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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Phone service crossing borders, Vietnam>Thailand>Laos>Cambodia

I'll be traveling SE Asia, and want one phone service. If I buy a SIM card with Viettel in Vietnam, will it function in Thailand and in Laos and in Cambodia? If it does, will I be charged roaming?
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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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Are there sites to find the cheapest or best simcard options that cover more than just one country?

Regularly we get people asking what is the best phone/simcard for their upcoming travels. As we do not do product recommendation, often the only useful answer would be a link to a site where they ...
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Buying a pre-paid SIM card in Kazakhstan (Almaty or Astana) with data

Where in Almaty or Astana can I buy a pre-paid SIM card with data? Will I have to show the seller my passport when I buy one? A place with English speakers, if possible, would be preferable. I ...
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SIM data plans and acquiring 3G/4G in the US? [duplicate]

I dont really use a lot of data plans and phone plans etc. so my knowledge is quite limited. Im travelling to the US and I want to buy a SIM there. As far as I know, mobile SIMs are either prepaid or ...
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Can I bring a brand new, package iPhone into Costa Rica for another person?

Will I get in trouble with TSA/airport security for bringing a brand new, packaged iphone in my carry-on luggage from the USA to Costa Rica?
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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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What is the cheapest most convenient telecom company with prepaid SIM cards in the US? [closed]

I am planning to travel to the US in a few weeks as an exchange visitor, I would like to know which telecom company in the US offers the cheapest international and local calls rate as well as data ...
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Any cheap sim with just data plan in Majorca Spain?

I was wondering if there is a cheap SIM + data plan from a provider I can get in Majorca - Spain. Not interested in calls, only data preferably. Let's say 2GB for a week or something similar. Thanks ...
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What sim-card should I get in Ukraine, if I only plan to use it for mobile Internet?

I'm planning to stay in Kiev, Ukraine for a week and would like to have mobile Internet. I will need to use a total of 500 MB during that time. What is currently the cheapest sim-card/plan for my ...
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How well do foreign cell phones work 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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Canada mobile phone plan [closed]

I'm going to study abroad (in Québec) for 4 months. My question is related to my mobile phone plan. I currently have a french mobile phone plan with Orange. The Orange website is... well quite ...
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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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Mobile Charging at the Bodie Island Lighthouse

The Bodie Island Lighthouse is situated on North Carolina's "Outer Banks" within a large system of U. S. national parks known as the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Source: Wiki Creative Commons ...
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How many phones can i carry into India? [duplicate]

I am spending the summer in Dresden. When I came here, I was carrying my iPhone 5s. Now I bought a new iPhone 6s here in Dresden and I am using it, as well as my older one, which was broken (the front ...
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Geting a data plan in Japan as a tourist [duplicate]

I will be visiting Japan for two weeks as a tourist. I would like to have Internet access on my phone at all times, and found that there are some mobile data options for tourists. How do they actually ...
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Prepaid SIM card with best data plan in Canada

I'm travelling to Canada. Does anyone know which prepaid SIM card has the best data plan? In term of data usage & 3G/4G coverage. I don't think I'm gonna need to call a lot so talk time/texting/...
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Charging mobile phones in Mongolia

I often find mobile phones useful when travelling. On the practical side, they can be helpful when trying to find a place, and also looking up information about a place. On a more non-essential note, ...
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United States National Radio Quiet Zone: Impact on travellers?

The United States National Radio Quiet Zone forbids radio noise in a 34,000 km2 rectangle encompassing several touristic towns: Staunton, Harrisonburg, Charlottesville, Bridgewater, Shenandoah Valley, ...
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How can AT&T charge me to use WiFi while I'm abroad?

Knowing that AT&T is a global network, I was curious about what it would look like to use my phone internationally if they're my carrier. I came across their Passport Packages information, which ...
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Buy mobile data in Morocco with Inwi SIM card

I've bought a standard 30DH Inwi SIM card. I recharged it online for 200DH to have more mobile data. That data ended very soon but I still have all my calling credit. Is it possible to use this credit ...
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Buying a sim card in Italy

I am planning to buy a sim card in Rome that will provide data and voice services for 2 weeks. However, the process of buying one seems complicated, the shop keepers seem to ask for a Codice Fiscale. ...
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What are prepaid SIM card options for data in the UK? [closed]

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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How well does T-Mobile's (US) Simple Choice plan work when in Europe?

