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Replying to:  Phone suggestions for use worldwide by starforsaken   Sep 24, 2007, 10:45 PM

Re: Phone suggestions for use worldwide

by CB    Sep 26, 2007, 6:50 AM

First--I am NOT an expert, but I travel internationally and I have some thoughts.

It is not a cheap device, but you could take a look at the Nokia N80 Internet Edition. I'm not sure about the gps, but the rest of the specs fit your wish list.

This is considered "end of life" and it is in the process of being replaced by a new version. The good news--if you find one the price should have dropped to a more comfortable level.

The wifi works great and the screen display is stunning.

I don't know if it works with Skype (it may not, or it may need certain software) but it does work with two Skype-like products. I suggest you get online and research both Truphone and Gizmo. The Nokia N80ie is a supported devide for both and you can make calls through the voip function for pennies. There is also the possibility of "renting" a US number so that your family and friends can dial that at no cost to them, and reach you when you are around the world.

These two programs work with a number of higher end N and E series Nokia phones. Given the length of time you will be away, it is worth a look.

One last note--this phone has a 3 mp camera--I believe this nuumber will actually drop on the replacement N81.

Good luck and happy travels...

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