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Boingo offers "worldwide" Wi-Fi, with fixed fee, per minute, pay-as-you-go, and package deals. Their full plan listing is here. It starts at $7.95/month for unlimited worldwide access for two mobile devices. I've not used the service and am not affiliated, but have them bookmarked for my own travels.


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What you're probably looking for is often called a "Roaming SIM" or "International SIM". These have numbers for multiple countries attached to them, and generally lower costs to make/receive calls (and sometimes also texts and data) in those countries. Depending on the one you go for, they may have varying numbers of countries covered from the start, and ...


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The person calling you will be calling your Australian number, so they will be charged whatever they normally pay for a call to Australia. As you are roaming, you will be charged for receiving the call at whatever your roaming rate is. In most cases, the call itself will actually route via Australia and back to wherever you are! It's possible that if your ...


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In Germany I recommend buying a pre-paid SIM from a provider called simyo because they allow you to tether (so do a number of other providers, but with simyo I'm 100% positive because I use their service on a regular basis). 39 euros buys you unlimited calling to all landlines and mobile networks within Germany (including text messages) plus unlimited ...


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Is it always the case that every single national border crossing means you need a new SIM card to avoid impractically high fees? Not always, there are some international service providers that charge no roaming fees - in Africa. I'm not aware of any such offers in Europe. Most of the questions I've seen about this are from before the recent EU ...


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In Europe you still need a separate SIM for every country (unfortunately). In the uk it is really easy to buy a "pay as you go" sim for your phone or a pay as you go dongle for your laptop. If you don't have a 3G modem just buy one of these. Its easy to google some sites that offer comparison: http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=3g+pay+as+you+go+internet The ...


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You probably don't want to use AT&T roaming. It does work but the Turkish providers are going to hit you up with some pretty beafy data fees. Getting a local SIM card is prefered. Your AT&T iPhone should support GSM bands and a SIM card, but there are a couple bariers. First your phone is probalby locked -- meaning the software in the phone won't ...


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Last year new EU regulations regarding roaming came into place, making roaming à lot more affordable. Within the EU a fixed max fare is in place: 45ct/Mb from July 2013 and 20ct/Mb from july 2014 Whether you should go for a local prepaid plan or rely on roaming depends on your local fees. Last year I went to Portugal and bought a local SIM card. At first ...


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I couldn't find a complete list, as most websites usually only compare a few providers. This website has a couple of them. There are 4 worldwide ones and one specifically for Europe which might be more interesting in your case.


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I'm not sure whether this is what you're looking for as it does not offer access for a 'fixed' fee, but Skype has a feature called Skype Access that allows you to login to paid WiFi hotspots around the world and pay for them using Skype credit in your account. The advantage, of course, is that you don't need to enter your payment details. Still, you'll need ...


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I just got a vodafone.it prepaid SIM with unlimited (or maybe several GB of) data for less than 30€. I'm fairly certain that was the best data plan available for my travels in Italy. You can get it at a Vodafone store in Italy. The Vodafone network in Como/Garda/Verona is very good. I can confirm that data roaming between Germany, Austria, Switzerland, ...


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After further research on my own I found an interesting option. The companies simyo and blau.de offer a prepaid roaming plan in Germany for the European Union. See for example here for simyo. You can buy a package for 20 Euros that covers 150 minutes calling 150 text messages 300 MB data valid 8 days You can also buy 50 MB (valid for 7 days) for 5 Euros. ...


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Since the card is prepaid, is there any reason to not keep using it until it cuts off? You might want to keep it for voice use only (where roaming charges are not as high) as a backup or when you enter a new country and don't have a local SIM card yet. Theoretically, you can also cash out unused credit under some circumstances, but it's probably not ...


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Calling an Indian or global toll-free number will on your Indian mobile from abroad will most likely cost something, calling a French toll-free number will be even more expensive, if possible at all. You need a local mobile (not 100% sure about that one), landline or phone booth for a calling card to make sense. To avoid unwanted data traffic, you have to ...


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This is the long-term best strategy: Sell your carrier-locked iPhone. Buy an unlocked iPhone. The Apple Online Store sells the latest-version unlocked iPhones for: USA Canada A few Euro countries Hong Kong Singapore With an unlocked iPhone, you can use foreign SIM cards. And it will be inexpensive to use. However, the upfront cost is higher. An ...


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You should check what features your carrier offers directly. For example with AT&T if you roam with the basic feature, you pay nothing on a month-to-month basis, but are charged a certain rate per minute while abroad. In my case I travel to France a lot so I would pay a flat $1.39 per minute while roaming in France (rounded up to whole minutes). This ...


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Wikipedia has all the gory details. Basically, in Europe, licenses for mobile phone operators are issued by each country and networks in different countries are generally separate even if they are operated by subsidiaries of the same parent company or share the same brand (I write “generally” because I am not entirely sure that it's always the case but it's ...


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All the 4 mobile operators (TIM, Vodafone, Wind and 3) offers pre-paid SIM card with data plans. Compared to other countries, Italy is quite permissive and you don't need to provide any proof of residence to purchase a pre-paid card. 3 (Tre) is generally the most cheap operator when it comes to data plans. The downside is that the signal can be quite ...


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I used to work in mobile phone billing, but that was a long time ago (15 years or so). At the times the rules were simple: Outgoing calls were billed at the rate of the roaming provider + roaming charges. Incoming calls were charged to the person calling you at his local rate to call you at your current location + roaming charges charged to you + ...


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At the high end of the market, unlimited internet is available via iPhone trip for many countries both in Europe and the World. You can either purchase 1GB in total or "unlimited" (really 7GB per day). For Europe the prices are $8.99 per day (1GB) or $13.99 per day (unlimited). For World, the prices are $11.99 (1GB) or $14.99 (unlimited). You also have to ...


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There's numerous questions on this already - see Is it easy to get prepaid SIMs in the US/Canada? Which prepaid sim to get to use my unlocked iPhone 4 in the US Are there data plans for travelers in the USA? To rehash, assuming you're using a GSM phone (the standard in Europe, Australia/NZ and a bit of Asia), you have two main options - AT&T or ...


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First, look up the phone's specs via Google. Wikipedia has good pages for most phones, including yours, and the top right infobox says: Compatible networks GSM 850/900/1800/1900, EDGE UMTS 900/1700/2100 Ignore the EDGE UMTS HSPA LTE OMG BBQ WTF bit at the end and look at the first part after GSM: you've got four numbers (frequencies) listed. Geeks ...


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My O2 Pay and Go from London was reasonable for international roaming data usage when I was at France last month. The website states that: You'll only be charged £1.99 for the days that you use data in Europe. There's a daily allowance of 15MB and if you reach this, the service will stop. If you want to use more you can simply text ...



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