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by RKyle

Looking to buy a World wide 4 band cel phone for use in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji and next year in Cuba.
Anyone know whether it is more expensive to buy downunder or in Vancouver, Canada? Prices here are up to $140 CDN for a Motorola.

Also memory cards and flash drives?

Re: Electronics

by GrumpyDiver

Sounds like you are dealing with Telus and their "world phone". Don't even bother going there. You will be stuck with high-end roaming charges by your local friendly telecom supplier. Telus and Bell use a system called CDMA, while most of the rest of the world uses GSM. Rogers (and the Rogers subsidiary Fido) are the only Canadian GSM suppliers (although both Telus and Bell say they are going to switch to GSM "soon").

If you buy a phone from Rogers (or Fido), they will be locked to their own SIM cards (and expensive roaming fees). These can be unlocked, but you will have to find someone that will do this for you. You can also look around for someone to sell you an unlocked GSM phone (which is what I ended up doing).

Unlocked phone = you buy a SIM card at your destination, put it in the phone and all your local phone calls are local without the roaming charges. You will have to do the same in NZ and Fiji. This means you will have a local phone number (I have an Icelandic one right now...)

Don't know about Australia, because I haven't been there. NZ was much more expensive than Canada for computer stuff when I was there. Use the internet to do some comparison shopping. I find that flash drives and memory cards are relatively inexpensive, if you know where to buy them. I would rather have a card / drive I know works than have one that I buy on the road that doesn't (again personal experience this summer). Shop Canadian and make sure things work before you head off.


Re: Electronics

by briam60


You will need a quadband GSM phone if you plan on travelling in OZ, NZ etc. I strongly advise you get an unlocked phone as well or you will be paying WAY TOO much for your roaming and calls. I can't speak for CUBA as I have not been there with a personal phone however each of the other countries you have listed have 'pre-paid plans' avaialble. ie: you pay 39 dollars and then get between 100 and 300 dollars worth of calls and SMS. If you are looking for a high end phone to keep and use for a long period of time, i would suggest you get one in Asia on your way down under as you will be transferring through KL or Changi airports and both are very good for anything electronic. If you just want a cheapo that may or may not be useful in a year or two due to taking it hiking etc. then get one here in OZ when you arrive.

this is the company I use in Australia, you can get phones easily and quite cheaply, but they will be very basic and not very good for anything other then as a phone (ie camera, radio etc etc)

As for memory cards and flash drives, you can get them reasonably priced here, 8gb flash for under $90, but you can get them a lot cheaper at the asian hub airport duty free shops. All of my personal electronics somes from with KL, Changi or Dubai airports and I have never had an issue.

Hope this helps and enjoy your travels

Travel Tips for Sydney

Two great cities to travel in Australia

by asitrav

The sight of Sydney Opera House would make one falls in love with the city. With the cool breeze from the bay, one would enjoy strolling at leisure in the area. Try to stay in King Cross area where there are a lot of excitements. In Melbourne, the Fitzroy Garden is a beautiful place to relax. Take the tram to go around the city. Shops generally close early in the evening. So, shop for souviners early in the daytime. The stunning view along the Great Ocean Road near Melbourne like the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge.


by Brit_girl

If you are a Christian or someone searching then Hillsong is a lively, friendly, deeply moving church. They will happily welcome you and answer any questions you have.

There are 3 churches in Sydney and there are curtesy buses from certain parts of Sydney.

miepmiep........Bondi Beach is...

by ankx

miepmiep........Bondi Beach is one of Australia's most famous beaches and among the world's most well-known beaches. It is located in the Municipality of Waverley in east Sydney. The beach, roughly a kilometre long, is enclosed at the north and south by headlands. Every day of the year lifeguards patrol the beach between the yellow and red flags.
Take a stroll along the beachside promenade, along with dogs with style and babies with attitude. Away from the beach there are numerous cafes and restaurants, as well as hostels, hotels, a great variety of shops, and even a small golf course

Men & Their Games - Chess in Hyde Park

by aussiedoug

Over the last couple of months I've been into town often enough & past this spot right in front of Bar Quattro going into Hyde Park to know that this Chess playing takes place all day.

It not only takes place on this large board painted on the concrete, but also on normal sized boards on various tables & even garden benches/seats that are nearby during the busiest time just either side of lunch time.

It is around this time that the crowd is also at its peak as workers from nearby offices & businesses come into Hyde Park to have their lunch & get outside.

So if you come to Sydney and fancy a game of Chess then get yourself up to Hyde Park as it seems that anyone can join in.

And like me, feel free to have either a coffee or lunch or brekkie at one of my Sydney faves Bar Quattro where I get the chance to practice my Itlalian. Ciao!

You can find them on the Elizabeth Street side of Hyde Park just opposite the David Jones Store that fronts it & right behind St James Station & Bar Quattro Cafe which is at the back & front left hand side of St James Station.

Sleep Aids

by cjg1

For long flights over 8 hours we like to take a sleeping pill (Ambien) to ensure we get a good eight hours of sleep. It's a great way to get the rest needed to land refereshed in your destination.


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