I'm going on a trip through Europe this summer and will need approximately 500mb of data every day for about 28 days. I won't need any minutes or texts, just Data. I will need normal/fast speed, so no limitations on that after a certian amount of mb. Options I've considered are:

  • Droam
  • 1 prepaid sim card per country

But both seem a bit over my budget. What would be the best option in my case?

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The only European operator I am aware of that offers free data roaming is three.co.uk. This is only available in selected countries, but depending on your schedule this might cover a big part of your trip. They seem to have all-you-can-eat option for about 20 GBP pay as you go. However, this is still limited to a total of 12GB/month, with no tethering allowed.

Otherwise, you are a bit out of luck here, as far as I know there are no reasonably-priced European deals. This will (hopefully) change in summer 2017 (when new European legislation will force operators to offer service across the whole EU - if I understand it correctly).

  • I will be going to France, Italy, Slovenia, Austria, Czech Republic and Germany. So won't have much luck with three.co.uk :( – Micha Sprengers Mar 25 '16 at 14:11
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    Come September 2016 Three will be increasing its number of Feel at Home countries, and will include Belgium, Bulgaria, Channel Islands (Jersey & Guernsey), Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Isle of Man, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia and Slovakia. – JenniP Aug 17 '16 at 12:57

You can get a T-mobiles simple choice plan (in the US) with unlimited international text and data. It works in almost every European country. Technically it's only 2G guaranteed but it tends to work well in most urban areas since there is no 2G anymore and you get upgraded for free to 3G. Total cost will be around $300 or so: you need to sign up, get the cheapest simple choice plan for two months and get a phone. You may be able to bring your own phone, if it's T-mobile compatible which would knock this down to below $200. If you already in T-mobile or want to stay with them and ditch your current carrier, this is all basically free.

Stating the obvious: By far the best choice in getting lots of data internationally is WIFI. Not sure where you are going but there are plenty of opportunities for cheap or free Wifi (hotel, cafe, restaurants, airports). I recently sat in a park in Amsterdam and had 50+ WIFI networks in range (not all of them being locked :-)).

If you need data for navigation, you can use apps like HERE maps where you can download an entire country (while on WIFI) and then simply use it off-line.


500mb is quite a bit. Have you considered using wifi when available? In my experience there's quite a bit of wifi just about everywhere and I rarely have to use my roaming plan on trips abroad.

To answer your question, I don't know of any decent-priced plans that offer 500mb per day in other countries than the home country. I can point you to the plan I use though, which I'm satisfied with. It is one of the better deals available for roaming in the Netherlands.

Vodafone Netherlands offers pay-as-you-go 'contracts' called BloX. Two of these are aimed at roaming. There's a small bundle and a bigger bundle. They are daily 'contracts' to use abroad. Nearly all European countries are included. And if you cross a border that day, you don't have to pay twice. For 2 euro per day you have 35mb internet and for 4 euro per day you have 100mb.

Sadly, the website is only available in Dutch, but that may not be a problem for you, judging from your location. Anyway, here's a link to the pay-as-you-go sim cards.

  • I will go there to play a location-based augmented reality game, so I will have to use data everywhere in the city. WiFi will only work if there's a network that covers the whole town. Also KPN in The Netherlands offers 500mb bundles for 10 euro's (all of Europe), to use within 1 month, starting 30th of april 2016. – Micha Sprengers Mar 25 '16 at 14:06
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    Fair enough. I didn't know that, thanks for sharing. Will have a look myself, as I go abroad sometimes. Have fun with that! – Belle-Sophie Mar 25 '16 at 18:13

T-mobile in USA has a normal-priced plan that includes unlimited data in all european countries (and most of the rest of the world).

It gets slowed down after certain (country specific) amounts, but you did not state speed requirements; also, they offer (by sms) to speed it up again for additional payments (with country specific cost)

  • Edited my question, will need normal+ speed at all times – Micha Sprengers Mar 25 '16 at 14:12

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