Talk Abroad® Phone Packages

If you do not already own an unlocked international cell phone or if you want a dedicated travel phone, we offer several cell phone/ SIM card package options. Each cell phone package has been selected to meet the various needs of international travelers. The National Geographic 'Lite' Travel Phone is a basic model for budget-conscious travelers and is our best seller followed by the Blu Samba featuring a QWERTY keypad, ideal for texting. Other popular handsets are 3G/WiFi enabled Speed, the Samsung Galaxy Europa also with 3G/WiFi, ANDROID 2.2 and touch-screen keyboard, particularly for those who need data, and the Nokia 7230 which is our only truly global handset (works in Japan and Korea).

All phone packages offer identical rates and the same reliable yet affordable calling and data plans with service in over 200 countries. Since this is a prepaid solution, there are no contracts to sign or monthly bills – ever! Adding talk time is easy. You can use or auto recharge option which automatically tops you up when your account is low. Alternatively, you can speak to a live rep (toll free from the handset) or enter a quick sequence on your phone to add call credit.

Tip: All of our International cellular solutions below offer the same coverage and rates as well as a US and a UK phone number. In many destinations, including Europe, incoming calls are free on the UK number and $0.30 in on the US number. Since calling TO the US (or Canada) is more expensive, ask people to call you back.

If you still can't decide, click here for a more in depth look at each handset, or call our toll free hotline to speak to a member of our specialist sales team at 1-800-287-5072.

The National Geographic 'Lite' Phone
 
  • Includes National Geographic SIM card ($10 of credit)
  • Compact, durable phone with simple interface
  • Standard USB interface for easy laptop charging
  • U.K. and U.S. phone numbers
  • GPRS Data available - 2G speed (36~42kbps)
  • Quad-band frequency (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
  • Built-in FM radio receiver, address book, text messaging and office tools
  • Includes limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Toll Free 24/7 customer service from the handset
  • Free international charger & plug adapters – $24.95 value!
  • Free ground shipping – $12.88 value!
  • Automated credit service
  • See per minute rates below
  • Keep your number
  • Phone Specs and additional views

*$0.30 per minute for all incoming calls to your U.S.-based number
  Only $79.95

 

 

C-Net Lite Review:

The National Geographic Travel Phone

 
  • Includes National Geographic SIM card with $29 of credit
  • Full QWERTY Style Keyboard
  • Standard USB interface for easy laptop charging
  • U.K. and U.S. phone numbers
  • Quad-band frequency (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
  • Built-in FM radio receiver, address book, text messaging and office tools
  • GPRS Data available - 2G speed (36~42kbps)
  • Good choice for text messaging
  • International charger and adapter set included
  • Toll Free 24/7 customer service from the handset
  • Automated credit service
  • See per minute rates below
  • Keep your number
  • Phone Specs and additional views

*$0.30 per minute for all incoming calls to your U.S.-based number
  Only $99.95

 

 

Nokia 2700 'Classic' Handset with Talk Abroad International SIM Card
Nokia 2700  
  • Includes National Geographic SIM card with $29 of credit
  • Compact, durable phone with simple interface
  • Standard USB interface for easy laptop charging
  • U.K. and U.S. phone numbers
  • Quad-band frequency (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
  • Built-in FM radio receiver, address book, text messaging and office tools
  • Good quality low-end handset
  • International charger and adapter set included
  • Toll Free 24/7 customer service from the handset
  • Automated credit service
  • See per minute rates below
  • Keep your number
  • Phone Specs and additional views

*$0.30 per minute for all incoming calls to your U.S.-based number
  Only $169.95
 

 

Samsung GTI5500 'Europa' Handset with Talk Abroad International SIM Card 3G Speed
  • Includes National Geographic SIM card with $29 of credit
  • WiFi enabled phone with 3G Speed data (HSDPA 900 / 2100) connectivity and Swype enabled text entry for high-speed web-browsing and emails
  • Android 2.1 OS - upgradeable to 2.2 Froyo
  • Assisted GPS - Global Satellite Positioning for Google Maps
  • 2MP Camera with video recording/playback
  • U.K. and U.S. phone numbers
  • Quad-band GSM frequency (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) handset - Works in all GSM countries
  • Toll Free 24/7 customer service from the handset
  • International charger and adapter set included
  • Automated credit service
  • See per minute rates below
  • Keep your number

*$0.30 per minute for all incoming calls to your U.S.-based number
  Only $209.95
 

