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Phones for Traveling Abroad

Stay connected overseas.

Traveling abroad is an exciting and worthwhile adventure, but there's a good chance that your current cell phone won't work overseas. The solution is to buy an unlocked phone from Best Buy.

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Choosing an unlocked phone for use abroad.

Unlocked phones offer great flexibility to international students, tourists and business travelers. Since international roaming rates with your current phone and U.S. network can be high, buying an unlocked phone for overseas travel can save you money. With an unlocked phone, you'll pay the same lower rate as the locals do for calls in that country. It can be as easy as purchasing an unlocked phone in the U.S., traveling to your destination country, and purchasing a local SIM card.

It's a good idea to buy your unlocked phone before your trip because you can use it at home as well as overseas. Plus, you'll be able to get used to your new phone, add your contacts and download your apps before you go. Best Buy has a great selection of unlocked phones to choose from that work on international networks. You'll find popular brands such as Samsung, Motorola, BLU, LG, Sony and more. Plan on taking a lot of photos? Choose an unlocked phone with a powerful camera. See some top picks for unlocked GSM phones below.

How to use an unlocked phone abroad.

A SIM card is the microchip that slides into the slot on the side (or sometimes under the battery) of your phone. SIM cards house carrier and user data within your smartphone and will connect your phone to your chosen network.

Upon arriving at your destination, buy a SIM card from one of the local carriers (SIM cards are available at most international airports). You can prepay for minutes and data as well. Pop the card into your phone, activate the card and you're ready to go. Some plans allow for communications to others in nearby countries at no additional charge. You'll pay international rates when calling home, but you can save money by communicating via Wi-Fi using services such as Skype, FaceTime, Google Chat, Facebook Messenger and others.

Don't forget the accessories.

A charger adapter for different electrical plug configurations is a must-have when overseas. Add a power pack, headphones, portable speakers and other accessories to make the experience fun and memorable.