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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: Cheap cell phone plan-Europe
« Reply #315 on: March 24, 2014, 05:17:38 AM »
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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #316 on: March 24, 2014, 09:19:15 AM »
I've read through most of this thread and didn't really see so many posts on the best plans for data.
I have an iPhone.
Anyone know what plan is cheapest for unlimited data? I come into Europe through Paris but I will be traveling the entire Europe.

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #317 on: March 28, 2014, 12:49:00 AM »
I have an unlocked iphone 5. I am travelling to Kiev for 2 weeks. Where can I get a sim card/ plan that's good?

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #318 on: March 28, 2014, 01:39:32 PM »
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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #319 on: April 01, 2014, 01:53:10 PM »
Traveling to UK for 3 weeks.
Whats my best bet for phone and for data?

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #320 on: April 01, 2014, 02:05:26 PM »

Traveling to UK for 3 weeks.
Whats my best bet for phone and for data?
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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #321 on: April 01, 2014, 02:28:27 PM »
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Isn't 3 or toggle better?

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #322 on: April 28, 2014, 12:20:23 PM »
does anyone have suggestions for data service in europe for two weeks in the summer?
i will be traveling so i cant return it to a store that i rent from.
i would like not to have to take out a mortgage to pay for it.

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #323 on: April 28, 2014, 03:30:26 PM »
does anyone have suggestions for data service in europe for two weeks in the summer?
i will be traveling so i cant return it to a store that i rent from.
i would like not to have to take out a mortgage to pay for it.
+1 Was going to post about this soon, too. If anyone has any ideas, please share!

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #324 on: April 28, 2014, 03:41:23 PM »
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Re: International Sim Discussion
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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #326 on: April 28, 2014, 07:30:17 PM »
I have Sprint, so I called to find out how I could use my phone in Europe. We went through a bunch of countries (Israel, Spain, Italy and UK) and found the same rates. There's a cost of $4.99 to access international calling (and Sprint would obviously unlock my phone). After that initial cost, calls would be $0.99/min outbound and inbound.  Texts are $0.50 to send and $0.05 to receive. Obviously, you try to use wifi as much as possible to send iMessages/WhatsApp instead of texting. When someone in America wants to contact you, they can call your regular number. When you want to call America, you need to dial the country code first.
This is the number for the international department that can set it up 1888 226 7212 option 2. They can also give info on data plans. The rep I spoke to at regular Sprint, couldn't.

Seems a bit expensive. Going to research more.

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #327 on: April 28, 2014, 07:34:49 PM »
Def NOT the way to go. Have Sprint unlock your phone and use local Sims for the most part. Or even something like Toggle Mobile would probably be cheaper.
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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #328 on: April 28, 2014, 07:55:17 PM »
Def NOT the way to go. Have Sprint unlock your phone and use local Sims for the most part. Or even something like Toggle Mobile would probably be cheaper.
im obviously gonna be Looking for local sims but do you have recommendations of cheaper ones.

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #329 on: April 28, 2014, 07:56:50 PM »
Just wanted to find out, as that would be the simplest option.

Are there ways to buy all the sims before you go or only once you get to the places?