 

Samsung GTI5800 'Galaxy 3' Handset with Talk Abroad International SIM Card 3G Speed
  • Includes National Geographic SIM card with $29 of credit
  • WiFi enabled phone with 3G Speed data (HSDPA 900 / 2100) connectivity and Swype enabled text entry for high-speed web-browsing and emails
  • Android 2.2 OS - upgradeable to 2.3 Gingerbread
  • Assisted GPS - Global Satellite Positioning for Google Maps
  • 3MP Camera with video recording/playback
  • U.K. and U.S. phone numbers
  • Quad-band GSM frequency (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) handset - Works in all GSM countries
  • Toll Free 24/7 customer service from the handset
  • International charger and adapter set included
  • Automated credit service
  • See per minute rates below
  • Keep your number

*$0.30 per minute for all incoming calls to your U.S.-based number
  Only $229.95
 

 

Apple iPhone 4 Handset with Talk Abroad International SIM Card 3G Speed REFURBISHED
 
  • Includes National Geographic SIM card with $29 of credit
  • WiFi enabled phone with Quad-Band 3G Speed data (HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100) connectivity
  • Apple iOS - Upgradeable to iOS 6
  • Assisted GPS - Global Satellite Positioning for Google Maps
  • 8MP Camera and 16GB storage
  • U.K. and U.S. phone numbers
  • Quad-band GSM frequency (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) handset - Works in all GSM countries, and UMTS/HDSPA countries like Japan and South Korea
  • Toll Free 24/7 customer service from the handset
  • International charger and adapter set included
  • Automated credit service
  • See per minute rates below
  • Keep your number

*$0.30 per minute for all incoming calls to your U.S.-based number
  Only $399.95
 

 

Apple iPhone 4S Handset with Talk Abroad International SIM Card 3G Speed REFURBISHED
 
  • Includes National Geographic SIM card with $29 of credit
  • WiFi enabled phone with Quad-Band 3G Speed data (HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100) connectivity
  • Apple iOS - Upgradeable to iOS 6
  • Assisted GPS - Global Satellite Positioning for Google Maps
  • 8MP Camera and 16GB storage
  • U.K. and U.S. phone numbers
  • Quad-band GSM frequency (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) handset - Works in all GSM countries, and UMTS/HDSPA countries like Japan and South Korea
  • Toll Free 24/7 customer service from the handset
  • International charger and adapter set included
  • Automated credit service
  • See per minute rates below
  • Keep your number

*$0.30 per minute for all incoming calls to your U.S.-based number
  Only $499.95 CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
 

 




 

As a special bonus for Talk Abroad phone packages ordered online, we're offering FREE FedEx Ground shipping. We offer country-specific SIM cards for over 50 nations around the globe! Here's a suggestion: When you go abroad, you don't have to carry your US phone with you. Instead, you can make calls from the airport with your GSM phone and a US SIM and then swap the chip with your Talk Abroad SIM for when you arrive at your overseas destination.

