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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 volume ...


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Now that I'm back from my trip I thought I'd add my own answer with details of the experience. All of the following is using an iPhone 4S, unlocked and using T-Mobile's Simple Choice plan (originally an AT&T locked phone). On landing at Heathrow I turned off airplane mode and my phone immediately connected to EE. I've seen reports that this could take ...


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It's not clear. As far as I know, nothing has been ruled out or abolished, it's just that announced dates for vote/approval for new measures slip and nothing has happened yet. There were no further mandatory price cuts planned in the current regulation after the ones that took place last year and therefore no strict timeline. But the idea is still in the air....


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Since the current answers are rather outdated, here's a web site with recent-enough information. Generally, the no-contract plans are affordable. For example, Golan Telecom doesn't require Israeli identification documents, and you can even pay with a PayPal account. Their activation fee is 49 ILS, and for unlimited calls and 1GB data you'd pay 37 ILS ...


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The answer: Yes, at least in 2013. I bought the ALDI Talk SIM in Germany in summer 2013. It was one of those regular SIMs with a detachable micro SIM, so after popping out the micro SIM, it worked fine in my Nexus 4. I registered with the online form (and some help from Google Translate) and put in my hotel address and it activated fine.


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Oct2018 I would not recommend this as here is what I went through today and would not get past step 1 without a fluent German and video cell phone access in hand. First have your helper read the included insruction page that the sim is attached to and follow instructions. You need your passport, good video connection, an address in Germany(I used my hotel) ...


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Yes, this seems allowed. The frequently asked questions regarding "Roam like at home" listed on the EU site, include the following answer: If at home you have unlimited mobile data or very cheap mobile data, your operator may apply a safeguard (fair use) limit on data use while roaming. If this is the case, the operator will have to inform you in advance ...


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After further research on my own I found an interesting option. The companies simyo and blau.de offer a prepaid roaming plan in Germany for the European Union. See for example here for simyo. You can buy a package for 20 Euros that covers 150 minutes calling 150 text messages 300 MB data valid 8 days You can also buy 50 MB (valid for 7 days) for 5 Euros. ...


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I just got a vodafone.it prepaid SIM with unlimited (or maybe several GB of) data for less than 30€. I'm fairly certain that was the best data plan available for my travels in Italy. You can get it at a Vodafone store in Italy. The Vodafone network in Como/Garda/Verona is very good. I can confirm that data roaming between Germany, Austria, Switzerland, ...


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Is it always the case that every single national border crossing means you need a new SIM card to avoid impractically high fees? Not always, there are some international service providers that charge no roaming fees - in Africa. I'm not aware of any such offers in Europe. Most of the questions I've seen about this are from before the recent EU ...


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Unfortunately "No need for Japan resident card" and "Japan phone number" (along with voice and SMS) are not compatible. Non-residents aren't able to buy voice SIMs. B-Mobile appears to be the best option in most cases. There's some info in English at Japan Mobile Tech that looks to be up to date. There are no high-speed unlimited options but the Chamelon ...


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Forfaits Bloqués Sans Engagement I am afraid France is a country where mobile internet is still very expensive. You could buy a standard prepaid SIM card and top it up with credit. You could then burn through this credit using internet data. Beware that rates are often somewhat expensive. SFR for example will charge you 0,50€/internet session, limited to ...


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Some providers such as b-mobile and eConnect offer SIM pre-orders: you order it before leaving and it is shipped to your hotel or the airport post office for you to pick up. Note that the post office at Haneda airport is located in the domestic Terminal 1, so you would need to take a (free) shuttle bus to go there from the international terminal. (At Narita ...


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The only European operator I am aware of that offers free data roaming is three.co.uk. This is only available in selected countries, but depending on your schedule this might cover a big part of your trip. They seem to have all-you-can-eat option for about 20 GBP pay as you go. However, this is still limited to a total of 12GB/month, with no tethering ...


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I think that MichaelS's answer, though complete when written, is a little out of date. As of today, you can get a sim card from at least the following three providers at Israeli post offices: An Orange "Big Talk" card, under the same terms that MichaelS described in his answer. A Cellcom "Talkman" card costs 39 shekels and comes charged with 30 shekels. ...


