Originally Posted by fawcettm
Can I buy an unlocked cell phone in the US and then a pay as you go plan? and then in the Caribbean could I use the same phone and get simm cards as I go?
What is the best way to go? -- Mark
In short, Yes. But do remember that the US, in their infinite wisdom, implemented GSM on different frequencies
than the rest of the world.
So if you're taking US phone equipment
(including 3G modems) overseas, make sure it's a 4-band (actually, 4-freq) device. Also, a lot of US phone equipment
does not have SIM slots. The manufacturers want to lock you into their system.
But phones & modems are pretty cheap
overseas, so it might be easier to just buy one when you get there (here).
We have a cheap Nokia & buy new SIMs in each new country, as you suggested. They're only a few bucks but that does change our phone number, so we let friends & family
know in a newsletter. All countries we've been to have Pre-paid (pay as you go) plans for both voice & data.