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I traveled all the way through the USA from the east coast to the west coast, by car and RV. I thought about getting a UMTS / LTE stick for my Notebook, too. But there really wasn't any need for this. You can get FREE WIFI almost everywhere: Coffee Shops (Starbucks, etc.) Fast food Restaurants (Pizza Hut, McDonalds, KFC, etc.) Camp grounds Hotels Shops / ...


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You can walk into any large carrier store - AT/T or T-Mobile in your case (since you probably have a GSM phone), and ask for a prepaid SIM card. No address proof, I don't even think they check your ID. T-Mobile usually has the best deals (value for money) and their 3G/4G network is pretty fast. Of course, I am assuming you have an unlocked GSM phone. ...


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I recently traveled from Belgium to San Francisco. I'm not sure whether it's the same as over there, but we had free WiFi in our hotel and in about every café, restaurant or tourist location we visited. Some Belgian providers have certain deals for mobile usage in the US. At Mobistar, there's a monthly plan with lower prices for texting, calling (in & ...


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Pre-paid phone service is a minority in the US, but it does exist. Most of the major carriers provide pre-paid access, and there are also some discount carriers (with limited coverage areas) such as the one I have used, SimpleMobile. The easiest (and possibly only) way to purchase one of their SIMs without a US address will be to go to one of their retail ...


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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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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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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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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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This is pretty easy in the US. Just go into a best buy or something similar and purchase a SIM-Card (no proof of anything needed) My suggestions for a card are either MetroPCS (40$ unlimited Data, Text, Talk) or h2owireless (40$ unlimited Talk, Text, Data + 1000 Intl. SMS + 5$ intl. Credit - ~2hrs talktime). Their SIM-Cards are working in almost any Mobile ...


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Depending on how long you're going to stay in the US, consider getting a postpaid plan. I went traveling in the US for 6 months around 2 years ago, and easily got myself a postpaid plan with ATT on the first day ($30/mo for 3GB, I think, pricey). I gave the address of my hotel at the time, and since they couldn't run a credit check on me as a foreigner, ...


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Most USA phone plans cover the entire USA, so no domestic roaming countrywide and usually no long distance charges for calls within the USA. The phone company websites usually have coverage maps available online, so you can see where you might not have access. The blank spots are often areas with simply no coverage, but some maybe served by a small local ...


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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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Roaming in Europe with GSM phones generally works very well. I don't have experience with this particular combination but I have done it across various countries (including France with a T-mobile subscription from another country than the US) and never had a problem placing a call or sending a SMS (I had trouble with MMS but who cares about MMS today?). I ...


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T-Mobile roams onto other T-Mobile networks where they exist, e.g. in Germany (T-Mobile is a German company). T-Mobile owns 50% of EE in the UK, and all T-Mobile customers (from any country) roam onto EE when in the UK. EE in the UK is a major network with coverage nearly anywhere you're likely to go. The only places you're likely to struggle for a signal ...


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I am from Europe/Austria and just 5 months back I was using a T-Mobile prepaid SIM card on my iPad mini, which I am then using as a wifi hotspot for my other devices. It was just about 50USD for some gigs and I was very happy traveling from San Francisco up until Seattle. There are of course some spots along highways for example, where coverage was very ...


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If you are looking for a map of free wifi locations around the world, I recommend you try this map at WeFi. You can search all across your route. Also, since you mentioned you are going to Miami. If you take the Florida Turnpike, all of the Welcome Centers on the Turnpike have Free Wifi. The Florida Department of Transportation is currently offering ...


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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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I used this plan on my Nexus 4 in Israel, Germany, and Greece this summer. I used it mainly for data, with some texting and voice calls (though at 20 cents/minute, I kept voice calls to a minimum). It was not perfect. Sometimes I had to manually scan for networks and get it to register on a different network (because automatic registration failed). ...


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I assume you like to use your phone from abroad. T-Mobile USA uses a rather strange UMTS frequency bands (1700 MHz AWS). This band isn't supported by most mobile phones. American LTE Bands are generally different than those of the rest of the world. 2G GSM will work with T-Mobile and AT&T. The only network that supports nationswide UMTS on 2100 MHz (as ...


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Within the EU there are (still) roaming fees. However, you might check with your provider whether there are any special deals which can lower these fees (such as for calls from France to another country, as well as for calling France from another country. It may, however, be worthwhile to get a prepaid SIM card for the other country you visit, maybe ...


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Using a phone outside of France is easy, usually you need to activate roaming once, for free. If you stay within the EU, it's still international roaming but prices are regulated and going down constantly (there is a plan to forbid roaming fees entirely by 2016 but it's not been voted yet). Placing and receiving voice calls and SMS has become quite cheap, ...


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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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