Review: First Impressions: Telestial Pack Lite Cell Phone

Update: Check out the rest of my review, posted after I got back from my trip.

Just under two weeks from now, I’ll be in St. Kitts (hooray!!), so I’m glad my international cell phone arrived before I left. My regular cell phone will not work in the Caribbean islands, since they use quad-band phones and the US uses dual-band phones. I wanted to have a phone for use in (God forbid!) emergencies in foreign countries, so per my previous post, I ordered the “Pack Lite” cell phone from Telestial. I haven’t had a chance to use it yet, but thought I would post some of my initial impressions regarding the phone.

Benefits:

  1. Fairly quick shipping
    – Ordered September 28, received October 3. It wasn’t cheap though, at $13.90. I’m not sure where it ships from, but it is what it is.
  2. Light weight, small size
    – I was shocked to see how light the phone feels in my hand! Even after inserting the battery, it feels to be about half the weight of my normal cell phone (Blackberry Torch).
  3. Helpful customer service
    – I had to call customer service pretty much as soon as I got it – I couldn’t figure out why my phone couldn’t get any service here in the US – more about that in a minute. But someone answered the phone almost immediately, and I was able to understand them clearly. After I provided my “global cell phone number”, which was included in the shipping materials, they were able to pull up my account and tell me the cause of my problem.
  4. Very inexpensive
    – The phone itself costs only $19, which includes the phone, simcard, charger, and $5 of calling time (though when I logged into the website, it showed $10 in credits!). Shipping is a bit pricey at $13.90, but the total (I also threw in an international outlet adapter at $14.99) came to about $40 – not too bad for peace of mind.
  5. Easy refill of calling credits
    – You can set up a credit card in their system so that when you run out of calling credits, it automatically refills your account. You can set a few details, but it is good to know I won’t be stuck with a small brick when I use up my initial credits.

Drawbacks:

  1. Lack of use in the United States
    – This one is entirely my fault. I didn’t read the details very well. The phone that works around the world and in the US costs $50 more than this phone. I didn’t notice the text in the description that states it doesn’t work in the US. It’s there though, I just have poor reading comprehension!
  2. Easy refill of calling credits
    – While it might be helpful to have my credits automatically renewed, it could also be costly if I don’t notice just how much I use. The minimum amount you can have automatically added to your account when it runs low is $30, so you’ll need to either use it up, or use it on a future trip.

I’ll post another review once I get a chance to actually use the phone. But for now, I’m glad it will be with me for my trip!

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