Hey guys, does anyone have any experience taking a smart phone, like a blackberry or android phone overseas from north America (Canada specifically) to the UK? I'm in a somewhat strange situation. Right now I don't have any type of mobile phone. I'm going to the UK to finish my final year of school. Right now I'll be leaving Oct 1st, then coming back in mid December before going back for 5 months from Jan-June. My wife is going to be staying home in Canada, so we want to both get smart phones to stay connected. From what I've been told, an instant messaging like BBM will still be free (minus data charges) from Canada to UK and vice versa. So what I wanted to do was get a phone here (probably through Koodo because of the price and no fixed term contracts), and then take it overseas and swap out the sim card with a UK provider and get something that's pay as you go (to avoid international data roaming charges).
To make things easier:
1) I want a phone that I can take from Canada to the UK since I'll be there for a long time but still use the phone when I get back to Canada
2) If I bring a Canadian phone to the UK, do I need to do something special (I keep hearing stuff about jailbreaking) in order to use a UK sim card with it and get on a UK mobile service?
3) Does anyone know anything about the Blackberry curve 3g? Is it a decent phone? It seems to be the cheapest smart phone I'm looking at. The next best seems to be the LG Optimus Chat
4) Do android phones have a similar free to use IM service like bbm? 4b) is there a free messaging service like bbm that works blackberry to android? Just in case I get an android and my wife gets a blackberry, for example.
Thanks in advance guys!