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Hmmm, this is an interesting Wikitravel:What is an article? issue. Maybe if we can edit and format it a little more like Discount airlines in Europe? Thoughts?

I tried to get that process started by moving it to Telephone service for travel. We can maybe talk about options for calling, options for receiving calls, etc. I'm not really sure what the rates that are referred to on this page are -- then again, I don't have a cellie. --Evan 18:49, 28 Jan 2004 (EST)

This really looks like a commercial blurb and not a helpful travel topic. It'd be nice if someone would edit it into a more general and helpfull article. I'm not sure if I should reword or just remove what's there now. Thoughts? Majnoona


Moved from travellers' pub by Evan

You can get a phone that accepts SIM cards, allowing you to get a local number wherever you go. I think that's very cool, but is it the best option? A page that reviews all the alternatives for phone service while travelling would be useful. Especially for me, as I know basically nothing about this. -- Tim

It may help to ask your question about Telephone service for travel with a broken link. Someone will follow it and get an article started, I bet! --Evan 09:34, 24 Dec 2003 (PST)
I lose again! No wonder I don't have anything to add to Las Vegas. Anyways, someone started an article on cellphone service at Call home? At what rate? and I shoe-horned it into Telephone service for travel. It's now on the Travel topics rump directory page, which, hey, might inspire some contributions. --Evan 18:44, 28 Jan 2004 (EST)

Commercial mentions?[edit]

(I also edited under the IP address -- I forgot to log in first)

I debated whether to post the specific mentions of companies (Vonage, DialPad, Net2Phone, Costco, etc.), but since the article already mentioned several other specific commercial products by name, I decided to follow that lead. After all, from what I understand, this is a site devoted to helping travelers find the best and most up-to-date information and isn't supposed to be a timeless encyclopedia. (Is Wikipedia's NPOV an ideal around here?)

Another note: I think the Internet Phones and IP phone companies either need to be combined or the differences need to be explained more clearly. Or maybe I'm just not thinking clearly--it's about that time of night here when I should be looking at the mattresses.

Yes we should select companies most useful for travelers. E.g. you can sign on from any net-cafe and make the first call immidiately without being forced into a subscription. The "investment" should be low, e.g. less than €10-20. Some companies are experimenting with web-based phones (Java or Axtive-X) which means that you can call from most computers with a microphone and speakers. Companies that let you call free (including no subscribtion) to other IP phones from other companies (eg using E164) should also be preferred. I think SIP-based companies are most useful to travelers because you can both use software programs and bring a hardware IP-phone. When travelling you can often not install software on the computers you use.-- elgaard 12:19, 19 Apr 2005 (EDT)

Cluth 02:43, 19 Apr 2005 (EDT)

We do aim for a NPOV tone (you might want to take a look at Wikitravel:Welcome, Wikipedians btw) but we're more about being timely than timeless and travellers at various points are going to need "commercial" information. Of course it can be a slippery slope between "commercial information" and "ads" or "product directories" but so far we really haven't had much trouble... Majnoona 08:20, 19 Apr 2005 (EDT)

Needs some reorganization[edit]

Love this topic - wish I'd found it years ago - and there is a lot of really good information here. I've updated some of it. That said, I think this really needs some reorganization and an introduction that covers the options overall - unless there's some objection I'll be working on this. mr_Handy 16:51, 24 July 2010 (EDT)