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Dual sim card quad phone.

I recently purchased an unlocked dual quad phone. I don't understand what the dual sim part nor why it is called a quad phone. Can you explain this to me? Should I buy the sim cards when I arrive in Spain? Will the cards be good for other countries? I have a 94 day journey through eight countries planned beginning Jan 21. Most of my time will be in Spain, Germany and Austria. I'd also like to be able to use it in the US later on. Two last questions. What cards seem to work best for you and should I buy one before I leave the US?

Frank

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Frank,

greetings and welcome.

you maybe confusing the "dual quad phone" for

Dual sim card
Quad band phone.

The dual sim part, if it is one, allows the user to install 2 sim cards. So, if you happen to be dual country type of person, you can have a sim (phone number) for each country. They are nifty, but 2 woudlnt be enough for me.

you can use a sim from one country in a different country. the gotch ya, is that there will be roaming charges for data and calls will cost more.

here is what i would do if it was me.

If i planned on traveling frequently and want to use it in the usa, i would buy a local sim here. That way any good friends you have wont have to dial and be charged for international phone call to you.

just a comment and i dont work or will benefit from this is that T-Mobile offers a nice monthly package including international. so check it out if its good for you. Also, check out your current provide what they can offer/match or beat.

i dont think a european sim is needed unless your USA phone has horrendus international rates. however, if your current plan screws you royally, then i would look over there. check out carphonewarehouse.co.uk. they have some carriers listed along with their charges.

whats nice about over there is that i can get a PAYG card/number and not get shafted for its use. If i want to use internet i can buy it for a day, days or a week at a time and its not that bad. overhere, i have to purchase one of the more expensive packages to get internet. just so you know, if you do buy a sim from over there, VERIFY you can add minutes.

happy trails.

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Thanks Ray... This is all new to me. I just purchased the phone you referred to for the trip. Rick mentioned buying sim cards over there in one of his books, so I wasn't sure what to do. I'll check into T mobile.

Thanks for your help.

Frank

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2081 posts

Frank,

no problem.

hope you like your new toy.

i forgot to add that there are some "travel sims" available. i havnet looked into them as far a price and rates.

also, im sure you know this, but any sim you buy in a country will work, its just that once you cross the boarder, the rates will change. So, unless youre willing to buy mulitiple sims you wont be able to keep from being charged more. the cost for calls overthere isnt that expensive from my UK and Amsterdam PAYG rates, but again, it will depend on the volume and what youre going to do.

happy trails.