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Old 10-31-2013, 03:47 PM
 
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When traveling overseas it is best to buy a local prepaid sim-card rather than use your American number.
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Old 10-31-2013, 03:59 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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Overseas the best way is to turn your data ( svc provider OFF) and the Wi-Fi ON.
There are many places that offer free wi-fi. You can check your messages & emails there, or go online. Free.
You can also chat online, no need to call and pay.
Otherwise it can get expensive.
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Old 11-03-2013, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Western NC
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When traveling overseas it is best to buy a local prepaid sim-card rather than use your American number.
Not always true. T-Mobile screwed us over royally on rates when we went that route. It was very pleasant being in Wales and talking to my father in the states on Thanksgiving and getting cut off after only 3 minutes when I had just re-upped my card with $30 US. He had cancer at the time. I really wanted to talk to him........

What we now do is take our smart phones with Skype and WhatsApp installed. Skype for phone calls and WhatsApp for texting and photo sharing. As soon as the plane takes off i put my phone in Airplane mode and it stays there until I return to the states. This cancels all data and phone usage. I make sure WiFi is enabled with auto-connect. True, you need a WiFi connection to use but that is not hard to come by. I use Skype for phone calls and the cost is 2 - 25 cents a minute depending if you are calling a land line, mobile, local or overseas. Skype to Skype is free. You can buy $10 worth of Skype minutes at a time with an auto refill so you never have to worry about a call getting cut off. I think I used about $20 in Skype minutes in 16 days of calling family, checking vm, returning calls, calling B&B's and other stuff. The WhatsApp allows you to text for free to anyone with the same app. Between these two, I was completely connected during my trip. I was only once in a jam where I needed Wi-Fi to call my step son who we were trying to meet up with in a small town. It was raining hard making it difficult. I needed WiFi to call. I ducked into a glass shop and told the owner my predicament. He gave me his WiFi code. Problem solved.
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Old 11-03-2013, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Gorgeous Scotland
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If your phone is unlocked you can just buy a sim card in the countrie(s) you are visiting and get a data package with it so you can get on the internet as well.
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Old 11-03-2013, 02:31 PM
 
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My daughter spent the summer in Europe and texted us in Montreal almost everyday, cost was close to zero, she even sent pics with some of the text messages,
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Old 11-03-2013, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Gorgeous Scotland
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When I visit the US I buy an AT & T one month contract with lots of data, text, calls for about $50. Same for other countries I visit.
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Old 11-03-2013, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Toronto, Ottawa Valley & Dunedin FL
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I don't know, I think things have changed a bit, at least here in Canada.

I don't intend to use my cellphone much in Europe or SE Asia over the next few months, but I will probably text a bit. The rates in Spain are not bad, as long as you don't get chatty (and don't use data): $2.00 a minute for talk, $0.75 for an outgoing text message. For Thailand, it's $3.00 a minute for talk, with the same $.75 for an outgoing text message. So for occasional use, I don't see the problem.
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