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Topic # 128625 17-Aug-2013 09:12
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Looking at planning a European tour early next year.
A couple of those organised tours joined together.
Whats the best idea as far as Mobile Phone coverage is concerned??





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  Reply # 879956 17-Aug-2013 10:04
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I went with an Alditalk SIM card bought in Germany. They have some half-decent roaming packs (from memory EUR4.99 for 60 MB or EUR 4.99 for 60 minutes anywhere in the Schengen zone for 7 days). Don't use it outside the Schengen zone.

I'm tempted to do another Europe trip next year as well. Did one earlier this year (18 countries in 7.5 weeks) and it was amazing.

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  Reply # 880003 17-Aug-2013 11:49
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I didn't make many calls or texts but I used my nz Vodafone sim with the roaming data bundle, just used Viber for messaging back home. Most of the time I wasn't on a tour bus though and absolutely hammered google maps searching for things and places. (I used two $50 200 meg bundles over 5 weeks.)
My s3 roamed across all networks just fine as far as type of phone.



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  Reply # 881998 21-Aug-2013 09:45
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anyone used Go Sim??




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  Reply # 882986 22-Aug-2013 18:46
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I just helped setup a friend with travelsim http://www.travelsim.co.nz/

it can do roaming data, but the costs are quite high. Not too bad for the odd email and map check.
Its mainly geared up for talk/txting.

Its a little bit odd in its execution. When you place a call, it hang up on you, then calls you back when the other end has been dialed.



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  Reply # 883067 22-Aug-2013 22:00
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Dairyxox: I just helped setup a friend with travelsim http://www.travelsim.co.nz/

it can do roaming data, but the costs are quite high. Not too bad for the odd email and map check.
Its mainly geared up for talk/txting.

Its a little bit odd in its execution. When you place a call, it hang up on you, then calls you back when the other end has been dialed.


Yes have seen this outfit in last few days. AA Promote them.
Hopefully there are a lot of free wifi outlets.
We will be travelling with Trafalgar and apparently they have wifi on there buses.




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  Reply # 893108 11-Sep-2013 10:04
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Vodafone has EU-bundles for SIM-cards in nearly every European country. They generally cost around £5 (5 euro in other countries) on top of the SIM card and then allow you to use data & calls/texts for the national carriers tariffs abroad on an additional surcharge of £3 per day

I have the EU-bundle permantely switched on as I travel heaps for work and it means I can use data, make calls and send texts from any European country for the same cost as in the UK + £3 per day I use roaming.




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  Reply # 1952869 7-Feb-2018 11:54
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My Mum's going to United Arab Emirates, Spain, Greece, Italy, Montenegro and a couple of other places, partly with a cruise, partly independent. She wants her phone to work, mostly in case of an emergency, might make an odd call to book something or send a text, but usage will be minimal.


She's with 2degrees, who don't do UAE. Has anyone got any experience with Go Sim or Travel SIM? Go SIM seems quite a bit cheaper, based on a very quick look.





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  Reply # 1952871 7-Feb-2018 12:05
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We are off to Europe for a month in May. Landing in Paris, leasing a car and driving around for 3 weeks, then another week in London (sans Car).

 

I'm looking at the Orange Holiday Sim. 40 Euros, 14 Days, 10GB, 120 minutes and 100 texts. Top up after that for another 20 Euros (or another prepaid topup). Not cheap, but seems to be the best deal I can find in France that allows decent roaming outside of France as well.

 

 

 

Interesting looking for these deals - we have it pretty good here - the same deal as the 40 Euro deal above can be had for under $50, and it lasts 28 days (Skinny) instead of 14.


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  Reply # 1952874 7-Feb-2018 12:09
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Just throwing my 2 cents in, I think all of these roaming bundles/travel SIMs are unneeded these days. Europe has removed roaming charges.

 

 

 

So you really just need to grab a local SIM at whichever country you arrive at, and the minutes/data will be valid in every European country.


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  Reply # 1952891 7-Feb-2018 12:35
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^ That is true, but some of them hobble the data experience a bit.

 

One of the French ones I was looking at roams outside of France, but at a crippled speed and not as much Data. 


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  Reply # 1952910 7-Feb-2018 13:04
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Neither UAE or Montenegro are in Europe, which is why I'm looking for a travel sim.




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