For years and years, students graduating high school or in the midst of college take what is called a "Gap Year." This is typically a European tradition but it is moving across the pond and to other parts of the world. It is to have students see the world and immerse themselves in other cultures and traditions before they settle down to their studies and are unable to travel. I find this to be a brilliant idea. It shows you what the world is like outside of your small little town, big city, countryside, or country! But while abroad, parents are getting nervous about their children's safety.
This is not exactly a surprise. With uprisings in places like Egypt, Syria, and other Middle Eastern countries, it is not unheard of for travelers to be trapped in a country waiting for the next flight out. This is a great time to have an unlocked GSM mobile phone.
There are so many advantages to having unlocked GSM cell phones if you're a traveler. All you need to do when you get to a country is purchase a SIM card that can be used in that country. You get to keep your phone number and your phone and you get to use them without fear of immense charges and gargantuan fees.
If you're planning on "country jumping" like a lot of European students do, you can find yourself a dual SIM GSM phone. These phones are designed to carry two SIM cards. This means you can have two different numbers and two different SIM cards that work in two different countries. Are you starting to grasp the idea of dual SIM cards? It's really simple, and really a stress buster. You won't have to worry about which SIM card is the correct one or if you lost the one for Finland when you were traveling in Norway. It can be very confusing.
For parents, an unlocked GSM mobile phone is a load off of a worried mind. With students traveling to or through parts of the world that are unstable, you want them to have a way to get in contact with you if something goes wrong or even just to say a quick hello while they're abroad. It also means a smaller phone bill that will undoubtedly get sent to you while they're off globetrotting and having a grand time. These phones are definitely the best going away present you could get a young traveler.