Issues with taking your mobile phone with you, and buying a phone, SIM card, or cellular data plan in another country.

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How long does it take for a SIM card to activate (Europe)?

I have been wondering whether or not to buy a new SIM card when I take side trips to countries bordering Germany (one for each country). However, I have heard that each time I get a new SIM card, it ...
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Roaming charges from country to country in Europe

If I purchase a SIM card for Germany, and I wander over to Salzburg, for example, would I be roaming? How is roaming defined and how does it work?
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What to do about my US iPhone while traveling around Europe?

I've been reading up on how to get my cell phone into Europe and I'm still not entirely sure what to do. I'd prefer to use my iPhone so that I can carry fewer electronics, but my provider will not ...
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What are the Phone, Data, and SMS service options for a foreigner in Japan?

I recently arrived in Japan and have been having a very difficult time trying to find a suitable mobile service. For short stays, SIM and phone rental services are a good option (1,500 JPY/day). I'm ...
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Can I use a Prepaid Tmn sim from Portugal, outside Portugal (e.g. Spain, Italy)? [closed]

I bought prepaid Sim cards for 3 months for my husband and my phone so we could contact each other if necessary and so family could contact us in emergency. In Portugal the phones worked fine. Now we ...
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Where to buy a sim card in Paris? [duplicate]

I have a working android, but am unable to recharge it with airtime because the service provider that my phone is connected to is not available in Paris. I'm looking for a new sim card to put into my ...
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A Prepaid Sim card data 3G for the use in Egypt, Israel and Jordan

I will be going to Egypt, Israel and Jordan as a tourist in a few month time. I understand that I can easily buy a prepaid data plan when I am in Israel as a tourist. But can I use this plan in Egypt ...
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Prepaid nano SIM for an unlocked iPhone in Malta?

I'd like to get a local number and data plan for my unlocked US iPhone 5 while I'm in Malta. Which carriers offer this, and how do I actually get the SIM - just go to a cell phone store and ask for ...
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Cheap mobile provider in Denmark

I am visiting Denmark for 4 months. I will need a mobile tariff with data for my Android phone. I won't be making many calls. Does any of the Danish providers offering a prepaid card with large data ...
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Process and recommendations for obtaining a prepaid micro-SIM card in Ulan Bator, Mongolia

What do I need to to do to obtain a micro-SIM in Ulan Bator, Mongolia? Specifically: Will I need to present my passport? Is there anything I should know about the telecommunications companies, for ...
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Need info regarding cheapest mobile connections and internet plans in Berlin [duplicate]

What is the cheapest and reliable mobile network in Berlin? I may also ask what are the most effective Internet providers/connections in Berlin? I will be moving to Berlin for the very first time and ...
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SIM Card for vacation in the US [duplicate]

I will be visiting New York for about 10 days. I have an iPhone 4S (unlocked). What are my options to have a sim card, preferably with data? I probably won't use voice that much, but want to be ...
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Multi-country cellular carriers? [duplicate]

I've noticed that a lot of mobile operators have service in several European countries -- Vonage, Orange, Lebara, etc -- but it looks like if you get a SIM card from Orange France, you'll pay ...
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Prepaid Internet Bundles for cell phones in Leipzig Germany [duplicate]

I want to buy a prepaid SIM card in Germany. I know that Fonic gives a good internet bundles 10 Euro for 1500 MB. What are other alternatives which gives the maximum Megabytes?
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Reliability of prepaids for foreign calls such as Lebara, Ortel… what to take into account? [closed]

There are many prepaid operators in Germany, that offer SIM cards for cheap foreign calls: Lebara, Ortel, Mobilka etc. But I've heard bad opinions about their reliability and the connection quality. ...
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Prepaid SIM card for Austria, with mobile internet and relatively cheap foreign calls

I'm planning to spend about a week in Austria. I'd like to have mobile internet (mostly for geocaching). 100MB should be enough, however, it would be good to have a bit more. I'd like also to have ...
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Can a foreigner easily buy and activate an ALDI talk micro SIM in Germany?

