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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

Toggle Mobile:
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
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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #150 on: February 05, 2012, 11:12:32 AM »
so even its have a sim its not a GSM phone ?
Yup, the SIM in this case is just used for the LTE network. LTE is not GSM but does use a SIM for authentication.

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Re: international cell phone plans
« Reply #151 on: February 05, 2012, 11:21:41 AM »
for someone who travels all over the world, does anybody know some sort of phone/plan that you can call one number and you can be reached anywhere in the world and you wont be charged crazy roaming charges. the person travels all over including australia, south america, hong kong etc.
Easy. Android phone with Groove IP app ($4.99) or iPhone with Talkatone app (free with ads). Uses your Google Voice account to make/receive calls anywhere in the world on WiFi or 3G/4G. Free US/Canada, Google Voice rates for int'l outbound. I personally use Groove IP on Galaxy Nexus and it is excellent.
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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #152 on: February 06, 2012, 04:21:31 AM »
Easy. Android phone with Groove IP app ($4.99) or iPhone with Talkatone app (free with ads). Uses your Google Voice account to make/receive calls anywhere in the world on WiFi or 3G/4G. Free US/Canada, Google Voice rates for int'l outbound. I personally use Groove IP on Galaxy Nexus and it is excellent.

Relying on wifi is only for a select few a solution.

Say you got an unlimited data roaming plan (which isn't exactly free), how many places will you have a decent enough data (call it gprs/edge/3g/etc) to have a normal conversation?

We are talking about people that don't just want to call home to say that they had a good flight, but need to make important and numerous calls, where the quality has to be of a certain minimum...

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #153 on: February 06, 2012, 10:59:55 AM »
Relying on wifi is only for a select few a solution.

Say you got an unlimited data roaming plan (which isn't exactly free), how many places will you have a decent enough data (call it gprs/edge/3g/etc) to have a normal conversation?

We are talking't about people that don't just want to call home to say that they had a good flight, but need to make important and numerous calls, where the quality has to be of a certain minimum...
Local sim cards can be used for data at cheap rates.
I have used Groove IP many times even on 3G, and it's very reliable. Clearer than regular calls IMO. Wifi and 4G all the more so.  Call quality will of course always depend on your signal, as is the case with regular calls. I am in the same situation as the poster and this app has really delivered.
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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #154 on: April 18, 2012, 08:06:28 PM »
I'm looking for a phone to use in israel/europe this summer. I'll use google voice for most calls, just want a cell phone for emergency's or if I am out and want to contact hotel/resturant etc. Any ideas...
I was thinking of http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Palm-Pixi-Plus-GSM-Unlocked-AT-T-3G-WIFI-GPS-Phone-/260869998589
and http://www.onesimcard.com/?59381
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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #155 on: April 18, 2012, 08:13:59 PM »
Save your time, I don't answer PM. Post it in the forum and a dedicated DDF'er will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #156 on: April 18, 2012, 08:21:01 PM »
Thanks, looks good but what do I do about the sim card?

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #157 on: April 18, 2012, 08:24:04 PM »
I use onesimcard.  Bit of a pain, but it's good for a pinch.
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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #158 on: April 18, 2012, 08:35:40 PM »
WHy is it a pain

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Re: European And Israeli Sim Discussion
« Reply #159 on: April 18, 2012, 08:40:37 PM »
Not sure about Cellcom but with Orange I simply email them through their website to add/remove the data package. Funny how when its in writing they are oh-so-polite ::)
I have 2 Orange accounts, and they're great when I'm in Israel, however it sucks when it comes to communicate with them, it took me literally a year to get them to send me the bill in email, and I have no means of communication with them.

I can't figure out their website.. I'm really bad with Hebrew!!  :-[

How do you email them? Which language are you writing to them? 
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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #160 on: April 18, 2012, 09:30:06 PM »
WHy is it a pain
Because it's a callback SIM.  You dial a number and then it rings you back and makes the phone call.
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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #161 on: April 18, 2012, 09:49:25 PM »
i use go sim

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Re: international cell phone plans
« Reply #162 on: April 18, 2012, 11:45:17 PM »
Easy. Android phone with Groove IP app ($4.99) or iPhone with Talkatone app (free with ads). Uses your Google Voice account to make/receive calls anywhere in the world on WiFi or 3G/4G. Free US/Canada, Google Voice rates for int'l outbound. I personally use Groove IP on Galaxy Nexus and it is excellent.

Is there such an app for webOS , since grooveIP doesn't work on the HP touchpad running on c9?

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Re: European And Israeli Sim Discussion
« Reply #163 on: April 19, 2012, 07:27:01 PM »
I have 2 Orange accounts, and they're great when I'm in Israel, however it sucks when it comes to communicate with them, it took me literally a year to get them to send me the bill in email, and I have no means of communication with them.

I can't figure out their website.. I'm really bad with Hebrew!!  :-[

How do you email them? Which language are you writing to them?
I email and talk to them in my passable Hebrew. Their phone agents rarely know English.

As far as seeing your bill, if you register your account online you can view your account info and bill very clearly. Use the Google Chrome translation or Google Dictionary extension if you can't read the Hebrew. Registration requires an SMS verification code, so you must either be in Israel or be on roaming.

Feel free to ask for any help that you need!

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #164 on: April 24, 2012, 01:48:04 PM »
Of course you all heard about CelloMobile.com a heimishe international cell phone provider renting and selling international phones and SIM cards since 2006.

CelloMobile.com ran advertisements on DD a couple times this winter and will iy"h advertise more on dansdeals.com this summer, but meanwhile nobody beats their international SIM card rates, and no it's not callback in Europe, but still has incoming calls free in Europe.

You are able to use the callback feature of the phone to even more reduce your calling rates in Europe.

CelloMobile.com uses their own platform and billing, so everything is strictly run by an American company with billing in USD$, CelloMobile.com specializes in serving Europe and other destinations, not strictly specializing in the Israeli market but rather the WORLD market.

Try them out once, and you will never regret it.

Some benefits of the CelloMobile.com international SIM card (http://www.cellomobile.com/international-sim-card.aspx)

-Direct dial service in Europe (no callback, more reliable)
-Free incoming calls in over 60 countries
-Excellent calling rates
-NO connection fees or fancy charges
-Your balance or service WILL never expire, put it to sleep for 3 years and your balance is still there..WOW!
-You can see your balance live online and on your handset

And best of ALL, you deal with a heimishe company that knows what service and reliability means to you!!!

(disclaimer: I work for CelloMobile.com, but all I wrote here is the truth and only the truth, and I don't know of any competitor that has a better service, seriously)