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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How is T-Mobile USA's roaming service in Japan?

We have a T-Mobile (USA) plan that allows for international roaming in Japan. How does the service perform in Tokyo and Osaka? I am choosing between this or paying for a sim for my unlocked phone in ...
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What are the Fair Usage Policy (FUP) limits for free EU roaming after June 15th 2017?

On June 15th, the EU will abolish roaming charges across all member states. However it's not entirely clear what FUP limits have been eventually negotiated: How much data can you use on your plan ...
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Is it still possible to get a SIM card in China as a foreigner?

According to the prepaid SIM card wiki, it is possible to get a SIM card as a foreigner in certain "flagship" stores: The problem is recently, that most shops - even the small newsstands - only ...
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Does the Belgian ban on anonymous SIM-cards apply to foreign SIMs?

Belgium will ban anonymous SIM-cards. Does this ban apply to foreign SIM-cards? For example, can I use my anonymous UK SIM-card in Belgium, or will I be refused access?
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Access to USA mobile network from euro phone

I'm currently in the US with a cheap Archos 50d Oxygen phone. I cannot get voice nor data access. I have a french plan on Free (yeah, that's the name, and no, it's not free) which normally allows for ...
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Withhold number when calling local numbers in Vietnam

On a trip I'll be making to Vietnam in the near future I will be using a local phone. I would like to withhold my number when calling people. In the UK this is done using 141 followed by the phone ...
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Is there a way to check if my Vodafone number is still active?

I am outside of India and got a Vodafone SIM while coming to US from India. I didn't register for International Roaming before leaving India, but I do plan to return for a visit in October this year. ...
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Getting SIM card with EU-wide coverage with mobile data plan [closed]

I will be traveling to several European countries in August with a large group and want to be able to keep in touch with everyone with ease and affordably. I won't need much in the way of minutes/sms ...
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International SMS Charges

I'm currently in Poland, and have cell phone through Sprint in the United States. I know it is no cost for me to send text messages to the people here (My carrier has some deal with a local network ...
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Need storage locker for cell phone because US consulate in São Paulo does not permit one

Sadly the consulate website simply states you can't enter with a cellphone and will need to "make arrangements" to stash your phone. Does anybody know if there is a nearby locker to put my phone in?
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Europe-wide phone plan for a month

I'm travelling to Europe for almost a month (Ireland, England, Netherlands, Germany). Is there a way to get a phone plan which will work in all those countries? I don't mind buying a SIM card in ...
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UK Lyca mobile for roaming in Europe

I will be travelling to London then France and then to Germany and will be buying Lycamobile SIM for calling to India + data browsing. After going through all the details on net, it seems i should be ...
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US iphone se usage in switzerland

I have a United States Iphone SE. Will this work in Switzerland? I will have to book advance business from the states before I go over and give out the number I will be using in Switzerland. Is it ...
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What's the most cost-effective service for calling landlines while travelling?

During my last trip, my credit card were cloned and locked, so I had to call my bank to understand what was happening and how to proceed. This call was very expensive so I decide to prevent this kind ...
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Are there advantages to a dedicated GPS?

The GPS on in my phone is becoming indispensable lately! I find it much easier to follow the verbal on-time direction than following a map or even print-outs of directions obtained from Google Maps. ...
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Can I use a US simcard in the UK? [duplicate]

I will be travelling to the UK very soon and I don't want to change my phone numbers. There are certain very important calls I am expecting. Would my US sim card (Virgin, AT&T) work when I'm the ...
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How to top-up an Indian mobile number with a non-Indian bank card?

Continuation of: Is there a possibility to preserve an unused Indian mobile number for a period of time? TLDR: People who travel to India couple of times a year keep one Indian SIM card with them. To ...
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Are there any Pre-Paid SIM cards available for Tourists in Brazil? [duplicate]

Are there any providers offering Pre-Paid SIM cards to tourists in Brazil? Looking for a SIM (Micro actually) to use in an unlocked Quad-Band phone while travelling in Brazil. It would be best if it ...
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Is there a store selling T-Mobile SIM cards in Houston's IAH International Airport?

