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Staying Connected In Sri Lanka and India

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I am headed to Sri Lanka for one week, and South India for two weeks, this September. I am concerned about a cell phone strategy.

We have a T mobile business account, and I have previously enjoyed the use of free texting and wifi in many countries, and I have found out that I can use it in both countries on this trip. However, phone calls cost $2 per minute. In the past, I simply avoided making calls to my family until I could use wifi calling in my hotel. This time, I will have a driver almost the entire trip, and I am worried about the times that he will want to tell me that he has moved the car, for example.

I am wondering what I should do. My tech savvy well-traveled older son said, "Get a SIM card, I'm sure they're dirt cheap in India." I cringe at the idea of having to switch the SIM card in and out of my phone, should I want to use T mobile. Another alternative would be to rent a phone, or perhaps just text with the drivers, and ask them to call me in emergencies only.

If you suggest renting a phone, I am sure Tim at Indian Panorama can handle the details for me. But the driver I have in Sri Lanka is a very small agency, so I'm not sure that he would be able to handle it as easily for me.

What do you think? BTW, if you have experience in one country or another, please chime in anyway, and we can jump back and forth.

Thank you, as always, in advance.

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