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Old 04-10-2016, 10:08 PM   #1
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I'm traveling to Europe in July for a couple of weeks.
Are there any recommendations for sim cards with a good data plan that cover most countries in Europe? I'm going to London for a day and then Barcelona. From Barcelona, we'll be on a Carnival cruise to multiple cities in Italy.
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Old 04-11-2016, 12:08 AM   #2
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Pretty sure you can buy a prepaid sim card when in Europe - for all over coverage. I think they may even sell them in vending machines.
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this is what i plan to do in May.

I have heard you may need to have your phone unlocked for international service regardless.

Verizon wants like crazy $$$$$$ for a month of international access. I heard 30 days of a sim card is like ~$20.
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Do you know if there are ones that cover all of Europe or do they only cover plans for individual countries or areas of Europe?
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Do you know if there are ones that cover all of Europe or do they only cover plans for individual countries or areas of Europe?
While working inn Europe in 2010-2012, I just bought a cheap disposable phone at the airport. (At the time, I owned a phone with no SIM card.) So far as I know, 100% of euro SIM cards will work in all of Europe. Mine, at least, didn't care whether I was in France, Germany, or The Netherlands.
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Thank you
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Where in Italy you going?

I'm flying into London, then doing Venice, Florence, Rome, Naples, Sorrento.
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I used to travel to Europe quite a bit for business. At the time I kept an unlocked Android phone that was 4G compatible and bought a SIM when I got there. Most SIMS will 'expire' after a few months so don't buy a lot more then you expect to use. Data is the hardest because Europe isn't into the "free wifi" like our hotels and fast food places are.

If you buy at the airport expect to pay more. There are cell phone stores everywhere so if you look for the big 3 providers; Orange, Vodafone & O2 you can't go wrong.

Best advice is to go on Amazon and pick up an unlocked phone to take with you and get used to it before you go (use it in wifi mode for data at least).

EDIT: Just remembered, if you're a T-Mobile customer they're pretty travel friendly now and pretty much all you need to do is have them activate your phone for european travel (a call to #611). Pretty reasonable rates (for data). Not sure on ATT and I think Verizon continues to rape it's customers going there.

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Not sure on ATT and I think Verizon continues to rape it's customers going there.
Yeah we looked up the cost, it was like ~$100 or something crazy. I can check again.

We planned on picking up a sim card each so we could call each other and get data if we are lost.

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Postpay Device Unlocking Policy

We do not lock most phones or tablets that are activated with our postpay service, either during or after the term of your service contract or Edge installment sales agreement.

We do not lock our 4G LTE devices, and no code is needed to program them for use with another carrier.

We do not lock our 3G devices, other than our non-iPhone 3G World Devices. The simple code to program such 3G devices for use with another carrier is either “000000” or “123456.” If the user guide for your device does not provide instructions to access the programming menu, you can contact us at *611 from your Verizon Wireless phone, or (800)922-0204, for assistance.

The SIM cards used in our non-iPhone 3G World Devices are locked. We willl unlock those SIM cards at your request.




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We're going to Sicily, Naples, Rome, and Florence in Italy.
We are also going to Marseilles and Palma de Mallorca in Spain for the cruise.
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We're going to Sicily, Naples, Rome, and Florence in Italy.
We are also going to Marseilles and Palma de Mallorca in Spain for the cruise.
You should check with the cruise line on specific connection/data costs. They're usually seperate.

With the rest, a "euro" SIM should be fine.
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Thanks, i'll check with Carnival.
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Thanks, i'll check with Carnival.
https://help.carnival.com/app/answer...-phone-service

They don't make it easy.

I'd ask my US carrier specific questions like;

1. If I make a call to the US, how much will it cost per minute. Same if I accept a call from the US.

2. If I send a text msg, how much. If I receive a txt, how much is it?

3. What is the data rate per Mb?

All the above are charged for separately in Europe. If you have a prepaid european SIM is it even applicable when on board?

There was a time when I would by a monthly T-Mobile data plan (TMO Europe) and turn off my cell network radio and only use Whatsapp/FB or whatever else was in fashion to stay in touch.

The Europeans don't suffer the same drawbacks (costs) when traveling here.
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EDIT: Just remembered, if you're a T-Mobile customer they're pretty travel friendly now and pretty much all you need to do is have them activate your phone for european travel (a call to #611). Pretty reasonable rates (for data). Not sure on ATT and I think Verizon continues to rape it's customers going there.
But then you're a t-mobile customer. I dropped them like a rock for straight talk with an att sim on the same phone. And now I've stuck with them after buying the nexus 6p (which can go to any carrier all over the world).

Cross reference your phones bands with the euro bands on GSM arena. if you're boned pick up a decent international phone, like current gen moto e specs or better. Dont be afraid of Hauwie for being chinese this ***** fine.
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If you don't have a problem switching, Google FI doesn't charge you more for using data in all of Europe than they do in the states. Don't know how good their coverage is, but seems like a cheap option you could use both places.
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Going to Japan I have Tmobile, my plan allows me to use my service there (unlim data/text/picture sharing $.20/min call)... Check your provider.
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If you need unlimited data, look at Unlimited Europe SIM - hipsim.

They will rent you a sim for the countries you are travelling to.

The pre-paid stuff does not usually include a ton of data.
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I got a sim card for 20gbp with 300min, 300txt, and 12gb of data with three.uk.
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