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Old 01-24-2012, 06:55 PM
Richard B. Gilbert
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Default Re: International Problem

On 1/23/2012 10:17 PM, Todd Allcock wrote:
> At 23 Jan 2012 17:55:31 -0500 Richard B. Gilbert wrote:
>> On 1/21/2012 12:24 PM, Janet Wilder wrote:
>>> I've been on this board many times discussing my using a Verizon

> global
>>> phone out of the country. I used it all over Europe and as lately as
>>> last June in Russia.
>>>
>>> I set it up with Verizon to use it in Argentina, Uruguay and Chile
>>> before leaving on a trip to Buenos Aires followed by a cruise around
>>> Cape Horn.
>>>
>>> Imagine my surprise when I reached Argentina and my phone would not
>>> work. I called them and learned that a quad-band phone is needed in
>>> Argentina and Chile bit the phone would work in Uruguay. It took me 2
>>> phone calls to get the answer. The second one was due to the hotel
>>> having the wrong number printed on the phone or VZW would have called

> me
>>> back.

>
> <snip>
>>
>> For your next trip, you might try asking your travel agent about what
>> kind of wireless phone service is available.

>
> Oh, sweet lord. I propose a new drinking game. Every time Richard
> suggests "calling your travel agent", everybody drinks!
>
>
>> I think that there are at
>> least three different and incompatible technologies used by various
>> cell-phone carriers!
>>
>> If your travel agent doesn't know he should at least know how to find

> out!
>
> As a veteran of a few int'l trips, I suspect Janet knows as much or more
> about international cell use as most travel agents.
>
>
>> It may be as long as five years before the carriers adopt new technology.

>
>> By the time they adopt the new technology, it will probably
>> be obsolete!!!!

>
> Almost as obsolete as travel agents, perhaps.


Just for the record, the "obsolete travel agents" still advertise in the
obsolete (?) "Yellow Pages". If you don't need one, I'm sure you aren't
required to consult one.

If, OTOH, you are not a great traveler, it's still permissible to talk
to one! It has been about ten years since I've traveled by air. It may
be another ten years before I fly again. If and when, I'll be
consulting a travel agent if any are still in business.

If you don't need a travel agent, more power to ya! I'll continue my
"stick in the mud" existence and consult a travel agent once every five
or ten years.


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