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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 #330 on: April 28, 2014, 07:57:55 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?
check out globalgig.com
Thats what I came up with so far

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #331 on: April 28, 2014, 08:30:02 PM »
Just called Tmobile to find out what it would cost to basically leave Sprint and switch to them.
Unlimited calls and texts are $50/mo. and 3GB/mo is an extra $10/mo. International would be another $10/mo. so for the time in Europe, it'll be $70/mo. Your 3GB work in Europe w/o any extra cost. Calls internationally are an extra $0.20/min and texts are $0.30 incoming and receiving.

Will look into globalbig.

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #332 on: April 28, 2014, 11:01:58 PM »
Aren't text free?

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #333 on: April 28, 2014, 11:06:59 PM »
Just called T-mobile to find out what it would cost to basically leave Sprint and switch to them.
Unlimited calls and texts are $50/mo. and 3GB/mo is an extra $10/mo. International would be another $10/mo. so for the time in Europe, it'll be $70/mo. Your 3GB work in Europe w/o any extra cost. Calls internationally are an extra $0.20/min and texts are $0.30 incoming and receiving.

Will look into globalbig.
T-mobile reps are the most clueless reps I've ever seen.
 
I just used them for my international trip, I took the prepaid plan for $50 a month unlimited in the USA, international is $0.20/min for talk, text and 2G data are free. I canceled when I got home  :)
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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #334 on: April 28, 2014, 11:41:01 PM »
Aren't text free?
Yes

It's 180 countries though, not the whole wide world
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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #335 on: April 28, 2014, 11:51:11 PM »
T-mobile reps are the most clueless reps I've ever seen.
 
I just used them for my international trip, I took the prepaid plan for $50 a month unlimited in the USA, international is $0.20/min for talk, text and 2G data are free. I canceled when I got home  :)
Wow. lol
So all texting was free - Texting to America, texting to other international numbers?
How did you find the 2G, anything at all like 3/4G? Was it unlimited?

I also heard from a friend who did a Eurotrip, that there's a Google voice or Viber thing (still have to research what it was) that allowed him to make free international calls on wifi from his phone.

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #336 on: April 29, 2014, 12:04:57 AM »
Wow. lol
So all texting was free - Texting to America, texting to other international numbers?
How did you find the 2G, anything at all like 3/4G? Was it unlimited?

I also heard from a friend who did a Eurotrip, that there's a Google voice or Viber thing (still have to research what it was) that allowed him to make free international calls on wifi from his phone.
When you have wifi there are some talk apps around.

The 2G is veeeeery slow, perfect for email, whats app etc... I even posted on DDF  ;D I would say it took about 4-5 second to load a page.
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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #337 on: April 29, 2014, 12:43:18 AM »
Yes

It's 180 countries though, not the whole wide world
I remember when I was in Gibraltar text and data costed me a fortune but in the UK it was free

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #338 on: April 29, 2014, 08:17:09 AM »
Yes

It's 180 countries though, not the whole wide world
I remember when I was in Gibraltar text and data costed me a fortune but in the UK it was free
Good to know, just looked through the list - http://www.t-mobile.com/cell-phone-plans/simple-choice-international-plan-countries.html?cm_sp=THE%20SOURCE_TMO-_-Upgrades%20%26%20Plans-_-see_included_countries_txt

Everywhere I'm going is included except GIB - even Israel!

Anyone know how many gb you get for the $50?

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #339 on: April 29, 2014, 08:18:14 AM »
Just put in a Golan Sim into my s5 (I didn't call Verizon first) and my phone read the Sim and started working. I needed to set up an APN for internet. Otherwise simple.
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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #340 on: April 29, 2014, 08:26:16 AM »
Just put in a Golan Sim into my s5 (I didn't call Verizon first) and my phone read the Sim and started working. I needed to set up an APN for internet. Otherwise simple.
Yup. Same goes for the S4.

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #341 on: April 29, 2014, 08:26:44 AM »
Yup. Same goes for the S4.
never had it so easy with my s4
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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #342 on: April 29, 2014, 08:27:12 AM »
never had it so easy with my s4
I did. What issues did you experience?

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #343 on: April 29, 2014, 08:29:08 AM »
T-mobile reps are the most clueless reps I've ever seen.
 
I just used them for my international trip, I took the prepaid plan for $50 a month unlimited in the USA, international is $0.20/min for talk, text and 2G data are free. I canceled when I got home  :)
Which plan is that?

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #344 on: April 29, 2014, 08:30:03 AM »
Good to know, just looked through the list - http://www.t-mobile.com/cell-phone-plans/simple-choice-international-plan-countries.html?cm_sp=THE%20SOURCE_TMO-_-Upgrades%20%26%20Plans-_-see_included_countries_txt

Everywhere I'm going is included except GIB - even Israel!

Anyone know how many gb you get for the $50?
am i locked in a contract with this