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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 #675 on: July 09, 2019, 02:44:02 PM »
Looks like Red Pocket released a prepaid monthly data-only Global Data Plan that's $9 for 1GB at LTE speeds plus $8 for each additional 1GB that works in 50 countries (Israel included). https://www.redpocket.com/global. Is this the cheapest high-speed global roaming data plan out there?
seems like its cheaper the @Dan idea of Google Fi

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #676 on: July 09, 2019, 08:14:01 PM »
everything is slightly confusing with all the sims, i want one sim that would work for an unlocked gsm phone anywhere in the world unlimited talk and texts an american number  and can create any number so if someone in europe, russia, israel etc  wants to call you he wont have to pay long distance fees he would just call using a local number.

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #677 on: July 09, 2019, 09:03:56 PM »
seems like its cheaper the @Dan idea of Google Fi
Except if one only needs a little connectivity for a couple of days, especially if needed also in countries only included in the more expensive plan.
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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #678 on: July 09, 2019, 09:11:25 PM »
Except if one only needs a little connectivity for a couple of days

Google Fi is $20/month plus $10/GB or fraction thereof. This Red Pocket plan is $9/GB/month with no additional fees. Throw in a free Google Voice number for free VoIP calling to/from US and free text. Even if you only use a few 100MB you still end up ahead.

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #679 on: July 09, 2019, 09:25:04 PM »
Google Fi is $20/month plus $10/GB or fraction thereof. This Red Pocket plan is $9/GB/month with no additional fees. Throw in a free Google Voice number for free VoIP calling to/from US and free text. Even if you only use a few 100MB you still end up ahead.
But you can activate and suspend Google Fi and will be fractionally charged (down to the minute IINM) so if you use Google Fi for 5 days, you could end up paying $5 and use it during layovers in Italy or Turkey which aren't included in the $9 red pocket plan.

Also with Google Fi you can get two SIMs (the regular one plus data only SIM) to share the data on two devices.
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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #680 on: July 25, 2019, 04:45:15 PM »
can someone suggest a sim for calling from europe to the us unlimited talk and text on a flip phone? and being able to call 1800 numbers for flight and amex etc 

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #681 on: July 25, 2019, 05:03:54 PM »
can someone suggest a sim for calling from europe to the us unlimited talk and text on a flip phone? and being able to call 1800 numbers for flight and amex etc

When my daughter was in Seminary this past year in Europe, all her friends got a plan from Wind that included some limited minutes to the US. My daughter instead got a cheaper plan with no minutes to the US, but that worked throughout Europe, and then she used FreeVoipDeal with local access number for unlimited calling to the US.

Looks like you can also get something similar from Vodafone for 11GBP/month. https://www.vodafone.co.uk/mobile/best-sim-only-deals with an interesting map of no-roaming charge countries.

These solutions work for unlimited calling to the US, not texting to the US.
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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #682 on: July 26, 2019, 05:36:20 AM »
But you can activate and suspend Google Fi and will be fractionally charged (down to the minute IINM) so if you use Google Fi for 5 days, you could end up paying $5
you dont pay the $20 for the monthly fee?

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« Reply #683 on: July 26, 2019, 08:51:53 AM »
you dont pay the $20 for the monthly fee?
That too is prorated, down to the minute.
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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #684 on: July 28, 2019, 06:18:35 AM »
That too is prorated, down to the minute.
wow, I didnít know that... thanks

Is there a way to receive your texts for free while outside the US?

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #685 on: July 28, 2019, 06:16:59 PM »
Going to  be in Canada for a month; what the best plan for Unlimited Texting and Calling to US and Canada?

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« Reply #686 on: July 28, 2019, 06:18:34 PM »
Going to  be in Canada for a month; what the best plan for Unlimited Texting and Calling to US and Canada?

What do you have in the US. Several US carriers have that included.

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Re: International Sim Discussion
« Reply #687 on: July 28, 2019, 06:29:09 PM »
Thanks, I should have clarified, coming from Israel. So no US plan.

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« Reply #688 on: July 28, 2019, 06:40:50 PM »
Is there a way to receive your texts for free while outside the US on Google fii?

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« Reply #689 on: July 28, 2019, 06:46:01 PM »
Is there a way to receive your texts for free while outside the US on Google fii?

Google Fi includes unlimited SMS
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