Questions tagged [communication]

Multiple or one-way transfer of information such as orally, in writing (eg post), through electromagnetic radiation (eg radio), electronically (eg Skype, Internet) or otherwise. For related tags which may be more suitable instead, see `tag info`.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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How can I effectively compare data plans available in a country?

I'm going to spend 5½ months in Netherlands, and need to be able to make calls to Italy without spending a fortune. After some hunting on Wikipedia I found that there are only three non-virtual ...
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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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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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Is there any way to be notified if the Northern Lights are visible in the north of Scandinavia without having to stay awake all night?

So we all know that there are a ton of places that claim to be the best place to see the Northern Lights and whatnot. However, even if I'm in one of those places, I don't necessarily want to have to ...
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What is the emergency phone number in different countries?

I know that the emergency services can be called FREE in the UK by dialing 999 and in the US by dialing 911. What I don't know is the number to call in other countries and if there is a cost ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Options for sending a message while on a Shinkansen

I need to send a message, preferably while I'm on a Shinkansen, to tell someone which Shinkansen I'm on. I tried to find out how I could do this and ended up with ridiculously expensive options like ...
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Dorm / Hostel: How to assert myself politely with roommates

I occasionally travel with agencies that will put me in a dorm room with one or two twenty-something year young students for three weeks straight. Though day program is tough, some of them like to ...
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How do I verify my location in a country that has unreliable mail?

I'm trying to complete the final step of verification on couchsurfing.org and the country where I live (Dominican Republic) essentially doesn't have public mail. I've heard services like DHL can ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How can I contact the Visa Card office from Georgia? (The country in the Caucasus)

It seems I lost my wallet last night. So it's time to cancel my cards but I'm on the other side of the world. In my experience in the hospitality industry and having lost Visa cards twice before ...
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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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How do you call a local service number, when abroad?

I need to call a local service number, but I am out of the country. I am calling a local service a number a short phone number that is easy to memorize or where the receiver is either earning money, ...
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What problems and solutions arise with data access when travelling through multiple countries?

I am currently part way through a trip that will pass through at least 11 countries. I want to access data in all these countries. What problems am I likely to encounter, and what pragmatic solutions ...
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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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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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What international calling card can be purchased online?

I'm currently traveling across Europe, making stops in Barcelona, Rome, Paris, and Amsterdam. I need a calling card that I can use to make calls within Europe, as well as be able to call the states. I ...
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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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How can I use my Verizon “Global Ready” smartphone in the UK and France?

I'd like to use my Droid Razr Maxx phone, obtained from Verizon in the United States, on an upcoming trip to the UK and France. The product specs claim it is global ready, and it has an accessible SIM ...
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Update Facebook and/or Twitter via SMS while travelling

I'm going traveling in a while, and I'd like to keep friends and family updated about my travels. Thankfully they're all on Facebook now. Is there anyway to update my Facebook status via SMS while ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Recommended software for communicating / documenting whilst on a bike tour [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Going on a long bike tour, want to make a website I am going on a long bike tour and I intend to blog about it, take photos etc. I will take a tablet pc or netbook with me, ...
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Is it possible to place a “reverse charges” or “collect” telephone call from Laos? How?

Sometimes when you're travelling overseas you might need to call home reverse charges. For instance some banks and credit card companies allow you to call them collect from anywhere in the world in ...
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SIM for voice calls while travelling to Europe

I am planning to travel to Europe next week to countries like France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria from India. France being the first destination. I am confused regarding what to do for voice calls, ...
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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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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 ...