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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Is it easy to get prepaid SIMs in the US/Canada?

I'll be travelling in a family party to the east coast of the US and Canada and, as most people know, travelling in a party means you often need to keep in contact when seeing different things and ...
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Reality Check on Data Roaming and Tethering in Ireland/Poland

I am in the U.S. I would like to be able to go to Ireland and Poland and be able to tether my laptop to some kind of MIFI-like device or a cell phone that can create a wireless hotspot. From what ...
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Minimising data costs (non-roaming) for travellers in the US and Canada?

A former colleague will be visiting Canada and the US in a few weeks and would like data and no roaming charges. My understanding is that he'd probably pick up a sim card and go prepay. For a ...
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Micro SIM cards in Vietnam and Cambodia?

I'm looking to get prepaid SIM cards while I'm travelling in SE Asia this fall. How is the availability of micro SIM cards (i.e. the kind you use for Iphones) in Vietnam and Cambodia. And more ...
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Update Facebook and/or Twitter via SMS while travelling

I'm going traveling in a while, and I'd like to keep friends and family updated about my travels. Thankfully they're all on Facebook now. Is there anyway to update my Facebook status via SMS while ...
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AT & T Go phone

I will be spending two months in Belgium and will be calling USA regularly. Where and what kind of a phone/prepaid plan I should buy. I bought an AT&T (unlocked) go phone and was wondering if I ...
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Internet access in Japan

What options are there in terms of prepaid Internet services? Are the charges reasonable? I will be there for no more than two weeks so prepaid seems to be the sensible option.
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Where can I buy a “roaming” or “international” SIM card — one with attached phone numbers in multiple countries?

In the past I have found two companies that offered one sim card with multiple (international) numbers attached to it. The first one, of which I forgot the name, offered one sim card with the ...
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Managing SIM cards from multiple countries

I've found myself amassing a collection of SIM cards from my travels to different countries, and it's starting to become unmanageable. Currently, I'm using plastic bags. Each SIM card goes in its ...
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Getting a SIM card (prepay) in India

Unlike in the UK and most of the European countries (where one can buy a SIM over the counter in any of the shops), getting a SIM in India is a tedious process. One has to provide a copy of ID proof ...
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Sim Card with data plan in China?

I'm traveling to Beijing for a short trip (4 days), and don't want to be without my phone or pay ATT roaming. I have an unlocked, international compatible phone. What kind of options are available in ...
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Which prepaid sim to get to use my unlocked iPhone 4 in the US [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Data-plan for the USA I'll be living in the US for 6 months soon and I'm looking for a way to use my unlocked iPhone 4 on a pay-as-you-go plan with data. Do you guys ...
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What is a global number?

If you look at GoSim's rates (or the rates of other international sim cards), you can see that it has both a US and a global number. What is a global number? Is it the number you dial internationally ...
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Prepaid data/voice (micro)SIM for travel to Belgium

I am travelling to Belgium next month and am looking for a micro SIM that I can get shipped to my home country (UK) prior to travel. I am a data heavy user (tethering would be a bonus too), and a ...
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Are calls to international numbers charged at international rates if the caller is in the same country?

Suppose I take my phone on roaming from one country (say Australia) to another (say Belgium). How do these plans typically work? Will somebody else in Belgium have to pay international rates to call ...
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Phone calls within countries in Europe [closed]

My brother and I are considering going on a tour of Europe, that visits 13 countries in 24 days. Most advice I've seen recommends buying a separate SIM card for each country, but that is expensive ...
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Cell phones must now be completely turned off on flights in Europe?

On a BMI flight from London Heathrow to Berlin Tegal at the start of Feb 2012 passengers were told cellphones were no longer allowed on at all during the flight(regardless of flight mode) due to new ...
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How reliable are portable WiFi hotspots in Japan?

Instead of getting a prepaid SIM chip, I'm thinking of renting a mobile wifi hotspot. I've found these two so far. Two questions: Are these reliable? I will be mostly in the big cities. If I'm not ...
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Prepay (micro) sim card for data in Thailand

I'm going to be two weeks in Thailand and need a micro-sim for my iPhone (non jail broken). The main use will be data but obviously I will use it for calls and text too. What are the recommended ...
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Prepay simcard for data in Australia

I'm arriving in Sydney on Friday for a week. Ideally I'd like a pre-pay simcard for text and data (I need to check my stackexchange sites of course ;)). However I have no idea of what companies or ...
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Cost for US cell phone users to receive international calls

This is a question not from the point of view of the traveler, but from the point of view of someone in the US receiving calls from a traveler abroad. In general, for the major US wireless carriers, ...
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Buying a SIM card at Heathrow

