Tech: Mobile And Global

New plans let you take your cell phone around the world, but costs are steep

Traveling overseas might not be high on your list of things to do right now. But if you're willing to brave airline security and risk exposure to SARS, it's probably a good idea to take along a mobile phone that works. No ordinary phone will do, however. To stay connected overseas, you need what they call a world phone--a device that conforms to an international standard for worldwide reception. I recently tested two models on a trip to London and Barcelona and found them surprisingly reliable--but expensive to use.

Despite hemorrhaging in the travel industry and continued trouble in the...

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