Questions tagged [roaming]

Questions about using your mobile phone equipment in other countries or territories than your home country.

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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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Internet censoring while roaming abroad with Chinese SIM cards?

I couldn't access Google today. I was on Swisscom's network using 4G data and here's the kicker though: I was using a China Telecom SIM card. I'm assuming that I'm not behind the GFW in Switzerland,...
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How to access the internet during a road trip in the USA?

I'm traveling from Europe (Belgium) to USA soon. While on a road trip from New Orleans to Miami, I'd like to access the internet without paying exorbitant amounts of money on roaming fees. I was ...
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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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How can AT&T charge me to use WiFi while I'm abroad?

Knowing that AT&T is a global network, I was curious about what it would look like to use my phone internationally if they're my carrier. I came across their Passport Packages information, which ...
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Is EU roaming supposed to work on any local network or can your home provider restrict your choice to a single operator per country?

I'm currently in Germany roaming with my Czech Vodafone card. In some areas the 3G/LTE Vodafone.de signal is really bad, so I've thought it might be worth a try to switch to a different network since ...
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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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Using a European (GSM) cell phone in the US

I have an HTC A9s. I could not find it on the US page of the manufacturer so I went to the UK page. According to the specs, it does have the US frequencies: Network4 2G/2.5G - GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/...
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Are there companies that offer worldwide wifi roaming for a fixed fee?

I am aware of the following related question: Overview of wireless in airports. If it is free it would be nice, but I am willing to pay for my Internet access at airports/hotels. The only problem is ...
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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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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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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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Where can I buy a “roaming” or “international” SIM card — one with attached phone numbers in multiple countries?

In the past I have found two companies that offered one sim card with multiple (international) numbers attached to it. The first one, of which I forgot the name, offered one sim card with the ...
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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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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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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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A resource for multi-country SIM providers

I see that there are several cell phone companies that will offer a SIM card associated with local numbers in multiple countries, so that you can receive incoming calls at local rates in all of them. ...
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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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Are calls to international numbers charged at international rates if the caller is in the same country?

Suppose I take my phone on roaming from one country (say Australia) to another (say Belgium). How do these plans typically work? Will somebody else in Belgium have to pay international rates to call ...
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Inexpensive way to use my US iPhone's data connection in Turkey?

I want to use my AT&T iPhone – specifically the data connection – while in Turkey in September. What's the easiet, cheapest way to make my phone work in that country? How good is the service? ...
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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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With the new EU roaming, what will I pay for calls within a foreign country?

EU roaming charges are about to be abolished. What does this mean for calls made from abroad? Suppose at home my phone provider charges A for a call in my country and B for a call to an EU country. ...
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Mostly-unlimited-data SIM cards for US citizens going to the EU?

I'm a US citizen who is speaking at several EU conferences in Vienna, Prague, and Krakow next month. I'll be using a lot of data while I travel. I am currently a US T-Mobile business customer. To ...
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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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EU Roaming rules: call from abroad to foreign number

There's something that's not yet clear to me about the new EU rules about roaming. Let's say that I have an Italian phone number. If I call a German phone number from Italy with my Italian phone ...
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Receive and Make calls: Egypt to UK without extra fees [closed]

I have an Egyptian mobile number and UK mobile number and live in the UK, I would like to be able to: Receive calls made to my Egyptian number without charging the caller extra fees. Make calls from ...
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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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Roaming charges from country to country in Europe

If I purchase a SIM card for Germany, and I wander over to Salzburg, for example, would I be roaming? How is roaming defined and how does it work?
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EU roaming when calling a number outside the EU?

I have a SIM card from one EU country, and travelled to another. It was after 2017-06-15, so I should enjoy the new "roam like at home" rules. I made a call to a non-EU country, expecting to be ...
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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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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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Is it possible to achieve 4G/LTE environment without buying local SIM?

I cannot tolerate slow network in traveling and want to always get the fast network environment, possibly >5MB constantly. However, at the same time I don't like to buy local SIM card whenever I enter ...
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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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How to find out if a Canadian cellphone works abroad? [duplicate]

We already have a US equivalent question and the Canadian cell-phone marker is equally twisted with most carriers being helpful at telling what technologies and standards they use. As I am about to go ...
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What does a Mb on average costs on a prepaid sim card in the US?

My mobile phone provider is charging the following when roaming in the US: Incomming calls 2.50 euro per minute Outgoing calls 4.00 euro per minute sending sms: 0.50 Data: 0.50 /Mb Prices for ...
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SIM Card for vacation in the US [duplicate]

I will be visiting New York for about 10 days. I have an iPhone 4S (unlocked). What are my options to have a sim card, preferably with data? I probably won't use voice that much, but want to be ...
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Mobile Roaming Charges in Europe - have they been abolished yet?

I am currently based in Friedrichshafen, Germany. I have a German sim card. I will be travelling to Switzerland, Austria and France during this Christmas season and I would like to know if the ...
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T-Mobile network in Thailand: Koh Phayam?

I've read mobile data coverage is spotty on Koh Phayam. I plan to use the "free" international roaming my American T-mobile plan includes (Simple Global at "2G speeds"). What networks do they use in ...
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I have a Lycamobile sim from the UK. Will it work in Mexico?

I have a Lycamobile sim from the UK. Will it work in Mexico? I'll mostly be communicating with whatsapp and messenger but I had a spare sim lying around so I stuck it in my phone.,
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Road trip from UK to Romania & Mobile Data

I'm doing a road trip from UK to Romania this summer but I don't have a GPS. I'm looking to use Google Maps on my iPhone. How could I get mobile data (I have a UK mobile)? I of course would like to ...
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Cost for senders when receiving texts in Belgium on a US or Belgian SIM card

First, my specific question is : How could I receive texts from both US and Belgian phone numbers without the senders paying additional fees? (i.e. on top of their national text plan) I used to live ...
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Can I initialize a SIM card when abroad?

I will be travelling from France to Germany / Poland / Austria later this month and I will have a French new SIM card shipped to me when I will be abroad. Is it possible to initialize such a card on ...
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Will my mobile phone carrier charge me extra fares if my phone switched to a different carrier while I was using data roaming inside the EU?

I am from Hungary and I am currently in France now. When I arrived here, my mobile phone carrier sent me an SMS that stated that the equivalent of my carrier I use in Hungary (Vodafone) is STR. I left ...
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How does data roaming work with prepaid SIM cards in Europe?

I am traveling in Europe with my unlocked phone. I bought a prepaid SIM with 1GB of data in Belgium. I didn't use more than a third of that, and I don't expect to be back in that country for at least ...
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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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Are there eSIM-based cellular plans suitable for travel (mainly Europe and USA)?

An eSIM (embedded SIM card) allows setting a cellular service without getting a physical SIM card, so it appears very suitable for travel. Are there cellular providers that provide this option? ...
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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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Prepaid SIM card for data in Italy [duplicate]

I am looking for a (local) pre-paid data SIM card for my trip to Italy. What matters the most is a price for GB of data only, I don't really need voice calls. Coverage in the Alps should be decent too....
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Can I use a Prepaid Tmn sim from Portugal, outside Portugal (e.g. Spain, Italy)? [closed]

I bought prepaid Sim cards for 3 months for my husband and my phone so we could contact each other if necessary and so family could contact us in emergency. In Portugal the phones worked fine. Now we ...
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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 .