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Prepaid SIM card for Austrian local calls

I've just moved to Austria visiting my parents/friends and I am wondering could you help me to find the best deal while I am here approx. for 3-4 months? I want to make just local calls without data ...
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Cheap phone calls from Canada to Europe

I'm travelling to Canada and I need to make cheap phone calls from Canada to Poland. Are there any cheap prepaid cell phone operators or fixed lines? If you can, please add some prices for example.
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Dorm / Hostel: How to assert myself politely with roommates

I occasionally travel with agencies that will put me in a dorm room with one or two twenty-something year young students for three weeks straight. Though day program is tough, some of them like to ...
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Calling USA from Schiphol (Amsterdam)

My parents are travelling to the US for the first time and have not ever been on international travels. They have a layover in Schiphol and I want them to contact me. I have never personally transited ...
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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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Options for sending a message while on a Shinkansen

I need to send a message, preferably while I'm on a Shinkansen, to tell someone which Shinkansen I'm on. I tried to find out how I could do this and ended up with ridiculously expensive options like ...
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Activation of International roaming

I plan to visit Europe from India and have activated the international roaming (IR). My questions are; Since incoming calls are also charged, will I get charged even for a missed call (or if I just ...
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SIM for voice calls while travelling to Europe

I am planning to travel to Europe next week to countries like France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria from India. France being the first destination. I am confused regarding what to do for voice calls, ...
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Which digits should I eliminate when giving my number to foreign travellers so as to not confuse them?

On my phone my number looks something like +19172222222 but I think people from different countries have their own codes right? Should I leave out the + and 1 when handing them my number so they ...
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How do you call a local service number, when abroad?

I need to call a local service number, but I am out of the country. I am calling a local service a number a short phone number that is easy to memorize or where the receiver is either earning money, ...
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What international calling card can be purchased online?

I'm currently traveling across Europe, making stops in Barcelona, Rome, Paris, and Amsterdam. I need a calling card that I can use to make calls within Europe, as well as be able to call the states. I ...
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International calling and data connectivity

What are cheap and efficient calling mechanisms when traveling internationally. Also what is a good netbook/internet service that is cheap and available internationally? Specifically, I am looking ...
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What sort of computer / electronic device would you take on a backpack trip around Europe to allow you to keep in touch?

As you may have seen in my other posts I am in the early stages of planning my Eurotrip this summer which if you are interested in seeing the planned route go here: ...
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What is the emergency phone number in different countries?

I know that the emergency services can be called FREE in the UK by dialing 999 and in the US by dialing 911. What I don't know is the number to call in other countries and if there is a cost ...
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2FABE - the 'secret' international travel postcard stamp code?

I was told about this about three years ago, that if you were desperate and didn't have time to buy stamps for a postcard, merely putting the code '2FABE' would get your postcard to its intended ...
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Is it possible to place a “reverse charges” or “collect” telephone call from Laos? How?

Sometimes when you're travelling overseas you might need to call home reverse charges. For instance some banks and credit card companies allow you to call them collect from anywhere in the world in ...
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How can I effectively compare data plans available in a country?

I'm going to spend 5½ months in Netherlands, and need to be able to make calls to Italy without spending a fortune. After some hunting on Wikipedia I found that there are only three non-virtual ...
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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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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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What problems and solutions arise with data access when travelling through multiple countries?

I am currently part way through a trip that will pass through at least 11 countries. I want to access data in all these countries. What problems am I likely to encounter, and what pragmatic solutions ...
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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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Most frequent words required while foreign travel [closed]

Which are most important words required while visiting countries having a different language understood by you? How do you manage a situation where you need to explain other person not understanding ...
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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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How to make cheapest calls from France (Mobile) to India (Mobile)?

If you are reading this then you know that today there are more than a million calling service providers. After searching for a sometime now I know, which ones not to choose, for various reasons like ...
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How can I contact the Visa Card office from Georgia? (The country in the Caucasus)

It seems I lost my wallet last night. So it's time to cancel my cards but I'm on the other side of the world. In my experience in the hospitality industry and having lost Visa cards twice before ...
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Recommended software for communicating / documenting whilst on a bike tour [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Going on a long bike tour, want to make a website I am going on a long bike tour and I intend to blog about it, take photos etc. I will take a tablet pc or netbook with ...
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Is there any way to be notified if the Northern Lights are visible in the north of Scandinavia without having to stay awake all night?

So we all know that there are a ton of places that claim to be the best place to see the Northern Lights and whatnot. However, even if I'm in one of those places, I don't necessarily want to have to ...
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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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Can I buy local prepaid mobile number in any Schengen country without having permanent residence proof there? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the best ways to avoid data roaming fees when travelling abroad? I will be going to Amsterdam only for 3 days from India. I use iPhone 4 and a prepaid mobile ...
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How do I verify my location in a country that has unreliable mail?

I'm trying to complete the final step of verification on couchsurfing.org and the country where I live (Dominican Republic) essentially doesn't have public mail. I've heard services like DHL can ...
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Are there ways to call “international” toll-free phone numbers?

I just had a lot of grief changing a plane ticket from a somewhat exotic location. It involved calling with Skype from Tbilisi Georgia to the nearest office for my airline in Istanbul Turkey. It ...
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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, ...