Seeking advice - phone for person who will be visiting Europe

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  1. mickc
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    Hi.
    An elderly relative has asked advice about taking a phone to Europe. They do not have a phone capable of roaming abroad, nor are they in a position to visit a local store on arrival and get a local pre paid phone. They would like to take a simple phone with them for emergencies on an organized tour of Poland, Hungary and Czech Republic.

    I have started to research renting a phone in the US to send with them, or renting a 'global' sim card and picking up a cheap phone to pop it in. I can see expenses mounting up quickly. I can work out the dual/tri band needs, but am hoping people out there have advice on the service/sim card options.

    With thanks in advance
     
  2. Mundivaganti
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    If you haven't read Rick Steve's advice on phones here it is: http://www.ricksteves.com/plan/tips/mobilephones.htm

    I travel to the UK frequently and one day I went into a mobile phone outlet and purchased a pay-as-you-go phone that allows me to purchase minutes when I need them. I need to make calls frequently when there so having a mobile phone makes sense. However, in Europe I rely on phone cards. Using phone cards allows me to make inexpensive calls from any phone booth and most hotel phones. Rick's advice sums it up well, IMO.
     
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    I use an Orange UK sim that allows roaming in Europe. It can be expensive but it solve the problem for my 86 year-old mother in law.

    My personal solutions are more exotic, but there're useless to an 86 year old. Sounds like you're in a similar boat.
    You can also use MaxRoam. Expensive but it is seamless roaming everywhere.http://www.maxroam.com/Home.aspx?cur=EUR

    There are other newer oens too, but I have no personal information about them.
     
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    Thank you for the information and suggestions
     

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