I'm flying to London and would like to get a UK SIM card as soon as I can. Is it possible to buy those at Heathrow airport? Should I buy one from there, or should I order it in advance instead and try ...
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Cell phones in South Korea

What is the best way to get smart phone access when travelling a few days in South Korea? I am mostly interested in getting cheap data access (google maps...).
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Cell phones in Japan

What are the options for getting a smart phone up and running when travelling for a couple of weeks in Japan?
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Making calls from Romania

I am heading to Romania for work at the beginning of December. I was wondering if anyone could tell me the cheapest way to communicate in real time from Romania to the US? I am going to be taking my ...
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What is the cheapest way to use data for a Australian (telstra) iphone in the US? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Data-plan for the USA I'll be travelling to the US soon from Australia, and I was wondering what is the cheapest way to have 3G data in the US using my iPhone which has ...
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Data connection while in Israel

Is there a cost effective way getting a data connection (sim card) for a mobile phone for 3 weeks while I am in Israel? So that I can read emails, and make use of google maps on my phone?
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Cheap pre-pay sim in Canada?

I have my UK-based Android smartphone, but yay for Orange (sarcasm), it's locked and will take 3 weeks to unlock! Fortunately I also have a low-tech Nokia - I just need a sim. Rogers quoted me $70 ...
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Do US pre-paid GSM sim cards normally work in Canada?

For an upcoming trip, I'm going to spend about 10-15 days in the USA, followed by about another 10 days up in Canada. While over there, I expect I'll want to make and receive a few phone calls, send ...
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Are there data plans for travelers in the USA?

I intend to travel to the US for a month, and I would really like to use a lot of data traffic during the trip, for browsing, maps, Skype calls, etc. How can I do that? Should I buy a SIM? Do I have ...
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Using Australian mobile in China

Will I be able to use an Australian mobile phone (3 Network) in China? I know that I can do international roaming but I am unsure about any frequency differences.
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What's the cheapest way to call China from the US with an AT&T cell phone?

My girlfriend got a new job that requires frequent travel to Shanghai, China. She has a Chinese phone and sometimes has Internet access. Aside from Skype/Internet communications, what's the cheapest ...
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Are there prepaid mobile data plans in China?

When I was in the US I got a 3G data plan for the iPad which was only 25$ for 2 Gb which lasts a month. I was wondering if there are any similar offerings in China or if its better to wait to get ...
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What cell provider should I use in Dubai? [closed]

Planning a trip to Dubai/Sharjah in November from the US. I've found two cell providers over there. Has anyone had experience with either provider? Are there any others I should consider? Du ...
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Do American cellphones work in Europe?

I have a Virgin Mobile Pay as you go phone, is there any chance that will work in Hungary, Italy and Germany?
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Cell phone frequencies in Nicaragua [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a definitive reference guide to cell phone standards by country? As far as I know, the Nicaraguan cell phone system is on the GSM standard and has two major ...
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“Flight mode” phone use banned on Ryanair. Is this a worldwide phenomenon?

On a couple of recent flights with Ryanair I've noticed that they require phones to be turned off during the whole flight even if they are in the "flight mode". Pretty annoying that you can not use ...
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In the US, what's a good prepaid GSM SIM card without a phone?

My daughter is going to spend the next school year (August 2011 to June 2012) in Memphis, TN as an exchange student from Switzerland. She'd very much like to use her iPhone during her stay in the ...
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Inexpensive way to use my US iPhone's data connection in Turkey?

I want to use my AT&T iPhone – specifically the data connection – while in Turkey in September. What's the easiet, cheapest way to make my phone work in that country? How good is the service? ...
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Charge iPhone in Europe

I currently charge my iPhone with a "regular" charger purchased in the U.S. Will this charger work in Europe?
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Is there a definitive reference guide to cell phone standards by country?

I have an AT&T iPhone 3GS, and am wondering if I should switch to something else for use when visiting other countries.
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How can I use my US iPhone (AT&T) in a foreign country, specifically Iceland, without paying through the nose? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the best ways to avoid data roaming fees when travelling abroad? I would like to be able to use my iPhone for text messages, short voice calls, and a few 10's ...
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What's the cheapest way to purchase data access for my verizon smartphone while traveling in Spain?

What's the cheapest way to purchase data access for my verizon smartphone while traveling in Spain? Voice minutes would be useful too, although data only would be ideal. Specifically, I'll be ...
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Cheapest mobile operator in Europe [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the best ways to avoid data roaming fees when travelling abroad? Is where any default cheap mobile provider across Europe? I want to buy sim-card in one country ...
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What are the best ways to avoid data roaming fees when travelling abroad?

I'm looking for data plans I can use while touring different countries within a region without having to worry about being eaten by roaming fees. If such plans exist at all, I suppose mostly big ...