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Need cell service while traveling in Europe. Advise?

BaltimoreGuy 8 10 November 5, 2015 at 06:54 PM
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Traveling to Italy for 1 week and Paris for 1 week and I'm looking for the best bang for the buck service. Looking for data and voice, not so much on texting. We already have an unlocked GSM phone so we are covered there, only need the SIM and service.

Also between Italy and Paris we are doing a Mediterranean cruise with ports in Rome, Florence, Cannes, Provence, Barcelona, Naples. Is there 1 carrier that we could go with for all of these places or am I looking at multiple carriers?

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Free, the french provider has a no-contract SIM with unlimited talk, text, and 50GB of data (if your phone is a 4G/LTE 2600 MHz enabled device- I think it's like 3 GB otherwise) and includes roaming in 15 countries including Italy.


Where it's a little tricky is it's 20 euros for 1 month, but then you have to cancel it, which is apparently a pain in the ass.

OR... for 30 euros you can just get one from a vending machine that's good for 30 days and you don't have to cancel anything at all.

Note if you go the vending machine route- while purchasing it'll ask for a local French address- I just gave it the address of the store the vending machine was in and it worked fine.


The bad news is the vending machines are only in France, so if you're going there last you're probably out of luck for that option.



If starting in Italy here are your options-
http://prepaid-data-sim-card.wiki...wiki/Italy


None of the roaming options are awesome though, and flatout suck compared to the Free offering, so you might be better off doing a different SIM in each country in that case unless your needs are pretty low for France.
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I stick to T-Mobile. All plans have international data and text. You can use Skype for calls. Works in almost every country.

http://www.t-mobile.com/optional-...RGJILD2658
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Quote from fightingsioux View Post :
I stick to T-Mobile. All plans have international data and text. You can use Skype for calls. Works in almost every country.

http://www.t-mobile.com/optional-...RGJILD2658
Ditto..

I recently visited 4 countries (in Asia) during a vacation in summer where I used TMo and also in Europe last year. T-Mobile worked like a charm everywhere. As soon as I landed in a new country, I immediately got a welcome/greeting message from TMo saying tat all text and data is free. Calls were $0.20/minute, I believe. I mostly used skype, whatsapp and viber for calls while I was away so the only charges were for some incoming calls that I had to take. Though mostly 3G and 4G, the data was fairly solid most of the places. For LTE, I would have had to pay extra. I even used GPS a few times. A couple of times when we were up in the mountains / caves, the data that I was getting with TMo, was better/faster than out tour guide. LOL.
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Google Voice and Hangouts Dialer. As long as you have WiFi though.
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i also travel internationally Asia .Italy Russia i have t mobile works great bit expensive but never once did it fail me i also use it for Internet your family plan is only for stateside use does not apply to international use
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Sprint also has a new plan, that allows you to text and free internet. No calling but you can use skype, whatsapp and other apps. it currently covers 26 countries. I was just in Germany, France, Austria and Prague and it worked perfectly. You do have to call and add the free plan.
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I just did Amsterdam with T-Mobile, everything worked fine. It was a lifesaver actually. Yea, the data isn't exactly blazing fast, but who cares? When you don't know your way around, Google Maps is a huge blessing, walked me straight to my hotel. It was nice knowing I would never be lost. I was able to look up stuffs to do, check the bus schedules, etc. And I didn't have to change my phone, go looking for a SIM card or anything like that. All my contacts right there, Safari bookmarks, apps, etc. Very convenient.
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Verizon just came out with an international extension to your current plan. For an extra per day fee, you can use your current plan. So in Mexico and Canada, its $2, and pretty much everywhere else in the world its $10 a day. You only pay for the days you actually use it. We will be using this in a couple weeks when we go to Europe, will let you guys know how it goes.
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Quote from discostu58 View Post :
Verizon just came out with an international extension to your current plan. For an extra per day fee, you can use your current plan. So in Mexico and Canada, its $2, and pretty much everywhere else in the world its $10 a day. You only pay for the days you actually use it. We will be using this in a couple weeks when we go to Europe, will let you guys know how it goes.
More on the Verizon Travel Pass: http://www.thriftytraveler.com/ne...nal-rates/
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