If you find you need a phone to use in the UK the best option I have found is
Virgin. You an go into any Virgin Megastore and buy a triband phone pretty
inexpensively and their service is very low cost and there is no monthly fee.
You pay by the minute and can buy a recharge card at any store or charge up
with a credit card too online. You can also get the phone unlocked from their
customer service which would then allow you to use it here in the USA with
T-Mobile or any other GSM mobile service. I use it when I am there and the
for local calls works out to about 5p a minute and back to the states about
15-20p. Been using it now for about 3 years.
In a message dated 1/23/2004 11:17:25 AM Eastern Standard Time,
Unfortunately, I'm not too "hip" on what GSM is. I currently use Verizon
(tri-mode) because I need a US nationwide plan, no roaming, so I can
maintain contact during most of my travels. However, I may be heading to
London next week and it will not work there. Verizon offers a temporary
international phone though. I'm still pondering that option.
And dead spots - here in the west, we have some pretty remote areas where I
have no signal at all for large areas. Would GSM do any better? In
particular I have no cell phone signal for most of Northwest South Dakota
(100 mile + stretch), about a 50 mile stretch around Wall, SD, and also
almost all of the Arizona Strip (northwest Arizona with a weak unusable
signal at the south rim of the Grand Canyon, nothing at the North Rim north
to Utah). And those are just the flat lands.
And yes, a cell phone is no substitute for a good set of tools.
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