Cell Phones: Traveling and World Usage

Many people can no longer imagine life without a smart phone. Four decades ago, many people could not imagine life with a cell phone that could only do talking and fit inside of a suitcase. Technology is always changing – but how does that affect traveling?

As the above info-graphic points out, most countries in the world have high cell phone usage. Phones were once popular primarily for work reasons but are now used for friends and family to keep in contact and to play games – in addition to a higher ease for supervisors to still contact their employees. In many countries, such as South Africa, it is common to have more than one cell phone – as calling from one company (which your mother might have) to another company (your brother has) costs significantly higher than simply using one cell phone.

Higher usage of cell phones by locals means that a support system for using standard and smart cell phones for tourists could exist. While it is always important to talk to your cell phone company prior to taking your phone abroad, an article done by BBC.com might help point you in the right direction of making a decision for which smart phone best fits your travel and domestic needs.

For example, the new iPhone system has an application called “Passbook.” This app lets you store things that are in your wallet, such as information from your credit cards, manage flights, gift cards to stores, and electronic versions of tickets to shows. Although iPhones do not have removable SIM cards, they are still one of the most popular phones desired in the world.

In contrast, the Samsung Galaxy S III (pictured to the right of the iPhone 4S in this image) has a map program automatically start when you start a location. This Samsung phone also has a spot for memory cards to be placed within the phone – allowing for easier transfer of photos, songs, documents and videos that customers might want on their phone.

If you are a frequent traveler, it is important to consider your travel destinations – and what types of phones they support – when making your next phone purchase. (Remember, almost all smart phones have applications that tell you the history of places you travel to.)

Resources for this post:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/blog/20120920-rating-smartphones-for-global-travel

http://www.mobileshop.eu/blog/interesting/infographic-demographics/

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