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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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How do I call emergency services for someone in Ireland when I am in the US?

I know this question sounds ridiculous but it's important and I need to know the answer. If I knew that somebody in Ireland was in trouble and needed help (say for example: an ambulance) but there was ...
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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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Are PMR446 walkie-talkies legal in Switzerland?

We plan a road trip through Switzerland and we want to use walkie-talkies for the communication between the cars. We have devices that are using the PMR446 frequency and according to the manufacturer ...
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Netherlands SIM card texting the US

I'm studying abroad this semester in Amsterdam, and I recently got a Lebara international bundle sim-only plan. This plan allows me to have unlimited texts and calls, and 5G of data. My question is ...
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SIM cards in South America, which are the most reliable ones? [closed]

I know that this sounds very subjective but I don't know how to put it different: I will be travel in South America for few months, with an average timespan of 2 weeks in each of this countries: ...
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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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Lebara roaming is apparently free, what is the catch?

I saw a billboard of Lebara, where they mention free roaming in all countries where Lebara is active - even in the US if you are from Europe or vice versa. This seems too good to be true, and when ...
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Cost for US cell phone users to receive international calls

This is a question not from the point of view of the traveler, but from the point of view of someone in the US receiving calls from a traveler abroad. In general, for the major US wireless carriers, ...
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Do many Japanese people speak Korean?

I'd like to go to Japan but I can't speak Japanese. But I'm fluent in Korean. I know that many Korean people can speak Japanese, but can Japanese people also speak Korean?
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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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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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Hypothetical roaming scenarios

As I understand it, roaming is the part of a phone connection which uses the infrastructure of a non-domestic network (is that correct?). Lets say my mobile carrier is German, and I have a tariff with ...
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Activation of International roaming

I plan to visit Europe from India and have activated the international roaming (IR). My questions are; Since incoming calls are also charged, will I get charged even for a missed call (or if I just ...
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Misunderstood body language in Middle East?

I'm planning on traveling to the Middle East soon, and I'm wondering if any of the countries in the Middle East change the meanings of regular "universal" body language. "Universal" body language ...
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Having internet when travelling in Japan [closed]

I'm going on a cycle tour in Japan for three weeks. I'm wondering what is the best solution to have an internet access. The uses would be basic, with not a need for a lot of datas: messaging, ...
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What are the best ways to avoid data roaming fees when travelling abroad?

I'm looking for data plans I can use while touring different countries within a region without having to worry about being eaten by roaming fees. If such plans exist at all, I suppose mostly big ...
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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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How to make an international emergency call?

I don't want to know the emergency number in case I'm IN a different country. What I want to know is, if I am, say, in France, and I know someone in Sweden needs emergent services, how can I call, ...
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What mobile network in Indonesia has the best 3G coverage?

I'm worried about 3G coverage because I am traveling all over Indonesia. That is: Sumatra, Java, Bali, Lombok, Sulawesi & Komodo.
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What data plan can I get to cover Europe, coming from the US? [closed]

I'm travelling to Romania, Italy, Poland, France and Belgium. What's the best plan I can get to have data as I travel to these places over the next two weeks?
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Radio program with public transport focus by country

My local radio station - I am based in Berlin, Germany - does a really poor job when it comes to public transport (subway, bus, etc.) announcements like delays or construction works. Their main focus ...
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Why do airlines prohibit telephone calls on planes with mobile data and Wi-Fi capabilities, yet provide an onboard telephone service?

On most airplanes with cellular and Wi-Fi capabilities, the ability to make mobile phone calls is technically disabled and passengers are prohibited from using the Wi-Fi service to make VoIP calls ...
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Retaining access to email when traveling

We are traveling with our own laptop, and will be using wifi to connect to the internet. Last year, we found that on arriving at our destination, we were locked out of our email accounts for some ...
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Calling USA from Schiphol (Amsterdam)

My parents are travelling to the US for the first time and have not ever been on international travels. They have a layover in Schiphol and I want them to contact me. I have never personally transited ...
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2FABE - the 'secret' international travel postcard stamp code?

I was told about this about three years ago, that if you were desperate and didn't have time to buy stamps for a postcard, merely putting the code '2FABE' would get your postcard to its intended ...
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Is there a popular non-Google Korean-English-Korean translator app?

In South Korea, there are popular alternatives to many of Google's online services, for example Naver's web portal (search) and maps app and KakaoTalk (messaging). Is there a Korean-English/English-...
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CB Radio in Namibia - is a license needed? If yes, what is the situation in practice?

It is my understanding that in Namibia, a license is required to use a CB radio (our use case is quite typical, a two-car journey across the country), as described on this website: http://www.qsl.net/...
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What popular western web services don't work in mainland China?

