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A friend recently referred me to Karma, a no-contract pre-paid wifi spot that you can take with you on your travels. While I haven't used it firsthand, my friends give it a thumbs up. Amazon indicates that coverage can be spotty depending on where you travel, but since you're going to New York, you shouldn't have a problem. The company is based out of NYC. ...


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It depends on how the provider works. Sometimes resellers like Aldi offering sim-cards are simply resellers of a larger telco offering and as such, requests for new activations can sometimes take longer than others due to prioritisation of the assignment of the phone number. Once upon a time it could take upwards of two days to activate a sim card, in most ...


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Aldi takes longer than 36 hours. I'm still waiting. Much easier to buy a sim in UK, France, and Iceland. Germany requires registration using a local address. I hate this kind of red tape. Notice how many of the mobile operators are based in several countries yet you have to either pay for roaming (which is still a rip off) or get a new sim locally. These ...


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This changes a lot, so we can't quote prices as they may be outdated pretty quickly for the next visitor. But one of the best resources for this sort of thing is to look at prepaidwithdata.wikia: It shows the three major providers there: A1 T-Mobile 3 (Drei) and that'd be your best starting point - looking at the sites for those and seeing what the ...


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This is a tricky one, but fortunately these days there's a wiki for this - PrepaidWithData.Wikia. They point out that in theory, you can quite easily purchase a sim in a store in Turkey. However, there are complications: All mobiles phones purchased outside Turkey using a Turkish SIM card must be registered with the government. There is a grace ...


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Just for the record, I just bought/downloaded and investigated on both ipad, android -- Galileo Pro which is an OSM product -- I also glanced at some other OSM products -- Google Maps (these days has freely download to the cache feature) -- Maps.Me which is made by a german company. (five bucks) In all cases you download the app. Then one way or ...


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I actually ended up buying the sim card from LEBARA on Amazon (I am not affiliated with the seller nor Lebara compary in any way). Despite what says on the package, you CAN activate it from outside of France. It was a rather easy procedure using the internet, you can also top up and buy some Internet and/or voice bundles on their website. There is an English ...


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I use Sygic for turn by turn navigation and Locus Pro with Open Street Map vector maps for everything else. Both worked abroad with roaming disabled and in places without cellular network. Both are paid apps though. There probably are lots of other options as well, but these two will surely work offline if you preload the relevant maps.


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The past couple of months I've been travelling in the US, Canada, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand. I didn't want to pay for data for Google Maps (although I did in a couple of places). I found two options: 1) Pre-cache google by moving the map around a bit while on wifi. Then when you go out, the maps work. However, this is only for ...


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OsmAnd allows you to download the open map data for any country you wish. I find it to be fairly good map coverage for the areas I have traveled in. But I use it more to track where I am rather than as a source of directions for getting somewhere specific. It does have directions function, but I haven't needed to use it, so can't give feedback on how well ...


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You might want to try MapFactor: GPS Navigator which is free and allows the usage of free maps from the OpenStreetMap (OSM) project, which I believe does have maps for Iceland available. The app can't quite reach the standard of a separate navi, but does a good job nonetheless. You might also want to have a look at the OSM Android Wiki page which lists a ...


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If the phone is unlocked then you will save a lot of money with a local SIM. For example, Lebara Mobile would be 27 cents a minute for UK calls and 27 cents per MB. See http://www.lebara.co.uk/prepay/rates You can pick SIM cards up from vending machines at Heathrow and other airports. If you forget to do that you can get them from pretty much every ...


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There is no "activation" cost in Thailand, just buy a sim, insert and call. SIMs are dirt cheap, usually 50 baht, with 50 baht in call time credit, so basically free. Calls are anywhere from 50 satang to 1 baht a minute domestically, 1 to 10 baht a minute internationally. There are a myriad of plans offered with prepay rates. All three cellphone ...



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