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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Is there a way to get a US phone number in Europe that allows one time code texts from banks, etc.?

I live between Europe and the US, but spend the majority of my time in Europe. I still have several accounts in the US that require a one time use code texted to me every time I sign in (even if I ...
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Can I travel to Dubai without a smartphone?

The United Arab Emirates is currently open for tourism, subject to certain COVID-19–related rules, which are set out on the government's travel website and which vary slightly from emirate to emirate. ...
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Calling foreign phone number that happens to be in the same country [duplicate]

I am French but currently living in the US. I have a French cell phone number (+33XXXXXXXXX). Would someone calling me from the US be charged an international call (the +33 prefix being more important ...
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Can I use a personal satellite phone/Internet connection as a passenger in a plane?

I am reading some contradictory statements regarding the use of a personal satellite phone/Internet connection in a plane. E.g.: https://www.bluecosmo.com/satellite-phones Hardened structures, ...
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Is it ever useful to allow access to phone data when connecting one's phone to an airplane USB plug?

If not, then why is the USB plug configured to ask to access data, which is typically the case?
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International Cellphone Network Coverage Map/API

Query: I am trying to find a map, or database/API, which shows the cellphone network coverage given an arbitrary point for anywhere on the planet. This is in the context of planning a hypothetical ...
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How can I know whether some parts of a path are not covered by cellular network?

Given a path on some navigation program such as Google Maps or Waze in the United States, how can I know ahead of time (= before driving) whether some parts of the path are not covered by cellular ...
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Forwarding a Canadian number abroad?

I have a Canadian and French phone number. Soon, I may also have a US phone number. I'm looking for the cheapest way to keep all my phone numbers and have their calls and SMS forwarded to whatever ...
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Buying a sim card for two weeks (in the UK) for Australia

I am travelling from UK to Australia and my UK cell-phone provider (giff-gaff) doesn't support roaming. I will be quarantined in a hotel for two weeks and need to have a sim-card during the quarantine....
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How to 'save' my U.S. mobile phone number over a year of inactivity (out of US)

I want to save my U.S. phone number, so I can use it again next year. And by 'save' I mean to keep the number but no service. I have a Verizon prepaid plan and would need just to keep my number. This ...
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Is it possible to buy a SIM card in a transit zone of Doha airport?

I am traveling to the UK with a transit flight that stops in Doha (Qatar capital) and I need to buy a SIM card in the transit zone of the airport.
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Do I need to register my phone in Turkey if I'm using a UK SIM card?

In Turkey, people are required to register their mobile devices they brought from abroad. If a new device is not registered within 120 days, its IMEI number is blocked (official source in Turkish). I'...
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Are all prepaid SIM cards referred to as Tourist SIM cards in Thailand? Or are there some prepaid SIM cards "for locals"?

Are all prepaid SIM cards referred to as Tourist SIM cards in Thailand? Or are there some prepaid SIM cards "for locals"? I'm asking as all prepaid SIM cards I was shown (because it's behind the ...
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Can you "withdraw your application to enter" in the USA without a permanent black mark on your record, even in air travel?

To my understanding, thanks to the US's uncomfortably lax privacy laws, immigration officers are allowed to demand you to let them search your phone. If you have fingerprint unlock they can just ...
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Traveling to Korea with special entry procedure because of COVID-19

According to the Korean government, a special entry procedure has been set for travellers from 5 European countries including The Netherlands. As an extension to some Asian countries. More info ...
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Risk of not turning Airplane Mode on, on a mobile device while in the air?

When travelling from the UK-Portugal, my travel partner and I were both told the usual message: “Turn airplane mode on for your mobile devices” My partner accidentally only turned their phone ...
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Phone Service while a student in Israel [closed]

US student going to study abroad for 5 months in Israel. The current phone service, an iPhone on Verizon network, will work there for a $10/day charge. It functions well, as the phone maintains its ...
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Does the Entel mobile network cover the entire Easter Island, Chile?

My understanding is that the Entel network is the only one that serves Easter Island, Chile. Does the Entel mobile network cover the entire Easter Island, Chile? If not, is there any coverage map ...
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Why do Claro vendors give out already pre-registered SIM cards for free in Peru?

I read on https://prepaid-data-sim-card.fandom.com/wiki/Peru (mirror): In spite of this, visitors can't help notice there is still a very visible black market on many market streets of Lima, Cusco ...
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Does any shop at Lima airport (Jorge Chavez International Airport, LIM) sell SIM cards at a similar price as outside the airport?

I read on https://travelingwithsunscreen.com/how-to-get-a-sim-card-in-lima-peru (mirror) that one of the SIM card shops at Lima airport (Jorge Chavez International Airport, LIM), namely the Claro ...
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Where to buy a similar Vietnam SIM card aimed for locals/expats (not for tourists) in HCMC? [duplicate]

I live in Thailand and use a dual SIM smartphone currently containing only one SIM card which is my local prepaid Thailand SIM card. I already visited Vietnam twice; each time for a few days; In both ...
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SIM cards for New Zealand Visitors [duplicate]

This question is a semi-duplicate of SIM card in New Zealand with unlimited internet access, but that was 7 years ago and I would expect the cellular details have changed in that length of time. For ...
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Prepaid SIM for a week in the USA

I'm looking for the cheapest possible plan, that will allow me to receive calls and will have a small amount of data, 1gb max. All the prepaid plans I found seem to be at least 30$+taxes. Where i ...
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Prepaid Sim at Frankfurt Airport

Based on two answers to this question, I intend to buy either lycamobile sim or Lebara sim. I found some very good options on https://www.lycamobile.de/en/ Following are the questions: Can I buy ...
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German SIM card for a two-week visit?

