As long as its not locked to a particular network it will be fine.
Needs to be European frequency compatible and unlocked. Provided you just want calls and texts Tesco is possibly the best operator
Great. I will look into it.
Panama uses same frequencies as US, which are different to Europe. A cheap phone is unlikely to be compatible.
Just a word of caution about a Tesco phone (I am currently travelling in Ireland and picked up aTesco phone in Dubin). I am not able to text to mobile numbers in Canada (Bell or Rogers) or to the States (Verizon or Sprint) as Tesco does not have a text agreement with them (Tesco customer service told me this directly after calling them 5 times trying to get this resolved).
Not sure about calling these areas as I only wanted to text with friends and family if needed which is why I got the phone.
Thanks. It is unlocked but panama operates at a different frequency. Can you call and text to the US on the Tesco phone? We are going to Ireland for a family wedding so the main priority wud be to be able to be in touch with our family there, but it would be nice to know we could reach the U.S. as well.
Are you able to receive calls or texts from the states on it?
I have never had a problem contacting the States or Canada. Calls are mainly land line or a couple of mobiles who I don't know the provider for. On the safe side check with your local provider to see which Irish networks they can connect with in both directions.
Just because I have never had problems doesn't nean they don't exist with the networks given above and possibly other's As Tesco use the Hutchinson Network that will also compromise "3" maybe 02 and possibly Meteor and Vodafone.
I've used both Tesco and Vodaphone SIMS in Ireland, over the past few years. I use the Tesco primarily to call home to the US and have done so without any problems. I've RECEIVED texts from the US on my Vodaphone account a few times, but we haven't SENT texts to the US, so don't really know about that.
I keep the more expensive Vodaphone, as I've had it since 2002, can 'Top Up' on-line and everyone that needs to, 'Knows' that number. I purchase a 'New' Tesco Sim each trip, for calls to the USA and staying connected to the Mrs., should we wander off, in separate directions ...
A friend of mine went to Paris last year and her cell phone company in the states provided her with a phone to use while there using her regular cell phone number. Not sure of the cost but.....any experience with this?