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Questions tagged [cellphones]

Issues with taking your mobile phone with you, and buying a phone, SIM card, or cellular data plan in another country.

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A phone setup for frequent international travel

I'm currently travelling a lot between two countries (Denmark and Australia), and I might be adding a third country to that list (Netherlands). I'm servicing clients in all these countries. And they ...
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Take a new unpacked box of iPhone XS to India from US [duplicate]

I'm traveling to India and my friend is asking me to bring a new unopened iPhone XS to India for him. I'll have a 2 hour layover at Dubai and then I'll reach Delhi. Can I take an unopened box of a new ...
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What does “21 Lisboa” cell broadcast message mean?

I have recently traveled to Lisbon and almost each day while being there I have received the same message thorough a cell-broadcast channel on my mobile phone: 21 Lisboa I have asked my host, but ...
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I have a Lycamobile sim from the UK. Will it work in Mexico?

I have a Lycamobile sim from the UK. Will it work in Mexico? I'll mostly be communicating with whatsapp and messenger but I had a spare sim lying around so I stuck it in my phone.,
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Getting hold of tourist SIM card in Shenzhen, China

How can I as a foreign national get hold of a prepaid (tourist) SIM card with a Chinese phone number in Shenzhen, China? I am looking for a near mainland-Chinese equivalent of obtaining one from a ...
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Can I use my unlocked Samsung Galaxy J2(J200G) 4G VoLTE India phone in USA?

I checked my phone supports wide range of bands as mentioned on GSM Arena: GSM Arena HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 8(900), 20(800), 40(2300) I will be travelling to ...
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What is Indian SIM for south to west coast (Kochi to Goa) that would not have roaming charges, work in Mifi and for 6 months?

I am planning on going to India in a few months time and will need a mobile internet connection, I have SIM internet router and will need a sim card that can be used in such a device. I will be ...
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Buying a phone in Europe [closed]

I am thinking about buying a locked phone in Luxembourg. The offer looks attractive but I would like to know what happens after the 'subscription' period, for example, if I buy a 24 months plan and ...
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Phone calls from unknown German numbers after visiting Germany

I am not sure this is the right community, but my problem originated with me travelling abroad. I've travelled to Germany about a month ago (and I am still staying there). About two weeks later I''...
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What is the standard UK SIM card size?

I'm traveling to the UK soon, and I plan on buying a prepaid SIM when I get there. If I buy one from a vending machine at the airport or train station, what physical size SIM cards are typically ...
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Moving to Japan with iPhone 7 [closed]

I am moving to Sasebo, Japan, for three years, and am hoping that I can use my AT&T Cel phone there with either Softbank or Docomo service without having to get a new phone. Anyone had any luck ...
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Should I buy SIM card in the US for a UK vacation?

I would prefer to do as much logistics before the trip than during the trip. Therefore, I would prefer not to be spending time once I arrive shopping for different SIM cards at the airport or other ...
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Where to get SIM cards in Tokyo, Japan? [closed]

I am traveling to Tokyo next month and will either need a SIM card or a pocket wifi for when i am in Tokyo. I thought about just using the free wifi but i've been told that it is hard to find in Tokyo....
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Can I use a photo printed on regular paper to purchase an Indian SIM card?

I read on https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g293860-i511-k10211967-Prepaid_Indian_Sim_card-India.html: For buying an Indian sim card, you would need a passport size photo, xerox copy of your ...
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How can I get a SIM card that gets activated within two hours or less in India?

I read on this answer from RedBaron: Pre-activated SIM cards are not sold in India. This means you have to buy a SIM card and then wait for some time for the number to get activated (this can vary ...
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Where can I get a SIM card at the Hyderabad (Telangana, India) airport, or somewhere on the way to Banjara Hills?

Where can I get a SIM card at the Hyderabad (Telangana, India) airport, or somewhere on the way to Banjara Hills? The airport FAQ (mirror) doesn't mention SIM cards. The airport convenience shops ...
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Will I get a free SIM card if I fly from a non-Indian location to Hyderabad (Telangana, India) with a layover at Delhi?

