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2019/04/22 14:36:23 (permalink)
Figure I'd throw this out there and see if anyone has some good suggestions.  We're going to be taking a 3 week vacation in Ireland (not Northern Ireland aka UK, but "actual" Ireland) in the fall and trying to figure out the best solution for cell usage.  We currently have AT&T model iPhone X's.  My wife found some stuff about rentable wifi hotspots, and AT&T has some addon plans.  Then I know there's things like just buying a pre-paid sim card over there and running that.  Mostly the phone side would just be for emergency purposes so it's more about finding wi-fi/cell connection for some data usage.  Anyone have any suggestions?  Phone were bought direct through Apple on their upgrade program so they should be unlocked.  They just don't have CDMA radios but that area is GSM anyway.

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Re: recommended solution for overseas cell phone usage? 2019/04/22 14:40:59 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby flyinion 2019/04/22 15:56:47
Get a SIM Card for your Location. Link
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Re: recommended solution for overseas cell phone usage? 2019/04/22 15:48:59 (permalink)
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Get a SIM Card for your Location. Link


Thanks, that's what I was thinking.  We could just use VOIP apps for "phone" stuff to/from the US.

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Re: recommended solution for overseas cell phone usage? 2019/04/23 04:17:16 (permalink)
T-Mobile is a big player internationally. I know you are trying to avoid buying temporary phones or plans, but if you do, make sure that you consider T-Mobile. Having a T-Mobile number also gives you free wifi and messaging (1 hour of free wifi general data for any use [except video streaming] and then after that free hour, general web usage is disabled but messaging such as facebook messenger, whatsapp, etc. continue to work for the remainder of the flight for free) on long international Gogo-enabled flights (Delta for example).

I worked overseas for a year, traveled through Europe many times, and had a company-purchased AT&T phone. I was continually jealous of coworkers' T-mobile service. So much so, that I would use their T-Mobile phone number to get the free 1-hour inflight WiFi and whatsapp messaging for the duration of my long international flights.

If you find yourself traveling increasingly internationally, there is more and more benefit to switching from AT&T to T-Mobile. If I was paying my own bill, I would have.

Just my opinion. Buying spare phones, plans, SIM cards, or hotspots may not be the best thing for you, but make sure that you consider T-Mobile.

Another thing to consider, if you start finding yourself doing a lot of international traveling, is buying a dual-SIM phone. But, that isn't very important if you get cell service from a company with good international coverage. Like I said, T-Mobile man. It works everywhere. US, on the flight using Gogo, Paris, Amsterdam, anywhere Europe, Dubai, Kabul, flying around from base to base in Afghanistan, in any city from the top to the bottom of India, Thailand, ...., my coworkers used it everywhere. .... and I just watched in jealousy.
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Re: recommended solution for overseas cell phone usage? 2019/04/23 09:41:30 (permalink)
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T-Mobile is a big player internationally. I know you are trying to avoid buying temporary phones or plans, but if you do, make sure that you consider T-Mobile. Having a T-Mobile number also gives you free wifi and messaging (1 hour of free wifi general data for any use [except video streaming] and then after that free hour, general web usage is disabled but messaging such as facebook messenger, whatsapp, etc. continue to work for the remainder of the flight for free) on long international Gogo-enabled flights (Delta for example).

I worked overseas for a year, traveled through Europe many times, and had a company-purchased AT&T phone. I was continually jealous of coworkers' T-mobile service. So much so, that I would use their T-Mobile phone number to get the free 1-hour inflight WiFi and whatsapp messaging for the duration of my long international flights.

If you find yourself traveling increasingly internationally, there is more and more benefit to switching from AT&T to T-Mobile. If I was paying my own bill, I would have.

Just my opinion. Buying spare phones, plans, SIM cards, or hotspots may not be the best thing for you, but make sure that you consider T-Mobile.

Another thing to consider, if you start finding yourself doing a lot of international traveling, is buying a dual-SIM phone. But, that isn't very important if you get cell service from a company with good international coverage. Like I said, T-Mobile man. It works everywhere. US, on the flight using Gogo, Paris, Amsterdam, anywhere Europe, Dubai, Kabul, flying around from base to base in Afghanistan, in any city from the top to the bottom of India, Thailand, ...., my coworkers used it everywhere. .... and I just watched in jealousy.

Hmmm I'm not worried about the flight itself, but you're saying T-Mobile works over in country as well?  I know AT&T has plans also that do that, they're like $60 a line though when my wife looked (I may have misunderstood her).  We probably won't travel that much though, maybe once a year or more like every few overseas.  She's from Ireland but hasn't been back since we went just after we starting dating back in 2009.  Although, that was kind of an unplanned length of time.

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Re: recommended solution for overseas cell phone usage? 2019/04/23 10:53:55 (permalink)
AT&T wants $75 alone for Germany.


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Re: recommended solution for overseas cell phone usage? 2019/04/24 05:20:03 (permalink)
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T-Mobile is a big player internationally. I know you are trying to avoid buying temporary phones or plans, but if you do, make sure that you consider T-Mobile. Having a T-Mobile number also gives you free wifi and messaging (1 hour of free wifi general data for any use [except video streaming] and then after that free hour, general web usage is disabled but messaging such as facebook messenger, whatsapp, etc. continue to work for the remainder of the flight for free) on long international Gogo-enabled flights (Delta for example).

I worked overseas for a year, traveled through Europe many times, and had a company-purchased AT&T phone. I was continually jealous of coworkers' T-mobile service. So much so, that I would use their T-Mobile phone number to get the free 1-hour inflight WiFi and whatsapp messaging for the duration of my long international flights.

