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globalsimIt is very obvious for you to carry your mobile phone with you while traveling but most of you are not aware of the SIM card requirements that you should abide by while travelling overseas. Here are few important tips to guide you:

Firstly, ensure that your mobile phone is compatible with the network in the country you are planning to visit. If you are visiting a country with 3G network but you do not own a 3G phone, then the SIM Card won’t function there. Thus, you would be left with two options—
a)    Purchase a cheap unit once you arrive.
b)    Utilize the hotel exchange.

In countries like Korea and Japan, even non-3G phones work perfectly if the handset supports W-CDMA (Wideband Code Division Multiple Access). W-CDMA is known for its superfast speed. Majority of the countries in the world support roaming facility; nevertheless, except Korea and Japan, the major problem area is the USA. If you are in the USA, you will need a Quad Band handset that supports four-frequency bands. Your handset must support GSM bands 850 and 1900. Though you can manage with 1900, but you may come across reception issues. Besides this, you should examine the rates available in the new country. At the same time keep in mind that besides charging for outgoing calls, some countries also charge for incoming calls.

Nowadays, dual SIM phones are in huge demand in the market. Such handsets allow you to use your domestic SIM card in the first slot when you are at home and later you can insert another SIM card into the second slot from the country that you would be visiting. Using a dual SIM phone is quite easy. All you need to do is click a button to switch over from one SIM to another. But nonetheless, you have to examine the compatibility of the available network again with your handset.

A bit of online research will help you come across many helpful sites that provide you with lots of useful information starting from the variety of mobile network a particular country has, to the rates charged by them.

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