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.
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:
Fixed occasional sound leaks in the speakers when using earphones
Fixed camera shutter sound ...
There's a new wiki site I've only recently become aware of (thanks mostly to other posters on this site!) specifically for prepaid data and sim cards.
So here's their Thailand page.
It looks like there are three main carriers - dtac, AIS and True Move, and there's quite a variety of rates. One interesting one is the unlimited data one, where the data is ...
Since the current answers are rather outdated, here's a web site with recent-enough information.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 ...
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.
There are mainly 3 mobile network operators in Vietnam. Viettel is currently the biggest one and also the only one that invests in other countries (Cambodia, Laos, Haiti, Peru...). It has very good coverage in rural areas. In remote islands or highland areas the only operator is Viettel. Reason for those? It's operated by the Ministry of Defence so they must ...
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, ...
It should be no problem at all. Of course it's possible, but very unlikely that the delivery takes more than 2 minutes.
Nowadays many people use messenger apps (like WhatsApp, Viber, Skype etc) than SMS so I think that if you have a good network coverage the delivery would take just a few seconds. If the phone has been out of coverage for a while, then it ...
It should be a reply to OPs question in the comments but I don't have 50 reputation yet. If moderators can merge it somehow, please, feel free.
Abonament is a long-term contract.
Karta is pay-as-you-go. It is pre-paid and you charge it by buying and redeeming codes (e.g. in convenience stores and newsstands).
Mix is, well, a mix of two. You pay as you go, ...
I went through some contacts and I got an answer form an engineer who oversees the roaming (at another provider's). Her answer is
yes, the card needs to be active on the local (national) network at least once so that it is registered with the HLR (Home Location Register). It then can roam.
I will take it as an authoritative answer.
If you are asking how much time international sms's can take, I'd say about the same as local sms's (provided of course both sender and receiver have network coverage). I have used free sms providers on the internet who have their base/servers/providers in the US and messages to countries like Tunisia, India and Bangladesh have been almost instant.
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. ...
There are 4 major network operators in Vietnam.
The three largest - Viettel, Mobifone and Vinaphone are all government owned, and right now all have very similar prices. You're looking at about 120,000VND (about $6) for 1.5GB of data which will expire after 30 days.
Vietnamobile is a smaller operator, part owned by Hutchison (who own the various 3 networks ...
Not a scam in the sense that they did provide a working sim and didn't run away with your money. But definitely some dodgy behaviour there.
Not offering you the promotion when asked about the cheapest plan: technically they could have been telling the truth in that 30GB for $40 was the cheapest non-promotion plan at the time. Regardless of legality still ...
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 ...
Operators Lyca and Lebara are the best bet for your usage. Currently both of them charge around 4ct per minute to mobile and 1ct per minute to landline. I've seen couple of operators claiming to be lower than the above two, but they come with terms and conditions. At the end, Lyca/Lebara turns out to be cheaper.
Here are few tricks you can try to save few ...
No. They were last lowered in April 2016 and will be completely abolished on June 15th 2017. In this link you can find the timetable for the changes: https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/roaming-tariffs
As Mark said there are DTAC, AIS and True Move. I'd go for True Move because they offer free wifi access across Bangkok. But if you're not in Bangkok then AIS would be the best coverage.
AIS > http://www.ais.co.th/12call/en/sim-card.html
DTAC > http://www.dtac.co.th/en/postpaid/products/ShortStayVisitors.html
True Move > I cannot find the information in ...
If you are staying on the North Island in populated areas (which you are, mostly), you should have no trouble with Vodafone coverage. The coverage gets a bit thin in more remote areas on the South Island, but that's not a problem for your planned trip.
Calling an Indian or global toll-free number will on your Indian mobile from abroad will most likely cost something, calling a French toll-free number will be even more expensive, if possible at all. You need a local mobile (not 100% sure about that one), landline or phone booth for a calling card to make sense.
To avoid unwanted data traffic, you have to ...
A friend who was in Amed (Bali, Indonesia) recently did a speed test.
Speed test website: bandwidthplace.com
Date: December 2016
Network: 3G, Telkomsel (using Simpati prepaid plan)
Here are my a bit opinionated answers:
Libra or Lyca doesn't matter (prices https://www.bellen.com/vergelijken/prepaid, price will go up if you want 4G speed)
You can just pick up sim card from any gsm shops for free, but at the airport, you might pay for that
No documents needed
It will work without any problem unless your phone is locked to the provider
The easiest way would be to go to a local street shop that works with Jio, pay in cash and have them renew/reload your account.
Shops should be easy to identify: you'll see their advertisement/billboard on shops that deal with them
The kiosk is real, it's Australian cell phone pricing that's the "scam". Pricing plans are hideously complicated, change all the time, and it's common for there to be old plans that are not advertised anymore, but can still be activated if you say the right magic words to the customer service rep. This thread gives you some idea of the complexity: https://...
First of all, Chili (MTML network) does not seem to have any "fast" mobile internet offer. Its website mentions GPRS or EDGE as technologies, some kind of receivers having a speed of up to 3Mbps. It seems confirmed by its absence from the list of LTE networks.
Regarding the two other networks, Orange/Mauritius Telecom and Emtel, they both have started ...
You can probably buy credit online for your Polish SIM card while in Berlin (I have held several pay-as-you-go SIM cards in various countries and it was always possible).
But you should not assume that credit/plans from the same brand are somehow related between countries. Conditions are sometimes very different and shop-bought credit is typically only ...
Just arrived in Hanoi. Bought a Mobiphone card. Was unable to data share towards a second phone with an USA number.
A Vietnamese local advised that her phone with Vinaphone network does share data.
Went back to the company at the airport that sold the Mobiphone card. Correct... You can not share data with a Mobiphone card. Bought a second card from ...
Some online articles have done the research for you:
Who offers the best 4G LTE connection in Indonesia? Here’s our side-by-side comparison:
For coverage, Bolt takes the lead by covering 750,000 users in Jakarta,
Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, and Bekasi areas. Telkomsel, the country’s
biggest operator, covers a few areas in Jakarta and Bali. While XL