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Mobile Phones

Thursday, June 1, 2000
One of the most frequent questions viewers ask is about the use of mobile phones while travelling overseas. David offers some handy hints.

The bad news is that the calls are expensive, and receiving calls is sometimes more expensive than making them.

If you can possibly make do without your mobile, a much cheaper alternative is a pre-paid phone card. There are lots to choose from — some even have a message bank so messages can be left for you and you can retrieve them when it's convenient.

As a rough comparison:

If you phone home from the UK on your mobile you can expect to pay around $3.20 to $4.75 per minute.

If you have a phone card it will cost about 34c a minute.

A mobile phone call from New Zealand costs about $2.60 to $3.05 per minute.

If you have a phone card, a one-minute call from New Zealand to Australia is about 28c.

Your carrier will be able to give you all the information you need to help make the decision.

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