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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 #345 on: April 29, 2014, 08:49:28 AM »
am i locked in a contract with this
ilherman said he got rid of it when he got back. Pretty sure Tmobile doesn't have contracts, but I'd double check that.
1 potential issue is phone. Might have to buy a Tmobile smartphone, and without a contract, I doubt you can get an iPhone for $100.
I also want to find out if my wife will be another $50 or if she can be like an add on line.

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #346 on: April 29, 2014, 09:21:08 AM »
I did. What issues did you experience?
s4 had some issues with setting up apn.


never had it so easy with my s4

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #347 on: April 29, 2014, 09:21:51 AM »
ilherman said he got rid of it when he got back. Pretty sure Tmobile doesn't have contracts, but I'd double check that.
1 potential issue is phone. Might have to buy a Tmobile smartphone, and without a contract, I doubt you can get an iPhone for $100.
I also want to find out if my wife will be another $50 or if she can be like an add on line.
No contract. I think you can add on a line. You can use any unlocked phone.
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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #348 on: April 29, 2014, 09:35:18 AM »
s4 had some issues with setting up apn.
Verizon's S4? Interesting, as it comes unlocked out of the box.

I know Sprint's S4 had issues with the APN settings.

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #349 on: April 29, 2014, 09:57:06 AM »
No contract. I think you can add on a line. You can use any unlocked phone.
Thanks!
Just spoke to Tmobile, and they confirmed I can use my Sprint iPhone once it's unlocked - that's awesome!
Rep confirmed everything you said except they said the internet is actually 3G. My Sprint phone rarely picks up 4G, so 3G will be more than fine for me.

So, for $50 you get:
Unlimited talk in US and in their list of 100 countries EXCEPT if your in one of the countries on the list and you're calling US. Then it's $0.20/min. (To avoid that, I'll sign up for GrooveIP.)
Unlimited text worldwide (worldwide means in their 100 countries)
Unlimited 3G worldwide
1GB 4G worldwide
1GB Hotspot worldwide

On the bottom of this page, you can find the rates for countries that are not on their list. Ex. Gibraltar is $1.49/min for talk, $0.50 to send text, receiving is the same as your domestic plan (in this case unlimited) and there's no data service. Obviously here, you'll need wifi and can then use GrooveIP for calls and iMessage/WhatsApp for texting.

To add a line with all the same features for your wife, it'll be $80 total per month.
Tmobile sim card costs $0.99 and you can take care of everything over the phone.

The will do a credit check on you and reports in Google say that it was actually a hard pull even though the reps claim it's soft.

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #350 on: April 29, 2014, 10:16:25 AM »
Thanks!
Just spoke to Tmobile, and they confirmed I can use my Sprint iPhone once it's unlocked - that's awesome!
Rep confirmed everything you said except they said the internet is actually 3G. My Sprint phone rarely picks up 4G, so 3G will be more than fine for me.

So, for $50 you get:
Unlimited talk in US and in their list of 100 countries EXCEPT if your in one of the countries on the list and you're calling US. Then it's $0.20/min. (To avoid that, I'll sign up for GrooveIP.)
Unlimited text worldwide (worldwide means in their 100 countries)
Unlimited 3G worldwide
1GB 4G worldwide
1GB Hotspot worldwide

On the bottom of this page, you can find the rates for countries that are not on their list. Ex. Gibraltar is $1.49/min for talk, $0.50 to send text, receiving is the same as your domestic plan (in this case unlimited) and there's no data service. Obviously here, you'll need wifi and can then use GrooveIP for calls and iMessage/WhatsApp for texting.

To add a line with all the same features for your wife, it'll be $80 total per month.
Tmobile sim card costs $0.99 and you can take care of everything over the phone.

The will do a credit check on you and reports in Google say that it was actually a hard pull even though the reps claim it's soft.
DROPR DROPR  >:( >:(


It's a TU hard pull. And it's NOT 3G it's 2G - again they are way too clueless..
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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #351 on: April 29, 2014, 10:19:41 AM »
Make sure you get the prepaid plan. Only the post paid plan sim is 0.99, the prepaid sim is $10 (though they have it on sale sometimes for 0.99 as well)
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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #352 on: April 29, 2014, 10:31:32 AM »
Make sure you get the prepaid plan. Only the post paid plan sim is 0.99, the prepaid sim is $10 (though they have it on sale sometimes for 0.99 as well)
What was the point of me calling, I should have just verified everything with you :)

Thanks for the tips. So finally, you suggest this over individual country sims?

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #353 on: April 29, 2014, 10:35:44 AM »
What was the point of me calling, I should have just verified everything with you :)

Thanks for the tips. So finally, you suggest this over individual country sims?
Yes, though in Israel get a local sim card.

You will not enjoy GrooveIP on 2G even 3G would be crappy.
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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #354 on: April 29, 2014, 10:38:17 AM »
DROPR DROPR  >:( >:(


It's a TU hard pull. And it's NOT 3G it's 2G - again they are way too clueless..
thanks, any idea bout what I can do to get data on my laptop with this?

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #355 on: April 29, 2014, 10:42:41 AM »
Yes, though in Israel get a local sim card.

You will not enjoy GrooveIP on 2G even 3G would be crappy.
Why? Israel is included on the list, so calling is free except to US. How many times do I need to call US that can't wait till I have wifi?

thanks, any idea bout what I can do to get data on my laptop with this?
There's 1 GB of Hotspot, so it'll be running the speeds of 2G, but it can power your laptop.

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #356 on: April 29, 2014, 02:29:05 PM »
Why? Israel is included on the list, so calling is free except to US. How many times do I need to call US that can't wait till I have wifi?
There's 1 GB of Hotspot, so it'll be running the speeds of 2G, but it can power your laptop.
Whete fo you get wifi?
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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #358 on: April 29, 2014, 02:43:20 PM »
hotel?
Yeah but on a honeymoon you're not in the hotel all day. You can get unlimited sims in Israel for dirt cheap. I was only there for 2 days so I didn't bother but if you're there for a while check out the Israel SIM card thread.
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« Reply #359 on: April 29, 2014, 02:45:03 PM »
Yeah but on a honeymoon you're not in the hotel all day. You can get unlimited sims in Israel for dirt cheap. I was only there for 2 days so I didn't bother but if you're there for a while check out the Israel SIM card thread.
that still dosnt do it for europe