Phone Suggestion

I've decided to make a major change in my life. In 2014, I plan to sell most of what I own, put anything left into storage, move out of my home and travel full time. I want to travel as efficiently as possible which means replacing the Blackberry I've been using as my "international" phone and getting something more useful. I'd like suggestions for a cell phone that meets the following requirements: Unlocked No contract GSM International Bands Easily changed SIM cards wifi ability to download apps camera Bluetooth SD/micro SD card slot or the ability to connect USB flash drives or cards with an adapter. Decent music player that will recognize folders on the card.
Under $200 It doesn't have to be the most current model, just one that will do all of the above at a halfway decent speed. Thanks.

Posted by Frank II
USA
4377 posts

I don't know what it's like in Canada, but in the U.S. there are lots of new, unlocked mobile phones available on Amazon for under $200. These aren't tied to any carrier but are not the most current model. I'm looking for specific suggestions on actual phones.

Posted by Andrea
Sacramento, CA
4877 posts

I can't help with a suggestion, but I just wanted to say you are living my dream. My hubby and I are discussing doing something similar when he retires. Best of luck to you!!

Posted by Frank II
USA
4377 posts

George--twice I mentioned it doesn't have to be the current model. That means it doesn't have to have the latest specs.

Posted by Frank II
USA
4377 posts

Not in person....but from this board. In fact, it's because of him I use the moniker "Frank II." He's was here before me.

Posted by Sean
New York
148 posts

Why not purchase an older Samsung model, like the Galaxy SII.
It has all the features you're looking for. I think it costs something between $200 and $250.

Posted by Frank II
USA
4377 posts

Thanks. I looked into them. A little more than I wanted to spend but it does give me everything I need.

Posted by Rebecca
Nashville, TN, USA
645 posts

I will second what Andrea said; you'll be doing what we would all like to be doing. Cannot help you with the phone question.

Posted by Ken
Vernon, Canada
17783 posts

Frank II, Wow, this is a drastic life change! Is this going to take place early in 2014, or later during the year? Are you going to maintain the Blog while you're travelling? When I was in Granada recently, I was chatting with a traveller from the U.S. that is doing exactly the same thing. He sold everything he owns, and just travels full time. It sounds interesting, but I always like having some place to "come home to". I'd have to give some thought to the Cell phone question. Are you planning to buy new SIM cards in each country you visit? If I think of a good suggestion, I'll post another note. Hopefully you'll still be able to check the HelpLine from time-to-time during your adventures. Cheers!

Posted by Frank II
USA
4377 posts

Ken, I set sail either late March or early April barring any major changes between then and now. I've spent a good part of my life living in either regular hotels, extended stay hotels or corporate apartments and I like that style of living. After all, home is where I lay my head. Everything else is just stuff you own. I'd rather have travel experiences than stuff. I will maintain my website and I'll be coming here as well looking for lots of imformation.

Posted by Frank II
USA
4377 posts

Sean...I'm not permitted on this site. It's considered a commercial posting and aginst the rules. (I was warned awhile back by the webmaster.) However, there are a few people here who have the web address and they might post it. (The new address, not the old one.)

Posted by Ed
Pensacola
7978 posts

He probably won't. Snoop around on 1bag1world.com.

Posted by Frank II
USA
4377 posts

Sean, I've chatted with the webmaster over the years and he's actually a very nice guy. The rules are there for a reason and we have to respect them. Now, back to my original question....any more suggestions on phones?

Posted by Bruce
Whitefish, Montana
611 posts

Have you considered dual SIM slots as part of your specifications?

Posted by Nancy
Bloomington, IL, USA
7683 posts

Not necessarily, Frank. I have a dual SIM phone that I bought on eBay for $50. Doesn't have the other features you are wanting, but I am sure there is one out there that does.

Posted by Frank II
USA
4377 posts

I have a separate phone for use in the USA. Does it still pay to get dual sim?

Posted by Tom
Hüttenfeld, Hessen, Germany
9131 posts

Off topic... I thought this thread was a joke at first, but then I saw the name at the bottom. Bon Voyage, Frank, and write us some trip reports every now and again.

Posted by Nancy
Bloomington, IL, USA
7683 posts

What I do is use one slot for a local SIM and keep a Eurobuzz SIM in the other. That way, I always have my "permanent" number with me but can use a cheaper local SIM for most calls.

Posted by Frank II
USA
4377 posts

I've been looking at the Samsung Y Duos which seems to offer everything I want plus dual SIM for about $120 US. Not bad. Thanks Tom for the note. I still have about seven months till "D-Day" as in departure day and it will be a couple of months past that before I head out overseas. (Part of my travels will also include exploring those parts of the U.S. and Canada I have yet to visit.)

Posted by Ron
southwest, Missouri, U.S.A.
1361 posts

Saturday evening (8/31) when this conversation was happening, I was at a baseball game. (It was exciting, in AA league). Now, it is my turn to try to help Frank II. (I have no knowledge of those phones). Frank, my questions : 1) What is the maximum number of months you will be away from the U.S.A. ? 2) Do you intend to go to south Korea ? Thailand ? Philippines ? Big Island of Hawaii ? Eastern West Virginia ? 3) What is the maximum number of days that you wish to stay at one place in Asia ?
4) Will you bring a tent for you to sleep in at some places ?

Posted by Frank II
USA
4377 posts

1) Don't know. I'm playing it by ear and planning as I go. 2) Don't know. I haven't settled on an exact itinerary. I've already been to Eastern West Virginia. 3) Don't know. See #2 4) No way. I don't camp. I stay in hotels or apartments.

Posted by Brad
Gainesville, VA
7211 posts

I still keep three seperate items - phone, camera, and Ipod touch - to cover the different needs you describe. The phone is cheap (25 euros). The camera was under $200. The Ipod was a gift from my wife (so I don't know exactly how much it cost); I didn't ask for it but find it really useful on the road.