If you find yourself traveling increasingly internationally, there is more and more benefit to switching from AT&T to T-Mobile. If I was paying my own bill, I would have.

Just my opinion. Buying spare phones, plans, SIM cards, or hotspots may not be the best thing for you, but make sure that you consider T-Mobile.

Another thing to consider, if you start finding yourself doing a lot of international traveling, is buying a dual-SIM phone. But, that isn't very important if you get cell service from a company with good international coverage. Like I said, T-Mobile man. It works everywhere. US, on the flight using Gogo, Paris, Amsterdam, anywhere Europe, Dubai, Kabul, flying around from base to base in Afghanistan, in any city from the top to the bottom of India, Thailand, ...., my coworkers used it everywhere. .... and I just watched in jealousy.

Hmmm I'm not worried about the flight itself, but you're saying T-Mobile works over in country as well?  I know AT&T has plans also that do that, they're like $60 a line though when my wife looked (I may have misunderstood her).  We probably won't travel that much though, maybe once a year or more like every few overseas.  She's from Ireland but hasn't been back since we went just after we starting dating back in 2009.  Although, that was kind of an unplanned length of time.

My understanding is that international coverage in 210+ countries is part of the T-mobile One plan at no extra charge. I believe that the T-mobile One plan is $10 more per month than the T-mobile basic ("Essentials") plan. My understanding is that you can choose to pay $15 more per month for the T-Mobile One Plus plan if you want faster international data, but that is optional.

Verizon's and AT&T's international data fees are a huge jump in price in comparison. That is why when I traveled to Europe for work -- in the past with Verizon, more recently with AT&T -- I didn't have any international coverage and had no cell service for a month at a time while my work mates with T-mobile made me jealous.

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Re: recommended solution for overseas cell phone usage? 2019/04/24 05:36:37 (permalink)
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T-Mobile is a big player internationally. I know you are trying to avoid buying temporary phones or plans, but if you do, make sure that you consider T-Mobile. Having a T-Mobile number also gives you free wifi and messaging (1 hour of free wifi general data for any use [except video streaming] and then after that free hour, general web usage is disabled but messaging such as facebook messenger, whatsapp, etc. continue to work for the remainder of the flight for free) on long international Gogo-enabled flights (Delta for example).

I worked overseas for a year, traveled through Europe many times, and had a company-purchased AT&T phone. I was continually jealous of coworkers' T-mobile service. So much so, that I would use their T-Mobile phone number to get the free 1-hour inflight WiFi and whatsapp messaging for the duration of my long international flights.

If you find yourself traveling increasingly internationally, there is more and more benefit to switching from AT&T to T-Mobile. If I was paying my own bill, I would have.

Just my opinion. Buying spare phones, plans, SIM cards, or hotspots may not be the best thing for you, but make sure that you consider T-Mobile.

Another thing to consider, if you start finding yourself doing a lot of international traveling, is buying a dual-SIM phone. But, that isn't very important if you get cell service from a company with good international coverage. Like I said, T-Mobile man. It works everywhere. US, on the flight using Gogo, Paris, Amsterdam, anywhere Europe, Dubai, Kabul, flying around from base to base in Afghanistan, in any city from the top to the bottom of India, Thailand, ...., my coworkers used it everywhere. .... and I just watched in jealousy.

Hmmm I'm not worried about the flight itself, but you're saying T-Mobile works over in country as well?  I know AT&T has plans also that do that, they're like $60 a line though when my wife looked (I may have misunderstood her).  We probably won't travel that much though, maybe once a year or more like every few overseas.  She's from Ireland but hasn't been back since we went just after we starting dating back in 2009.  Although, that was kind of an unplanned length of time.




 
I have used Tmobile in Japan...as I recall it wasn't bad if it was an emergency (voice calling...20 cents a minute??) ...and I get like...1 GB free data..
 
if I recall correctly..but I still got a WiFi Hotspot...since I was uploading pictures and stuff...I didn't see the need for a SIM card but I could have done that there too.
 

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Re: recommended solution for overseas cell phone usage? 2019/04/27 08:15:54 (permalink)
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I have used Tmobile in Japan...as I recall it wasn't bad if it was an emergency (voice calling...20 cents a minute??) ...and I get like...1 GB free data..

if I recall correctly..but I still got a WiFi Hotspot...since I was uploading pictures and stuff...I didn't see the need for a SIM card but I could have done that there too.


Your T-Mobile International data shouldn't have been limited to just 1 GB. It should have been unlimited. But, like you said, voice calling is extra at a per-minute basis. But with all of the VOIP options available (Facetime, Facebook, Skype, Whatsapp, Phone's built-in internet calling), paying per minute is very avoidable.

If I remember correctly, the T-mobile One plan is the same as the old "normal" T-Mobile plan which offers unlimited data in 210+ counties (restricted to 2G speed except for US, Canada, and Mexico). More recently, they added the T-mobile Essentials plan for a cheaper price which removes some international features, so I wouldn't recommend that plan for this discussion. The One Plus plan is an optional $15 extra to bump up the 2G international data restriction up to a faster speed.

It should all be pretty well explained in the link I provided above; with comparisons to AT&T and Verizon (which, from personal experience, do not compare). For the same price of AT&T and Verizon, T-Mobile offers much better international support. To get T-Mobile's level of international support added to an AT&T or Verizon plan, AT&T's and Verizon's plan price nearly doubles. The choice is obvious.
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