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What To Look For In A Mobile Phone When Travelling

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These days, it is important to stay connected no matter where you are. Even if you’re overseas, friends and family still expect to be able to call you up and find out how you’€™re doing. Having a mobile is also great for use in emergencies when you need to call for help in a crisis situation. In light of this, it is important to choose wisely when shopping for a mobile phone that you’€™ll use during an upcoming trip. Before making a purchase, you should think about four important features and how they’€™ll benefit you while touring the globe.

Extended Battery Life

First, you’€™ll have to find out how long you can use the phone for before the battery runs out. This is crucial so you always have the capacity for a call even though you’€™ve been travelling for the entire day. While there are indeed many techniques to help make your cell phone battery last longer, actually choosing a mobile that has an extended battery life will be your first priority. Ask the sales assistant how long the phone lasts for. There are two important time constraints here:

  • How long the phone retains power while not in use
  • How long the battery lasts with continuous talking

Both of these will then directly affect whether or not that model is suitable for your upcoming trip. The right choice will give you a phone that works regardless of whether you’ve seen a power point recently.

Cheap International Calls

You’€™ll also want to find out whether or not you can call home without spending a fortune. While most local networks have roaming charges, these can generally be quite expensive. If you don’€™t want to spend too much of your travel budget on international calls, you’€™ll be better off finding an alternative. Fortunately, you can sign up for companies such as World SIM which offer cheap call rates from a wide range of countries. When shopping for a new mobile, make sure to find a SIM card that actually allows you to phone home in an affordable manner.

Unlocked from the Networks

It is also important to make sure that you’€™re not restricted in any way when it comes to inserting new SIMs during your trip. While in a country, purchasing a prepaid card is the easiest way to communicate with local businesses, booking hotels, arranging transport, etc. Thus, you’€™ll have to ensure that the phone you purchase isn’€™t locked into any particular network. This will force you to utilise one particular provider, keeping you captive to their exorbitant overseas rates. To avoid this, only purchase a mobile that gives you added freedom to use whatever SIM cards you want to during your travels.

Tough Exterior Casing

Lastly, you’€™ll be sightseeing on a regular basis, putting yourself through some rigorous physical activity while abroad. Thus, you’€™ll need to keep a look out for some of the most rugged mobile phones on the market. Make sure the casing and the screen can withstand being lugged around in your backpack, being banged, bumped and dropped throughout the trip. While we’€™re not saying you’€™ll be completely clumsy with your phone, we are suggesting that you look for a model that can take a beating. You never know what will happen during your next trip after all!

By following the above advice, it is possible to find a suitable mobile phone model that fits in with your travel needs perfectly. Not only will it survive to aid you day after day, but it will also save you money on both local and international calls throughout your world tour.

Written By

Kaitlyn Hopetoun is a writer for World SIM, a company catering to the needs of those looking for a global SIM. They also have a product for international data roaming.



  1. Aiden Ruse

    August 17, 2013 at 8:42 am

    It seems that these are the important things to look when travelling. In my case, battery life is a big issue and i have to be repeatedly charged my phone during travelling. For solving this issue, i have installed battery life saving application which runs my battery to some extend and i really like it.

    • Kaitlyn Hopetoun

      August 19, 2013 at 4:14 am

      Hi, Aiden! You’re absolutely right when you say that battery life is a big issue because there can be times where there won’t be any empty sockets to plug your device into for charging. I’ve heard about the app that you’re talking about but I’ve yet to try it. I guess I really should. Thanks for the tip!

  2. Alon Alexander

    August 17, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    You are right Aiden. Battery life is most important factor for mobile while traveling. By the way nice post. So if you are a frequent traveler then you should go for a mobile that is specially designed for outdoor. Thank you for the post.

    • Kaitlyn Hopetoun

      August 19, 2013 at 4:15 am

      Glad you like my post, Alon! Yes, having the right phone is important if you travel a lot. It can be a really worthwhile investment considering the benefits you’ll reap.

  3. Peter

    August 25, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    It’s quite hard for us having smartphones to have a good autonomy. Maybe another phone will help too, to open it after the first one closes. There are also apps that can help us close unused features that drains the battery. The right phones counts here, as Alon says. 🙂

  4. Samantha Vermillion

    August 29, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Extended Battery Life is very necessary for travellers. I’d recommend Windows platform for travelers, because Android offers very poor battery life.

  5. Rohit Dubey

    October 16, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    they are the most important features are to be highlighted before travelling..
    thanks for bringing them at one place..

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