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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 #390 on: May 01, 2014, 01:39:36 PM »
Found some very positive reviews on DDFB about this service. Only concerns someone brought up is that the phone must be used in America before going abroad (trying to find out how long that must be) and that billing became a hassle since it's unclear how TMobile decides billing month. Someone had it open for a month and got charged 2.5 months. Had to do a lot of HUCA to fight it.

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #391 on: May 01, 2014, 07:30:12 PM »
Found some very positive reviews on DDFB about this service. Only concerns someone brought up is that the phone must be used in America before going abroad (trying to find out how long that must be) and that billing became a hassle since it's unclear how TMobile decides billing month. Someone had it open for a month and got charged 2.5 months. Had to do a lot of HUCA to fight it.


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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #392 on: May 01, 2014, 08:26:55 PM »

Nice to be young. I get tired seeing all the
Places you are going. Enjoy
lol thanks. What do you do with your points, if I may ask?

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #393 on: May 01, 2014, 08:31:33 PM »
Not everyone has such a strong LOR as you have  :P

And PETERP does not have a LOR regardless  8)
You can say what you think when you think what you say.

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #394 on: May 01, 2014, 08:55:34 PM »
Not everyone has such a strong LOR as you have  :P

And PETERP does not have a LOR regardless  8)
I don't believe so many people do that, davka here, where Dan talks so strongly about the benefits of award redemption.
Just can't see all this work worth a couple of bucks.

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #395 on: May 01, 2014, 08:55:41 PM »
Not everyone has such a strong LOR as you have  :P

And PETERP does not have a LOR regardless  8)
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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #396 on: May 01, 2014, 10:57:37 PM »
I don't believe so many people do that, davka here, where Dan talks so strongly about the benefits of award redemption.
Just can't see all this work worth a couple of bucks.
I've never sold a point in my life for the reason. Though other people prefer saving up the money.
You can say what you think when you think what you say.

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #397 on: May 02, 2014, 02:55:44 PM »
Prepping for a trip to EU soon. Would like to have an idea of what to do for connectivity while there. At this point, I think data is probably more important than phone since I can always access Skype/other things, but would like input from DDFers here. Too many companies have been thrown around here - anyone with recent experience in EU (multi-country, but not UK)?

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #398 on: May 02, 2014, 04:01:57 PM »
Tmobile

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #399 on: May 02, 2014, 04:06:55 PM »
Tmobile
he is looking for data and tmobile data Officially sucks international

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #400 on: May 02, 2014, 04:30:08 PM »
You can add 3G for a charge.
You can say what you think when you think what you say.

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #401 on: May 02, 2014, 04:45:09 PM »
he is looking for data and tmobile data Officially sucks international
I thought from the convo here + DDFB that it isn't all that terrible.

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #402 on: May 02, 2014, 05:15:23 PM »
I thought from the convo here + DDFB that it isn't all that terrible.
ya, I just Looked over the convo and im not sure why I thought that

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« Reply #403 on: May 02, 2014, 05:31:59 PM »
ya, I just Looked over the convo and im not sure why I thought that
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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #404 on: May 05, 2014, 11:52:24 AM »
Is there any alternative to GrooveIP when traveling internationally with wifi access? I saw that it wont work with GV anymore after 5/14/14.