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Old 09-09-2017, 08:57 AM
 
Location: Olympus Mons, Mars
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I recently acquired a Pixel XL 128 as my primary phone. It's a $1000 phone. I have traveled everywhere with my old cell phones which were worth at most $300-500, still expensive but not as expensive as this one.

Although thank goodness i've never had an issue with muggings etc. I was just wondering that it's always a possibility given how much we use our phones everywhere and in some of the developing countries I travel to a phone is worth more than the monthly salary, sometimes even a few months of salary. In some places i've definitely been a bit nervous about taking out my cell for fear of attracting attention.

Hiding the phone outdoors is not really viable when you want to check maps/directions and take a photo etc. which got me thinking, is it really good to have a second cheap phone, perhaps a $100-150 backup one when traveling in somewhat dodgier areas? I use Android so there are a plethora of options. Of course I would not use this strategy in a developed country like Germany but in developing countries.

Anyone follow this strategy?
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Old 09-09-2017, 04:49 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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<$100 smart phone / dual SIM (I got mine in Thailand) EZ to get on internet.

Everyone in developing countries has a 'handphone'. You won't be 'targeted', but good idea to be prudent. (Don't take your $1000 phone)
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