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No, your carrier is not breaking the policy : https://europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/consumers/internet-telecoms/mobile-roaming-costs/index_en.htm Here are the relevant parts : The limit is calculated on the basis of the retail price of your domestic mobile bundle as in the case of unlimited data. The roaming data volume must be at least twice the ...


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AT&T can't charge you to use WiFi. From the page you linked to, that's talking about a service where you connect to WiFi somewhere (like an airport) that you might normally have to pay for, and the provider of that WiFi has partnered with AT&T to allow AT&T customers to log in and use the WiFi. This does not affect your ability to connect to any ...


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Or can I just dial +92... as usual? Yes. Although it is the + prefix that's the "magic" here. It is short hand for the outbound international dialling code for whatever country you are dialling from. This is what allows you to use the same (international format) phone number anywhere in the world. If you are calling from the US then the phone network ...


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Difficult to say. The 112 emergency dispatcher should be able to connect you with the police, even if you also can call the police directly on the number 110. Perhaps the operator did not consider a break-in in an appartment urgent enough to do the job for you. Yes, it violates the GSM standard, but calling emergency services in Germany from a cell phone ...


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This may be due to the long Time To First Fix. Indeed, I recently learned that recent smartphones use mechanisms called "Assisted GPS" in order to get a location based on GPS reception. The idea is that if you use your GPS in an area you haven't been before, the GPS would take some time to find and interpret the signal, mostly because of the slow download ...


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No (because there was no such requirement in the first place). You have never been required to register SIM cards in the UK. There is a trend towards this measure in other European countries, but there is no EU legislation on the matter.


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My personal experience has been that it's best to get a SIM card for each country I travel in. Local providers almost always have the best deals, and buying SIM cards is relatively inexpensive. Especially in Asian countries (where I have more travel experience) you can easily pick up SIM cards at shopping kiosks almost anywhere, and the rates are really ...


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Yes, 112 works quite well in Germany, but there are differences to other countries. There are two main emergency numbers in Germany. The Police (Polizei) To call the police, dial 110. It's usually answered by a switchboard that is in the area of where you are, by someone who is with the police. In large cities they have their own switchboard. You don't ...


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Vince covers the likely explanation, but unfortunately there are several more sinister possibilities as well. Long story short, China's legislation on GPS is both really vague and in part secret: by some readings of the law all use of GPS devices is technically prohibited, and not a few cameras and other GPS-enabled devices go so far as to disable GPS ...


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Most likely it will be a SIM that can be a range of sizes (depending on how it is popped out). I would be surprised if you couldn't find one that fit at least a micro SIM slot. For example EE (https://ee.co.uk/help/help-new/getting-started-and-upgrading/activate-a-new-sim/what-size-sim-do-i-need): Our SIMs are designed to include all three sizes – Nano ...


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This happens with Korean SIM cards too, so I suspect this is a similar case: in Korea there have been too many upskirt photos scandals, and the government imposed a shutter sound when photos are taken, so that people are aware a photo is taken, possibly by someone malicious. I suspect the same thing happened in India.


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I arrived at the kit below by adding gear only as needed. I started with just an iPhone and laptop and only added to that when it was literally impossible to get reliable internet at my accommodations with the gear I already had. I have trial-and-errored through a bunch of other gear that turned out to be unhelpful or not worth the bulk (e.g. higher ...


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Not that phone. Virgin, in the USA, uses Sprint's network. Sprint uses the CDMA standard. Europe uses a different standard, GSM. The only US phones which can work in Europe are: GSM phones from AT&T and/or T-Mobile, the two GSM providers in the US, as long as the phone supports the same bands as the country you're going to (most phones in the last ...


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Right, with a bit of research, I've put the following together. Modern Japanese mobile phones (携帯電話 keitai denwa or just keitai) tend to operate on unique cellular standards not always compatible with the rest of the world. For instance, most Japanese 2G mobile phones operate on the Personal Digital Cellular (PDC) standard, which was developed and is used ...


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The use of satellite phones violates the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885, the The Indian Wireless Telegraph Act, 1933, the Indian Penal Code, and the Foreigners Order of 1948. The Government of India declared satellite phones as threat to national security because of several recent act of terrorism. Use of satellite phones for personal and commercial use is ...


