How to Use Your Cell Phone in Europe

A cell phone can be used in Europe if it’s tri-band, quad-band, or GSM. You should ask your cell-phone company if their phone fits in one of these categories, and make sure it is activated for international calling before leaving home. Roaming fees can be steep, however: $1 a minute is considered reasonable. It’s almost always cheaper to send a text message than to make a call. If your trip is extensive, you could simply buy a new cell phone in your destination. You can also rent a cell phone from most car-rental agencies. Really want to save? Prepaid phone cards might be your best bet. A break from your cell phone might be just the thing you need to really feel like you’re on vacation.

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