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Old 06-24-2013, 11:51 AM   #1
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SIMs & mobile data

I'm probably over complicating this, but mobile data costs me about 10 Euro per megabyte while roaming in the EU - this means 30-40 Euro to send a phone cam picture

What do you guys do for mobile data when out of your home country?

I've been waiting until I had wifi, but would like the flexibility to send pics anytime.

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Old 06-24-2013, 02:52 PM   #2
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10 per Mb

Why so dear and what provider

Get a sim for the country you are in, cheap or free in a lot of countries

A lot of providers here will allow roaming at little or no extra ( subject to network)
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Old 06-25-2013, 04:36 AM   #3
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10 per Mb

Why so dear and what provider
I'm with T-Mobile, but it doesn't seem to matter - they all are expensive. Data is exorbitant while roaming internationally.

Luckily, most hotels have free wifi, so it's not like I don't get my daily data fix
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Why these companies are allowed to rip people off like that amazes me

If you travel to the same bunch of EU countries all the time have a look for a service provider that covers them all and then just pick up one of their SIM's
If you use a EU sim there's usually a plan that will cover it when you are using the same network
I think it will be 2015 before the no roaming charges allowed ruling will come into force
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Old 06-30-2013, 02:43 PM   #5
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visit the local phone shops and get a sim plan from them

A buddy of mine and I would make our first stop of any liberty port over a few days the local mobile vendors. You can get pay as you go plans for pretty reasonable rates and they usually come with a sim. He'd then set his phone up as a hot spot so the rest of our group could leach on.
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Old 07-11-2013, 02:45 PM   #6
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The best way to save is to get a local prepaid sim at each country. Or at least on those countries where you are going to stay. Inside the European Union phone rates are regulated. Currently the limit for data transfer is 0.45 per megabyte.
(see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Europea...ng_regulations)

Make sure that you disable data transfer on the phone when not using it. Otherwise current smart phones use surprising amount of data for updating everything. To send pics is not the only use of data.
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Old 07-17-2013, 01:33 AM   #7
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As far as I'm aware, in UK and Ireland (probably other EU states as well) individuals are able to take out Business mobile phone contracts. These typically provide much better data roaming packages.

On the contract that my phone is on, I can purchase a 500MB worldwide data roaming bundle for 50/month. I apply these only for the months when I'm travelling.

You could also just wait until next summer when EU roaming charges are phased out:
http://www.siliconrepublic.com/comms...ile-roaming-ch
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