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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


eSims

See PlatinumGuys post for more info.

Perhaps this is common knowledge, but I was just mindblown. In 60 seconds online, I was able to buy a data package in a different country from Airalo and install it on my iPhone - keeping calls on the primary Verizon SIM and data on the Airalo eSim.

FWIW, they offer 15GB in Israel for $15 - and you can buy more easily online if it runs out, but I don't know which network Annatel resells

Airalo promo code FOUNDERS30 for 30% off up to $7 (I don't benefit in any way)

Another vendor is https://esim.knowroaming.com, I guess you have to compare destination to destination.
https://esimdb.com is a great database for vendors in different locations.


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Re: European And Israeli Sim Discussion
« Reply #80 on: February 06, 2011, 10:35:35 AM »
I see the cheapest quad-band phone ATT has is http://www.wireless.att.com/cell-phone-service/cell-phone-details/?device=Samsung+a777+-+GoPhone%C2%AE+-+Prepaid+-+Refurbished+-+Red&q_sku=sku4560233#fbid=7xtLtqAjijf and it's a refurb.

For that am I better off going to http://www.onesimcard.com/?idmenu=1 and spending $40-48 (not counting $10 Sim CArd that it includes) and having unlocked phone with adapter......

What would you do? Again, this is just for voice. Thanks

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Re: European And Israeli Sim Discussion
« Reply #81 on: February 06, 2011, 09:58:55 PM »
I see the cheapest quad-band phone ATT has is http://www.wireless.att.com/cell-phone-service/cell-phone-details/?device=Samsung+a777+-+GoPhone%C2%AE+-+Prepaid+-+Refurbished+-+Red&q_sku=sku4560233#fbid=7xtLtqAjijf and it's a refurb.

For that am I better off going to http://www.onesimcard.com/?idmenu=1 and spending $40-48 (not counting $10 Sim CArd that it includes) and having unlocked phone with adapter......

What would you do? Again, this is just for voice. Thanks

Which phone do u see for that price?

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Re: European And Israeli Sim Discussion
« Reply #82 on: February 07, 2011, 09:33:09 AM »
Which phone do u see for that price?

ATT has the Samsung A777 refurb for $35 and then I need to buy $40 card.
The OneSimCard site has a BLU Deejay T200 for $80 or a Motorola V191 for $87 but they already include the Sim Card with $10 airtime ($40 value). It also already comes unlocked and with adapter (and it's new).

What do you say?

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Re: European And Israeli Sim Discussion
« Reply #83 on: February 07, 2011, 10:15:54 PM »
ATT has the Samsung A777 refurb for $35 and then I need to buy $40 card.
The OneSimCard site has a BLU Deejay T200 for $80 or a Motorola V191 for $87 but they already include the Sim Card with $10 airtime ($40 value). It also already comes unlocked and with adapter (and it's new).

What do you say?


I'm no expert here, but you will save a few bucks and a headache not having to unlock the phone, besides the phone and SIM card savings. Doesn't seem like a major difference either way, just do what you like best. Dan seems happy with the company, and so far I am too - I ordered that SIM on Friday afternoon and it was in my mailbox today.

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Re: European And Israeli Sim Discussion
« Reply #84 on: February 07, 2011, 10:18:55 PM »
Dan seems happy with the company, and so far I am too - I ordered that SIM on Friday afternoon and it was in my mailbox today.
Happy enough, the callback system is slightly annoying.
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Re: European And Israeli Sim Discussion
« Reply #85 on: February 07, 2011, 10:21:50 PM »
Happy enough, the callback system is slightly annoying.

How does the callback work? Is this part of OneSim or just used together with it?

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Re: European And Israeli Sim Discussion
« Reply #86 on: February 08, 2011, 11:51:35 AM »
Just got an email saying my funds will expire soon if I don't recharge with $25+
Apparently funds do expire unless you recharge every 10 months.  The SIM card and phone number never expire though.
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Re: European And Israeli Sim Discussion
« Reply #87 on: February 08, 2011, 12:35:53 PM »
Anyone have any information or heard of this world sim operator? http://www.roamforce.com/

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Re: European And Israeli Sim Discussion
« Reply #88 on: February 08, 2011, 07:31:28 PM »
Just got an email saying my funds will expire soon if I don't recharge with $25+
Apparently funds do expire unless you recharge every 10 months.  The SIM card and phone number never expire though.

