54 Using Mobile Phones Abroad – AUDIO

Episode Guide – Podcast #54 Using Mobile Phones Abroad

A look at mobile phone options for those traveling to Ireland as well as some listener mail and a song from Craic Wisely. CLICK THE PLAY BUTTON below to listen.

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Show Notes

Intro – Opening song: “The Devil’s Bit” Theresa Larkin and Noel McQuaid


Episode #53 covered the iPhone & photoblogging in Ireland


01:04 Summer E-newsletter has been published


Liam’s Photoblog from Ireland


Listener Mail – Tom and his dream of owning an Irish cottage with a garden, Jeff is on his first visit to Ireland, Diane wonders about locations in Waking Ned Devine.


Cell phones are better known as mobile phones in Ireland


Should you break the wireless tether or stay connected? I say, if you can go without, you should


Most common reasons for wanting a mobile phone in Ireland: keeping in touch with family and friends, emergencies, making reservations, conducting business


Three mobile options – using your US-based phone with an international plan, using an Irish-based carrier, renting a phone in Ireland


USING YOUR U.S. BASED PHONE – It must be compatible with the European network


Most US carriers charge a monthly fee, plus per minute rates (usually $1-2 per minute)


Smart Phones with email and internet usually require an additional data package for use abroad


Advantage is that you won’t miss any of your usual calls…things will be just like you were at home – Disadvantage can be the per minute rate and in some cases unexpected charges


PAY-AS-YOU-GO PHONE from an Irish-based carrier


You can get set up at a mobile phone shop where you can purchase a phone, SIM card and top-ups


If you bring a phone from home, it must be unlocked to be used abroad – often available on ebay or you can pay to have them unlocked


Per minute rates usually run 10-50 euro cents ($.15-.75) for calling Irish numbers – Mobile to Mobile calls might cost more than mobile to landline calls


Advantage is that you get a real Irish phone number, great for making calls within Ireland, phone default to emergency numbers – Disadvantage is that people who call you from home must call internationally.


RENTING A PHONE IN IRELAND – Pat Preston turned us on to this. You can use the company she recommends by visiting www.irelandexpert.com and cliking on her Links page


Renting can be a good idea for most travelers (the company Pat recommends has FREE incoming calls)


Vodaphone, O2, Meteor, Three – all have good coverage


Voice over Internet (VOIP) – need internet connection


Note that the Republic of Ireland (011) and Northern Ireland (44) are two different countries and have different country codes and although your phone will likely work seemlessly as you travel between the two, you may need to dial different prefexes.


It is illegal to use a cell phone in Ireland while operating a vehicle


Liam’s Photoblog from Ireland


Music courtesy of Liam the Extra Large Leprechaun. Interview with Liam. If you’re in Grand Rapids, MI, visit Lynch’s Lair


Craic Wisely and their song Pride

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