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Rent a compatible phone with a native SIM card
for your destination country
(Internet search: phone rental)
Pros Cons
Convenient - phone is ready for use when received, complete with the proper SIM card. Must order the phone ahead of time AND be timely about shipping phone back once travel is finished.
Can buy airtime rates at less than what the major service providers cost. Rental rates can quickly add up.
Daily/weekly/monthly rental rates. Outgoing calls are normally higher than prepaid costs.
Depending on rate package, incoming calls are often free. May not be able to roam from country to country with the SIM card.
Saves large outlay for multi-band phone, suitable for short trips. New phone number.
Simple local dialing pattern. Must know international dialing pattern to the U.S. and elsewhere.