The unlocked National Geographic Talk Abroad Duet Travel Phone can carry two SIM cards, so if you want two phone numbers, you no longer need to carry two phones. An ideal companion for frequent international travelers, the dual SIM mechanism allows you have two SIM cards in your phone simultaneously, so you can enjoy the same service of a local SIM card as well as the included National Geographic Talk Abroad SIM Card. Because the Talk Abroad service is a prepaid solution, there are no contracts to sign or monthly bills--ever. It includes 30 minutes of initial call credit to the United States from many popular destinations, and it's easy to recharge or add time to the Talk Abroad SIM by calling customer service 7 days a week.
With dual SIM card capability, the National Geographic Duet lets you take two phone numbers with you everwhere you travel.
This unlocked cell phone can be used with a GSM network service provider and it provides tri-band connectivity (900/1800/1900 MHz). Other features include Bluetooth connectivity for handsfree devices, a built-in analog TV receiver, FM radio, two embedded VGA-quality cameras for photos and video capture, and preloaded wallpapers, ringtones, and National Geographic Channel video content. This phone also comes with a 1 GB MicroSD memory card.
The Talk Abroad Duet Travel Phone offers the following features:
- U.K.-based phone number
- Unlimited free incoming calls in more than 60 countries
- Low competitive outgoing rates (see the rate calculator to learn about incoming and outgoing rates for your territory)
- $0.25 service charge per minute for calls to a cell phone or other National Geographic Travel Phone user
- Prepaid service--no bills, contracts, or hidden fees
- One phone number in all destinations
- Voice mail, text messaging, and 24/7, U.S. based customer support
- Easy to check your call credit 24/7
- Easy to add talk time
- Uses the same GSM technology that over 200 countries around the world use.
- Call-to-cell surcharge: $0.25 / min
- Text-messaging (SMS): Incoming: FREE! Outgoing: $0.60 / msg.
- Rates subject to change.
- Outgoing base rates vary depending on the points of origination and the destination of calls (see the rate calculator)
- It is possible to call countries not listed in the calculator.
- Billing increments: 60 seconds
- VAS = Recharge, Balance Inquiry & Voicemail access
Frequently Asked Questions Activating Your Service:
Simply make a call in order to activate your National Geographic Talk Abroad SIM Card. Your service is valid for 12 months from the day of activation. 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 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 your balance total on the phone screen after each call notifying you of your current credit.
Recharging Your SIM Card: You can add talk time at any time--along with your purchase as well as prior to and during your trip. Simply call Cellular Abroad 24/7 on our toll free number and we will immediately add talk time for you using your account information already on file or an alternative credit card. Additional call credit is $29, which equals 30 minutes of talk time for 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.
Voicemail: Your voicemail is already activated. You can access your voicemail 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.
PLEASE NOTE: Voicemail will only pick up under the following circumstances--when the phone is on but not answered, when the line is busy (phone is in use) or when the phone is switched off.
SMS: You can send and receive SMS text messages from your National Geographic Talk Abroad SIM Card. However, neither we nor any carrier can 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.
Is This a Call Back Type of Service? If you purchase the National Geographic Talk Abroad Travel Phone, the calls go through seamlessly and there is no call back. If you rent a phone or purchase a stand alone SIM card, there is a call back feature. What this means is that when you place an outgoing call, the phone will ring and you will need to press a key to respond as if someone were calling you. Why does this occur? When you place a call, your phone is actually sending a text message to the number and when the call is connected, it notifies the caller by ringing back.
How Do I Dial To/From My National Geographic Talk Abroad Phone? To dial to your phone from a US or Canada phone, dial 011-44 and then the number (011 is to get an international line and 44 is the country code for the UK, which the service is based out of). To dial from your National Geographic phone, if you have purchased the National Geographic Talk Abroad Travel Phone package, dial the country code followed by the area code and the phone number (ex. 1-212-555-1212). If you purchased just the SIM card or are renting a phone, you will need to dial 00 followed by the country code, area code and phone number.
| Destinations where Talk Abroad can receive Incoming Calls |
Bosnia & Herzegovina
British Virgin Islands (U.K.)
Cayman Islands (U.K.)*
Central African Republic*
Christmas Islands (Australia)
Cook Islands (New Zealand)
Diego Garcia (U.K.)*
Faeroe Islands (Denmark)
Falkland Islands (U.K.)
French Guiana (France)
Hong Kong (China)
Isle Of Man (U.K.)*
Netherlands Antilles (U.K.)*
Niue (New Zealand)
| Norfolk Island (U.K.)|
Northern Mariana Islands
OnAir In-Flight Service*
Palestinian Areas (Israel)
Papau New Guinea
Puerto Rico (U.S.)*
Sao Tome & Principe
St. Helena (U.K.)
St. Kitts & Nevis*
St. Vincent & The Grenadines*
St.-Pierre & Miquelon (France)
| Taiwan |
Trinidad & Tobago
Turks & Caicos Islands (U.K.)
U.S. Virgin Islands
United Arab Emirates*
Wallis & Futuna Islands
| * = Free Incoming while at this destination. |