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When you arrive to Denmark and before making any contract with any company just buy SIM card from Lebara from 10 danish kroner it is about 2 us$ that gives you a phone number and a credit for 10 us$, you can buy them from kiosks, 7/11, shop places like Netto, Fakta etc or super markets. You can use it and recharge it, it is not binding, no contract no ...


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I use a service from a company called Travelers Mobile. They are Canadian and I am in Canada, but they ship anywhere in the world. Basically they sell me, a US local prepaid no contract plan, delivered to my home in Canada, cheaper than if I buy it from a store in the US. They currently sell US and UK plans. I have not used the UK plan yet, but I ...


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If you buy any SIM card in China, you will have access restrictions. If you buy a prepaid card in China or Japan, you will not be able to roam data in another country for any reasonable amount of nmoney. The reason is that the vast majority of the customers want to buy a card only for that market. Ironically, you will have more luck abroad to buy such a ...


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All the 4 mobile operators (TIM, Vodafone, Wind and 3) offers pre-paid SIM card with data plans. Compared to other countries, Italy is quite permissive and you don't need to provide any proof of residence to purchase a pre-paid card. 3 (Tre) is generally the most cheap operator when it comes to data plans. The downside is that the signal can be quite ...


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I am in a very similar situation. I am in Denmark for 5 months on a work visa. I arrived on June 1 and went through the annoying phone search too! Getting a phone with data is difficult without a contract. The only company that does it is Telenor that I could find. Their prices though are about 2-3 times the price of those with a "contract". To get a "...


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According to the Verizon Trip Planer they don't offer LTE roaming to Germany for all devices I checked. You can use that tool to look up coverage and plans based on your devices. Even if this were working, the plans seem more expensive than what you can get in Germany. All networks now provide LTE coverage but you need an unlocked device which works with ...


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We've got four cellular companies and all four offer prepaid sim cards. Here are the links to their websites, they have english versions and maps of their sales offices. http://kcell.kz, http://beeline.kz, www.tele2.kz, www.altel.kz. There are a lot of small reseller offices in the airports, train stations and shops, but they generally don't speak english (...


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TL;DR On the whole, the answer seems to largely be "No once you've registered it". Mine has worked fine for free data in the UK and in Sweden Having got one, and had a play, the biggest problem I hit was when trying to register it. It didn't matter what I put the sim card into (Android phone, old Nokia phone, tablet etc), whenever I tried going to www.three....


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Registration can be done via an online form, and as far as I've heard it only checks that the address exists. According to this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jz2Sic7kUAo the Aldi Talk starter set now contains a SIM card that consists of a Micro SIM and a plastic frame.


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There are many to choose from. You'll probably want a prepaid plan from a "discount" provider such as Simyo or Aldi Talk. Here's a comparison. Typically the prepaid plan includes a pay-as-you-go rate that is very expensive (ca. 24 cents/MB), but you can add a flatrate option which will e.g. cost 9.90 EUR and give you 1GB of highspeed mobile internet within ...


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Since the card is prepaid, is there any reason to not keep using it until it cuts off? You might want to keep it for voice use only (where roaming charges are not as high) as a backup or when you enter a new country and don't have a local SIM card yet. Theoretically, you can also cash out unused credit under some circumstances, but it's probably not worth ...


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I live in Uruguay (and use ANCEL), but I'm in no other way affiliated with them. I just use them and recommend them when have friends visiting because they're, in my opinion, the best choice available here. With their Kit Prepago, you get: 500 SMS to other ANCEL mobiles 512 MBs to use the LTE network (or 384 MBs if you use the 3G infrastructure) 1000 mins ...


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You'll want to decide whether you need to make calls, send SMS, or if you're just after it for data. Then take a look at the Prepaid Sim Card Wiki entry for Hong Kong. Depending on what phone you have, you have a few options there, and it'll depend on how much data you plan on using in those five days, of course, as to which one suits you the best, but you'...


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The question is old yes, but I'd like to add my thoughts to this. I have been in BKK and southern region recently, and AIS (usually green color package) worked best IMO. A friend of mine bought a TrueMove (red color package) and it was OK too, but signals were not quite good as AIS. In the Suvarnabhumi airport, go to the airport rail link. Near the 7-...


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