I don't own a smart phone and don't want to acquire one for U.S. use, so don't want to purchase one solely for travel (which is infrequent unfortunately) either. I have read RS's wonderful/extensive/helpful Travel Tip on how to stay connected while traveling. He says, "It’s also possible to buy an inexpensive mobile phone in Europe that already comes with a SIM card. While these phones are generally locked to work with just one provider, they may be even cheaper ($20 or less), and can be less hassle than buying an unlocked phone and a SIM card separately." Since I don't have nor want a smart phone I think this is my best option. I am going to be traveling alone and things may go very smoothly, but they might not, and I feel it's foolish not to have a way to contact those in Wales (not in the U.S.) that I may need to contact -- car rental company, hotel, tourist sites, police, etc. What do you think?
Where do I buy one of these and how much "set-up" is involved? Will a clerk at the shop (or wherever) where I buy the phone be able to do this for me? Can I then use it in Great Britain on future trips?
Further, I have no tablet computer either and DO plan to buy one of these before my trip because I need it for U.S. use anyway and will find one that suits for home and travel abroad. However I don't want to rely solely on it to contact people in Wales via email, but will use it for contact with people back at home in the U.S. Does this sound like a reasonable plan -- the phone for within Wales (and hopefully future GB trips) and the tablet for web searches that may be needed in Wales and communicating with those back in the U.S.??? Ann.