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    We're finally firming up plans for our visa activation, job hunt & reality check. After all our futzing around, we still haven't decided whether or not we're moving, but the upcoming presidential elections could help us decide.

    Anyway, we're trying to figure out the best way to be connected for a 3 to 4 week trip. Karin will need to contact potential employers, and I need to warn Taffy, Glenda, et al. that we're coming, so they can turn out the lights and lock the doors . Are pay phones still generally available? Are internet cafes (with a computer available) in wider use than 4 years ago, when we saw about 2 of them? Or should we get a mobile phone for such a short trip?

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    Hey

    Great that you are finally making some plans.

    Can't help with internet cafes as we were lucky to have internet as soon as we arrived. as for mobiles. If your phone is unlocked you could just buy a vodafone sim card for $35 and stick it in your phone rather than forking out for a new phone.
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    Hmmm. I'll have to see if karin can do that with her phone. I'm still not hep to mobiles and what they can do (other than make a call). Thanks, Beth!
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    You can hire mobile phones at Auckland airport. We've done it, it was quite simple, and cost us about $30-40. That was 3 years ago and, looking at this it's looks like charges have gone up, like everything else. Last time in NZ we managed to borrow a mobile which, of course, is cheaper .
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    I use an internet service called Skype. Skype official website – download Skype free now for free calls and internet calls
    I have what is called a "wifi phone", (around $100) ..where I can sign online using it whenever I am near an internet hotspot that is open to the public for free.
    A service that helps you find hotspots is one called "fon" ... FON
    and it's "la fonero" network of people.
    Suprisingly there are quite a bit of people relatively speaking.. in NZ that are using it.
    Check this site, and type in your country into the country field and click FIND.
    FON Maps

    If you have the free skype service, you can contact anyone using skype, whom happens to be online at their desk with mic and speakers or heaphones.

    If you register and pay for a "Skype-IN" or "Skype-OUT" service, you can pay for very low rates and call any number you like.

    It's very handy.
    I like it better than a cell phone because it operates off of radio frequencies rather than microwaves, and doesn't have your phone constantly distracting you with ringing.


    It's a very cheap and easy to use method of keeping in touch, you just need to know where the addresses are where the hotspots are near you, just like knowing where payphones are. (except you can walk around within the signal area (sometimes 100s-100s of square feet in diameter) plus you don't have to put a publicly used item up to your face and mouth!

    hope this helps.

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    The rental phone idea has possibilities, though it does look costly. Thanks for the link, MB.

    For Skype, we'd need a computer, n'est pas? We would rather not lug it around, considering all the baggage limitations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by selchie View Post
    The rental phone idea has possibilities, though it does look costly. Thanks for the link, MB.

    For Skype, we'd need a computer, n'est pas? We would rather not lug it around, considering all the baggage limitations.

    no . no computer necessary.
    hmm.. maybe you just skimmed my post and did not read what I typed.

    this link should help you understand what I was telling you.
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    I'll check it out. I'm not extremely tech savvy, and my only knowledge of Skype hearing how one can make calls via the computer (or something). The only potential problem would be that we can't rely on being near a hotspot when we need to call.

    I looked into getting our existing mobile unlocked, but was told it can't be done. I'm not interested in buying an expensive phone just so I can make calls in NZ for 3 weeks. Phooey.

    There's always using pay phones.

    Still researching...
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    If you are using payphones- we bought a phone card once we arrived.
    We still use it now to call the UK form our landline. We put $20 and that gave us about 1000 mins or something rediculous to a UK land line- pretty sure it wouldn't be much different to the US.
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    We'll probably go with a phone card. We just want to be able to make calls to potential employers, lodging & kiwi friends while we're in NZ. We weren't having much luck on this side finding a phone that could be used overseas that we'd want to keep using here. The US is so isolated that mobile companies don't seem to consider that people might want to take their phone abroad.
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