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A friend suggested 3 as useful if you are travelling in some EU countries eg Italy France Switzerland Scandanavia, Ireland... due to them not having any roamihg charges with the Feel at Home http://www.three.co.uk/Discover/Phones/Feel_At_Home


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You might want to consider Lyca Mobile http://www.lycamobile.fr/en/offers-mobile-internet It is not a prepaid plan (I do know they had special deals of 10 euro for 1000 mb for 30 days). However I notice that promo is not available right now. But you can get 1 mb for 9 cents. It is quite much but the good thing is that they offer english support. All you ...


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You have various options (only in Spanish I am afraid, but use Google Translator and you will make sense of it): http://www.simyo.es/tarifas/prepago.html http://www.vodafone.es/particulares/es/tienda/tarifas-para-movil/ http://www.jazztelprepago.com/tarifas-movil-prepago/nacional.aspx In any case, at the airport any company will offer you the same more ...


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I was in Japan in April, and used a company called Rentafone. They offer 3G or WiMax devices, and post the device out to your hotel or wherever you are staying. It comes with a postage paid return envelope for you to send it back at the end of the trip. They had excellent support, in native English, with fast response times (via email, often responding ...


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Provided your phone is SIM-unlocked, you should get both GSM/2G and 3G service in Russia. Fido will unlock your phone for $50, or you may be able to find unsupported hacks on the Internet if you're willing to risk bricking the phone... This phone has all four world GSM bands, so it can be used for 2G almost anywhere, and 900 and 2100 MHz 3G bands. Russia ...


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Just carry it with you. You are allowed to carry personal items, such as phones, with you from one country to another. If it is still new in the box, it might raise flags that you're importing it, rather than carrying it as a personal phone, in which case you may be required to pay import duties.


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Since your primary use for the SIM is for navigation, I would strongly advice you to get an offline maps app for your phone as other have suggested. From my personal experience, OsmAnd is perfect for Android devices. If you use iOS, consider buying the Pocket Earth app. I have used it on all my trips and found it to be the most accurate. It even has ...


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For the iPhone: The "NavFree" navigation app comes with UK and Northern Ireland maps for free (about 500 MB), and you can download other European countries for £1.99. Do that at home with a good WiFi connection! Pocket Earth is more for tourist information, town maps etc. Enter places you want to visit anywhere, it downloads nearby maps, and it downloads ...


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As long as you're biking within the EU, any SIM card with data should be sufficient. The EU limits roaming charges to 0.2 EUR per MB, billed per 1 KB. A-GPS consumes a few kilobytes of data to find the nearest satellite, so it won't cost much to stay connected. For further savings use one of the offline map apps for your phone.


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Another option for (off-line maps) is OSMAnd on Android. You can download maps in advance (up to ten on the free version. After that you can log the data, or get directions without an active internet connection.


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As @MeNoTalk mentioned in the comments, you don't need a SIM Card for GPS usage. I've done this several times in Germany or France. The cheapest option would be to visit any place with a public wifi connection (in your hotel or hostel would be best) and use that to cache maps on the Google Maps app. While this service is not available in some countries, ...


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I am surprised nobody mentions VOIP. With VOIP you technically have a fixed line number that works over an internet connection. There are various apps for both iOS and Android. I personally like Zoiper. My current provider offers polish numbers which will work over a Canadian internet connection. So your friends and relatives can simply call you in Canada ...


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As I see it, you have three options. Option 1: Skype I like this option because all you need is a credit card and internet connection. You can make calls from your computer or a smartphone with the Skype app. Option 2: Calling card Two calling cards off the top of my head: CiCi and Vox. Note that to use this option, you will need a land line or ...


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Since the current answers are rather outdated, here's a web site with recent-enough information. Generally, the no-contract plans are affordable. For example, Golan Telecom doesn't require Israeli identification and you can even pay by PayPal. Their activation fee is 49 ILS, and for unlimited calls and 1GB data you'd pay 37 ILS monthly (59 ILS monthly for ...


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Skype out can be used to to call land lines or mobile phones pretty reasonably from computers and some other devices capable of running Skype. It's a couple cents a minute to Poland, IIRC, so basically almost free.


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Yes best bet is to get a local number plus a calling card. Usually at hotels, local calls are free which takes care of the first part. If you must use a cell phone, than any prepaid number will do. It costs under $10 for the SIM and you can load in increments of $10 with most plans. We do not have many providers and you have to do the work to find out ...


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Now that I'm back from my trip I thought I'd add my own answer with details of the experience. All of the following is using an iPhone 4S, unlocked and using T-Mobile's Simple Choice plan (originally an AT&T locked phone). On landing at Heathrow I turned off airplane mode and my phone immediately connected to EE. I've seen reports that this could take ...


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The recently released iPad Air and second-gen iPad Mini have the widest possible 3G/4G coverage. Either of the two (not Wi-Fi only) variants of these models will get 4G connectivity with 3, EE, O2 and Vodafone, where available. You can check 4G connectivity by comparing the LTE frequency bands of the device to the LTE frequency bands of the mobile network ...


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Just back from trip to Norway. Used the '3' network pay as you go data card in Norway. Excellent network coverage at UK home country rates - works out to be 1p per MB. Network i was signed on to was 'N Telenor'.



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