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# 142897 28-Mar-2014 01:10
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Well its getting close to our Big OE trip May 2014.
2 of us with 2 cell phones and 2 tablets.
What to do which phone and data whilst we are away,.

We are going on 2 Trafalgar tours.
1x 8 days in Uk, IRE, Wales, Scot,
18 Days over main continental Europe- Netherlands, France, Germany, Italy, Lichenstein, ....
Basically 15 countries all up.

Looking at best options for data options.
Im with Telecom and partner with VF.
Smartphones are Note 3 and S3 Mini.
Tablets are Asus TF300 Androidand equiv Win 8.
We will be away for a month.
Have looked at getting a Personal Wifi Hotspit with a Sim card from
1Gb or 200mb bundles.
Im sure we can use the same sim card and tether with our current devices rather than buying a separate personal wifi hotspot device.
Im sure we will hardly be making any calls out. 
Another option is one of us has a sim card purely for accepting calls and making emergency calls.
Then the other has the 1 Gb data sim at cost of US$99 and tether with this,
Be interested to know what others have done in this area

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  # 1014378 28-Mar-2014 09:35
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If you want to still receive calls on your home number, definitely go for the hotspot option. Even more so if it makes data cheaper. Its more convenient to have a single device that you can monitor the battery of, than have one persons battery getting high drain and constantly having to ask them to turn it on/off.

By the way, portable battery packs are invaluable when travelling.

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  # 1014385 28-Mar-2014 09:47
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Vodafone has the cheapest and very reasonable roaming data bundle compared to Telecom or 2degrees.

I personally don't like mucking around with changing SIM. If I want to do upload etc I'll use the hotel wifi.


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  # 1014424 28-Mar-2014 10:20
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I was in Europe last year, I spent a couple of weeks in the UK, 2 weeks in Paris/Munich/Salzberg/Vienna/Prague/Budapest, then 1 week back in the UK.
I found it was a lot cheaper for us to travel with two SGS2's using Vodafone UK simcards.
I cannot remember the exact cost comparison, but their roaming to Europe was a lot cheaper than VFNZ.
Airport wireless meant I did not ever need to use my VFNZ sim card, even when in transit.

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