Is $25 the the min. recharge or is that just the threshold for extending the life of the balance? Good to know the SIM and number don't expire.

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Re: European And Israeli Sim Discussion
« Reply #89 on: February 08, 2011, 07:44:05 PM »
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Re: European And Israeli Sim Discussion
« Reply #90 on: February 09, 2011, 04:29:04 PM »
Google voice is free.  Gizmo5 you can buy on ebay.  Most laptops have a built in mic, so no need for anything else.

Is this only PC to PC or can I use PC to a regular phone as well?

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Re: European And Israeli Sim Discussion
« Reply #91 on: February 09, 2011, 04:38:08 PM »
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Re: European And Israeli Sim Discussion
« Reply #92 on: February 16, 2011, 02:10:08 PM »
Don't see Gizmo5 for sale on Ebay. Searched on line and seems it has been aquired by Google and no new sign ups? http://www.google.com/gizmo5/  Any suggestions?

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Re: European And Israeli Sim Discussion
« Reply #93 on: February 16, 2011, 02:15:41 PM »
Don't see Gizmo5 for sale on Ebay. Searched on line and seems it has been aquired by Google and no new sign ups? http://www.google.com/gizmo5/  Any suggestions?
than go with a free sipgate account!!   http://www.sipgate.com/one

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Re: European And Israeli Sim Discussion
« Reply #94 on: February 16, 2011, 02:19:48 PM »
than go with a free sipgate account!!   http://www.sipgate.com/one
Does it work the same as Gizmo5?

I have some extra gizmo5 accounts.  Maybe I'll do a raffle at the DDF DO?
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Re: European And Israeli Sim Discussion
« Reply #95 on: February 16, 2011, 02:53:01 PM »
This is prob not the right place to place this- but it jsut reminded me that i have gizmo5- and i havent the slightest clue how to use it. Im in israel so it would prob come in handy- but i never seemed to figure it out.. where can i read up about it?
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Re: European And Israeli Sim Discussion
« Reply #96 on: February 16, 2011, 03:01:04 PM »
Does it work the same as Gizmo5?

I have some extra gizmo5 accounts.  Maybe I'll do a raffle at the DDF DO?
I didn"t try it outside the us, but  my understanding is  that it should work the same like gizmo

http://forum.xda-developers.com/archive/index.php/t-780104.html

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Re: European And Israeli Sim Discussion
« Reply #97 on: February 16, 2011, 04:54:58 PM »
Unfortunately for me, the OneSim card that I got did not end up working with my phone (BB bold 9000). Every time I put it in, the phone would go through the boot up phase and then give me an "error 523" and "Reset" as the only option to choose. Once I selected reset the same process would repeat itself.

I tried a number of times to switch SIM's and see if the phone would adapt to it but no luck. During the my last night in Italy I tried once more after first changing the phone settings to 2G (this worked for the Fido SIM in Canada), and this time the phone never recovered. Even after I put back the native ATT SIM, it still goes through the same boot - error phase.  It's quite likely that this is an issue with my BB phone rather then OneSim. I've been having other issues with it. 

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Re: European And Israeli Sim Discussion
« Reply #98 on: February 16, 2011, 05:55:28 PM »
There was once a post on the main site explaining how to work gizmo5 its not that hard once you realize what you are trying to do.

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Re: European And Israeli Sim Discussion
« Reply #99 on: February 17, 2011, 04:47:43 PM »
I have a one week trip scheduled for Italy and France in March. I currently have a blackberry tour from sprint and being that I have a cheap plan (free & clear), adding on the international data package will delete my current plan permanently. Thus adding data through sprint for my trip is out of the question. Last time I visited Italy I just hopped into a Vodafone store and bought a SIM and was good to go as far as voice is concern. My question is what can be done so that BBM/Google maps can work as well? Or is having push data with a prepaid SIM out of the question?