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Cell phone for visiting Canada

I have a Virgin Mobile USA phone, which is useless outside the US. I'll be in Canada (Nova Scotia and Ontario) for two weeks, and while the idea of taking a break from little electronic devices is tempting, it actually would be kind of helpful to have a phone. What's my best (ie, cheapest) option? [more inside]
posted by neroli on Jul 17, 2014 - 2 answers

Who should I go to for an iPhone provider in Germany?

I'm about to move to Germany for one year. I have my own iPhone. Who should I go to for cellular service? [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart on Jul 3, 2014 - 2 answers

Recommendations for inexpensive dual-sim smartphone with a decent camera

It's been suggested to me that I pick up a ~$100 dual-sim smartphone for my upcoming trip to Europe, and I'm looking for recommendations. [more inside]
posted by burntflowers on Mar 17, 2014 - 5 answers

Cell phone provider in EU

We are travelling from Canada to France and Italy and would like to have our roaming charges and calls be as inexpensive as possible. Can someone recommend the best cell phone provider in the EU for both cell phone and data usage where we would buy or get the iPhone 5S SIM card?
posted by Tziv on Dec 15, 2013 - 2 answers

What iPhone plan should a frequent Canada-US traveler get?

I currently live in Toronto. From September to April, I'll live in Boston, with regular short trips back to Canada during that period. After that I'll come back to Canada. I am, alas, a total iPhone newb and I'm looking for advice on what someone in my position should do. [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Jul 1, 2013 - 5 answers

Cheapest way to get UK cell service with US phone

My husband and I are traveling to London later this week for a 10-day trip (yay!). For part of the trip I'm going to be at a conference, and he will be doing some work things, so we need to be able to get in touch with each other, either via voice calls or text. I'm trying to figure out the cheapest way to accomplish this. [more inside]
posted by DiscourseMarker on Jun 10, 2013 - 10 answers

Calling, texting, data for American traveler in Taiwan

I am traveling to Taiwan for about two weeks very soon. I will be there with about 20 fellow students from my university. Being able to communicate amongst us while about Taipei will be pretty important. What do you recommend to use around the city? Inexpensive and easy would be great. [more inside]
posted by Korou on Jan 3, 2013 - 4 answers

Please help me overhaul my international cellphone setup

I live in the US, but I spend quite a bit of time in the UK. Please help me overhaul my (currently ridiculous) cellphone arrangement, so that I can make calls cheaply, and be called by other people cheaply for them, in/from/to both places, preferably with email access too. [more inside]
posted by oliverburkeman on Jun 20, 2012 - 5 answers

Cellphone options for senior travelers in London

The recently-retired senior generation of my family is traveling from US to London in October. They are arriving separately and splitting up for a couple of different side trips, and want to be able to stay in touch by cell phone. What are the easiest, cheapest options for cell phones that they can purchase ahead of time? [more inside]
posted by kimdog on May 23, 2012 - 6 answers

SIM /Data while travelling in Italy

Staying in Italy for 3 1/2 months from June to October 2012. The Flashdrake and I need SIM cards for our mobile/cell phones while we are there. I must have data access as well, at least 1GB a month. The TelCo industry changes so rapidly however, that I hoped that MeFites might help with current options. In the past we have had not problem with SIM cards overseas, particularly finding the Lebara plans great in Europe as they permitted us to call each other for free. [more inside]
posted by Flashduck on Apr 28, 2012 - 4 answers

Best prepaid cellphone service for travelling around northern europe?

I have a friend who will be travelling in Europe this summer. She'll be in Iceland for a few days, then Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and finally Stockholm. She'll be travelling with an unlocked iphone 3GS. What are her best options for prepaid cellphone service? There wouldn't happen to be a single company that could cover her for most of northern europe, would there?
posted by heathkit on Jun 12, 2011 - 6 answers

Need a new cell provider..

What GSM cell provider should I port my number to? [more inside]
posted by mistikle on Jun 6, 2011 - 11 answers

Best local cellphone option in France?

My family is meeting up in Paris this June to spend time together, and my parents would like to have a cellphone to use there. They don't currently use one, and know very little about how to get one. They've asked me to figure out their best option. [more inside]
posted by smilingtiger on Apr 15, 2011 - 8 answers

Using US-based iPhone during trip to Korea for web, Skype, etc?

My husband and I are visiting Korea soon. Is the famous WiFi in Korea ubiquitous enough to use his iPhone 4 for web browsing and Skype? We're also renting an SKTelecom cellphone, but we'd like to use the iPhone for data-related tasks and travel apps. Is it just a matter of his iPhone jumping on any Wifi network (without incurring any roaming charges)? We're coming from the US (AT&T), and staying in Jeju and Seoul. [more inside]
posted by yeoja on Apr 10, 2011 - 7 answers

SIM card for iPhone in E. Europe?

Questions about a prepaid SIM for iPhone in Czech Republic, Turkey, Slovakia, and Hungary. [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign on Oct 28, 2010 - 0 answers

Cheap cellphone + travel = family not freaking out = profit!

What are the cheapest options for pre-paid cellphones for a traveler in the US and UK? [more inside]
posted by zennish on Sep 15, 2010 - 4 answers

Please help my nice travel to Peru/Ecuador/Mexico

Please help my niece traveling from England to Peru and Ecuador with advice about where to go and what to take: what is the best netbook/mobile broadband stick/ power plug adapter to buy in England? Also what is best cellphone with pre-paid service to buy Peru? [more inside]
posted by nickyskye on Sep 15, 2010 - 7 answers

Tri-Band Cellphone in Thailand

Headed to Thailand with my unlocked tri-band LG Neon (850/1800/1900 MHz). How much coverage will I get, and does it matter what prepaid SIM card I buy? [more inside]
posted by _Silky_ on Jun 18, 2010 - 3 answers

traveling to oxford

Tips on traveling to Oxford, England, especially regarding phone and internet? [more inside]
posted by ms.codex on Jun 12, 2010 - 11 answers

Cellphone service when traveling to Europe/Africa.

