In my case, I have a 3Gs iPhone
, unlocked, so I can use any sim card.
The problem with buying
local sim card is that one has to go into lengthy registration
processes sometimes without understanding a word of what has been said..... last Sep I was in France
and after entering into 4 phone shops
, I finally found a helpful shop assistant and bought a local pre-paid SIM for 20 Euros. I made a short call to Italy
, then I rung Australia
and I was cut-out within 1.5 min of talking. After another hour in the shop I finally understood that I should have waited 1day to make the AU call to wait for some sort of activation.
I bought more and more refills (forget trying to refill over the phone: you get only French instructions
) and ended up spending a lot of money
for what was a shocking service, only really suited to make calls within France
Additionally there was no prepaid card that allowed data reception
, so no emails on my iPhone
One of my friends had a Thuraya
sat phone that covers Eurasia, Africa
, I made calls to AU and it was really cheap
. My friend said Thuraya plans to expand to USA, so that would make it a really good option for calls, sms and data.
The good thing is that his phone switched to GMS when in reach of local GMS networks.
I don't know much about this service, so I could not recommend it, but it seems a good option.
Does anybody here uses it?