National Geographic Talk Abroad Lite Video
National Geographic Talk Abroad Lite Video Transcript
This is Jessica Dolcourt for CNET to give you the first look at the National Geographic Talk Abroad Light. Now, that is the name of the phone provided by the National Geographic brand but it's not who makes the phone. The phone is actually made by a company called Blue and it is the Blue DJ Light Phone. So, it is being used in this case in service of the Talk Abroad Program which is really aimed at tourist, travelers, students, people who really need a phone and a single phone number that they can be reached at all times while they are abroad and overseas. So, it's an interesting service. I'll get to that in a minute but first let's look at the phone. It is extremely simple. In fact so simple that it does not even have a volume rocker. I would never recommend this phone for day to day use. It's a very poor construction, very cheap quality, seems toy like, doesn't have a lot of extra features. It does have a pen light and also has an FM radio on here which is nice and players for video and audio playback. So, that is good but the address book is bare boned and so is much of the rest of the phone and also very small, tucks into my hand and really small screen too, less than 2 inches. There are two sim card holders on here. One of them the Talk Abroad International sim goes into. There is another sim slot as well so you could technically use it or at least store another sim card in there. Also, beneath the battery, there is a micro sd card slot, so you can load in music and any videos that you want. So, why would you ever buy this phone? Well, if you're interested in the Talk Abroad service, it gives you a sim card that we just saw with two phone numbers, one for the US, one for the UK basically anybody can call either of those two numbers and reach you wherever you are. You can dial up. The service is prepaid in a sense that you buy a $29 bundle of credit, you can keep buying more bundles of credit and then every single thing that you do basically outgoing cost the certain amount. So, checking your voicemail will cost 45 cents, texting somebody will cost a little bit of money. Most of the incoming texts and phone calls will be free for you. So that's good. It is a GSM world phone so with the Talk Abroad sim card, you will be able to use it in over 230 countries around the world. I highly recommend if you're interested in the phone and the service that you look at my full review on CNET.com because all of the rates can get a little bit confusing. So, this is your first look at the Blue DJ Light which is also known as the National Geographic Talk Abroad Light. I'm Jessica Dolcourt for CNET.
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National Geographic Talk Abroad Lite Review
The good: The National Geographic Talk Abroad Lite has space for two SIM cards, an FM radio, a flashlight, and 24-hour customer support. The phone itself costs only $59.99.
The bad: Cheap, toylike construction and missing volume controls are but two downsides. The Talk Abroad service's complicated dialing procedure takes some getting used to.
The bottom line: As a phone, the National Geographic Talk Abroad Lite is weak, flimsy, and lacks essentials. However, as an emergency travel phone, its light, simple, and affordable build could do the trick for some.
National Geographic Talk Abroad Lite Specs
Manufacturer: BLU Products
Part number: NGTALKABROADLITLBLK
- Product Basic Spec