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# 20572 31-Mar-2008 09:30
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Hi

I'm heading to UK/Ireland for a month and am renting a car.  I'm trying to figure out how to best stay in touch and navigate around, having been trawling the forums and getting ideas but also confused, hoping someone who has been recently can cut through the haze :)

1. Currently use a Telecom Treo 650 but unless Telecom get their GSM act together soon I'll be heading to Vodafone.  If I buy one here, can i just get a local UK SIM card?  My other option was to just buy a cheap GSM phone over there, not worried about having a different number.

2. I need GPS since I'll be driving for a month.  I was planning on buying a seperate unit (narrowed it down to a Garmin 760 at the moment) but then read a bit about Nokia n95 or similar with built in nav.  The idea of combing phone + GPS sounds great but would like to hear from people with real life experience if it is as good as dedicated units.

3. I have 3 days right in London before I head off - if I wait to buy phone and/or GPS can anyone recommend a shop to head for?  Would be nice not to spend the first day walking all over with Yellow Pages!

Any advice much appreciated

Bill

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  # 119824 31-Mar-2008 09:48
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You can get a Telecom New Zealand SIM card. They work on any GSM handset while overseas - if the handset is not locked. And you keep your Telecom number. You can even borrow a GSM handset from Telecom therese days.

Of course this will be paying roaming fees, but that's the same if you had a Vodafone account anyway.

If you get a smartphone with GPS, remember that you shoulnd't use any data unless you want to pay data roaming fees, which are not included in any data plan you have here in New Zealand - same in both Telecom and Vodafone. Of course it doesn't apply to standalone GPS units. Remember Google Maps downloads the maps real-time!




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