"Telestial Global Explorer Prepaid SIM User Report" Europe Favorite Tip by wolbbg

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Favorite thing: I offer this review of my recent experience with a prepaid SIM on a business trip to Europe. I purchased this SIM through www.telestial.com.

Upfront Info:

? Using an unlocked AT&T (Cingular) 8125
? Have never taken my 8125 to Europe before, but have travelled throughout Latin America with it.

? If the SIM doesn't work when you first install it, make sure that you have put it in correctly? :)
? Estonian mobile number
o Folks calling you need to keep that in mind when they are estimating their calling rates
? Free incoming calls in most European countries ? woohoo!
? Outgoing calls are usually about 35-50% of AT&T's preferred roaming rates
? You can enable auto-recharge on your account so you don't have to worry about running out of airtime
? Sep 2007: Travelled throughout Germany, Switzerland, Austria, & Luxembourg
o Great coverage; phone always picked a good, strong carrier
? Also used an international callback service to reduce outgoing call costs a bit more ($0.10/min reduction on average vs. regular Global Explorer rate back to US)
o Provider: www.Gphone.com
o Piece of cake to use, but I thought their instructions were a bit confusing at first, especially when paired with the Global Explorer SIM.
o A typical call would occur like this:
 Dial your Gphone access # in the US
 Your phone will tell you to hang up
 Wait a few seconds for it call back, and you answer
 Wait a few seconds until it rings ONCE, then hang up
 Wait a few seconds for a call back from the Gphone service, then answer
 Once you answer, then you follow the prompts to dial a number ? whether it's in the US or international
o These nested callbacks were confusing to me at first, and for brief calls or for those made at 200+ kph on the Autobahn, probably aren't worth the risk/trouble

? Dialing out is a bit kludgey
? No GPRS data ? but Europe has lots of Wi-Fi hotspots

Fondest memory: see review above

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  • Written Sep 25, 2007
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