TODAY'S PAPER
62° Good Evening
62° Good Evening
Travel

$179 global cell phone

The National Geographic Xplorer is a new pay-as-you-go

The National Geographic Xplorer is a new pay-as-you-go cell phone with a global SIM card that works worldwide. The rugged handset is waterproof and has a built-in FM radio, flashlight and external speakers. It comes with $29 credit of outgoing calls and a battery charger with international plugs.

An interesting idea for globe-trotters — National Geographic and Cellular Abroad have introduced a new pay-as-you-go mobile phone that works in more than 200 countries.

For $179, customers get a Samsung B2100 Xplorer handset, two always-active phone numbers (one U.S.-based, one United Kingdom-based) and a global SIM card with $29 of outgoing call credit. More compelling: There’s no monthly fee for the service, and incoming calls are free in about 70 countries, which makes this a viable way for parents and kids to remain in touch during semesters abroad or school/business trips.

Before you buy, research the per-minute calling rates using the calculator at cellularabroad.com and consider whether the investment is less costly than the international rates you’d pay through your regular mobile carrier.

Comments

We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.

Travel Extras