Questions tagged [data-plans]

Using smartphones, tablets, etc on 3G/4G broadband including the various packages and prices with the various companies around the world.

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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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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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Are there data plans for travelers in the USA? [duplicate]

I intend to travel to the US for a month, and I would really like to use a lot of data traffic during the trip, for browsing, maps, Skype calls, etc. How can I do that? Should I buy a SIM? Do I have ...
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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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Choices for prepaid GSM data with laptop tethering in Europe?

Planning a trip to Europe later this year that will definitely include Italy, and will most likely include the UK, Germany, and a smattering of connecting and/or distractingly shiny countries. Here in ...
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What's the cheapest way to purchase data access for my verizon smartphone while traveling in Spain?

What's the cheapest way to purchase data access for my verizon smartphone while traveling in Spain? Voice minutes would be useful too, although data only would be ideal. Specifically, I'll be ...
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What are prepaid SIM card options for data in the UK? [duplicate]

I need to buy a prepaid SIM card with internet connection in London just for 6 days. Any suggestion and prices?
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Sim Card with data plan in China? [duplicate]

I'm traveling to Beijing for a short trip (4 days), and don't want to be without my phone or pay ATT roaming. I have an unlocked, international compatible phone. What kind of options are available in ...
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Data connection while in Israel [duplicate]

Is there a cost effective way getting a data connection (sim card) for a mobile phone for 3 weeks while I am in Israel? So that I can read emails, and make use of google maps on my phone?
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Best smartphone data plan in South Korea? [duplicate]

What is the best way to get smartphone access when traveling for a few days in South Korea? I am mostly interested in getting cheap data access (google maps...).
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Can I buy a prepaid mobile data plan while on route in France?

I will be driving through France soon and would like to have a local prepaid sim with data capabilities. I found a very interesting sollution in the French Connection, but I need a French delivery ...
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What are the future European Union roaming fees/pricing charges? [closed]

Since the legislation abolishing roaming charges was itself abolished, what milestones in pricing can we expect and when? Please no discussions, arguments for national SIM plans and packages. Update:...
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Are there any catches/gotcha's with UK 3's 200mb/month free in Europe?

A few months ago, the UK arm of 3 launched a new data-only pay-as-you-go plan offering 200mb/month free. In theory, you order the sim online for free for posting to a UK address, or pay £1 for one ...
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Can a foreigner easily buy and activate an ALDI talk micro SIM in Germany?

I'm going to be traveling through several countries in Europe and I want to get a prepaid data SIM. I don't use too much data, so I was thinking of getting an ALDI Talk SIM in Germany (where I'll be ...
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How well does T-Mobile's (US) Simple Choice plan work when in Europe?

I'm about to travel from the USA to Europe. I have a GSM phone and I use T-Mobile's Simple Choice plan. This plan is supposed to mean that I can use the phone in Europe at no extra charge. So far all ...
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In the US, what's a good prepaid GSM SIM card without a phone? [closed]

My daughter is going to spend the next school year (August 2011 to June 2012) in Memphis, TN as an exchange student from Switzerland. She'd very much like to use her iPhone during her stay in the ...
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Are there prepaid mobile data plans in China?

When I was in the US I got a 3G data plan for the iPad which was only 25$ for 2 Gb which lasts a month. I was wondering if there are any similar offerings in China or if its better to wait to get ...
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Prepaid mobile phone prices in Montevideo, Uruguay

I have a hard time understanding how I will be charged in Montevideo, Urugay for my phone. I've seen this answer which links me to this wiki page with the prices of all mobile operators. I'm an ...
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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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Unlimited Data Plan Europe [closed]

I'm going on a trip through Europe this summer and will need approximately 500mb of data every day for about 28 days. I won't need any minutes or texts, just Data. I will need normal/fast speed, so no ...
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Where to get data-only SIM in Japan [duplicate]

I have an unlocked North American (Canada) iPhone 5s, where can I buy a data only SIM card in Japan ? I'm not interested in renting nor in a voice plan, I'll be staying for 4 weeks. I'll be landing ...
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European data SIM plan [duplicate]

I live in London, and would like to find a SIM card that has an attractive EU wide data plan for my iPad. I know I can get individual SIM cards for each country, but that's something I'd like to ...
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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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What is the best prepaid SIM card for data in France? [closed]

I'm going to travel to Paris in two weeks for 5 days. I'd like to buy a prepaid SIM card for my phone, no calls or SMS needed - only data is sufficient. I've looked through French mobile operators and ...
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Is there a 3G Sim Card that is usable in both Japan and China?

I will be going to Japan and China next month. As I don't want to activate the data roaming on my carrier due to the high charge, I am looking to buy local Sim Card with 3G data plan that is cheap and ...
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Prepaid Data Plan for cell phone in Italy

What is the best option for a prepaid data plan for a cell phone for a short stay in Italy (Sardinia)? I am looking for a Micro-Sim Card. I don't need to call and I need approximatively 300-500 MB. ...
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Prepay (micro) sim card for data in Thailand [duplicate]

I'm going to be two weeks in Thailand and need a micro-sim for my iPhone (non jail broken). The main use will be data but obviously I will use it for calls and text too. What are the recommended ...
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What are the Phone, Data, and SMS service options for a foreigner in Japan?

