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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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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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Using International SIM Card on Android and have my local US # show up on caller ID [on hold]

I'm looking for a service that allows me to keep my existing US phone number with T-Mobile. Because of their terms & conditions I can only use roaming features for less than 50% of my time during ...
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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 ...
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How to activate mobile phone in Chile?

I have been told that recently Chile decided to block the IMEI of all phones not officially sold in the Chilean market. As a foreigner who bought a prepaid SIM card, it's quite frustrating! My phone ...
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Best SIM card for Vancouver/Whistler-Blackcomb, BC (for: phone, SMS, almost no data usage)? [closed]

What would you suggest as the best SIM card for Vancouver and Whistler-Blackcomb (BC)? Main Usage: phone calls, SMS, almost no data usage.
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How to get a SIM card in Taiwan?

I'm Vietnamese. I am looking for some information about travel to Taiwan in this site. Currently, I have a question. How can I get a SIM cardwhen I travel to Taiwan? I want to connect with my family ...
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Telekom Hungary Domino SIM data not working

In Budapest, you can buy "DOMINO SIM KARTYA" SIM cards for 990 HUF (and no paperwork), with 500MB of data. The problem is that the card doesn't seem to register on my Android phone. The only website I ...
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USA West Coast - Buying a SIM card

I'm going to visit California next year. I'm from Europe. Since my current carrier doesn't provide good plans for roaming in the USA, I'm looking for a service that can offer a SIM card with data ...