If so, which terminal? (Hopefully Terminal D.) Specifically I'd like to buy a prepaid SIM card ideally without leaving IAH on a BYOD 'Simply Prepaid' T-Mobile plan for just one month while I am ...
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Does the European number for emergencies (112) really work in Germany?

One night of some months ago I realized there were some burglars in the apartment below mine. As an Italian living in Germany, I didn't know the number to call the police, but I knew that in all ...
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Prepaid SIM with data USA and Europe

I'll traveling to Europe and NYC in April/May and I want to know if there is a prepaid SIM that works in all Europe (I don't know which countries I'll visit) and in NYC? I only need LTE connection.
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Where can I buy a pre-paid SIM card that will work in Andorra?

I am landing at the airport in Lleida, Spain and travelling to Pas de la Casa, Andorra. I am new to travelling in general. I want two SIM cards that will allow me ~8 GB each of internet access, and ...
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Would a Finland prepaid SIM work in other Scandinavian countries?

I read from Need fast mobile internet while in Finland for 1 month that there are prepaid Finnish SIMs with data. I'm planning to go to Finland, Estonia, Sweden, Denmark and Norway. Could someone ...
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How to set up an Antel SIM in Uruguay?

I bought a SIM card from an Antel shop and they said they put U$200 on it and I could go online to set up whatever else is needed. I went to the site but I'm stuck on: * Número de Documento: I ...
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How can I check if my (unlocked) phone will work with a particular country's SIM cards, for 3G and calls?

I've used my phone overseas with local SIM cards a lot, but recently had a surprising experience where one local SIM card simply wouldn't work with my phone but did work first time on my partner's, ...
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Where to buy a prepaid SIM card at Grenoble airport or Alpe d'Huez?

I'm going to Alpe d'Huez via bus from GNB (Alpes–Isère Airport‏). Would I be able to buy a SIM card with about 2 GB of data at the airport? If not, where can I buy one at Alpe d'Huez?
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Prepaid/Postpaid SIM card that is not throttled for Skype/WhatsApp in Germany

I am looking for companies that offer prepaid/postpaid SIM card with good data plans that I can use with my phone to make WhatsApp/Skype audio/video calls. I have read that some providers throttle ...
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Europe roaming from June 2017- single market? [closed]

EU Roaming Tariffs As has been discussed often on this site the above link shows roaming charges in Europe will be abolished from next year. Does this mean if I am living in a expensive country like ...
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How can I buy a pair of cheap phones in the USA

My wife and I are going to Las Vegas on a business trip for 5 days. While we're there, we want to be able to keep in touch with mobile phones, and I'd like to spend about $10-20 per phone (including ...
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What SIM card/roaming options do I have in the Cayman Islands?

I will be traveling to the Cayman Islands next year from the US where I use a pre-paid T-Mobile (unlocked, original Motorola RAZR) phone. From the answer to this question about T-Mobile in the US ...
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New SIM card in Laos and Vietnam [closed]

How easy (in terms of procedure time, accessibility and cost) is it to get a new SIM in Laos and Vietnam? I'm traveling to Laos by air and Vietnam by land. Will I be able to get a SIM at Laos airport? ...
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Chinese SIM cards [closed]

I'm planning to go to China next January. I'm wondering about what kind of SIM card I should buy for having a data internet connection in Shanghai and Nanjing. I also want know about the price of new ...
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Can I purchase a SIM card at local branches in China using a credit card?

Since SIM card at Pudong International Airport is so expensive, I'm going to purchase a SIM card at local branches in China/Shanghai. I consider either China Unicom or China Mobile, though the latter ...
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Can I purchase unlimited data SIM card in China?

