Later this year my wife and I wll be traveling to Paris and Dublin. While just the two of us will be involved in the first part (Paris) of the trip and, based on half a dozen previous Europe trips, see no need for cell phones for this trip component (we're retired and own just one prepaid T-Mobile cell phone, i.e., we bought the phone and the minutes and have no monthly charges), we will be meeting relatives in the Ireland leg of the trip, which will involve arrival in and departure from Dublin, cross-country rail or bus travel to Sligo on the west coast, and auto (Irish friends driving) or rail travel from Sligo to Galway and back to Dublin. The relatives we'll be meeting are regular cell phone users and do so in the US as well as on visits to Ireland. They suggest that we'll be more able to coordinate with them if we also use a cell phone.
Our little T-Mobile phone is literally held together with a rubber band and we don't really want to mess with "unlocking" the phone or with chips, etc, and so we think that some sort of prepaid and disposable phone plus a practical amount of minutes we could purchase on arrival at the Dublin airport would work for us, much like the "Tracfone" we used for a couple of years before we "upgraded" to the T-Mobile phone.
We'll only be in Ireland for 8 or 9 days. Is our cell phone straegy workable?