I'm going to be traveling through several countries in Europe and I want to get a prepaid data SIM. I don't use too much data, so I was thinking of getting an ALDI Talk SIM in Germany (where I'll be ...
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What is the best way to get temporary smartphone data service across multiple countries?

My specific question is about Europe: I'm going to be going through Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, and possibly Bosnia/Herzegovina and/or Montenegro. (I live in the USA.) ...
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Text message delivery time from Europe to Asia

I use an European online banking account with mobileTAN. The text message will be sent from Germany and is online valid for two minutes. Will the message reach me in time in Far East Russia, roaming ...
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Prepaid SIM card for data in UK, France, and Finland

I want to buy a SIM card with prepaid data plan in UK. I will travel around France and Finland. I'm staying for less than a month, and I expect to use <250 MB. It seems that most plans don't allow ...
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Prepaid Data Plan for cell phone in Italy

What is the best option for a prepaid data plan for a cell phone for a short stay in Italy (Sardinia)? I am looking for a Micro-Sim Card. I don't need to call and I need approximatively 300-500 MB. ...
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Are there any Verizon smartphones that work in Israel?

I know all the new 4G phones have GSM radios, but I heard that many (or maybe even all) of Verizon's smartphones make it so certain capabilities - specifically, data - don't work with international ...
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Can I buy a cheap phone in Peru, that will function in Bolivia and Argentina?

Is there a chance I can buy a cheap phone (and put some money on it) in Peru, so it will work in other countries such as Bolivia and Argentina? I'm not talking about technical issues, but about ...
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How can I get a prepay SIM card before going to Greece?

I'm going to Greece with my girlfriend, but she's going for a conference and I'm just tagging along. I'd like to get a couple of prepaid SIM cards before I go so that she can get in touch with me ...
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Can I buy a prepaid mobile internet sim in Portugal as a tourist?

The titles says it all. I would like to buy a SIM cart to enable mobile Internet on my phone in all of Portugal, preferably for a month. Is this possible, or is mobile internet only for local ...
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How can I most affordably use my iPhone in the UK during a long-term study abroad period? [closed]

I'm from the United States, and I currently have an iPhone 4s on the Sprint network. In late September (2013), I'll be flying to the UK for a year of studying abroad at Oxford University until June ...
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Options for prepaid cell service in Toronto [duplicate]

I'm visiting Toronto tomorrow and will be there for about two weeks. I have a 2G unlocked phone that I originally purchased from Fido, so I would only need a SIM card. I'm thinking about getting a ...
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Usable cell phone network in Montenegro Zabljak area for calls and data

I would like to get a prepaid SIM card for my stay in Zabljak area, Montenegro. What network should I be looking for to get a good coverage and is there data (EDGE, 3G, UMTS) available?
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Data plans in Germany that can also can be used elsewhere in Europe

I am planning to spend around 100 days in Leipzig, Germany this summer , I wanted to make a prepaid data plan 1 GB be very enough. My Questions are: Which are the service providers who have ...
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What is cheapest phone option for a short trip to Europe?

I'm leaving for Europe in a couple days. I'm spending a few days in England and then a few days in Hungary before returning to the US. Unfortunately, I have not given much thought to my phone/internet ...
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SIM in Spain with tethering [duplicate]

I will be traveling to Spain soon and want to have the ability to use the internet on my laptop. I was wondering if there are pre-paid SIMs in Spain that provide tethering options.
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Is it easier to unlock my phone and have it activated with a local provider in another country or to buy a local pay and talk phone?

I'll be traveling around Poland for six weeks and I want to keep in touch with friends and the people I'll meet during my stay. I the SIM card with the phone I currently own now, which is a samsung ...
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What are the options of using your home country cell abroad to call home?

I'm lost as to the many options available and how to implement them. I want know what are the most cost effective ways I can use my Canadian Bell cell number to call family back in Canada from the ...
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Is it worthwhile to rent a phone in Buenos Aires?

