell to make a call will it also use the cell phone minutes? Sorry for such questions, but have to learn from the experts. Thanks Fodorites!!
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Jul 25th, 2007, 09:37 PM
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You can make sure the phone is unlocked before leaving home by borrowing any SIM from someone - even one with no time left or an expired phone number. If successfully unlocked, you can exchange SIM cards as needed. If you plan to program many phone numbers, make sure your phone is set to store them on the phone rather than the SIM, if you plan to exchange SIMs often.

Depending on where you're planning to call, how long you plan to talk, whether you'll be receiving incoming calls, well, you'll want to shop SIMs before leaving home.

Double check with Cingular, but with a SIM, if the phone is set properly, all calls should go through the SIM service, whatever that is, rather than Cingular.

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Jul 26th, 2007, 01:46 AM
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A phone without a SIM card is merely a dead piece of electronics - the cellular network it uses depends on the SIM card inside. You can (should) put in your German SIM card before you leave the US. You should be able to power up your phone at home, see the German phone #, and maybe even receive a test call (let it ring but don't answer) to confirm dialing 011-49-####.


There is no need to also buy a Czech SIM card - your German one will work fine there.

As for international calling card, yes, you will be charged minutes on your cell phone, so either use the cell to call direct, have someone in the US call you back (incoming calls on the cell are free), or use a pay-phone with the calling card. If you use a hotel or apartment phone you will be charged minutes as well.
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Jul 26th, 2007, 10:13 AM
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I think I'll be repeating what others have said a little, but thats ok. 1. Yes you can exchange the card in the phone as much as you want. It's like putting in a new hard drive into a computer. 2. You probably want to unlock here, just to make sure it works. "Locking" just means whether or not the phone will work on more than one network. If it's locked, it only works on Cingular, when you unlock it, you allow it to work on other networks. 3. Yeah, when you leave Europe just put your original SIM back in and it will be the same. 4. Yes it will still use the minutes, just like if you were in the US and used a calling card on the phone to call someone.

I would check out onesimcard.com to get a SIM card from them that will work internationally. You will only need one card, and you can use it where you're going, you won't need to switch anything out, and you can test if its all set up while still in the US. It's prepaid, so you can buy as many minutes as you want before you leave, depending on what you think you'll need. I just got back from Italy and it worked great for me, and their customer support was really nice. Hope this helps.
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Jul 27th, 2007, 07:59 AM
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Thanks to all for your help.
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