Best way to use US smartphones in Germany?
June 6, 2011 8:05 PM Subscribe
How best to use US cell phones in Germany for in-country and out-of-country calls?
posted by herrdoktor to technology (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Did a requisite search, but didn't find anything particular to my situation. Basically, I've got a Sprint Nexus S 4G (Android) and a Blackberry Tour. Both can be used overseas, as both have radios that're compatible out there. Both have WiFi as well. Say the phones will be going to Germany.
What I'd like to do:
- Have people in the US be able to call either phone
- Have each phone be able to call each other, from US-Germany and within Germany itself
- Have each phone be able to call US numbers
- (Optional) have the ability to text to/from US/within Germany.
Sprint offers a plan that's just expensive as all heck.
I've looked into Google Voice and Skype, and really can't make easy heads or tails of using either: would I have to turn off data services (3G/4G) and use WiFi only to avoid charges? If I'm not on WiFi, how will Google Voice calls get through otherwise?
If both phones have Google Voice numbers, and say one of the phones is in Germany, if I were to call, what number would I call? The US Google Voice number, or an international number?
I presume that the the German phone would call the US phone using country code + Google Voice number.
Basically, I'm looking for a simple explanation of how I can place these calls, cheaply, with minimum fuss, specific to these phones, without the use of SIM cards (Nexus S 4G has none, and the Blackberry needs to be unlocked). Thanks!
(I'm not interested in answers that do not involve purchasing pre-paid phones at this time.)