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You <i>Can</i> Take It With You

Use your mobile phone even while abroad.

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This story appears in the July 2004 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

You no longer have to feel trapped in the United States by your mobile phone. Entrepreneurs who travel extensively outside of the country know that staying connected by phone can be a hassle. One solution has been to rent a phone while abroad, but that can get complicated and pricey. Now another option is available for globe-trotters: the dual-network phone.

Dual-network phones work over both CDMA and GMS networks so you can take your own personal phone over to Europe and Asia with an international calling plan. Verizon Wireless was the first out with its "global phone" in April. Details on pricing and calling plans were sketchy at press time. But look for other carriers to jump in as well.

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