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|Rent a compatible phone with a native SIM card |
for your destination country
|(Internet search: phone rental)|
|Convenient - phone is ready for use when received, complete with the proper SIM card.
||Must order the phone ahead of time AND be timely about shipping phone back once travel is finished.|
|Can buy airtime rates at less than what the major service providers cost.
||Rental rates can quickly add up.|
|Daily/weekly/monthly rental rates.
||Outgoing calls are normally higher than prepaid costs. |
|Depending on rate package, incoming calls are often free.
||May not be able to roam from country to country with the SIM card. |
|Saves large outlay for multi-band phone, suitable for short trips.
||New phone number. |
|Simple local dialing pattern.
||Must know international dialing pattern to the U.S. and elsewhere. |