My friend will be traveling through Europe for a month and then Africa for another month, but needs help with getting a cell phone. . . [more inside]
posted by mephesta on Apr 29, 2010 - 3 answers

iPhones in New Zealand? Go or no go?

What's going to happen to my U.S. iPhone in New Zealand? [more inside]
posted by birdwatcher on Jan 24, 2010 - 14 answers

Cell Phone Unlocking for Dummies

Can Ask MeFi help me understand how cell phone unlocking works? I'm traveling to Europe and looking to use an old Motorola RAZR for making phone calls. [more inside]
posted by carterscott on Dec 24, 2009 - 4 answers

Short term cell phone in Italy?

Cell phone for 3 months in Italy? Cheap is good. [more inside]
posted by cccorlew on Nov 29, 2009 - 6 answers

I'm looking for an affordable mobile plan that will let me surf the web and use Google maps during a short trip to Canada.

I'm going to Vancouver next month. My Sprint phone won't be of any use to me there. When I went to Toronto last year, I was able to make exorbitantly expensive phone calls and I wasn't able to access the internet or use google maps. I'd like to do all of those things economically. I still have my old Treo 75?wx. Perhaps that could be of some use? Thank you.
posted by stuart_s on Oct 6, 2009 - 5 answers

Noise cancellation = tinny sound. No noise cancellation = @#$$o moth(&. I*s Br++m!

Best bluetooth for the car? [more inside]
posted by IAmBroom on Sep 19, 2009 - 1 answer

A good quad-band phone for Europe?

What's a good quad-band, GSM, UMTS-compatible, QWERTY-keyboard phone to take to Europe? [more inside]
posted by ninotchka on Aug 10, 2009 - 5 answers

Calling a cell phone in Mexico

Calling from a landline in the US to a Mexican cell phone number (Veracruz state): Possible without selling your immortal soul? [more inside]
posted by subajestad on May 14, 2009 - 5 answers

Mobile software for the mobile traveller?

What applications/software for your mobile device did you find useful/essential for travelling? [more inside]
posted by zaebiz on Mar 31, 2009 - 2 answers

Advice on international compatibility and cell phone buying.

Living in Europe now, I want to buy a SIM card based phone that I could bring back to the States, when I move back in a year or so...but I don't know what other spec's to look out for, in terms of compatibility. [more inside]
posted by talljamal on Jan 26, 2009 - 7 answers

Holy GSM, help me find the cheapest cellphone for use in Europe!

Should I get the Motofone F3 or the Motorola V190 for my travels to Europe? [more inside]
posted by theiconoclast31 on Dec 1, 2008 - 7 answers

Can I call a toll-free number from my international cell phone without incurring charges?

My international cell phone provider (Airtel in India) insists that I can get uncharged toll-free calls while roaming in the US and Canada. It sounds too good to be true. Can you shed some light on this for me? [more inside]
posted by smersh on Nov 30, 2008 - 4 answers

Buying a cell phone abroad & using it in other countries later

If I buy a cheap, pay-as-you-go cell phone in Guatemala to use while I'm traveling there, can I then use it in other countries I visit later - and which ones? Is it as simple as replacing a SIM card every time? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Sep 23, 2008 - 4 answers

Is My Phone Company Trying to Crimp my Style?

Is my cell phone company lying about unlocking and SIM-carding while abroad? [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on May 27, 2008 - 16 answers

Cell phone for Japan/HK?

I need a cell phone for travel in Japan and Hong Kong. Any advice on where I can get one as inexpensively as possible? [more inside]
posted by j1950 on Mar 4, 2008 - 8 answers

cellphone during emergency

Cellphone only for emergency purpose while travelling in u.s.a [more inside]
posted by tom123 on Aug 12, 2007 - 14 answers

Switching SIM Cards?

Cell phone: switching SIM card advice? [more inside]
posted by cgs on Oct 16, 2006 - 7 answers

Best International Cell phones?

study-abroad-mobile-phone-filter: In Edinburgh for a few months, what's the best mobile phone to use to make international calls to US (amongst other places) from Scotland? By best I mean CHEAP, reliable, think student abroad here. [more inside]
posted by apfel on Aug 30, 2006 - 14 answers

How can I get and stay connected to the 'net while travelling in Europe?

How to best stay "connected" while travelling in Europe? [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey on Jul 18, 2006 - 6 answers

Cell phone: off or on to make battery last?

I'm sure somebody else who's travelling over Thanksgiving could also benefit from this knowledge. I brought my cell phone with me on my five-day trip to my parents' place, but of course I forgot the charger. The question I ask is: 'tis nobler to leave the phone on continuously and hope the battery pulls through, or is it a better idea to turn the phone off every night and turn it on only at the point in the day when I plan to use it? Does powering off and on drain more battery power than idling / the cell phone equivalent of "sleep"? FWIW, I have a relatively new Nokia 6682, and the battery is currently showing a full charge but I suspect it's lying, as I think it's been at least 24 hours since I charged it (that said, this battery's done five days unplugged before).
posted by logovisual on Nov 23, 2005 - 23 answers

Email is the killer app - help me go wireless

I'm looking into getting a Blackberry to have access to support requests via email when I'm away from my computer. However, I'm also going to be outside the US for four months this year, attending school, and I'd like to take it with me. Does anyone travel globally while using their Blackberry, and how is the coverage? This will be email only, I don't need the phone capabilities. [more inside]
posted by annathea on Apr 7, 2005 - 10 answers

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