I'm about to travel from the USA to Europe. I have a GSM phone and I use T-Mobile's Simple Choice plan. This plan is supposed to mean that I can use the phone in Europe at no extra charge. So far all ...
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Prepaid phone for use in Canada

Looking for cheap dumb phone for use on 2 week trip to Canada (I have iPad for Wi-Fi so don't need data). We are landing on ferry from Portland ME to Nova Scotia so landing in Yarmouth. Thoughts? ...
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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 ...
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How to stop UK mobile number being disconnected while abroad travelling for 6+ months?

I'm from the UK going on a long trip on which I'll be using local SIM cards for my phone. While I won't be using my UK mobile number during this trip, I want it still to be there when I get back, to ...
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How do I know if my US phone will work overseas?

I have a smartphone bought in the US through a US carrier, not rooted or otherwise modified. I understand that some phones will work overseas, some won't, and some can if I make modifications to the ...
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SIM requirements to phone abroad from the US?

I will be traveling to the US soon and I will be expecting to make phone calls abroad from the US. Is it possible to phone abroad from the US with a Vietnamese SIM card with a Vietnamese carrier (...
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Best SIM option for UK and Italy?

My partner is Italian and we live in the UK. We frequently travel to Italy. We'd like to have a phone that we can use to call Italy affordably from the UK, and use in Italy to contact both Italian ...
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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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Using LG V10 or Motorola in Japan

Traveling to Japan early May for a couple of weeks, exploring options for data access while there for easier navigation, translation, etc. I have an LG V10 on the Verizon network, my girlfriend has a ...
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Buying a phone SIM card out of the country [closed]

I need to travel to Europe(Germany, France, Switzerland) starting in Germany where I will need a phone with available data. There have obviously been questions about various available plans like: ...
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Pre-paid data SIM for voip in Egypt

I'll travel to Egypt (Sharm el Sheik airport and then to Taba) in two weeks. I am looking for a Prepaid Data SIM for VoIP calls? For me, I think, 1GB is enough for 15 days. I have checked Vodafone ...
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Prepaid phone number provider in Sydney / Brisbane airports

Does anyone know if there are any mobile prepaid phone provider store at Sydney / Brisbane airport? And if so, do they stay opened 24 hours? I'll have a flight link at SYD 17:45 and after that I'll ...
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Why are satellite phones strictly banned in India?

Is it true, that using or travelling with satellite phone is strictly and unconditionally banned in India? And if yes, is there any explanation or official reason, why? I have found such information, ...
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Best prepaid SIM card for a short visit to the Philippines?

I will soon be visiting the Philippines for a short business trip (under one week), with a high likelihood for more to come. What's my best choice for a prepaid SIM card? Rough criteria: Must ...
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What mobile network in Vietnam has the best 3G coverage?

I will be traveling all over Vietnam and I would like to be as often connected as possible. So having a sim card with the mobile network having the best 3G coverage is key to this aim.
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Mobile Phone Ticketing with holder's photo anywhere in the world? [closed]

There are plenty mobile phone applications for purchasing one-time tickets for public transport all over the world. Nowadays, smart cards for public transport (e.g. Oyster card in London) are being ...
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Renting a WiFi hotspot in South Africa

I'll be visiting Johannesburg, South Africa in a few weeks. I want to rent a WiFi hotspot so that I can connect several devices to the Internet. I've seen that Vodacom rents these, and they can be ...
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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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Traveling to Vietnam in HCMC Unlocked Phone/Sim Question [closed]

Would like to communicate while there for 2 weeks AND take quality pictures w/o breaking bank. What should I use? SimCards? I currently have ATT.
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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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Long-life SIM cards in Europe

I regularly travel to Europe (Germany, Poland, France, Switzerland). Every time that I arrive in a country, I buy a cheap prepaid SIM card. The problem is that all these cheap SIMs have a short ...
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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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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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Indian customs rules on bringing packed iPhone [duplicate]

I am a US citizen, who is a Person's of Indian Origin (PIO) card holder. I am planning to buy an iPhone 6s (60 rupees) as a gift for my mother (who lives in India). I would like to bring it to her in ...
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Micro SIM 3G for iPad in Vienna?

Next week I am leaving for Vienna and staying there for a week. I'm staying there for work, alone, and since I need to get in contact with my colleagues and family at home (I am Italian) I would ...