Countries where service is available * = Free Incoming while at this destination
Afghanistan
Albania*
Algeria
Andorra*
Angola*
Anguilla (U.K.)
Antigua/Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia*
Aruba (Netherlands)
Australia*
Austria*
Azerbaijan
Bahamas
Bahrain*
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belarus
Belgium*
Belize
Benin
Bermuda (U.K.)
Bhutan*
Bolivia*
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Botswana
Brazil
British Virgin Islands (U.K.)*
Brunei*
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Burundi*
Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada (Global Profile)
Canada (U.S. Profile)*
Cape Verde
Cayman Islands (U.K.)
Chad
Chile
China
Colombia
Comoros
Congo
Congo (Democratic Rep. of)
Costa Rica*
Cote d`Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
Croatia
Cuba
Cyprus*
Czech Republic*
Denmark*
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
East Timor
Ecuador
Egypt*
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Estonia*
Ethiopia
Faeroe Islands (Denmark)
Fiji
Finland*
France*
French Guiana (France)*
French Polynesia
Gabon
Gambia
Georgia*
Germany*
Ghana
Gibraltar (U.K.)
Greece*
Greenland
Grenada
Guadeloupe (France)*
Guam
Guatemala
Guinea
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Hong Kong (China)
Hungary*
Iceland*
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Ireland*
Israel*
Italy*
Jamaica
Japan**
Jordan*
Kazakhstan*
Kenya*
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Latvia*
Lebanon*
Liberia
Libya
Liechtenstein
Lithuania*
Luxembourg*
Macau (China)
Macedonia
Madagascar
Malawi*
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Malta*
Martinique (France)*
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mayotte (France)*
Mexico (Global Profile)
Mexico (U.S. Profile)
Moldova*
Monaco
Mongolia*
Montenegro
Montserrat (U.K.)
Morocco
Mozambique*
Namibia
Nepal
Netherlands*
Netherlands Antilles (U.K.)*
New Zealand*
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria*
Norway*
Oman
Pakistan
Palestinian Areas (Israel)
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Phillipines
Poland*
Portugal*
Puerto Rico (U.S.)
Reunion (France)*
Rodriguez Island*
Romania*
Russia
Rwanda*
Samoa
Saudi Arabia*
Senegal
Serbia
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Slovakia*
Slovenia*
Somalia
South Africa*
Spain*
Sri Lanka
St. Kitts & Nevis
St. Lucia
St. Vincent & The Grenadines
Sudan*
Suriname
Sweden*
Switzerland*
Syria*
Taiwan
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Thailand
Thuraya
Togo
Tonga
Trinidad & Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey*
Turkmenistan
Turks & Caicos Islands (U.K.)
U.S. Virgin Islands
Uganda*
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates*
United Kingdom*
United States (Global Profile)
United States (U.S. Profile)*
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Vanautu
Venezuela*
Vietnam*
Yemen*
Zambia*
Zimbabwe
* = Free Incoming while at this destination.
* = Service in Japan requires a handset with the UMTS 2100 band setting.

Activating Your Service:
Simply make a call in order to activate your Talk Abroad International SIM card. Your service is valid for 12 months from the day of activation. Recharging your SIM card (adding talk time), extends the validity for another 12 months from the day you add the credit.  Please note that while the service does work in North America (in areas with GSM coverage), the service is intended for use overseas and therefore, placing a call from your handset in North America is expensive.

Your Phone Number:

You will have a UK phone number, regardless of where you are traveling. Your phone number will be clearly marked on the SIM card packaging.

Checking Your Credit:
You may check your credit at any time by dialing *187# on your handset. This is a free service. You will receive a text message with your current credit. You will also receive an SMS text message after each call notifying you of your current credit.

Adding Talk Time to Your SIM Card:
You can add talk time at any time - together with your purchase as well as prior to and during your trip. Choose the "Auto-credit topup" option during checkout to enable your credit to be recharged automatically every time your credit drops below $10.00. Alternatively, you can add $29 to your account at any time while traveling, instantly, by dialing *161# send from your handset.  Additional call credit is $29 for 42 minutes of talk time (for most popular destinations). Each time you add call credit or “recharge” your account, you will extend your service life for an additional 12 months from the date of the recharge.  Previous call credit will accumulate to your new call credit.

Making and Receiving Calls:

When you make a call, charges begin only when the other party answers the call or if the call goes to voicemail. Outgoing and incoming call charges, where applicable, are based on 60-second intervals.

Voice mail:
Your voice mail is already activated. You can access your voice mail system from your handset. (It's the cost of a call to the UK.) From your handset, you dial a 3 digit number as per our instructions and follow the prompts to listen to messages. You will receive a text message alerting you of any new voicemails.

SMS:
You can send and receive SMS text messages from your Talk Abroad™ international cell phone. However, we nor any carrier be responsible nor guarantee that you will always be able to send and receive SMS messages in all circumstances and in all countries. SMS text messages are free to receive and are $0.60 to send, regardless of the country.

Other SIM Cards:
If you should choose to buy a Talk Abroad™ Package, you are not "locked" into only using the SIM card that comes with the package. If you would like to use a Country Specific SIM Card in your phone, you may do so. (Obviously, if you have an unlocked GSM phone, the Talk Abroad™ card will not prevent you from using other SIM cards in your phone.)

A Country-Specific SIM Card is usually advantageous if you plan to spend a certain portion of your trip in a specific country (or countries) in order to take advantage of that country's rates, usually including unlimited free incoming calls. Please click here for a list of our Country Specific SIM Cards.

Service Life:
The service life of your Talk Abroad™ SIM card is 12 months from the last time you added prepaid credit to your account. You will need to add call credit to your account to continue to make or receive calls or use value-added services like balance and voicemail retrieval. To extend your SIM Card service life for another 12 months, consider purchasing a recharge voucher.


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