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Old 06-17-2014, 02:33 AM
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Have a question for those that travel to Europe.
I'm trying to decide on whether to get a prepaid cell phone or a SIM card. It sounds like I can get a SIM card and put in my own phone but I haven't found any data that is definitive as to whether this will work.
Any real world experiences on what's the best option? I'll be there for two weeks with 4 other people.
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Old 06-17-2014, 03:04 AM
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I used to go this route, incoming calls are free and its pretty easy to reload minutes. Don't buy one here, just find a cell phone shop that speaks a little English and they will hook you up. Now that Tmobile has free data everywhere I just use my own number. there's very little you need voice for while traveling but the apps makes foreign traveling so easy it kinda takes the magic out of it.
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What kind of phone do you have?
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Old 06-17-2014, 03:26 AM
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My IPhone S worked over there. Verizon has a global plan, they partner with Vodaphone.
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Originally Posted by I Love Beer View Post
What kind of phone do you have?
Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket.
Looked on a Galaxy Forum and it sounds like the best thing to do is call ATT to get the Unlock Code, take my phone to Italy and buy a SIM card there. They're like 30 euro or right around there.
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With Verizon, you can check to see where your phone is compatible. If it is compatible where you are going, you can contact them and they will enable international roaming on your phone for a period of time.

verizonwireless.com/tripplanner
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Originally Posted by ReelNauti View Post
With Verizon, you can check to see where your phone is compatible. If it is compatible where you are going, you can contact them and they will enable international roaming on your phone for a period of time.

verizonwireless.com/tripplanner
I'm on ATT. I did what you said when I went to the Bahamas and it cost me a friggin fortune!
Not doing that again. I'll go the SIM route or get a prepaid phone over there.
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Get the unlock code for your phone from ATT.

Then purchase the SIM card over there. You'll come out leaps and bounds ahead. As previously said, your incoming calls are free, and you'll get FANTASTIC rates on calling home. Last time was around 5 Eurocent/minute.

Just remember that your number will change to a local number, so your callerid will reflect the number you get assigned.

It's a little bit of a pain in the arse finding a shop with someone who is versed in this, but once you do, refilling is pretty painless.

I'm on Verizon and went this route 5 years ago, and use it 5+ times a year in Germany.
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Here are some options:

Get your phone unlocked and buy a new SIMM when you get there
Turn off cell service and use an app like google voice (down side need wifi)
Call your carrier, they can put you on a temp international plan.
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Not ideal but when on WiFi you can use Skype too.
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Originally Posted by scboatman View Post
Get the unlock code for your phone from ATT.

Then purchase the SIM card over there. You'll come out leaps and bounds ahead. As previously said, your incoming calls are free, and you'll get FANTASTIC rates on calling home. Last time was around 5 Eurocent/minute.

Just remember that your number will change to a local number, so your callerid will reflect the number you get assigned.

It's a little bit of a pain in the arse finding a shop with someone who is versed in this, but once you do, refilling is pretty painless.

I'm on Verizon and went this route 5 years ago, and use it 5+ times a year in Germany.
Thanks. I think this is the route I'm going to take.
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Originally Posted by Just1more View Post
I'm on ATT. I did what you said when I went to the Bahamas and it cost me a friggin fortune!
Not doing that again. I'll go the SIM route or get a prepaid phone over there.
When I do it, its for work so they cover any additional costs to my normal billing.
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Originally Posted by ReelNauti View Post
When I do it, its for work so they cover any additional costs to my normal billing.
Mine does as well, however I feel a little guilty turning in my monthly bill with an extra $150-200 in costs mainly due to checking in on wife and kids, etc.

So I opt for the prepaid SIM, company still foots the bill, but I can talk for a week or so and only spend about 30 Euros.

I work for a small company, and as good as they are about my expenses and the way I'm treated, I try and watch the bottom line as if it were my own.
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Getting a new sim card is a B*ll ache….

You will end up spending money and time checking your messages from your other phone number (US based one I mean).

Just get the global plan and use your phone sparingly….. last thing you need while on holiday is worrying about switching sim cards….
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ATT has a Europe plan for around $100 ..... I usually get that and just make calls, text, email as normal... I try not to send pictures as I think it may take you over the limit...

http://www.att.com/att/global/
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Originally Posted by triplenet View Post
ATT has a Europe plan for around $100 ..... I usually get that and just make calls, text, email as normal... I try not to send pictures as I think it may take you over the limit...

http://www.att.com/att/global/
Agreed.

I shut off data roaming unless I specifically need something such as Maps or email.

That said using free wireless whenever possible is also to reduced cell data costs.
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