I'm traveling to china for a couple of weeks for work. I don't do anything where information security or intellectual property is a huge concern, but I do want to be in touch with the home office so ...
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How fast is the mobile network (3G) in Myanmar (in February 2016)?

I found out on OpenSignal.com that the 3G coverage is very good coverage in the cities Yangon, Naypyitaw & Mandalay. Outside of these cities, things seem to be rather "different". What I wonder ...
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United States National Radio Quiet Zone: Impact on travellers?

The United States National Radio Quiet Zone forbids radio noise in a 34,000 km2 rectangle encompassing several touristic towns: Staunton, Harrisonburg, Charlottesville, Bridgewater, Shenandoah Valley, ...
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How to make cheapest calls from France (Mobile) to India (Mobile)?

If you are reading this then you know that today there are more than a million calling service providers. After searching for a sometime now I know, which ones not to choose, for various reasons like ...
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How to know what you can't openly talk about in China / Hong Kong?

When I was in Hong Kong / Shenzhen, the friends I was visiting worked for a non-profit that had to be very careful about mentioning anything religious, as they could apparently lose funding from the ...
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Who pays when receiving international calls on a local Canadian mobile number?

I have no landline and have a Bell account for my cell. I live in Canada and am expecting a call from a friend in Australia. Will I be charged to receive the call from Australia on my cell on my free ...
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European roaming data provider, which SIM cards can be purchased on-line / in Poland

(question similar to this, but focused on data plans and SIM cards with purchase on-line or in Poland) I'm about to travel across the Europe (mainly and maybe some other parts of the world) and I'd ...
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Calling from China to Home country (India) without internet access

I am from India, will go to China. I want to make call from China to INDIA. I am not sure about internet access to use Android Apps like Skype or Google talk. What is the best possible way to make ...
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What's the cheapest way to call China from the US with an AT&T cell phone?

My girlfriend got a new job that requires frequent travel to Shanghai, China. She has a Chinese phone and sometimes has Internet access. Aside from Skype/Internet communications, what's the cheapest ...
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Where to buy a 4G Telkomsel sim card in Indonesia?

I have been seeing advertising about the Telkomsel 4G sim card but I'm not able to find any place to buy it. I tried many small resellers but they only have 3G SIM cards.
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Disposable Cellphone SIM Card for Germany [duplicate]

I am coming to Germany for holidays, and I would life to use my cell phone, however I guess a German provider may be able to offer a much better service of Internet connections. But since this is ...
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Are there ways to call “international” toll-free phone numbers?

I just had a lot of grief changing a plane ticket from a somewhat exotic location. It involved calling with Skype from Tbilisi Georgia to the nearest office for my airline in Istanbul Turkey. It ...
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What sort of computer / electronic device would you take on a backpack trip around Europe to allow you to keep in touch?

As you may have seen in my other posts I am in the early stages of planning my Eurotrip this summer which if you are interested in seeing the planned route go here: http://www.tripline.net/trip/...
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Having a Skype (video/voice) in public in Paris

I will be traveling on a family holiday to Paris. During this trip I need to have some (short) videoconf (Skype/Google hangout) calls. There is no option to do this at the place where I stay. Since I ...
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Which digits should I eliminate when giving my number to foreign travellers so as to not confuse them?

On my phone my number looks something like +19172222222 but I think people from different countries have their own codes right? Should I leave out the + and 1 when handing them my number so they don'...
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Cheap phone calls from Canada to Poland

I'm travelling to Canada and I need to make cheap phone calls from Canada to Poland. Are there any cheap prepaid cell phone operators or fixed lines? If you can, please add some prices for example.
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Data connection and phone calls during visit to London

What is the best way to have about 500 Mbytes of internet data (mainly maps and communications ) for a short visit to London ? i.e My local SIM rates is too expensive .
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Calling within Europe

I am traveling this spring in Switzerland, France and Italy. I want to be able to make just a handful of local calls in each country. I will NOT be using my American cellphone to call the United ...
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Are there any Verizon smartphones that work in Israel?

I know all the new 4G phones have GSM radios, but I heard that many (or maybe even all) of Verizon's smartphones make it so certain capabilities - specifically, data - don't work with international ...
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What are the options to maintain a backup phone while travelling in the US?

I have a working GSM handset without a SIM card. I would like to maintain it as my backup phone while travelling within the US while I am a student here. In India, where I am a citizen, this was easy....
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Can you do a phone call or telconf through Skype or Google Plus when traveling on the ICE in Germany?

I will be traveling on the ICE in Germany. There is Internet available and even if there is none, I can use my 4g dongle to connect to the Internet. I do need to participate in a telconf while I am ...