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General: When you travel with
your cell phone, don't forget the wall-charger and car-charger, especially if you have a
GPS-enabled phone and
If your recreation will take you away from civilization, a solar charger could be very handy.
use: Keep in mind that not all phones are
equipped for use outside of the U.S. and even if yours will work in the country you will be visiting, you
may need to enable your wireless account for international calling (some companies put a block
on your account for international calls as a default, so you have to make a special request to have that
block removed). While making this call, be sure to ask if your phone will work in the
country/countries you will be visiting.
Check out this excellent article by the Travel Insider on International cell phone service.
If you one of the few who have not yet purchased a cell phone and need one, here are
handy features to consider:
BlueTooth - to communicate through your cell phone via wireless earset,
headphone, handsfree speech with BlueTooth-equipped cars, and to use with your BlueTooth-enabled
PDA when WiFi is not available for internet access.
For those trips when you won't have laptop with you and don't have a phone with
mobile web access, another way to access the internet would be with a PDA that is both BlueTooth and Wi-Fi
enabled. You could either connect through Wi-Fi (if available) or through your
cell phone by it's BlueTooth connectivity (will only work if your PDA's BlueTooth
is compatible with your cell phone)
Cell phones with...
As mentioned elsewhere, don't forget the usefulness of a...
GPS-enabled cell phone equipped to offer Navigation while you are
driving (or even walking in a large U.S. metropolitan area!). Saves you from
having to bring a seperate GPS navigation unit for your rental car.
Smart phones, like the Blackberry, may also be equipped with Broadband
access for online access and email as well as...
broadband connectivity which allows you to use your smart phone as a
modem to your computer for broadband access to the internet. This is the ultimate in
versatility of a phone. (be aware of additional access charges for both of these
features; also, you may not be able to receive calls while using your smart phone as a modem)
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Extra Car Charger: If you are a frequent traveler, buy an
extra car charger for your phone that you can leave packed in your carry-on.
If you use the navigator in your phone for a long trip, it will probably run out of charge
before you get to your destination. Though I leave my phone plugged into it's car charger while
navigating, I understand this is very hard on the phone's battery.
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