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Cheap phone for South east Asia

Wanaka, New Zealand
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Cheap phone for South east Asia

We will be travelling to Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand later this year. We were thinking of buying a cheap phone locally to serve as a phone for our travels. We'll also have a tablet for internet/Skype/email, so only need the phone to ring locally, and perhaps the odd text. Can we buy a cheap phone in HK that will then work by buying local sim cards as we travel?

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1. Re: Cheap phone for South east Asia

Post in the HK forum.

S M
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2. Re: Cheap phone for South east Asia

We bought samsung GT E1080 mobiles - dual band. One each so the kids could wander off. They cost about £8, unlocked, and the battery lasts about a week on a single charge.

We've used them in India, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore (and the UK!). Picked up a local SIM for pennies. Only problem was India - you need to register, submit passport photos, wait 24h - pita.

I think dual band is the key requirement.

Happy travels

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3. Re: Cheap phone for South east Asia

Thanks ticking away.

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4. Re: Cheap phone for South east Asia

No problem.

The other benefit is that they're not theft worthy unlike our normal S3 / iPhone etc.

Forgot to mention that we bought them in the UK before we left.

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5. Re: Cheap phone for South east Asia

You can certainly buy very cheap Mobile phones in Thailand , from about 500Baht upwards , all sim free , very few contract phones in T'land , only the big boys like apple & top end samsungs S3 &4's , so just pop a local sim card in ( readily available at 7-11 & Family Mart amongst others ) and away you go !! Note some of the network providers offer very cheap calls back home so check those out !! Networks include AIS ,DTAC & TRUE MOVE .

Have a safe trip

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You can certainly buy very cheap Mobile phones in Thailand , from about 500Baht upwards , all sim free , very few contract phones in T'land , only the big boys like apple & top end samsungs S3 &4's , so just pop a local sim card in ( readily available at 7-11 & Family Mart amongst others ) and away you go !! Note some of the network providers offer very cheap calls back home so check those out !! Networks include AIS ,DTAC & TRUE MOVE .

Have a safe trip

Edited: 18 September 2013, 13:08
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