If you're a globe-trotter, you'll need a world phone to keep in touch from almost anywhere.
GSM is by far the most popular standard for mobile phones in the world. According to the GSM Association, there are over 1.3 billion GSM subscribers spanning across more than 200 countries.
However, various countries use different frequency bands for their mobile networks. There are four main flavours of GSM used around the world: 850, 900, 1800 and 1900. A tri-band phone can be used on three of these bands, whereas a quad-band phone can be used on all four. Quad-band phones are often referred to as "world phones".
Maximum connectivity comes at a price and quad-band phones usually sell at a premium price point. As such, manufacturers tend to save quad-band antennas for use on high-end smart phones (i.e. phones on which you can install additional applications). The Razr V3 is the only quad-band handset that's not a smart phone in this round-up.
Tri-band phone are generally less expensive than their world phone siblings. There are quite a few choices out there, so here are some of our top picks. Callers who have music on their mind should check out the MP3-playing Motorola E398 for or the feature-packed Sony Ericsson K700i. ZDNet Australia's Editor's Choice award-winning Samsung E800 has an interesting slide-up form factor, while the Symbian-based Nokia 7260 is a striking fashion phone.
Remember, you can run into trouble buying a mobile phone from overseas so read our tips if you are planning on purchasing one during your travels.
Tri-band mobile phones Samsung D500 |
Sony Ericsson K700i |
Nokia 7260 |
Motorola E398 |
Samsung E800 |
Samsung D500 Samsung's latest slider phone, the D500, looks a lot like its sliding predecessor, but comes in a black case with a megapixel camera and an MP3 player.Ã‚Â Read review Rate this phone
Motorola E398Ã‚Â Motorola's music mobile combines a full-featured handset that will appeal to a wide range of users whether they're looking for fun, functionality or the perfect mixture of both.Ã‚Â Read review Rate this phone