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Roaming on U.S. carriers
Verizon: $25 per each 100MB when Gobal Data feature is activated. Exorbitant calling rates.
AT&T:
T-Mobile: Simple Choice plans (postpaid-only which requires credit pull, but you can cancel anytime) include unlimited data roaming at 2G speeds in 120+ countries. Calls between any of these countries are $.20 /min.
Sprint: - For some reason its a bit complicated - https://www.sprint.com/landings/openworld/index.html - http://www.sprint.com/landings/international-value-roaming/ - http://support.sprint.com/global/pdf/support/BizMultiCountryDataPack.pdf
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International SIM cards

Google Fi
All plans include coverage in the US, Canada, and Mexico. Unlimited Plus and Flexible also come with data in 200+ international destinations, and 5G in select countries for supported Pixel and Samsung phones. Try Fi for free: Test our coverage to see how we keep you connected. Our 7⁠-⁠day trial works right on your phone alongside your current service.

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Covers the U.S., many European countries (though not Italy or Belgium), and Australia. Rates from these countries are .03 to all USA and UK phones both mobile and landline, .03 to landlines and .09 to mobiles in many other countries, .06 to Israel landlines and .15 to Israel mobiles. SMS to most (looks like all) countries is .07. Data bundles start at 5 for 500 MB in the UK and 20 for 1GB in the other Toggle countries. Incoming calls are free in 20+ countries.

SIMs can be ordered online and shipped free to many countries. You automatically receive a free permanent U.K. number. Before each trip you must register online for a local incoming number in the countries you are travelling to, which activates the roaming plan and lasts 30 days at no cost. You can pay 5 a year to keep numbers permanently.

Golan Telecom:
The 99₪ unlimited talk/text/internet/international calling plan, which also gives you up to 2 virtual foreign numbers, also includes for many countries (not all have launched yet) unlimited global data roaming (6GB high-speed), incoming calls & texts, and calls & texts to Israel.

Alternatively, Golan also offers a ₪29 per day data-only roaming plan which gives 100MB a day in these countries (all have been launched). These roaming options can be very useful for foreigners regardless of whether they need Golan for Israel.


VOIP calling apps

Vonage Mobile: Free calls to US/CA, very cheap int'l rates (see link). Uses your real number for outgoing caller ID, and also for incoming calls if you are a tmobile/AT&T customer and activate ReachMe roaming in the app.

Google Hangouts: Uses your Google Voice number over VOIP. Free calls to US/CA, very cheap int'l rates (see link).


Local SIM cards

Israel: See wiki on this thread.

Global MiFi
FreedomPop $10/500mb
https://www.freedompop.com/worldwide


eSims

See PlatinumGuys post for more info.

Perhaps this is common knowledge, but I was just mindblown. In 60 seconds online, I was able to buy a data package in a different country from Airalo and install it on my iPhone - keeping calls on the primary Verizon SIM and data on the Airalo eSim.

FWIW, they offer 15GB in Israel for $15 - and you can buy more easily online if it runs out, but I don't know which network Annatel resells

Airalo promo code FOUNDERS30 for 30% off up to $7 (I don't benefit in any way)

Another vendor is https://esim.knowroaming.com, I guess you have to compare destination to destination.
https://esimdb.com is a great database for vendors in different locations.

« Last edited by Suave on September 19, 2023, 07:25:51 AM »

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #720 on: August 25, 2022, 03:31:15 AM »
almost sure, but if you have the sim and get reception it should activate itself

That's not always the case.
Many operators want you to be in their country to activate.

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #721 on: August 25, 2022, 04:42:15 PM »
I am sometimes accused of overthinking things. I am still mulling over whether that accusation has merit.

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #722 on: August 26, 2022, 11:11:48 AM »
no sim plan by the day? for like 3 days in Israel

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #723 on: September 18, 2022, 07:11:27 PM »
Anyone have a good SIM I can buy in the US to keep on hand for if I travel outside the US? I want to only get billed on the days I use it. [I am on a Verizon MVNO now and I can switch my sim for when I travel. NO ESIM please.]

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #724 on: May 22, 2023, 03:42:01 PM »
whats my cheapest option for a sim card in Israel for like 9 days

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #725 on: June 27, 2023, 10:06:08 PM »
Looking for international service/sim for England,France, Israel
and Italy. Mix of smartphones and flips.
 I have Optimum sims with US numbers that we use in Israel, but no texting on the flip phones... Do those work in Europe?
Esims? UK sim? ( first stop)


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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #726 on: July 24, 2023, 04:11:11 PM »
My sister is leaving Cleveland for Israel on Monday. She does not do technology well, and confirmed with me that she cannot get an ESIM on her cell phone. How can she get cellular data in Israel? Should she just get a SIM card from the airport in Israel?
Thanks!

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #727 on: July 24, 2023, 04:31:07 PM »
How long is she going for?
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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #728 on: July 24, 2023, 11:27:27 PM »
How long is she going for?
About 10 days. Does not need a lot of data. Mostly for just WhatsApp calls and directions.

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #729 on: December 24, 2023, 08:48:19 PM »
This may have been discussed but worth mentioning again, seems to me not so well known.

 If you fly through UK pick up a 3 sim and make at least 1 call or text to activate it while in UK. Has free data roaming in 70+ countries (including US, CA, Europe, EY, Mexico etc.) on a prepaid plan (called pay as you go) up to 12GB per month. The 10 a month plan gives you 10GB a month or 15GB when on auto pay (still capped by the roaming limit to 12 just 15 for if youd be in UK). You need to officially pay for service at least every 6mo or will shit the sim (although Ive gone over and reactivated with no consequences..) when entering a card number online to refill it might ask for a UK post code you can just put in any random one.