I want to use an unlimited SIM card in China (Shanghai if the city is relevant). There are some SIM cards available in China (e.g. China Unicom and China Mobile) but I only know SIM cards that have a ...
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Check if mobile number is valid in Rotterdam [closed]

I am not sure if this is the right forum to ask this, so sorry in advance if not. I am making a mobile application, where users can register with their mobile phone numbers. The app is for Rotterdam ...
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How to get phone mobile data for a month in Portugal as a Canadian?

I live in Canada and will be visiting Portugal for two weeks. My current plan is with Wind Mobile, I would like to get a phone mobile access (to internet) for travelling in Portugal since I will be ...
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What is the easiest and cheapest way to get a SIM card for a short trip in Mexico? [closed]

I'm travelling to Mexico later this year and wondering if anyone has had experience with SIM cards from companies like Telcel or Movistar. I have an old phone that I'll use (hopefully I'll be able to ...
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Air travel with a Samsung Note 3 (in relation to new Note 7 DOT warning)

You can now be fined or prosecuted for bringing a Samsung Note 7 on a plane. I have a Samsung Note 3 (picture for reference), and I'm worried that my phone will be confused for a Note 7 when going ...
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Do I need to add a number prefix when I am not in the uk

I am going Dubai on monday and need to put my mobile number on my suitcase. I am from the UK. Do I need to put my number with a +44770XXXXXXX or just 0770XXXXXXX. Or do I need to put the country code ...
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Can I get SIM card at Pudong International Airport?

I want to get a SIM card at arrival at Pudong International Airport, and stay in Shanghai for 14 days. I'm looking for a SIM card that is either from China Unicom or China Telecom, with 4G/LTE ...
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In England, which pay-as-you-go SIM credit never expire, or have the longest expiration?

For the next 3 years, my grandmother will be travelling at least 4 times intermittently to England, each time for 1 or 2 weeks. As she rarely telephones and will use only a mobile telephone there for ...
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Prepaid SIM cards in Argentina — expiration and roaming?

For my last several visits to Argentina, I've bought a SIM card and charged it as needed for data only for my cell. I have a Movistar SIM from my trip in February. 1) Do these expire? Can I ...
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Export phones from USA. Transit in Italy

I'd like to know if it's possible to "export" four (4) phones from the US. I plan to bring them to my country (Albania). I depart from the US and need know whether there would be a problem as I leave. ...
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Can I bring boxed consumer electronics in my hand luggage while traveling from the US to Doha?

I will be taking my laptop in my hand luggage when going to the US. While returning, I will be bringing a new iPhone 7 Plus from the US with a power-bank charger. Is it OK to bring them in boxes in my ...
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How many new packaged mobile phones can I bring out of China? Is there a limit?

I am planning to go on a trip to China. I am also planning to buy 4-5 smartphones in China, but I do not know whether the China airport customs will allow for me to bring that many phones out of China ...
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Is it possible to buy a SIM card at Lyon airport?

I'm travelling to France and my port of entry will be Lyon airport. If anyone's been to that airport, can you please tell me if it's possible to buy a prepaid local SIM card in the airport itself? ...
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Is the Apple SIM pricing comparable to buying a local sim-card?

Apple launched their SIM product recently, with the description mentioning that: When you travel, Apple SIM gives you the flexibility to stay connected in more than 100 countries and territories ...
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Where to buy a TIM simcard in Malpensa airport?

I understood it's the best option for travelers' data plan in Italy. I found a TIM store in Gallarate, but we're landing on Friday at 18:00 and not sure we'll make it on time. Is there an easier ...
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What are the sim card options in Belarus for a tourist? [duplicate]

I'm traveling to Minsk and would like to get a local sim while I'm there (only for data). What are my options? Can I buy a sim card at Minsk airport?
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Which SIM card to use in Budapest?

I am travelling to Budapest from India for a week. Which SIM card should I get ? What is the process for getting a sim card for a traveler and where can I find it ?

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