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11-13-2008 02:46:07 AM - edited 11-13-2008 02:48:09 AM
Vodafone are a major player in Europe. You'll need GSM phones with either an international roaming SIM card or a local SIM card for the country you're traveling to. The local SIM would be the cheapest option if your kids were staying in one country within Europe. Local SIM cards can be bought from many shops in Europe for that country.
If your kids are traveling around different countries in Europe, then I would suggest a roaming SIM.
There are 2 options for roaming SIM cards, rental and purchase. Both cost effective depending on how long your kids are traveling in Europe...
If the trip is less than 3 weeks, or you only travel internationally occasionally then rental is a good choice. You can find complete rental solutions for a couple of bucks a day.
If your kids are in Europe for longer than 3 weeks or you travel internationally frequently then buy unlocked GSM phones. There are hundreds of companies around selling them.
BEWARE: Check the international call rates - Finding the cheapest handset does not always work out the cheapest phone to use. Find an unlocked GSM phone, without annual/monthly contracts. This way, you can switch the SIM for the cheapest local SIM when traveling if you want to.
Take a look at www.vodafonerental.com - they offer cheap rental and purchase options and their roaming call rates in Europe better than most.
I bought an international unlocked GSM cell phone from them a year ago as I travel frequently. Service and cost is great, I even get some free credit each month I use it.
I notice this thread was posted a couple of months ago, so my advice maybe too late, but hopefully this will help out others?
Message Edited by vsc2008 on 11-13-2008 02:48:09 AM