I am sure that there is a simple solution for folks going across the pond from the USA to be able to call home (or receive emergency calls from the US)on a cell phone without paying some vastly inflated rate. We would also like to be able to call locally for bus/rail info, etc. We use Straight Talk here, which runs on Verizon lines, and apparently won't work in Europe. We would very much appreciate suggestions. Thanks!
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posted: Apr. 25, 2012 @ 4:04p
You need an unlocked quad-band gsm phone.
posted: Apr. 25, 2012 @ 11:18p
posted: Apr. 26, 2012 @ 10:51p
MrLincoln said: I am sure that there is a simple solution for folks going across the pond from the USA to be able to call home (or receive emergency calls from the US)on a cell phone without paying some vastly inflated rate. We would also like to be able to call locally for bus/rail info, etc. We use Straight Talk here, which runs on Verizon lines, and apparently won't work in Europe. We would very much appreciate suggestions. Thanks!
ST now has International for $60 US calls out Maybe in also
Also check out http://www.prepaidgsm.net for a list of GSM carriers for each country and their rates. A lot of the smaller virtual carriers have pretty cheap international rates. And a lot of them have free incoming airtime.
Otherwise, get a local SIM. Lebara and Lyca Mobile seem to have the best prepaid plans in most European countries.
Senior Member - 6K
posted: Apr. 29, 2012 @ 12:14a
There are 3 ways.
1. Pay the OUTRAGEOUS Europe to USA rates. 2. Have a Quad Band phone (Check Phonescoop.com to see if yours is), and buy a SIM in the airport (Or wherever you are) 3. Get a Wifi Capable phone (like Skype or a TMobile one) and buy a month subscription to Boingo.com ($25) and use it in many internet cafes around the countries.
posted: May. 5, 2012 @ 1:39p
Thanks, everyone. All advice cheerfully and gratefully accepted!
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posted: May. 5, 2012 @ 3:50p
I've spent months backpacking around Europe and have never needed a cell phone. I once purchased a SIM on eBay, but found the fees to be exorbitant and never used it. I've taken my iPhone and used Skype to video chat with family and also make phone calls to hostels. For checking rail times, I've used RailEurope or asked my hostels for information on how to find bus times. Most hostels (don't know about hotels) provide free WiFi.
posted: May. 10, 2012 @ 12:53p
I bought a cheap quad-band GSM phone off eBay, and then ordered a SIM through Brightroam. Buying a local SIM on arrival would have been even cheaper, but for some destination countries, this can be troublesome (due to unavailability or local bureaucracy).
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