March 30th, 2010, 07:05 PM
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: A Sack of Mentos
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You can't--Europe uses GSM (cell phone bands) and Droids are CDMA.
You can get a SIP client (check out the app SipDroid) and use that to make phone calls when you're connected to a wifi network.
I travel a fair amount both nationally and internationally, and honestly, my Droid is one of my favorite travel tools. I use MapDroyd and iTravel Lite to download maps and the WikiTravel travel guides for an area, and I use Google Voice for texting (even better now that there's push texting!) And if I'm in someplace where I have to pay per device for wifi, I sign my Droid up, which is good enough for quick/covert use (if I don't feel comfortable taking my laptop out) and then if I want to use my laptop, I tether using PDANet to make use of the wifi connection I already paid for.
But yeah, if you want to use it as a cell phone, you're pretty much SOL. I think a few countries have *small* CDMA networks--check Verizon's website to confirm this--but you're going to pay out the @ss for roaming.
My suggestion is to get a cheap unlocked quad-band GSM cell phone on eBay, and just buy a SIM card (the actual phone card itself that you put in the phone to have a number, minutes, etc) to pop in once you get where you're going. Also, most major cell carriers in Europe have roaming agreements in other European countries, so that the rates are still relatively reasonable.
This is what I do, anyway... it's kind of a pain carrying around two phones, but my "Europe phone" (my cheap GSM one) really never leaves my backpack--I don't keep it turned on unless it's an emergency. I just tell everyone at home to call/text me on my Google Voice number, and I check that when I get to wifi.
Or you could get a Motorola Milestone (the GSM version of the Droid) and a SIM card for the country you're going to, and use that. ;-)