I plan to fly from San Francisco to Hyderabad (Telangana, India) with a layover in Delhi. I read here (mirror): The home ministry's new year gift to its foreign tourists from 161 countries will be ...
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European SIM card in US mobile phone

I have traveled internationally with my mobile phone, but have always kept the SIM card from my US carrier (AT&T). As a result, I try to minimize my airtime when abroad: no phone calls, use WiFi ...
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I suspect my cellular carrier may be breaking the EU free roaming directive. What can I do about it?

My significant other and I both live in Sweden, and we have two different phone subscriptions from the same provider (Hallon). I have 25 GB monthly data, she has 100 GB. We have large plans because we ...
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Travel SIM card for Europe

I'm not sure if what I'm about to ask for even exists, but is there a SIM card that I could get, that allows me to use 3G/4G data anywhere within the EU for a decent price? I live in Australia and ...
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Is there a SIM card in Japan that provides slow (128 kb/s or so) but cheap Internet service?

Is there a SIM card in Japan that provides slow (128 kb/s or so) but cheap Internet service? I will go to Osaka soon. I am looking for a SIM card that can provide slow but cheap Internet (elsewhere ...
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How to carry phones as presents to the USA from Europe?

I am traveling from Denmark to USA and I have two new phones. I was wondering if it's better to put them in my hand luggage. What is the best solution?
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How to call a number from another country while I'm in another country myself?

Here's the situtation: there's a team meeting coming, situated in the US. I'm from Brazil and wish to call a coworker from Pakistan arriving there. My number is +55... and his is +92... Is there any ...
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Best strategy to get a cheap long-term mobile SIM card for the US?

I travel to US every year (sometimes once every 2 years). Every time that I arrive in a country, I buy a cheap prepaid SIM card. The problem is that all these cheap SIMs have a short inactive life, ...
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Using a European (GSM) cell phone in the US

I have an HTC A9s. I could not find it on the US page of the manufacturer so I went to the UK page. According to the specs, it does have the US frequencies: Network4 2G/2.5G - GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/...
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Texting someone who is out of the country?

I understand that international plans give the person who paid for a plan the ability to make outgoing texts or calls to someone at no extra charge. What I'm unsure about is if I text someone who has ...
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Data SIM card offers/prices in Buenos Aires [closed]

I'm traveling to Buenos Aires, Argentina for two weeks and I cannot disconnect from the internet. I will need a data SIM card with more than 2GB (I don't need calls). I searched here, but there is no ...
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Are there eSIM-based cellular plans suitable for travel (mainly Europe and USA)?

An eSIM (embedded SIM card) allows setting a cellular service without getting a physical SIM card, so it appears very suitable for travel. Are there cellular providers that provide this option? ...
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Short-term mobile plans for Japan with voice calling

I'm going to visit Japan for an extended period of time soon. The visit is long enough that I would want to have a local phone number, but short enough that I won't be considered a resident and get a ...
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Is my European smartphone already unlocked? [closed]

I have a smartphone bought at home (Europe) and I changed providers during the time I've had it. This meant I went to my new provider, asked to become a customer. They gave me a new SIM card (with ...
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How do I make sure I'm not charged by my mobile carrier? [closed]

I'm currently in a different country from the one where I have mobile phone service. I turned the phone to airplane mode and only connect to the outside world via the Internet. There are many places, ...
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Cell phones in multiple European countries? [closed]

My college-age son is traveling to Europe next month for a month-long trip, and we are trying to figure out the most straightforward way to get him cell phone access during his trip. Probably a ...
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Receive US number calls in Europe [closed]

I looked at other posts but don't think this is covered anywhere yet - apologies if I missed it. My question relates to my elderly father moving from the US to Europe (The Netherlands), probably ...
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Should I use a “burner” phone when visiting the US?

