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Posted: 7/2/2015 7:17:16 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/2/2015 7:18:13 PM EDT by somaliskinnypirate]
I’m traveling to Germany in the fall for a couple weeks and want to make sure I have (most important) internet access (4G or above). Voice coverage is secondary, but a bonus.

Last time I went, I chose XCOM Global. However, it was fairly expensive and their shitty customer service left me without access for several days.


On one trip, I purchased a SIM card at a T-Mobile store over there..However, it was kind of a hassle and generally had issues in other countries I was visiting.

I currently have ATT wireless and an unlocked Note 4. Their service outside the country is prohibitively expensive, particularly for data rates. Are there any other sane options nowadays? Just checking to see if anyone from the hive has any experience or good ideas (no, going to an internet cafe; squatting with my Adidas jogging outfit is not an option)

Technology and removal of red tape should have caught up by now since we are living in a global happy multicultural world, has it not?



Link Posted: 7/2/2015 8:42:36 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/2/2015 8:51:19 PM EDT by ODA_564]
http://Travel-sim-germany.com

The company I use for Costa Rica (www.costaricacellularconnection.com)will set up an 800 number to forward your US phone to that rings on your CR number. its nice.

These guys do something similar with a second US number.
Link Posted: 7/2/2015 10:16:26 PM EDT
If you switch to T-mobile you get free internets and $0.20/min int'l roaming voice. The free interwebs is N-1 (so 3G in areas which are 4G) but it's free so....
Link Posted: 7/2/2015 10:18:27 PM EDT
Interesting note. .. when i was in Germany with no phone coverage my gps still worked. Couldn't map things out but it did give my location. So i could locate where i wanted to go at the hotel on wifi then walk there by gps.
Link Posted: 7/2/2015 10:24:21 PM EDT
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http://Travel-sim-germany.com

The company I use for Costa Rica (www.costaricacellularconnection.com)will set up an 800 number to forward your US phone to that rings on your CR number. its nice.


These guys do something similar with a second US number.
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This looks promising ! Thanks, I will look into this.
Link Posted: 7/2/2015 10:26:09 PM EDT
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If you switch to T-mobile you get free internets and $0.20/min int'l roaming voice. The free interwebs is N-1 (so 3G in areas which are 4G) but it's free so....
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Seriously? that may be doable. I wonder if I can just sign up for a new number, get the sim (my Note 4 is actually a Tmobile version so I know it will work with their frequencies) and cancel when I get back?


Link Posted: 7/2/2015 10:54:39 PM EDT
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Seriously? that may be doable. I wonder if I can just sign up for a new number, get the sim (my Note 4 is actually a Tmobile version so I know it will work with their frequencies) and cancel when I get back?
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Originally Posted By rsolomon:
If you switch to T-mobile you get free internets and $0.20/min int'l roaming voice. The free interwebs is N-1 (so 3G in areas which are 4G) but it's free so....



Seriously? that may be doable. I wonder if I can just sign up for a new number, get the sim (my Note 4 is actually a Tmobile version so I know it will work with their frequencies) and cancel when I get back?


Seriously. I switched from AT&T for this. Saw it in the airport coming home from a work trip where I'd been (as usual) ravaged by AT&T roaming charges, and decided to FO. Been very happy since.
http://www.t-mobile.com/optional-services/roaming.html

They don't advertise the N-1 data rate, but that's my 99% confidence guess. Bit sucky where there's only 3G and you get 2G but you can always buy a chunk of high speed data if you're REALLY pissed off by it. I never have. Most of the world is 4G and 3G is Ok for roaming for me.

Don't see why you couldn't start new service and then quit - be a bit of a hassle but could work.
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