I'm visiting Germany for a couple of weeks (Dresden mostly) very soon. I'm coming from outside Europe and leaving Europe after this visit. I want to get a local SIM for my stay - mostly for Internet ...
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How do sim cards in Thailand work?

I am a tourist in Thailand and am a little confused about the packaging of SIM cards I see in stores like 7/11. They seem to have days marked on them, eg: 5g, 15 days, 150thb. Does this mean that I ...
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Can one purchase a SIM card at Bagan Nyaung-U Airport (NYU)?

Can one purchase a SIM card at Bagan Nyaung-U Airport (NYU)? What I found so far: I wasn't able to find any official website for Bagan Nyaung-U Airport (NYU). I didn't find any information by ...
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Can one purchase a SIM card at Yangon International Airport (RNG) between 1 AM and 8 AM?

Can one purchase a SIM card at Yangon International Airport (RNG) between 1 AM and 8 AM? What I have found so far: I couldn't find information on https://yangonairport.aero. On https://www....
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Getting a SIM card at Beijing airport

There are lots of guides about this online, but they all seem rather outdated. Does anyone know if it's possible for a tourist to buy a SIM card at Beijing airport (terminal 2)? What should I keep in ...
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Traveling to the USA - Phone coverage and solutions

I know the general question has been asked multiple times but the situations seems so confuse to me that I wasn't able to find a definitive answer. I am planning a trip to the USA (will stay in ...
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How do I call a 6-digit Australian phone number with a US-based mobile phone?

This may not exactly fit the context of this site, but I think it's worth a shot, and the answer may be useful within the context of the site. I am attempting to call the Australian phone number ...
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Cell Broadcast message in Florence [closed]

Was in Florence a couple about a month ago and I think I got about 10 cell broadcast messages with the content FI32402. Searching google proved to be pretty pointless and I assume that the FI part ...
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Can an SFR expired SIM card be extended?

I bought a local SIM card so my mobile phone would work in France, one of these: https://www.sfr.fr/telephonie-mobile/sfr-la-carte/welcome It says it expires after 14 days, and indeed this is what ...
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where to buy a SIM card in Podgorica, Montenegro?

Will I be able to buy a SIM card in Podgorica, Montenegro so I can use it when I'll be traveling there? Where to buy it and how much will it cost?
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TSA asking to see cell phone

Traveling in the US. My plane ticket showed TSA precheck, so I was able to keep shoes on. I put everything in my book bag/ carryon, and ever the paranoid person, asked my wife to go first and grab ...
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How can I receive SMS including short codes while in France?

I'm in France for a month, and I got a local SIM card to avoid paying very high international roaming rates from my home carrier. However, I often need to receive SMS messages from various companies, ...
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Is there a place in LAX where I can buy USA SIM card?

I am planning to arrive at LAX at around 7 am in the morning. I would like to know whether there is any place for me to buy USA sim card there at the airport?
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Using I-phone 8 while flying over Pacific Ocean [closed]

I will be flying from America to Japan, then the Philippines next week. Will my I-phone 8 work out over the Pacific Ocean? Or just turn it off to save roaming charges?
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How should I do mobile data and voice calls in France? [duplicate]

I'm going to be in France for about a month this summer and I'm trying to work out how set up my phone. I will be staying in a house with WiFi most of the time, and not making many phone calls, maybe ...
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What’s the best way to keep a US number on my EU mobile?

I am regularly between the US and Europe, but mainly in Europe. For the past decade, I kept a US phone number with Skype (mainly to keep in touch with elderly family who don’t use FaceTime but also to ...
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Buying a SIM card for China abroad?

A group of German tourists who are going to China are looking for options to have a SIM card with a data plan while staying there. Their own experience from previous trips, as well as some posts here ...
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Availability of public telephone for tourists in uk

I do not want to use my mobile phone (hoping it is not that necessary) in the UK. Where can I use public telephones in the UK and at what prices? Most of the time I will be in Oxford/London/...
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Compatibility of Asus phone with US local sim

I will be traveling to Ohio, USA in the first week of June. I am not sure whether the internet roaming packages in airtel or matrix sim work there. So I prefer to take local carriers of the United ...
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Is it possible to buy US sim card at Columbus airport, Ohio

I will be traveling to Columbus,Ohio, USA during June for 15days. Is it possible to take a US sim card from Columbus airport Ohio? Or Can I get a sim card outside airport from shops in a reasonable ...
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Buying a SIM card in Hungary for travel to Slovakia and Austria

I am planning a trip which begins in Hungary, continues in Slovkia (most of the duration) and ends in Austria. Coming from outside the EU, it seems it would be a good idea for me to buy a local SIM ...
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Using smartphone train ticket in Italy

Is it legal to use electronic tickets from a third party app (e.g. "trainline") in a train operated by Trenitalia? I don't want to print the tickets.
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South Korea SIM paperwork: laissez-faire or strict?

Looking for information from someone who's recently visited Korea as a tourist. With regards to visitors buying a SIM card for local use, I've noticed some countries are totally laissez-faire. You ...
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Did the UK lift the requirement for registering SIM cards?

I understand that for some years now there is an EU regulation which requires proper identification of the owner of a SIM card prior to its activation. I.e. in Germany, for example, one has to show an ...
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Jio recharge - payment cannot be processed error

I am in India and I am trying to renew my 4G subscription with Jio. When doing so, I get the error "Payment failure - Your request for recharge cannot be processed at this time. Please try after some ...
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How to use a North American smartphone in Ireland (Republic + North)?

I will be visiting Ireland (Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland) this summer (first trip in Europe!) and I'm from Canada. We want to be able to use our (unlocked) Smartphones in Ireland for: ...

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