Cell Phones for Dummies (this dummy anyway!)
I really need some very very basic help here, so PLEASE share your wisdom with me, or point me to a site that gives directions in plain-stupid English for me.
Since I can't take my American phone with me, I was planning on buying a phone once I got to Africa. HOwever an English friend of mine offered to loan me her England phone. It is a Nokia and she has an account with Virgin. She gave me her "top up" card which has the phone info on it.
So, um, what do I do with it? I open the back and can see the battery, how do I get to the SIM card I'm supposed to replace it with?
If I replace the SIM card, will it lose her pre-programmed in phone numbers (she's concerned about that).
Can I use her Virgin "top up" card, or do I need to do something else?
As I said, I know zippo about any of this, so input would REALLY be appreciated...
http://www.telestial.com/ (very helpful site for dummies!!).
Now I just need to decide if I should
a) bring friend's phone which has a charger that weighs a ton
b) get my own cell phone upgraded to an international compatible one and buy cards when I get there
c) buy the whole kit-n-caboodle once there...
Upgrading your existing cellphone will be expensive - where you could be buying the cheapest model on the rack in Africa, you'd probably be looking very close to the top end in American phones. Plus the charger will minimally need an adaptor plug (if it comes multi-voltage), or more likely will have to replaced, because it's a way to make extra cash. This would be your worst option.
The good thing is you can be remote and keep the phone charge, and it's light 2.5 oz. The bad is are you really going to remember to hand crank the phone. It's an option.
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