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Re: Cellphone for 3 Week London/Germany Trip?

Michael D. Sullivan (userid@camsul.example.invalid)
Sun, 22 Apr 2007 16:03:37 GMT

On 4/21/2007 3:32 PM, AES wrote:

> In article <>, John Levine
> <> wrote:

>> Look for a used unlocked GSM phone on eBbay ...

>> Once you get to the UK, drop by any Carphone Warehouse and get a
>> prepaid Mobile World SIM ...

>> In Germany you should be able to get a prepaid SIM kit from Vodafone
>> or T-Mobile at a newsstand for 20 euros ...

> Thanks for this and another similar reply, but is there really no
> simpler "one-stop-shopping" way to purchase or rent -- maybe on line,
> maybe at a local cellphone store at home, maybe at a store in the
> shopping area of the major international terminal on departure (SFO)
> or on arrival (LHR) -- a throwaway (or returnable) cellphone that
> "works straight out of the box" to use for 3 to 4 weeks of local use
> in the UK or Germany?

> I don't want to deal with eBay at any time; once I get to the UK, I
> don't want to have to "drop by a Carphone Warehouse" (I want to head
> straight to my hotel and crash!); and so on.

> Maybe there's an idea for a new business here ... ?

The new business exists: will sell or
rent you a phone and sell you SIM cards for the countries you want.
You will pay more than using eBay, etc., but it's a simple one-stop
shopping deal. I once bought an Italian SIM from them to use in a
phone purchased on eBay and it worked fine (so did the phone, which
was much cheaper on eBay).

Michael D. Sullivan
Bethesda, MD (USA)
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