I am traveling outside the US. Will there be any problems with my laptop and cell phone while I am abroad?
When I travel abroad I carry an old unlocked cell phone and purchase a “pay-as-you-go” SIM card in the country and use that, however that will not allow you to make international phone calls. That is what I use “Skype to Go” for. I also set up Skype Call Forwarding so that I only have to give out one number to my contacts and they can reach me no matter where I am.Bottom line, Skype is a “must have” service for any international traveler.
If you do want to take the easy way out and you subscribe to Verizon and you have an iPhone 4 it will not work in most cases outside the US because of lack of CDMA support. Verizon does have a Global Travel Program (see: http://b2b.vzw.com/international/Global_Travel/index.html) however you would have to upgrade to an iPhone 4s or purchase a second phone with Global carrier support (Here is a list of phones: http://b2b.vzw.com/international/Global_Phone/index.html). Note that international voice and data rates apply, which can be quite expensive (especially the latter).
Another tip when you are abroad: If your hotel charges for Wifi make sure that they know that you have multiple devices (laptop and phone) that you will be using and insist that they don’t double bill you for each device. Typically they will have to credit your account at checkout for this.