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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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 ...
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Mobile providers and mobile internet in Thailand?

I'm traveling to Thailand for three weeks and I was hoping to get a local Sim card while there, to be able to contact home, people I meet, and use the internet. Which networks are available and do ...
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What's the cheapest SIM card with Internet for smartphone in Czech Republic?

I want to go to Prague for a few days and do there some geocaching. I need therefore SIM card with internet package or internet flat rate. I don't think the traffic generated while geocaching will be ...
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Is it safe to buy-and-forget prepaid SIM card with internet tariff in Germany?

When you're geocaching, or using mobile maps for navigation, or simply you're internet addict :) you're likely to buy a prepaid SIM card for internet in your smartphone when you're in foreign country. ...
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What are my options for pre-paid SIM cards in Buenos Aires, Argentina?

I have three devices: iPhone 5 - nanosim, 4G/LTE MiFi - microsim, 4G/LTE iPhone 4S - microsim, 3G Which providers in Buenos Aires / Argentina have the best prepaid options for these devices? They ...
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SIM card in New Zealand with unlimited internet access

Are there any SIM cards with unlimited internet access available in New Zealand, for a stay period of 3 weeks? Vodaphone counter at Auckland Airport don't offer any unlimited bundles, and I wonder if ...
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Starhub Singapore network data issues

I've been going to Singapore once a month for a week at a time for the last 10 months and I have been using Starhub's prepaid microsim with my iphone 4s. The data performance in woeful to say the ...
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Is there a “best” wireless broadband provider or package for Australia?

Since ASUS came out with their original Eee PC I've always travelled with a netbook computer. I've travelled to many countries, rich and poor recently and everywhere there is free Wi-Fi at least in ...
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Parking via SMS in Sofia, Bulgaria

In Sofia, Bulgaria there are two parking zones - blue and green, and for both of them is possible to pay via SMS. My problem is that I have no longer a Bulgarian SIM-card, and I wonder if it's ...
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What are the options for a prepaid SIM card in Singapore?

I'm in Singapore for a week and would like to use data with my iPhone5. What are the options that include enough data for moderate to heavy usage (1-2GB should be enough for the week).
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Recommendation for mobile prepaid SIM card for smartphone + home calls

What SIM card would you recommend for smartphone user for the travel in Germany? It would be probably the only or the most important connection to the Internet, so large amounts of data and ...
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Using an iPhone 4S in South Korea

My brother will soon be traveling to South Korea for work an he has an unlocked iPhone 4S from Sprint. According to the Apple website, the 4S will work on one of the regional carriers so what he was ...
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Mobile Phone Provider While In Curacao and Saint Martin

Is there a provider that I can use in Curacao and Satin Martin? Verizon claims that they have coverage in Curacao on CDMA but thats not true. Do any of the providers support the European GSM ...
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Can you use your mobile phone in the Channel Tunnel?

The Channel Tunnel (Le tunnel sous la Manche) is a ~50km tunnel (well, a set of 3 tunnels) running between England and France, used by both high-speed Eurostar trains and slower car trains / freight ...
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Where to buy a second-hand smartphone in Seoul?

I'm currently travelling in South Korea, home of major smartphone companies such as Samsung. It's a country in a technology boom where everybody wants to have the latest gadgets. That implies they no ...
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Can a used smartphone purchased in South Korea be used in Australia?

I'm thinking about buying a second-hand smartphone before I leave Korea since some major brands are based here and Koreans seem to always want the latest and greatest I'm assuming models one or two ...
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Cellular internet coverage in the Pyrenees

I'm looking to buy a SIM card with a data plan. What company has coverage in the Pyrenees? Any recommendation for a plan with 3G coverage there?
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Buy Prepaid SIM for use in Spain, but mailed to US?

I'm going to Spain in a weeks. I would like to have a SIM card in hand before we arrive in Spain. Does anyone have experience purchasing a SIM card to use in Spain before arriving in Spain? These ...
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where can I send free sms to hong kong [closed]

I know it's not a typical travel question but I visit Hong Kong and want to send sms to people i meet there. My provider charges almost 1 usd for each sms. Used to use icq long time ago, but ...
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What's a good prepaid SIM card for data in Ireland?

Please recommend an Irish prepaid SIM card for buying a prepaid internet data package. I'll need about 500MB for a week in Dublin (300-700MB is fine) Specifically I would purchase a micro SIM for ...
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Prepaid SIM card for data in London

I need to buy a prepaid SIM card with internet connection in London just for 6 days. Any suggestion and prices?
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What apps are available for smartphone platforms to allow free calling to the UK and other countries? [closed]

On the iPhone, I use MagicJack to get completely free calls over WiFi to US numbers. I'm looking for a similar app to enable me to call UK numbers for free on the iPhone. Does anyone know of one? To ...
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Can I buy a SIM card in Germany for a short duration?

I will be travelling to Germany for 9 days and I need a SIM card there as soon as I arrive at Frankfurt Airport. I can take a SIM from India with international roaming activated but that option seems ...
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Recommendation for prepaid SIM card in the Netherlands

I will stay in the Netherlands for three months and I'm looking for a prepaid SIM card with a cheap data plan (like, 200 MB free per month). In Germany, there are lots and lots of offers like this, ...
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Cellular Internet in Iceland?

Is it possible to purchase a pre-paid SIM card that with cellular Internet access in Iceland ? If so, in what parts of Iceland can I expect coverage ?
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Cell phone data plan recomendations?

I live in America. I do not currently own a smart phone. I basically need to be able to check my email quickly while I'm in Thailand. The idea is that a smart phone + a data plan would accomplish ...
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Can I buy a prepaid mobile data plan while on route in France?

I will be driving through France soon and would like to have a local prepaid sim with data capabilities. I found a very interesting sollution in the French Connection, but I need a French delivery ...
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Google maps in China

Using smartphone in China's cities, how can I navigate by foot? Does anyone has a creative idea if I don't read or write chinese? Any recommended foot-navigation to China main cities? (offline maps ...
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3G internet / data package in China

I'm going to do a backpacking trip to China. I have a smartphone. What is the most economic way to buy a data package? I don't need a sim for calls at all, data only. I have got a 'simless' but it ...
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What are the options for a prepaid SIM card in Germany?

I'll be staying in Berlin for one month and I have an unlocked iPhone (GSM) that I'd like to use while I'm here. What are my choices for SIM cards and packages that include data?