Much of today’s electronics is made to operate on more than one voltage and Jaswal’ s travelling electronics mini – course that he delivers at the counter of his shop starts with a demonstration on how to find out if your devices will do that.
If your device covers a range of voltages you’ 11 only need to buy a plug that will convert the prongs to fit in the electrical receptacles where you are travelling. If the power cord only lists one voltage, don’t trying plugging it into a foreign electrical system even if you’ve got the plug to make it fit.
“If you take something that is supposed to run on North American power and you plug it into European power you risk frying it,” said Jaswal.
“There are three main issues for people who travel or who relocate to different countries and they are voltage, video and mobile phones,” said Jaswal. “For regular travellers the issues are usually only voltage. and mobile phones but for people who relocate there is the issue of differing video formats as well.”
My budget mobile phone solution for overseas? I bought a quad band phone that can take SIM cards from any GSM carriers around the world.
Total cost: $ 100 Cdn plus 10 euros for a SIM card from an Italian wireless carrier that included five euros talk time, which, with unlimited incoming wireless calls in that country, was all I needed. The options included:
Taking a Rogers iPhone and buying a bucket of time and data which sounded okay until I called Rogers customer service line and found 100 minutes of talk time and two megabytes of data would add more than $ 250 to my cellphone bill.
Renting a phone in the country you are in. There are also North American services like www. CellularAbroad. com that will sell or rent you a phone and ship it before you leave.
Another option is to buy a pay- asyou-go phone in the country you are visiting. Problem is it won’t work in other countries or with other carriers.
If you buy an unlocked phone make sure it will run on the network of the country you are visiting – the quad- band GSM ones will work around the world while dual band will work only in roughly half the world.