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Will be in Spain for a few weeks next month and want to have a cell phone when I land.

I'm a bit of a dinosaur; I use a Trac Phone here in the US and it suits me fine, but it won't work in Europe.

I have a Nokia phone that I used when I lived in MX for 5 years. I was with TelMex but that's no longer active.

What are my best options for a throw away phone or can I use the Nokia phone...by changing a chip, etc??

Any techies out there who can help me??

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you can buy a cheapie in any phone shop even the post office will sell you one.or you could bring an unlocked phone and buy a sim card .you will need your passport.

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I'd like to have the phone enabled upon landing in Spain. Is there somewhere I can do this while still in US? Have googled and seen various sites re: unlocking and buying a SIM card. Also some sites sell cheap phones already loaded for Europe.

Not sure if they are all good to deal with...anyone use Telestial in the past...they seem to have the biggest choice.

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I didn't have a clue as to what a "tracfone" was, but after looking at their web site, it seems they offer many brands and models and they are just a prepay service provider using other companies networks.

Can't you have that phone "unlocked" which would allow you to use any SIM card? I did this to my cell phone and just changed to local service SIM cards in whatever country I was in... they were all prepaid just as is Tracfone.

I suspect that if you do have your cell phone "unlocked", you will still have to get a new SIM card here when you land.


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You can have a working phone within an hour of landing in Spain, whats the rush.

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I think the OP wants the phone number in advance.

If that's the goal the choices are more expensive then just buying a SIM/phone on arrival.

If cost isn't an issue those companies that sell phones aimed at US travelers will work. You'll pay more for the phone. More for the phone service. You won't have any local support if you run into a problem. But if you need the number in advance.

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I have this same problem in reverse - I would like to have a working cell phone as soon as I land in the US. I have never found a good solution. But this much I know. If you plan on using a US phone in Europe first and foremost you have to be sure that it is quad band because the cell phone bands used in Europe are not the same as the ones used in the US. Then, you could look into enabling international roaming with your cell phone company but most likely it would be very expensive to make/receive calls that way. But it might be a solution for you until you can buy a Spanish SIM card in Spain. If you do plan on buying a Spanish SIM card your phone must be unlocked. Or you could just buy a cheapie phone here. There are basic phones available for 20.

I am not familiar with the Telestial so I can't comment on their service. Maybe someone else here can help you out with that. Good luck.

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I have this same problem in reverse - I would like to have a working cell phone as soon as I land in the US. I have never found a good solution. But this much I know. If you plan on using a US phone in Europe first and foremost you have to be sure that it is quad band because the cell phone bands used in Europe are not the same as the ones used in the US. Then, you could look into enabling international roaming with your cell phone company but most likely it would be very expensive to make/receive calls that way. But it might be a solution for you until you can buy a Spanish SIM card in Spain. If you do plan on buying a Spanish SIM card your phone must be unlocked. Or you could just buy a cheapie phone here. There are basic phones available for 20.

I am not familiar with the Telestial so I can't comment on their service. Maybe someone else here can help you out with that. Good luck.
Does it really need to be quad band? Won't dual or tri-brand do?

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Does it really need to be quad band? Won't dual or tri-brand do?
The possible problem that the OP has is that some US dual-band cell phones will only function in North America... it is a different dual-band system. She would have to read up on the cell phone's specifications to clear this up.

I did an search for online businesses that sell spanish phone service providers SIM cards and will send them to other countries. They exist.


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Does it really need to be quad band? Won't dual or tri-brand do?
Yes, it really does have to be quad band to be well covered. Explained in Wikipedia:

Today, most telephones support multiple bands as used in different countries to facilitate roaming. These are typically referred to as multi-band phones. Dual-band phones can cover GSM networks in pairs such as 900 and 1,800 MHz frequencies (Europe, Asia, Australia and Brazil) or 850 and 1900 (North America and Brazil). European tri-band phones typically cover the 900, 1800 and 1900 bands giving good coverage in Europe and allowing limited use in North America, while North American tri-band phones utilize 850, 1,800 and 1,900 for widespread North American service but limited worldwide use. A new addition has been the quad-band phone, also known as a world phone,[6] supporting all four major GSM bands, allowing for global use (excluding non-GSM countries such as Japan or South Korea).

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