I recently arrived in Japan and have been having a very difficult time trying to find a suitable mobile service. For short stays, SIM and phone rental services are a good option (1,500 JPY/day). I'm ...
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What is the best way to get temporary smartphone data service across multiple countries?

My specific question is about Europe: I'm going to be going through Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, and possibly Bosnia/Herzegovina and/or Montenegro. (I live in the USA.) ...
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What's a good prepaid SIM card for data in Ireland? [closed]

Please recommend an Irish prepaid SIM card for buying a prepaid internet data package. I'll need about 500MB for a week in Dublin (300-700MB is fine) Specifically I would purchase a micro SIM for ...
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3G internet / data package in China

I'm going to do a backpacking trip to China. I have a smartphone. What is the most economic way to buy a data package? I don't need a sim for calls at all, data only. I have got a 'simless' but it ...
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What are the options for a prepaid SIM card in Singapore?

I'm in Singapore for a week and would like to use data with my iPhone5. What are the options that include enough data for moderate to heavy usage (1-2GB should be enough for the week).
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What are the mobile plan options for a short-term (6 month) visit to the UK?

I am starting an internship in London starting October and was wondering what the options for a short-term mobile plan in the UK are. I use an iPhone so a data plan would be nice but not necessary.
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Data plans in Germany that can also can be used elsewhere in Europe [duplicate]

I am planning to spend around 100 days in Leipzig, Germany, this summer. I want to get a prepaid data plan. 1 GB should be more than enough. My Questions are: Which service providers have suitable ...
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Starhub Singapore network data issues

I've been going to Singapore once a month for a week at a time for the last 10 months and I have been using Starhub's prepaid microsim with my iphone 4s. The data performance in woeful to say the ...
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Minimising data costs (non-roaming) for travellers in the US and Canada?

A former colleague will be visiting Canada and the US in a few weeks and would like data and no roaming charges. My understanding is that he'd probably pick up a sim card and go prepay. For a short-...
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Prepaid SIM card for data usage in Ukraine

I'm heading to Ukraine soon as I have in the past, and one problem I've always had is not being able to get access to a data network while I'm there. I know that data and SIM cards exist there, but I'...
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Prepay simcard for data in Australia

I'm arriving in Sydney on Friday for a week. Ideally I'd like a pre-pay simcard for text and data (I need to check my stackexchange sites of course ;)). However I have no idea of what companies or ...
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Cheap mobile provider in Denmark [duplicate]

I am visiting Denmark for 4 months. I will need a mobile tariff with data for my Android phone. I won't be making many calls. Does any of the Danish providers offering a prepaid card with large data ...
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SIM card in New Zealand with unlimited internet access [duplicate]

Are there any SIM cards with unlimited internet access available in New Zealand, for a stay period of 3 weeks? Vodaphone counter at Auckland Airport don't offer any unlimited bundles, and I wonder if ...
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Mobile Internet in the Netherlands

I'm visiting the Netherlands for a week. I'd like to buy a SIM for my iPad to have internet access. What is the cheapest way? Cheapest carrier that offers 500MB-1GB? (with decent 3G coverage in ...
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Prepaid nano SIM for an unlocked iPhone in Malta?

I'd like to get a local number and data plan for my unlocked US iPhone 5 while I'm in Malta. Which carriers offer this, and how do I actually get the SIM - just go to a cell phone store and ask for ...
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Data-only sim-card for a 1-week stay in Hungary

Preparing for my trip to Sziget, I was wondering what the cheapest prepaid data sim cards would be Hungary has to offer. I checked the Prepaid Data Sim Wikia and was planning on buying Magyar Telekom'...
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Can I buy a local SIM in South Korea that enables tethering?

I will stay for a week or more in Seoul, and want to get a local SIM in my iPhone. As far as I know, there don't seem to exist any carriers that enable tethering, as it is not mentioned there (but it ...
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Economical mobile data for US and Canada

I am travelling to US and Canada from Australia this year and was wondering what would be the most economical and hassle free option for having mobile data and call time on my iPhone that gives me ...
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Mobile phones and mobile internet in Italy

Buongiorno! Suppose I step down from the plain in Fiumicino. What is the fastest way to get hold of Italian SIM-card with some talking minutes and some Internet? The latter is more important than the ...
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What are the options for a prepaid SIM card in Australia?

Similar to the other prepaid SIM card questions. What are my options in Australia if I'd like a prepaid SIM with mobile data? Since I'm travelling a lot, what would the operator be with the most ...
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Is there a prepaid SIM for 2 weeks in Germany?

I consider purchasing a prepaid SIM card in Germany for not more than 2 weeks (although I might be in Germany for more than 2 weeks - up two two months maybe, in this trip). I need a prepaid SIM in ...
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What is a good data plan for Internet surfing in northern Italy? [duplicate]

I've checked the webpages of some their providers, but franly, just like in the case of those in my own language, I literally cannot find my way around them. So if you wouldn't mind sharing a word of ...
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Reality Check on Data Roaming and Tethering in Ireland/Poland

I am in the U.S. I would like to be able to go to Ireland and Poland and be able to tether my laptop to some kind of MIFI-like device or a cell phone that can create a wireless hotspot. From what I'...