I'm planning a trip to China in a few months, and my understanding is that my Verizon cell phone won't work in China (or if it does, it'll cost $1.50 per minute or more).
The little bit of research I've done indicates that I should be able to rent or buy a used GSM phone pretty inexpensively. But I find it unclear *exactly* what I'd need to buy (and I'd rather have the phones in-hand before I leave instead of waiting until I arrive, though any necessary SIM cards can probably wait until we arrive).
I'm also told that I can repurpose a T-Mobile phone by putting in a SIM card that I buy in China. Will any of the pre-paid phones I can get here in the US (T-Mobile, Virgin Mobile USA, whatever) do that? Are any of them GSM phones?
I really find all this cell-phone stuff confusing (I understand it's much simpler and cheaper outside the USA) - all I'd like is to be able to get two cell phones that I can use in China that won't break the bank. I don't need the phones to have any internet connectivity or anything else fancy. I just want to be able to make & take phone calls. In case it matters, we'll be visiting Beijing, Xi'an, and Shanghai.
Any suggestions or pointers?