Oh the Joy Of Sim Cards, Dual sim Phones, Pay as you go here, Pay as you go there, Contract Iphone, Blackberry and android.
I am sure every yacht crew out there at one stage or another has thought to buy a sim card in the country they were staying to save money and probably every yacht of any size has a stash of chargers for a variety of phones from Nokia's to Iphones.
I started this blog today because I was just about to sign off $100 bucks to a Telestial an American Company that owns the sim card that I bought at Gatwick just before I flew out to Lanzarote to take on a delivery to the BVI, Because I had a newly unloced smart phone and wanted not to be stumped with a big bill in the UK every month.
I have had Sim cards in the past and if I open up my "electrical bag" I can see my stash of little sim cards ranging from AT&T in the USA, Wind in Greece, Movistar for Spain, Orange/Vodafone/Three in the UK, Digicel for the Caribbean, Three again for Hong Kong, Oh would you believe it their is one for Vietnam in there too (6 years old now). As well as all the Sim cards I have had to buy the phones to go with the Sim's on default no choice in the matter. Their is a Nokia in there, a Sony Ericsson, an old Samsung and a bunch of chargers Oh and my current unblocked Galaxy S is sat to my left.
I wonder what do you use? Of Course if you have an Iphone or any top rate phone you will most likely be on contract especially if you are new to the industry. Others who have been around for too long will have as mentioned before a cheap Pay as you go phone from the local phone shop in Palma or where ever you might be. I just bought this International Sim card in hope that all calls will come to this phone While I am abroad - The quest for a Dual Sim phone continues and although I had a dual sim phone in 2002 my belovered Nokia 8210 died oout many moons ago but for the time being I carry around two phones. Only because Although it might be a little expensive after a while the great thing I have with my carrier (three) in the UK is that they bunny hop like they are on steroids on all other networks never once having a problem with signal anywhere.
So help, shall I put on the credit with this International Sim that does not cost me a penny to receive a call anywhere in the world (pretty much) or shall I buy into local sim cards, or just make do with the UK sim card. Ok it might bite a little every month but so what one sim one phone right?
I guess I/you have to answer the question. Is this phone going to be calling local numbers all the time or will It be more of a standby phone just in case. If it is the latter then International Sim it is and the odd call is cheaper than chips and without contract.
I guess I will carry on as I am, I will pay the $100 and forget about it. The only down side is that it does not have the 3g network which means my all singing all dancing Galaxy S becomes a cheap phone and a wifi Handheld computer with sketchy GPS.
Hopefully one day us Yachties will have a "Superyacht 3G/4G/5G SIM" that will sort us out anywhere a bit like the Kindle service for books.
Thats me out! Just spent the $50 bucks instead.