I'm taking a quick trip to Buenos Aires and while I know I can buy a SIM card for my phone, what I am curious about is the options of renting a cheap voice only phone while I am there. Various ...
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The using of VPN on iPhone in China

I will be travelling to China this April (more specifically, I will be going to Chengdu). As I would need to keep myself updated all the time, and I would need to access facebook and other websites ...
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Prepaid GSM data provider for Connecticut and NYC [duplicate]

I'll be traveling to the US (specifically Fairfield, Connecticut) in about 2 weeks. Which provider has the cheapest prepaid data rate? would I be charged roaming if I went to a different city or ...
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Is there a 3G Sim Card that is usable in both Japan and China?

I will be going to Japan and China next month. As I don't want to activate the data roaming on my carrier due to the high charge, I am looking to buy local Sim Card with 3G data plan that is cheap and ...
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How can I get a Nepal Telecom SIM card in Thamel, Kathmandu?

Does anyone know how I can get a Nepal Telecom SIM card in (or close to) Thamel, as a foreigner? Preferable straight away with not so much hassle because I plan on going trekking ASAP. I want Nepal ...
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Which apps help to find unconventional accommodation?

I have heard of Couchsurfing and Airbnb and I know these services have apps, but does anyone know of any other apps available for connecting and finding accommodation, either via hospitality networks, ...
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Simple phone for US-only use: GSM 850/1900, or CDMA/IS-95?

I currently have a Nokia 1200 and I've never visited an area where it doesn't work. My phone operates on 900/1800 MHz, so it will not work in the USA. Soon, I will visit the USA for approximately one ...
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How should I prepare for a trip to China?

I'll be traveling to China for business in April and I am thinking of ways to prepare. I am looking for advice on how to prepare with regard to: Travel documents Money Phone/data service Medical ...
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Use prepaid cards in Europe with my Verizon S3 sch-i535?

I am going to England, Scotland, and Ireland soon for about 10 days. I have a rooted Samsung Galaxy S3 (SCH-I535) on Verizon with Android 4.2.2. I'd like to use voice + data (no SMS) over there ...
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How can I use my Verizon “Global Ready” smartphone in the UK and France?

I'd like to use my Droid Razr Maxx phone, obtained from Verizon in the United States, on an upcoming trip to the UK and France. The product specs claim it is global ready, and it has an accessible SIM ...
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What are the options for a prepaid SIM card in Montevideo, Uruguay?

What are the options for pre-paid SIM cards in Uruguay (Montevideo)? What are the options for pre-paid data plans/packages?
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How to buy a cellphone SIM card in Paris? [duplicate]

How do I buy a SIM card for my cellphone in Paris? Also, is there anything I should keep an eye out? (things like fees, cellphone-compatibility in europe...) and do they have pre-paid plans (in Brazil ...
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Website resource for finding cheap cellphone plans in any country

There are many country- and region-specific "cheap cell phone plan" questions, but here I'm asking for websites to check no matter what country I'm in to QUICKLY locate a cheap cell phone plan. ...
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What equipment should I travel with to increase the odds of good internet and phone connectivity?

Getting decent internet and telephone coverage while traveling is not a given. I find that outside of urban areas many places I stay when traveling have unreliable internet connectivity, if any. ...
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What are the options for a prepaid SIM card in Paris? [duplicate]

What are the options for a prepaid SIM card in Paris? Data service is not necessary, only voice. I live in the US and I need to know the phone number for the SIM card before the trip.
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How to stay connected with friends, family while abroad?

How do you stay connected with your friends, colleagues and family while abroad? I've recently came across such a thing as TravelSIM which offers a callback service at quite low prices and to my ...
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Will my European phone (Nokia 1208) work in the USA?

I have a Nokia 1208 bought in Sweden with a pre-paid SIM-card from Telia. Will I be able to use my mobile phone in the USA? I'm not talking about expensive roaming fees or so, just whether it's ...