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Hi LS, can anyone recommended the best: reliable + cost effective international mobile phone that will connect to the internet and get a mac powerbook online to ftp images in remote areas/countries? Also include monthly costs if you know them. need asap! I do not know the countries for sure yet. thank you, Amanda

by Amanda Koster at 2008-01-13 20:57:32 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) seattle , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Amanda, it depends where you’re going.

One simple option is to hire a data card. Or you can buy a second hand data-card online or elsewhere, and put a prepaid SIM in it when you arrive. The problem with this is that many prepaid providers won’t let you do data, or if they do you pay exorbitant rates (like over $US8 per MB).

Tell us where you’re going and I might be able to provide a more firm suggestion.


by Wade Laube | 14 Jan 2008 09:01 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Hi Wade,
I have the same request as Amanda. I’m based in India. I need one working essentially in South Asia and Europe. I come over the Nokia61i…..is it enought good ?
Thanks in advance Wade !

by [former member] | 15 Jan 2008 07:01 | New Delhi, India | | Report spam→

I took the assumption that internet connectivity is what you’re after. What about something like this:


The more expensive options allow unlimited data transfer, you will need a mobile phone signal to connect though. These are in the UK (most if not all UK mobile phone companies provide something like this). The Guardian newspaper wrote something about these on Saturday – I had a look to find the URL, but i can’t find it on their website, sorry :(

Good luck!


by James Thornber | 15 Jan 2008 08:01 | Abingdon, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
found the URL – gives quite a succint overview:


by James Thornber | 15 Jan 2008 09:01 | Abingdon, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Just be aware that any mobile data use outside of a contract is going to cost you. The first thing I’d do is look at what kind of roaming your home network offers. Maybe you can use that phone with global roaming. It’s possible that it will be economically viable to do this in Europe, where the network costs can be low is you’re provider allows them to be, and where there’s plenty of high speed network access.

In Asia, however, it’s a different business. Global roaming throughout Asia is horrendously expensive – like $US10 per minute as times, which is dearer than some Satellite phones. On top of this there are fair less data capable networks, so you could find yourself paying through the nose to send at 5K per second speeds.

I know that when people travel to Europe or Asia for jobs like Commonwealth Games or Olympic Games, it’s possible to rent data cards. These aren’t offered through retail shops – they’re more of a coporate thing. I’d get in touch with a local telecommunications consultant or store in Seattle.

By the way – always use FTP for this sort of stuff. Much, much more reliable than any other method, especially when your connection speeds are poor. It can really make the difference.



by Wade Laube | 15 Jan 2008 09:01 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→

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Sydney , Australia
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Abingdon , United Kingdom


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