Saturday, June 5

International Travel – Local SIM Vs International SIM

In order to save yourself from stupendous Roaming charges from your present US Carrier the options that comes to our mind are of purchasing a Local SIM card from the local mobile retail store after reaching your destination which is quite common with most travelers. Local SIM Cards seems a convenient option but in reality they aren't, specialty when you are on a foreign country.

Local SIM Card
Some of the inconvenient facts about Local SIM card as follows; Local retail stores first would ask for a photocopy of your passport for verification, with new SIM you would receive a new number which would cost your friends & family an international call to reach you, this also means that international calling rates apply to you as well if you call from the country where you're traveling to the U.S. , Some of the features like voice mail, call-waiting, e-mail and Web surfing won't be available, And you will not be able to receive calls, voice mails, text messages, or e-mails sent to your U.S. phone number while using another carrier's SIM card.

Pros:- Lowest Rates for local calls, incoming would be free and it would be easier for people to call you although they would pay for an international call your call would be free.
Cons:- Have to Spend precious vacation or business time in searching for a local SIM, The instruction and prompts would be in local language and can be difficult to understand.

International SIM Card
Having said that using a local SIM can save you money, especially if you are using it to make only local calls or Texting. So, if you can live with only local calls or text messages then Local SIM can be a good option. If you are looking for more then lets see what an International SIM Card can provide you. International SIM can be purchased before starting from US or when planning your trip hence you know your cell number prior to leaving & can exchange and distribute your new number easily, you get an Local SIM of the country to are traveling to without any documentation, you get all the benefits of local SIM of local charges , free incoming, while you can also keep your US number for receiving urgent calls from your Friends & Family which would cost them a local call, features like voice mail, call- waiting & data services are preloaded, its a rental so you can return the SIM after your trip. Presently lot of companies are providing international cell phones rentals services at a cost effective rates.

Useful Tips while Traveling:-

  • Emergency-dial numbers will be different from 911, so please confirm & check the emergency numbers of the country you are traveling to.
  • To call the U.S. dial international code of US 001
  • Not all data features will work the same way when you're abroad.
  • Don't forget an electrical-plug adapter for your charger compatible to local standards.
  • Register so the State Department can better assist you in an emergency

     Don't  forget the story of a family who was billed $19,370.

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    Tuesday, June 1

    GSM Cell Phones – Unlocking a Cell Phone

    GSM cell phones are compatible with almost all the telecommunication service providers around the world. You just a need SIM Card from any service provider ;  insert it and your phone is active for use.
    Cell Phones are unlocked by default when they are manufactured but some Service providers may lock the cell phones so that it can be used only with their service.
    Don't worry, we would help you to unlock your locked Cell phone.

    Follow the Instruction below:-
    1: First go to this link and download the NokiaFree Unlock Codes Calculator.
    2: Download and install the Nokia Free Unlock codes calculator software.
    3: Now, you need to find the IMEI number of your cell phone which you wish to unlock. To do this, press *#06# at your mobile phone keyboard and press the call button or an enter button if you have one.

    Now, when you launch the Nokia Free Calculator software, you are presented with some options.
    • First choose the manufacturer or make company of your cell phone
    • Next, choose the model of your cell phone
    • Now, fill in your IMEI code. You can get your IMEI code by pressing *#06# at your cell phone keyboard
    • Next, choose your country.
    • Then, choose your cell phone provider. The rest of the options are either defaulted or filled out for you
    • Press calculate. Now, you are shown a list of unlock codes for your cell phone. Type one of those codes in your cell phone as it is.
    Congratulations, your cell phone is now unlocked

    P.S – It may work depending on various specifications & not a fool proof solution. Information collected from various 3rd party sites.

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