I have a Samsung Rugby Smart with AT&T. Via my employer (just to be clear I'm not footing the bill here) it has an international voice, text, and data plan. It's a quad band phone which works pretty much anywhere there's a cell tower. AT&T has negotiated terms with all the regional carriers so I just roam around and it works. In a pinch I can flip it to a hotspot and use the wifi
signal for my laptop
. Like most smart phones it also can hop on a wifi
itself, so for big data operations you can save yourself a lot of cell-data time by doing things over wifi. Pretty handy, although the most monthly data that AT&T offers prepaid is 850mb. That's enough for some of my work assignments, email
, and the occasional googling of something.
I also have an Iridium
9555 satellite phone
with a prepaid plan as well. That is a much more touchy device and a lot of things don't work well (like any form of touch-town menus). But when you're really out in the middle of nowhere, it works.
AT&T bill is somewhere around $300/month, Iridium
is about $200/month. Again, this is my employer paying these tabs.
We're going to be in Mexico
for about a year so for my wife I'm going to pick up a little flip phone at TelCel (local Mexican cell provider). Refill the minutes/texts monthly, no contract
You can also rent satellite
phones for when you need them, and you can adjust your plan needs monthly.
Get a good noise
cancelling headset if you need to do anything professional. A huge monster sized one that makes you look like a drive-thru attendant.