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Chapter 6. Keeping One Phone Number acro... > Features and Considerations

Features and Considerations

When you’re choosing an international wireless plan, look at the coverage in terms of the number of countries supported, the activation fee, the flat-rate fee per minute to or from the countries you wish to call, the monthly service charge, and any additional toll charges. Each wireless carrier offers a different type of service plan. For example, T-Mobile charges flat-rate fees and no activation fees, monthly service charges, or toll charges for their “WorldClass Service” plan.

Most wireless carriers also offer rental options so that if you don’t own an international-capable device, you can rent a device for the period you wish to travel. The rental unit will typically be a tri-band GSM handset and will come with accessories such as additional batteries, a car charger, an international travel adapter, and a carrying case. Rental agreements are typically offered for up to 7 days, between 8 and 30 days, and on a monthly basis. Additionally, you can purchase loss-protection agreements in case you lose the device during travel.


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