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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 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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The person calling you will be calling your Australian number, so they will be charged whatever they normally pay for a call to Australia. As you are roaming, you will be charged for receiving the call at whatever your roaming rate is. In most cases, the call itself will actually route via Australia and back to wherever you are! It's possible that if your ...


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Since the current answers are rather outdated, here's a web site with recent-enough information.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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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 ...


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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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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 ...


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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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7-Eleven sells SIM cards for $10. They are a MVNO reselling Rogers service. Their main attraction is that prepaid credits are valid for one full year. However, it is not available for sale in all provinces (notably Quebec).


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With Fido you can get a pre-pay sim for $10. There are a variety of prepaid rates available. Personally I use the $10/month rate. You can change rates whenever you refill your account. From Google it looks like there are plenty of Fido stores in Vancouver. So you could pop in and pick up a sim when you arrive. The Fido website is good for managing your ...


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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 ...


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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, ...


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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.


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Pre paid cards data connection in Israel can be quite expensive (in my opinion at least). From what I've seen on Orange BigTalk's website (sadly available in Hebrew, Russian and Arabic languages only), data connection on pre paid SIM costs are: 1MB = 4 NIS. You can get those cards in Israel post offices, kiosks, and Orange service points that exists in ...


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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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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.


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Here you have links to polish mobile operators: http://www.plus.pl http://www.orange.pl http://www.t-mobile.pl http://www.play.pl As far as I know all of them have offers of 4G mobile Internet (LTE).


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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 ...


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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 ...


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I have an iPhone 4 on Telstra's 3G network and it switched over immediately as soon as I switched it on in China. I immediately received an SMS telling me that data was disabled, but could be switched on at a cost. I just used wifi hotspots for data as necessary. The phone switched over to China Telecom's network and call quality and coverage were ...


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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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Replying myself after getting some feedback on a facebook post, here are the testimonies: Sorry for the quick and dirty post, doing this my phone. Will edit this later.


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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


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The price sounds rather high.... Looking on the Rogers Website I see a Pay As You Go SIM for $9.99, and you can get plans where you pay on the days you use it. That was my plan for when I'm in Canada. A price of $70 sounds like it includes a phone too. I'd suggest trying a bigger Rogers store and hope you get someone more helpful the 2nd time! (You can ...


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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 ...


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The "Text & Web" tariff from O2 Pay as you Go might be a good option for you. http://www.o2.co.uk/tariffs/payandgo Topping up £10 in a month gives you 300 free UK texts and 500MB UK web and Wi-Fi and you get to keep the £10 as credit on your phone to use for calls and additional texts. The text and data allowance runs out at the end of the month but ...


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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 ...


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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.


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A friend who was in Amed (Bali, Indonesia) recently did a speed test. Test configuration: Device: iPhone Speed test website: bandwidthplace.com Date: December 2016 Network: 3G, Telkomsel (using Simpati prepaid plan) Results Download: 10.75Mbps Upload: 3.71Mbps Ping: 80ms Resources telkomsel.com/product/simpati prepaid-data-sim-card.wikia.com/wiki/...


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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


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