I'm a New Zealand citizen and I might soon be visiting to the US on short notice for business. I've heard that the US have started to frequently search cellphones. I'm not very comfortable handing ...
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If I go to Singapore, where can I get internet for my cellphone?

I want to go to Singapore for a few days. How do I access internet there? Is there a wifi? Roaming would be very expensive. I use Indosat currently for internet.
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Why does my phone enable camera shutter sounds whenever I insert an Indian SIM?

I travel a lot, and one of the places I visit frequently is India. As a result, I usually carry SIM cards from the places I spend the most time in. Whenever I insert an Indian SIM card into my phone, ...
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How much is a sim card at heathrow, and what network should i use [duplicate]

Travelling into heathrow in April , Have an IPhone 6 4g how much will a sim card cost, pay as you go. Data calls and text. will it have a uk tel number?
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Is it useful to buy a prepaid SIM card at HK airport but use it in the mainland?

I will travel to China via Hong Kong airport (stopover only). I will stay there for 4 months. I heard that it could be useful to purchase a SIM card at the HK airport because you can use it in the ...
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Can I get a Mexican SIM card in Cancun Airport?

I want to be able to FaceTime the U.K. from Mexico so I’d like to buy a SIM card and put it in my unlocked U.K. iPhone (there’s no WiFi where we’re going). Will this work and is there somewhere in ...
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Advice Needed: Exchange Students in South Korea

We are 3 Indian students, going to attend a 4-month exchange program at the Korean National Police University, in Asan. We are landing in Seoul on the 21st of February. However, because of a last-...
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How can I check out the balance on my Vodafone Italy SIM card without a mobile app?

I purchased a SIM card from Vodafone in Italy, which costs €30 and includes 8 GB of data. Now I want to check the balance of my SIM card. According to SIM card wiki Vodafone Italy offers an iOS app. ...
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Using a US phone in Europe

My US wireless carrier (Verizon) sells a service that claims to allow me to use my phone as usual while in Europe, for a flat $10/day. There's no mention of changing SIM cards, per-minute charges, or ...
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What is the time limit for using T-Mobile SIM cards in Canada?

Looking at prepaid SIM card options in Canada it seems that the best choice by far is to get a T-Mobile prepaid plan for $50/month which includes 4GB of data and allows you to use the same tariff in ...
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How to make a call from Los Angeles airport?

I tried to find duplicates for this question, but was unable to find any. I am travelling from India to Los Angeles for a short visit. In case of any emergency, if I want to make a call (from my ...
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Can I initialize a SIM card when abroad?

I will be travelling from France to Germany / Poland / Austria later this month and I will have a French new SIM card shipped to me when I will be abroad. Is it possible to initialize such a card on ...
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Suspended SIM in Bangladesh [closed]

I'm in Bangladesh now, and a week ago I bought a Grameenphone SIM card (voice + data). I recharged it yesterday and now I can't use it (it says "service suspended"). I am sure I have enough credit; I ...
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Is my cell phone operator allowed to limit my EU data roaming?

My Norwegian cellular provider has given me a two month deal where I can use 50 GB of cellular data per month. After this 50 GB limit, I have unlimited data, but at very low speeds. I traveled to ...
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Which emergency number is my best bet? [duplicate]

After looking through a list of emergency numbers for the different countries, I've noticed that there are four main numbers: 112, 911, 999 and 000. So, if I found myself in a country where I didn't ...
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Is it possible to get single SIM card for Vienna + Prague without roaming [duplicate]

I will be travelling between Vienna and Prague in December. My plan is to buy local SIM card but as Vienna/Prague are very near to each other, i was wondering if any mobile operators offer combined ...
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Traveling to Chile with new iPhone (still sealed in box) - Will I have problems?

I am traveling from the USA to Santiago, Chile next week bringing a new sealed iPhone 7 for my husband. I am wondering if it's possible for me to bring it as is (in this case, unopened sealed box), or ...