In our daily lives most
of us are used to being constantly connected to other
people, either via smartphone, text messages, email,
instant messaging, social networking sites, or even video
conferencing. But few expatriates realize that it is
often difficult to take this level of connectivity with
us when we move abroad. Likewise, travel overseas can
require some adjustments. Cell phone frequencies vary
from country to country, and in many countries cell phone
data networks, WiFi access, and high-speed Internet are
not as common as in North America, or they may be much
more expensive. To help you stay connected while traveling
or living abroad, we have compiled resources that provide
information about Internet and telephone access, as well
as resources to help you find online media. We also provide
overview articles for each of the connectivity modes.—Volker
Cellular Phone and Communications Services
Cellular Abroad, www.cellularabroad.com.
Get unlimited free incoming calls and low outgoing rates
for international cellular service. Cellular Abroad rents
and sells international cellular phones.
eKit, provides of integrated communications, mobile, VOIP and Internet services, designed to keep travelers in touch. They have travel communication services including mobile phones, SIM cards, global calling cards, VOIP calling, voicemail, text messaging and online location mapping. The services are accessible worldwide from more than 180 countries.
GSM Store, www.intouchsmartcards.com,
is one stop shopping for all your wireless needs; satellite
and GSM cellular phone rental, prepaid GSM SIM cards
for over 100 countries and global SIM cards.
allows you to own an international phone,
provides SIMS to your existing phone for international use,
or allows rentals of satellite phones.
provides a service where the recipient calls the number
which appears on their phone to connect back to you while
paying only local charges.
is a service which allows you to call around the world using
headphones connected to your computer. Computer-to-computer
calls are free, while computer to landline calls are relatively
Dial — Cheap Calls Comparison Tools — the
only international call price comparison tools that actually
cost calculations for a phone card rather than comparing
only the prices per minute, for example. VOIP, SIM and
Foreign Currency card deal comparisons are also on the
site to help you research the cheapest prices. Other
useful time zone tools are also available, including
a "contact us" widget.
allows you to rent cell or satellite phones abroad.
offers WiFi phones for international use.
Access and Computer Connectivity
Wireless allows you to rent a 3G handheld device
that acts like a Wi-Fi hotspot to allow wireless access
for your laptop, tablet, or smartphone at various low
rates per day in countries worldwide.
is a database of 4,208 Internet cafés in 141 countries.
Apple TV, www.apple.com/appletv/,
if you are in a hotel or house abroad with a cable-equipped
TV with a USB input, you can have easy access to thousands
of Internet radio stations, Netflix, and many other free
and paid channels offered by Apple TV.
Kidom Media Link, www.kidon.com,
is a worldwide guide to news sources online.
Online Newspapers, www.onlinenewspapers.com,
lists over 1000 links to online newspapers worldwide.