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Adapter/plug type for Ipad, local cell phone

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Adapter/plug type for Ipad, local cell phone

I will be volunteering in Kenya(coming from USA) for a month and want to know exactly what kind of adapter/plug type i need for my Ipad. I also plan to purchase a cell phone there which I hear is reasonable and be able to call internationally. Is that a good idea instead of trying to use my own cell phone?


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The important thing is that Kenya uses the UK standard 3 pin plugs and sockets so any travel adaptor or third party travel charger that includes the UK standard will work here.

If you already have a mains charger you can buy travel adapters from supermarkets here to plug it into.

If all else fails (no reason it should) there are Apple approved stores in Nairobi and Mombasa.

Yes you can buy a basic phone and a sim here for between $15 - $25 (and occasionally for around $12) and it will save you a fortune in roaming charges, local calls are very cheap but the biggest bonus is that you can call the USA for around 6¢ a minute.

You might also want to get a sim for your ipad so you won't br reliant on wifi, which is becoming more available in Kenya but nowhere near western standards yet, and might not be available at all whereever you are volunteering

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2. Re: Adapter/plug type for Ipad, local cell phone

Also try and use Skype to call, as this is even cheaper then making phone calls.

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3. Re: Adapter/plug type for Ipad, local cell phone

Doffcocker - you suggest buying a phone locally, is the $15-25 for the sim card and the phone or just the card? Also, are they for sale in kiosks and stores or is there a specific retailer to look for?

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The $15-$25 is for a basic phone, if you buy it from one of the Network's (Safaricom, Airtel, Orange, Yu) shops it will include a sim and often some airtime, the phone will be probably be locked to that network. You can buy a phone for a similar price from a phone dealer (for example Fone Express located in Nakumatt supermarkets, Tuscom in larger Tuskys supermarkets, etc) for around the same price which will come sim free and therefore not locked to a network.

It's a long time since I bought a sim so I don't know the exact price but they cost around $1 - $2. You can buy a sim from any of the network's shops, but also from many other shops or the telephone money transfer stalls which show the signs of a network or it's money systems (Safaricom's Mpesa being the most common). You will have to show your passport to register the sim.

For general quality, availability and reliability of network I'd recommend Safaricom.

There is a Safaricom stall on the main corridor at Nairobi Airport, in the open area near Gate 11 (if memory serves), on the opposite side from Kenya Airways Customer service and the ramp (one of the two) down to Immigration .

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We just returned from our second visit from the US and we also downloaded WhatsApp on our phones. (free for androids and 99 cents for Iphones) all of our texting was free back and forth as long as we had wifi. We kept our phone in airplane mode as to not have data charges. All whatsapp texting is all free. Even with pictures. Good luck

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6. Re: Adapter/plug type for Ipad, local cell phone

Recently i have found that more and more places have had some type of electronic around with a usb port, so not always necessary. Alot of devices will have usb ports in tvs, setup boxes, radios, or even can get car chargers.

Otherwise will be able to get a usb plug charger at the air port and wont have to worry about having multiple chargers for different devices, can just use the one with the relevant leads.

Btw bit off topic but anyone recommend Applecare if going abroad? Or if you damaged your ipad, would you just get a repair at a local or courier? Grandmother sent hers to www.123ipadspecialist.co.uk but not sure how long they will take, and have another trip away soon.


Edited: 7:47 am, January 14, 2014
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