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Prepaid SIM Cards

When you use a prepaid SIM card together with an unlocked GSM cell phone, you avoid the outrageously high international roaming fees that U.S. cell phone providers charge. An added benefit to this solution is that the majority of cell phone services available through prepaid SIM cards will give you UNLIMITED FREE INCOMING CALLS.

We offer both country-specific SIM cards and multi-country SIM cards.

If you want the lowest possible rates, you'll normally find them with country-specific SIM cards. When you use a country-specific SIM card, you get to enjoy the exact same cell phone rates as the locals do.

If you plan to make cell phone calls from several countries, or if you want to keep one telephone number regardless of where you go, a multi-country SIM card is a better solution.

For some, using a combination of both solutions is a good option. For example, if your itinerary calls for you to stay in one country for a month while making short day excursions to other countries, it may make sense to get a country-specific SIM card to obtain the lowest possible rates in the country where you will spend most of your time as well as a multi-country SIM card for the other countries.


Country Specific SIM Cards
The least expensive way of making & receiving cell phone calls in a specific country.
Multiple Country SIM Cards
A great option for travel to multiple countries while retaining one phone number.

If you don't see a Country Specific SIM Card for a country where you will need cellular service, be sure to see if you can get service with one of our Multi-Country SIM Cards.

Unlocked GSM International Cell Phones

In order to take advantage of the savings and convenience of prepaid SIM cards for international cell phone service, you must also have an unlocked GSM cell phone which is capable of operating on the GSM frequencies in use for the country or countries where you will need cell phone service.

A dual-band (900 MHz + 1800 MHz) cell phone should be adequate if you only need service in overseas networks including Europe, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and all of Asia (except for Japan and South Korea).

If you want to use your cellphone in North America as well as overseas, you will need a tri-band cell phone (900/1800/1900 MHz) or quad-band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) cell phone.

Quad-band cell phones support all four major GSM frequency groups (850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz and 1900 MHz) and thus provide the most widespread GSM coverage throughout North America and the rest of the world.

While most companies sell "locked" cell phones which will work only with the SIM card originally provided with the phone, Cellular Abroad and Telestial offer a wide selection of unlocked GSM cell phones that allow the use of any SIM card, provided the frequency capabilities are appropriate as explained above. Additionally, both Telestial and Cellular Abroad offer a great selection of unlocked international cell phone + SIM card combination packages which give you an opportunity to purchase a significantly discounted world cell phone with one or more prepaid SIM cards. Package deals will save you time and money while giving you everything you need to make and receive cell phone calls from overseas.

If you would like a more in-depth explanation, please read our international cell phone service information page.

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Cellular Abroad carries an extensive selection of some of the most unique and innovative cell phones (many which are not conventionally available in the U.S. market) from respected companies such as Motorola, Siemens, Nokia and Sony Ericsson. All of their phones work domestically in the U.S. as well as internationally. Cellular Abroad is also one of the few online sources for Japan cell phones and service!

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Telestial makes international cell phone service easy by offering both unlocked GSM cell phones and international cell phone service (in the form of prepaid SIM cards) for use in 130 different countries. For those who work, live or travel in areas outside of regular cellular coverage, Telestial also offers Iridium, Globalstar and Thuraya Satellite Phones for rental or purchase.

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If you decide to buy your unlocked international cell phone separately from your prepaid SIM cards, make certain that the phone can operate on the cellular GSM frequencies that are used in countries you'll be visiting. The experts at both Telestial and Cellular Abroad can be very helpful in this regard!

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