The Ultimate Guide to Staying Connected on Vacation Abroad

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When Google Voice Meets Android

We’ve mentioned before that you can pop any wireless SIM into any unlocked phone and go on your merry way in most countries. Some places, like Hong Kong, also offer prepaid data packages.

If you’re lucky enough to also have an Android phone, which smoothly integrates with Google Voice, you’ll get instant texts, transcribed voicemails, voicemail audio, and notifications of missed calls to your U.S.-based Google Voice number. It will give you full access to what’s going on with your telephone number at home, in real-time.

You may not be able to make calls back right away, but you’ll likely be able to send a text saying that you’ll try to get back to them as soon as possible.

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