The Samsung B2100 is a durable phone with a rugged shock-proof and waterproof outdoor design. This quad-band phone designed is to military-grade specifications, perfect for backpackers, campers and outdoor travelers all over the world. To make it a better outdoor companion, the phone includes FM radio, incandescent flashlight and 1.3MP camera with video capabilities.
With the included National Geographic SIM card, you can take advantage of low international rates and free incoming calls in more than 200 countries (you can also buy an additional SIM card.) The SIM card has two phone numbers, a US based number as well as a UK based number. Both numbers are always active and do not require a monthly fee. Incoming calls on the UK number are free in more than 70 countries. There is a $0.25 surcharge to all calls made to the US number.
You can forward your existing US or Canadian number to the US Xplorer Phone number and get the same benefits as roaming without the fees. Or, you can give some of your contacts your new US number and other contacts your new UK number. Adding additional talk time is a snap. Either speak to a live rep or enter a short sequence on your handset to add call credit. You're covered in more than 200 countries, and since it's a pre-paid plan, there are no contracts or monthly bills.
The SIM card can also be purchased separately for those who already own an unlocked GSM phone with the appropriate network.
Not available for shipment outside of the U.S.
Includes National Geographic SIM card with $29 of credit
Features a rugged outdoor design, completely water-proof, and shock-proof
Great for outdoor travelers and backpackers
UK and US phone numbers (US number for incoming calls only; $0.25 per minute for all incoming calls to your US-based number)
Quad-band frequency (900/1800/850/1900 MHz) handsetworks in every country that operates on GSM
Built-in FM radio receiver, address book, text messaging and office tools
Activating Your Service: Simply make a call in order to activate your Talk Abroad International SIM card. Your service is valid for 12 months from the day of activation. Recharging your SIM card (adding talk time), extends the validity for another 12 months from the day you add the credit. Please note that while the service does work in North America (in areas with GSM coverage), the service is intended for use overseas and therefore, placing a call from your handset in North America is expensive.
Your Phone Number: You will have a UK phone number, regardless of where you are traveling. Your phone number will be clearly marked on the SIM card packaging.
Checking Your Credit: You may check your credit at any time by dialing 187 on your handset. This is a free service. You will receive a text message with your current credit. You will also receive an SMS text message after each call notifying you of your current credit.
Adding Talk Time to Your SIM Card: You can add talk time at any time. You can add $29 to your account at any time while traveling, instantly, by dialing *161# send from your handset. Additional call credit is $29 for approximately 30 minutes of talk time (in the most popular destinations). Each time you add call credit or “recharge” your account, you will extend your service life for an additional 12 months from the date of the recharge. Previous call credit will accumulate to your new call credit.
Making and Receiving Calls: When you make a call, charges begin only when the other party answers the call or if the call goes to voicemail. Outgoing and incoming call charges, where applicable, are based on 60-second intervals.
Voice mail: Your voice mail is already activated. You can access your voice mail system from your handset. (It's the cost of a call to the UK.) From your handset, you dial a 3 digit number as per our instructions and follow the prompts to listen to messages. You will receive a text message alerting you of any new voicemails.
SMS: You can send and receive SMS text messages from your Talk Abroad international cell phone. However, we nor any carrier be responsible nor guarantee that you will always be able to send and receive SMS messages in all circumstances and in all countries. SMS text messages are free to receive and are $0.60 to send, regardless of the country.
Service Life: The service life of your Talk Abroad SIM card is 12 months from last use. You will need to have call credit on your prepaid account to make or receive calls or use value-added services like balance and voicemail retrieval. To extend the life of the card another 12 months, you must make or receive a call or send an SMS message.
The great thing about the phone is not necessarily the phone itself but the rates. The Xplorer comes with a SIM card with $29 of call credit and plug adapters. There is no contract or minimum usages either which means one doesn't have to worry about yet another bill to pay. The phone itself is easy to use. While it lacks features such as wifi and 3G, it is the perfect choice for those looking for an easy to use and rugged handset. The phone is waterproof.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend