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Piranha Mobile International GSM SIM Card - Free + $2.64 shipping

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If you're a regular international traveler you may want to pick this up. Piranha Mobile is offering their international SIM card for free with £2 shipping (which converts to $2.64 at today's rates). Note this doesn't include credit. The cheapest approach would be to order the SIM without credit, then top up with £10 (~$13.19) later.

http://www.piranha-mobile.com/ind...duct_id=55

Some key features of Piranha:
  • You get a US *and* UK number for your SIM. People can call you on either.
  • You can set the outgoing caller ID number for your phone. If you use Google Voice, this means you can set it to your GV number and when you call people, they'll see that number.
  • They offer a VOIP service allowing you to make calls at reduced rates through a SIP client (including the built-in Android SIP client).
  • In the US you can get service on either AT&T or T-Mobile (though you cannot quickly switch between them - see below).
  • You only need activity once every 420 days to keep your account active.

I personally use a SIM from Piranha and one of their big competitors, Truphone, as well as a FreedomPop SIM which most Slickdealers probably know. Basically, Truphone is great in countries where you get their "Truphone local" rate (9 cents per minute/text/megabyte in the US, Australia and select countries in Europe) but in all other countries their rates are high. FreedomPop is great for DATA in countries where it works (only the US and Europe right now). Piranha, on the other hand, is a good solution for reasonable rates in EVERY country. This makes it a good solution if you're traveling to Asia, Africa, Central or South America, and even countries in Europe which don't have good rates through Truphone or aren't covered by FreedomPop.

You can view the rates for any given country re [uot;https].

If you're just interested in using the SIM in the US, here are the US rates:

On T-Mobile:
Outgoing call: $.11/min
Incoming call: $.05/min
Send SMS: $.11
Receive SMS: free
Data: $.08/MB

On AT&T:
Outgoing call: $.14/min
Incoming call: $.08/min
Send SMS: $.11
Receive SMS: free
Data: $.11/MB

To change between T-Mobile and AT&T you have to log in to your account, view the SIM account, click View/Edit, click Edit Settings, then change your Roaming Profile from "Piranha Mobile Profile 1" (T-Mobile) to "Piranha AT&T and Telstra". From what I remember the change is not instantaneous, and you may have to wait several hours for it to kick in and reboot your phone.

As is standard, you need an UNLOCKED PHONE to use this SIM card. Typically this only includes devices from T-Mobile or AT&T, though some devices from Sprint and Verizon (i.e. newer iPhones) will work on GSM.
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Not bad! Roaming in Canada calling a Canadian landline is only $0.11 per minute. Even Project Fi was $0.20/min. If I kept using AT&T roaming in Canada calls were $1/min. I wish I had known about this last month.

Oh and FYI, FreedomPops international Sim doesn't work at all in Canada.
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I don't see the international data rates.
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Quote from SonofZeus View Post :
I don't see the international data rates.
http://www.piranha-mobile.com/ind...rates/calc select call from to see it
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Quote from sswithjs View Post :
http://www.piranha-mobile.com/ind...rates/calc select call from to see it

TVM.

I see $.05 VOIP call within Germany. Is that per minute?
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Why not just buy T-mobile Sim if you're US resident and travel around world.

http://www.t-mobile.com/cell-phon...tries.html
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Going to prague next month might be a good option thanks
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Going to prague next month might be a good option thanks
how safe is to visit Prague?
I'm looking for a winter trip to EU and Prague is on the list.
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how safe is to visit Prague?
I'm looking for a winter trip to EU and Prague is on the list.
I don't know 1st time there. Going to Prague, Poland, Vienna & Budapest. Ill update you next month if interested. I imagine its gonna be ok its further away from most of the current problems.
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I don't know 1st time there. Going to Prague, Poland, Vienna & Budapest. Ill update you next month if interested. I imagine its gonna be ok its further away from most of the current problems.
yes please I'm very interested. I might take the same route, good idea.
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Quote from WClover View Post :
Why not just buy T-mobile Sim if you're US resident and travel around world.

http://www.t-mobile.com/cell-phon...tries.html [t-mobile.com]
Because the simple choice plans are much much much more expensive if all you want to casual international roaming.

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how safe is to visit Prague?
I'm looking for a winter trip to EU and Prague is on the list.
Prague? It's safe. Safer than most American cities. I've been going to Prague since right after the wall fell. Back then, it was a little....... surreal. Now, it's basically like being in Vienna.
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Quote from WClover View Post :
Why not just buy T-mobile Sim if you're US resident and travel around world.

http://www.t-mobile.com/cell-phon...tries.html
is prepaid also works with free roaming...like post paid
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Thanks OP. It may be my computer/browser, tried both FF and Cr, but "--- Please select ---" under "Sim size required" doesn't show any options. Also from the link in OP, there is no option of £10 for credit, it starts from £20. BTW, it seams they don't have a Sim card with all three sizes, you either get Nano or you get Standard+Micro ("Select from two options Standard and Micro SIM or Nano SIM.")
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Quote from doakie View Post :
Not bad! Roaming in Canada calling a Canadian landline is only $0.11 per minute. Even Project Fi was $0.20/min. If I kept using AT&T roaming in Canada calls were $1/min. I wish I had known about this last month.

Oh and FYI, FreedomPops international Sim doesn't work at all in Canada.
Thanks for posting this information - we're traveling to Ottawa from the US on vacation next month. My wife's iPhone 4S is unlocked so this will work for us. Can you use this SIM to call and text cellphones on Canadian carriers? Also, do you have an opinion on whether it would be best to set up the Piranha sim on AT&T or T-Mobile? Thanks!
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TVM.

I see $.05 VOIP call within Germany. Is that per minute?
That would be cheaper than most of the German prepaids I know of. FYI, Germany changed the law so you can only get a prepaid with passport/ID registration, you might have to be a resident. Other countries might follow. I imagine it might be easier in the future to get your travel SIM before the trip and be "set up" rather than go and have surprises and be stuck with $1+ roaming fees.

This piranha thing might be a good option then. I got TMo for this reason though for most countries, otherwise a local SIM might be needed. Maybe I get one of these for $3 shipping "just in case".
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