One of the more complicated aspects of studying abroad can be staying in touch with those back home, as well as communicating over the phone in your host country. Especially in these days of technology, when everybody has a cell phone on them at all times, it can be disconcerting to not have one when you are in your host country.
For a long time, the options for having a cell phone while studying abroad were few: You could rent or buy one while abroad, or are fortunate enough to have existing service with a cell provider that offers overseas rates. Of course, using a prepaid phone card is an option, but cumbersome and inconvenient.
A solution to this is the Mobal GSM World Phones. They are relatively inexpensive to purchase ($49-$179) and work in over 150 countries worldwide. There is no monthly fee, no minimum usage requirement, and no contract. You simply buy the phone for your trip, and when you come home, throw it in a drawer and forget about it until your next trip abroad. You also get to keep your international cell phone number for life.
There are three different phone options, the classic, budget, and deluxe, each with its own pros and cons. Depending on how much you travel and where you travel to, you can make your decision as to which phone is right for you. If you already have a Mobal phone, you can also purchase a separate SIM card that you can put right into your existing cell phone in order to use it abroad as well.
If you are planning a study abroad trip, definitely take the time to look into these neat phones as a way to keep in touch while abroad. Click for more of AmeriSpan's Travel Resources.