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Staying in Touch Without a Mobile Device
If you prefer to travel without a mobile 0) __________, you can stay in touch using public telephones and computers.
You can make phone calls from your hotel, public phones, and call shops.
Phones in your hotel room can be great for local calls and for calls using cheap international phone cards. 1) __________, they can be an almost criminal rip-off. Most hotels charge a fee for placing local calls as well as long-distance and international calls — always ask for the 2) __________ before you dial. Since you’ll never be charged for receiving calls, it’s better to have someone from the US call you in your room, 3) __________ than the other way around. Note that smaller, B&B-type accommodations often don’t have a landline in each room.
While public pay phones are on the endangered-species list, you’ll still see phone 4) __________ and banks of phones in post offices and train stations. Pay phones generally come with multilingual instructions. Most public phones in Europe work with insertable phone cards. While some card phones also accept coins, most don’t.
You’ll see many cheap call shops that advertise 5) __________ rates to faraway lands, often in train station neighborhoods. While these target immigrants who want to call home cheaply, tourists can use them, too. You’ll be assigned to your own private sweatbox, make the call, and pay the bill when you’re done. Before making your call, be clear on the price. For example, the listed price may be per unit, rather than per minute — if there are 10 “units” in a minute, your call costs 10 times what you expected.
Europe uses two types of telephone cards. You can find them at many post offices, newsstands, street kiosks, tobacco shops, and train stations.
Insertable Phone Cards
These cards, which can only be used at pay phones, are 6) __________ in most countries (but not Britain). To use them, simply take the phone off the 7) __________, insert the card, wait for a dial tone, and dial away. The phone displays your credit ticking down as you talk. Each European country has its own phone card — so your German card won’t work in an Austrian phone.
International Phone “Cards”
These cards let you make inexpensive calls — within Europe, or to the US, for pennies a minute — from nearly any phone, including the one in your hotel room. You’ll either get a pre-8) __________ card with a toll-free number and a scratch-to-reveal PIN code, or just a code printed on a receipt.
Internet Cafés and Public Computers
In Europe, finding a place to get online without a mobile device isn’t difficult. A number of hotels have a computer in the 9) __________ for guests to use. Otherwise, 10) __________ for an Internet café, where you can pay to use a public computer. Even towns without an Internet café usually offer some way to get online — at libraries, bookstores, post offices, tourist offices, and so on.
Often a simple keystroke or click of the mouse can make the foreign keyboard work like an American one. Many computers have a box in the lower right-hand corner of the screen where you can click and select which type of keyboard you prefer. If not, ask the clerk for help.
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