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Yes, there's an app exactly for what you're looking for, and it's called Glympse. You can choose to share your location, set a timer on how long that location will be shared, and send the details (it's just a link) to any of your contacts via text message, Twitter, email, a bunch of other messaging apps etc. What I like about this is that you can limit ...


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You can just dial as usual, just like you would to call him at home, and the call will go through. But you'll be charged for an international call, however your cell phone plan handles international roaming. You may find it makes more sense to plan in advance to use Skype, WhatsApp, WeChat, etc..., which will use only your data connection (or wifi) and not ...


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Cell provider employee here... I'm not gonna recommend our services, so I guess that makes this not a disclaimer? Also, edited as a result of noticing your link to your phone radios... Your best bet for having coverage in the middle of nowhere in the United States is Verizon Wireless. Unfortunately, they are a CDMA provider, so if you wanted to go with them,...


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You can use the number indefinitely for a few $/€/£ every year. Just create an online account on the network provider's website and top-up ccassionally. I have Jio and I top up online with ₹1699 every year. For Vodafone, International roaming has to be activated before leaving India by sending a text SMS ACT IR to 144. Create an online account at https://...


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Many years ago, it was highly unlikely that a European cell / mobile phone would work in the US. More recently, but still quite long ago, your phone might work if it supported the US bands. In both cases, the answer might have varied from state to state or city to city. These days, you are unlikely to experience a problem. Phones are now much more ...


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Well, turns out this is really easy - I just entered a store and asked for a monthly plan which includes unlimited data, and the clerk was happy to offer me a choice between a couple of available plans, without any requirement except a credit card (no need for zip code or credit check or American credit card / address). The store was T-Mobile, but I think ...


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Things to consider: data roaming is very expensive you're charged for incoming calls in roaming you're charged local cost + roaming surcharge for outgoing If you have a sim-free second phone, your best option is to buy local sim. Pay-as-you-go (called pre-paid here) are very popular and inexpensive in Poland. You can get them as low as 5PLN ($1.60 CAD)....


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In Germany, you can use Aldi talk. If you buy a credit for 30 EUR the SIM-card will be active for 24 months. Another plus point is that you can use the SIM-card in the whole EU and it will not be very expensive - incoming calls are free, the outgoing call rate is the same as in Germany.


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If you send a text or make a call to a US number, you'll pay whatever you normally pay to send a text or make a call to a US number. It does not matter whether the phone associated with that number is in the US or not at the time. The recipient of that text or call may have to pay extra fees for receiving it internationally, depending on their carrier and ...


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Speaking as a (retired) mobile network planner, "dialling" 112 on a mobile with or without a SIM should not actually "dial". It invokes the emergency communications service (which is independent of normal call handling). (I may have used the incorrect term for the service, I would have to go back to my standards to check.) In other countries, e.g. Australia,...


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I can't find any evidence of any law in India that mandates a camera shutter sound. Indeed in this bug fix for the Oneplus 5, the shutter sound in silent mode in India was fixed: https://forums.oneplus.net/threads/oxygenos-4-5-7-ota-for-oneplus-5.587514/ Bug Fixes: Fixed occasional sound leaks in the speakers when using earphones Fixed camera ...


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Sort of. Every one sort of has roaming though, or per meg data charges. It's still got to be based somewhere. The closest I've heard of is Go Sim which has a 'Europe Sim' for this use case. Includes: a Europe SIM Card with $10 airtime We've got the SIM for you! Our all-in-one replug sim will work in any unlocked mobile device (including iPhones, ...


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Yes, this will work, although you'll need an adapter plug to be able to plug your charger into a European socket. Actually, you don't really need your charger as any regular USB port will do. So if you have your laptop with you, you only need your laptop charger (for which you will also need an adapter plug). A universal travel adapter is something which ...


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AT&T has PayAsYouGo SIM cards, you can buy them in the real AT&T stores. You just come in and ask the clerk to sell you one. It costs $20 (as far as I remember). Then there's a $20/200MB (not sure about exact numbers) data plan for this card which is pretty expensive if you really plan to use the internet extensively. T-Mobile also has prepaid SIM ...


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