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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 #165 on: April 25, 2012, 03:20:58 AM »
rates seem a bit expensive....starting from .40 cents per minute?!

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #166 on: April 25, 2012, 03:30:57 AM »
@sillypainter: the number is from which country ?

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #167 on: April 25, 2012, 11:00:46 AM »
@ Superflyer

Phone number is based in the UK, there is also an optional USA phone number that has a $0.30/min. surcharge. The USA phone number itself is free.

@CBS

Not sure who you compare us to, but our rates are the BEST in the industry, no expiration date, direct dial service option in EU, USA and UK phone number (Calling a UK number is pretty cheap, so incoming calls free makes a lot of sense).

Our competitors use an Estonian phone number, which is very expensive to call (you might find a mistake calling card, but most are like $0.40-0.60/min, which makes the incoming free a joke. Also our outgoing calling rates are much cheaper than the Estonian solutions).

Btw, there are cheaper plans when going to a single country only, which we do sell SIM cards for individual countries, the CelloMobile.com international SIM card makes mostly sense when traveling to multi countries or when you don't want to deal with local SIM card hassles, like topping up, expiration, language barriers, and yes, sometimes your balance gets to 0 in no time, and there is no one to talk to...!!!

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #168 on: April 25, 2012, 11:41:50 AM »
You know its not really uk, don't you ?

Not in the normal sense.

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Cell phone for use in europe
« Reply #169 on: May 19, 2012, 10:09:16 PM »
As some of you know I am going to europe this summer specifically France Italy and Copenhagen. My wife has the droid 3 which is a world phone. Does this mean I can just get a sim card and use it in europe? if yes does anyone have a recommendation for where to gt a sim card for use in europe? if not what do I need to do?

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #170 on: May 19, 2012, 10:25:52 PM »
As some of you know I am going to europe this summer specifically France Italy and Copenhagen. My wife has the droid 3 which is a world phone. Does this mean I can just get a sim card and use it in europe? if yes does anyone have a recommendation for where to gt a sim card for use in europe? if not what do I need to do?

thanks in advance for all the help
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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #171 on: May 19, 2012, 10:27:46 PM »

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #172 on: May 19, 2012, 10:38:18 PM »
Im also looking for data. Their data seems to be pretty expensive at 1 cent per 10 kb no? also outgoing calls are 45-60 cents per minute depending on country which seems like alot

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« Reply #173 on: May 19, 2012, 11:01:08 PM »
Im also looking for data. Their data seems to be pretty expensive at 1 cent per 10 kb no? also outgoing calls are 45-60 cents per minute depending on country which seems like alot
The main advantage are free incoming in most countries of the world and decent rates wherever you are in the world.
I'm sure in every country you can optimize with local sims, but you have to add the convenience factor.
I don't use it for data, really just use it for phone calls to places while out and about.

For data I try to find wifi or just use it in the hotel and make calls when in wifi via GrooveIP for Android.
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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #174 on: May 19, 2012, 11:13:44 PM »
The main advantage are free incoming in most countries of the world and decent rates wherever you are in the world.
I'm sure in every country you can optimize with local sims, but you have to add the convenience factor.
I don't use it for data, really just use it for phone calls to places while out and about.

For data I try to find wifi or just use it in the hotel and make calls when in wifi via GrooveIP for Android.
how does grooveip work?

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« Reply #175 on: May 19, 2012, 11:16:32 PM »
how does grooveip work?
Makes calls over wifi using your google voice number, incredible app.
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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #176 on: May 19, 2012, 11:20:22 PM »
Makes calls over wifi using your google voice number, incredible app.
any difference between the lite and reg lite is free reg costs 5 bucks

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« Reply #177 on: May 19, 2012, 11:21:20 PM »
any difference between the lite and reg lite is free reg costs 5 bucks
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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #178 on: May 20, 2012, 12:38:42 AM »
any difference between the lite and reg lite is free reg costs 5 bucks
Upgrade to the full version of GrooVe IP (https://market.android.com/details?id=com.gvoip) to remove ads and enable features:
- Calls over a mobile data connection not just WiFi
- Native dialer integration
- Proximity sensor support
- Change sign in status or sign in invisible

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« Reply #179 on: May 20, 2012, 12:39:55 AM »
Upgrade to the full version of GrooVe IP (https://market.android.com/details?id=com.gvoip) to remove ads and enable features:
- Calls over a mobile data connection not just WiFi
- Native dialer integration
- Proximity sensor support
- Change sign in status or sign in invisible
what is proximity sensor support