BEST SIM CARD OPTIONS FOR EUROPE: D, GB, F, I?

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  1. zigyphoto

    zigyphoto PAY ATTENTION

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    Going to be in Europe travelling thru the above countries with my unlocked Verizon iPhone 5SE.

    Yes, I have WhatsApp.
    Verizon's plan is $10/day -- at least they charge you only when you actually use the phone (great: $400+ for my time there).

    Anyone have experience with a SIM card/carrier that works all over, or is better to simply buy a new card in each country? Don't like that because of unused time and hassle of changing numbers all the time.

    I've not before gotten a Skype number to do that with, so open to all ideas.

    Leaving mid-next month.

    thanks

    z
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  2. StartAdventures

    StartAdventures riders on the storm

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    Just less than a month ago there is no more extra costs for sms or calls within Eu. Unfortunatly your internet plan works just in the country U buy the sim.

    Cheers from Italy (Swiss forget about it, a coffe is 7 euro ....)
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  4. nickguzzi

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    In the UK you can get a PAYG sim card almost anywhere, several mobilephone shops on every street, plus many other outlets.
    There are also SIM only plans, the cheapest when I looked a month or so ago was about £5/month then rising as the amount of "free" usage increases. Several URL's will give you a breakdown.

    The EU has forced providers to reduce cross border tariff scams, not sure what the current position is, but it changed from April. For the better as far as us consumers is concerned.
    All of Europe uses the GSM system so your GSM phone will work everywhere. A functioning card will work everywhere


    We have tried several times to get a SIM in France, when there were considerable roaming charges, to no avail. My partner is bilingual, so it was not a language problem - you just have to have a French address.
    Coverage is generally very good.
    All McDoh (a as the US burger place is known) have free wifi, this also works in the car park. Coffee is better than UK.
    Many, perhaps most, cafes (also sell beer) and bars (also sell coffee) and supermarkets also have free wifi. As do hotels of course. Some require a freely provided password - the very cheapest sometimes charge a nominal amount.
    You should be able to skype at any of the above.

    Maybe because we stay at my sisters place and there we can use her wifi and have not tried too hard, but Germany seems less connected. But lots of phone shops.

    Be prepared for sticker shock in Switzerland.
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  6. Rudl

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    The EU has scrapped all roaming fees from June 15, so just get a prepaid SIM-card in your port of entry and use it as you like. It works mostly hassle-free and technically it's no issue at all.

    There is one major peculiarity:
    Calling or texting from the "home" country of the sim card to any international number may still be quite expensive. That includes calls within the EU (e.g. sim-card bought in Germany, location Germany, phone call to France). As soon as the sim-card has moved to another EU country, this becomes a non-issue.

    For pure data calls via Whatsapp or Skype, this isn't an issue.

    Data plans may be restricted in other EU countries (e.g. home country 4 GB, for EU use 2.2 GB). This depends on a very complicated formula that is determined by regulated wholesale prices between EU providers, your package price and allowance.

    So, best to check for the specific country where you arrive what the best available option is. If it is Germany, probably the Aldi offer will be on the cheaper side. A passport may be required in some countries to register a pre-paid sim card.

    There is a fairly good overview at http://prepaid-data-sim-card.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Europe
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  7. MichaelJ

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    T-Mobile here - free (2g) data roaming, and who talks that much anymore? 4g data speeds available for $20/10 days. Which I just found out about AFTER I got back. :p
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  10. Dibss

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    There's a UK provider who charge 1p for calls (per min), 1p for sms and 1p per MB.

    www.1pmobile.com

    They run on the EE network, which is one of the largest providers.

    HIH

    Dibs

    p.s. same rates apply in the EU.
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  11. krobison

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    I use Google Fi on my iPhone. Order a sim and pay $20 for voice per month and $10 per gb for data. The only tricky part is that you will need to activate the sim initially from a Google phone. Google Fi works in ~140 countries seamlessly. I was in Spain last month and paid $32 for the month.

    T-Mobile works similarly ... order a sim with number and pay $75/month, but all data is included. This includes the $5 extra for faster speed. My wife is living in Spain and uses this plan with no issues.

    Both services can be canceled as soon as you come back.


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  12. -Z-

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    there is quite a good deal with FREE in france, 19euro/month

    data calls & txt unlimited from france to almost everywhere in Europe + US canada & africa

    I always use it on my trips around europe. never have any surcharge and reception is ok
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  13. nickguzzi

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    In days gone by, we have tried several times to get a SIM caed in France and always been told we must have a French address. This despite having been long time Wanadoo/Orange customers.
    My partner is bilingual, so it wasn't a language problem.

    There was always a MacDoh providing free wifi and reasonable orange juice. Now with the EU abolishing roaming charges it is all immaterial.
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  14. -Z-

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    if it's just a problem with the adress, just deliver the sim card to any hostel / hotel, I think it's possible to order it online .. ( to make sure it's gonna be ready when you get to france )

    but anyway as you said, with offline maps and public Wifi it's not a big problem!
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  15. nickguzzi

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    France is the best place in the world to get lost in, and I never needed maps to do that.

    I leave my phone in the drawer at home. 5 mins in a bar or cafe to check emails is enough for me each week.

    My partner is the one who likes to "keep in touch" or at least be "available". Actually, it is gradually replacing our Guide Michelin, and Booking.com makes accommodation easy. Also good for finding markets or other "off piste" attractions.

    Like I said, the EU abolishing roaming charges has been a great step forwards - does that work for non EU based users do you know?
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  16. -Z-

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    exactly! 5 min a day to send a couple pics on whatsapp and that's it!

    No idea about the data roaming.. that's pretty new and i'm not in france at the moment
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