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Old 05-10-2015, 03:49 PM
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I'm going to be spending 3 weeks in Europe this June with my daughter. I need to be able to get voice mail messages, email and text. London, Florence and then a cruise.

Right now, my plan is to get sign up with Regus which includes them answering my business line and they will email or text me the messages. They can also screen the calls and refer service requests to my virtual assistant.

What's the best way to set up cell service? I downloaded Viber today, but haven't really explored how it works. any best practice suggestions?
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Old 05-10-2015, 04:01 PM
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I just carry my cell phone and use it like I do here. I get the international plan on Att. Colleague of mine switched to T-Mobile and I talk to him in various parts of the world regularly. There is also Skype.
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if you have access to free wifi, while in Dominican republic I downloaded the free magic jack software. the only issue I had was the caller id showed as a florida phone not my contact info... my bride used her phone as normal for about 10 minutes and we had a $33 dollar charge for the call (Verizon)
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I just carry my cell phone and use it like I do here. I get the international plan on Att. Colleague of mine switched to T-Mobile and I talk to him in various parts of the world regularly. There is also Skype.
^^^^This. Add the international plan and when you get back, take it off. It's not cheap, but better/easier than all the hassle of apps. Skype is a great alternative too if you need to make long calls that can wait for WiFi connection.
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call you carrier before you go and get on an international plan. If not you will have $500 in data and phone charges.
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Old 05-10-2015, 04:27 PM
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I'm on ATT so I'll see what's involved. I need to make some other changes at the same time. Thanks for the advice.
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Old 05-10-2015, 04:32 PM
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I'm on ATT and have used them in Germany & Denmark, you shouldn't have any issue. As previous poster said, call before you go and they'll put you on an international plan so you don't get any surprises when you get home. Have a great trip!
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Old 05-10-2015, 04:34 PM
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ATT has a few different levels of services.... I usually pay around $130 +/- for the month and never have a problem ... I don't make many cell calls - but I do text and use apps over there a lot ...
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WhatsApp is FEEE for text msg international.
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Old 05-10-2015, 04:45 PM
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Wherever i am i simply buy a local sim card and activate a flat data plan for the time i am there so i have internet access and can access email, whatsapp, viber, skype, google maps, etc.
The biggest europeanwide provider is Vodafone and the have convenient europawide roaming plans.

Keep in mind that you need a free phone without a simlock from your US celular provider!

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Just take your phone and go. Turn off data roaming, then call ATT and add one of their international plans. Look for free Wi-Fi in hotels and restaurants and use that to check email and surf the web.

ATT inbound texts are free anywhere in the world...so you can always receive. Just be mindful of sending unless you add a text plan. They can add up in a hurry.

Have a great trip.
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Old 05-11-2015, 05:31 AM
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In Europe your choices for US carriers are AT&T or T-Mobile - Verizon isn't as good.
I am in Germany right now, and T-Mobile is $0.20/min for international calling.
You don't want to do data roaming, but free wifi is available almost everywhere.
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Old 05-11-2015, 10:27 AM
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AT&T international 3 plans you can sign on to just for one month

$30- unlimited text/ calls $1 min/ 100mb data

$60- unlimited text /calls $0.50 min/ 300mb data

$120-unlimited text/calls $0.35 min / 800ish(?)mb data

Just don't go over data usage or they will throttle you pretty good.
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