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Road trip in Europe : Which company/plan is the best?


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I'm asking to all of you travellers that have unlocked their phone in order to travel in Europe (more than 1 country) I was just curious, what do you guys suggest? I don't feel like looking at all the plans they offer in each country * number of company in this country = too much to handle in the short time I have (end of session). I plan using mostly data, some texts, almost no talking. Therefore, what is best considering I will travel from Paris (4 days), to Geneva (2 days), to London (4 days) and Amsterdam (3 days)? PS: I have an unlocked iPhone

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Little Google search will probably help you to find out european wireless providers plans and offers if you will be using foreign SIM on your unlocked phone in the countries you're heading to. nice trip
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I prefer Vodafone, where available. Last time I was in London, I grabbed their 10 GBP top-up (SIM card is free) and it gave me something like 200 minutes and texts and 500 MB data, plus the 10 pounds stayed as my balance for overage charges. Plus, they set me up so that calling to Canada was cheaper than texting (2p/minute vs 5p/sms). In France, I know that Virgin offers unlimited local talk + sms and 1 GB data for 10 EUR. As for Switzerland, I'd recommend Orange. Their data addons start at 10 CHF (for 300 MB). Have a safe trip!
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MatB wrote:

Little Google search will probably help you to find out european wireless providers plans and off...

Yeah, I know. But as stated in the first message, it would be A LOT of research to see what each company is offering in each country. This is why I cam here for help. I'm doin some research though and found those PREPAID GLOBAL SIM CARDS that offer some interesting things. For exemple MAXRoam offers 200MB of data everywhere for 55EUR. But it's nothing compared to what Philosoraptor mentionned
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Ivan wrote:

I prefer Vodafone, where available. Last time I was in London, I grabbed their 10 GBP top-up (SIM...

But what about taking 1 SIM card and travel in different countries. Isn't there a solution like that?
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MatB wrote:

Little Google search will probably help you to find out european wireless providers plans and off...

Vodafone UK will charge you 2 GBP/day for 25 MB (69p/MB overage) or 8 GBP for 100 MB with their Vodafone Passport and Data Traveller program. It's best to get local SIMs. You'll have the SIM from your previous country with you so that'll be available to you for emergencies, until you pick up a local SIM.
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Ivan wrote:

I prefer Vodafone, where available. Last time I was in London, I grabbed their 10 GBP top-up (SIM...

Hi Robert, Unfortunately the EU does not have a continental carrier. But no worries, the of the head of EU is focused on trying to get a continental brand that will work in any country. But not today and it seems like Philosoraptor ihas the best solution.
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MatB wrote:

Little Google search will probably help you to find out european wireless providers plans and off...

What about the expiry date of those? Should I keep them for a future trip too? Or they get desactivated after a X ammount of time unused?
Ivan wrote:

I prefer Vodafone, where available. Last time I was in London, I grabbed their 10 GBP top-up (SIM...

hello
going two weeks in germany then 2 months in italy what would be the best set up
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Ivan wrote:

I prefer Vodafone, where available. Last time I was in London, I grabbed their 10 GBP top-up (SIM...

Unlock your phone on the koodo self serve site first. there is $35 fee. If you have an iphone you will have to call. Once all that is done buy a SIM card in Germany. You'll be able to use your phone across Europe and will be cheaper that roaming. But you will have a different number there.
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MatB wrote:

Little Google search will probably help you to find out european wireless providers plans and off...

I can't remember, but most Euro prepaid expires from 30 to 90 days if not topped up.
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MatB wrote:

Little Google search will probably help you to find out european wireless providers plans and off...

Too bad you can't keep the same SIM longer...
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For those who may have the same question as I do, there is https://www.getadoodad.com/ All those services are kind of expensive... It's your call whether you like it or not.
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I have used Truphone (love it but not the cheapest, their support is outstanding though), Piranha (like it too) and a few others... but for countries I frequent often I find it the cheapest to buy a local SiM which no international roaming company can match. If you want to compare internationl plans or ask questions, this is a forum and site I find gives good answers: www.prepaidgsm.net/ Have fun on your travels!
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Pro Tip: Use a single sim card. I would suggest Wind (Italy). They have the cheapest European roaming rates. It's €15 per week for 400MB of data, then you add on voice for €0.50 per day - you're charged a flat roaming rate of €0.08 per minute for calls received, and €0.20 per minute for calls you've initiated. This is from anywhere in Europe. SMS is a standard €0.10 rate sent/received I believe. Alternatively, they also have a flat rate inclusive roaming plan that costs €2 per day but only gives you 30min of calls, 30 sms, and 30mb data. This may work for you, the data and voice allowance has always been too light for me though. Going this route, you don't have to buy multiple sims and deal with multiple activations, rate plans, and having a different phone number multiple times on your trip. You're going for 2 weeks it looks like, so theoretically you should be looking at somewhere around €40-60 to roam the entire time on Wind with more then enough data, sms and text (depending on usage, of course). If you want to be a 'super-pro', setup a DID account at les.net and activate forwarding on your koodo phone, then route that DID to your new wind number. It's dirt cheap and you can get all your calls from your Canadian Koodo number routed direct to your wind phone in europe for pennies.
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mattjs wrote:

Pro Tip: Use a single sim card. I would suggest Wind (Italy). They have the cheapest Europe...

Another idea is to add these add-ons to your Koodo account while using your Koodo SIM in Europe: international data roaming international voice roaming intl long distantc promo to be able to use your Koodo service in Europe to get billed on your Koodo bill.
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mattjs wrote:

Pro Tip: Use a single sim card. I would suggest Wind (Italy). They have the cheapest Europe...

Yeah but at what cost? lol 400 MB of european roaming data on koodo = $2000 SMS Sent/Received @ $0.60 each Calls received/initialized @ $1.50/min If you use your Koodo phone in Europe for two weeks and make: 100 mins worth of calls, use 800mb of data, and send/receive 200 text messages, you're looking at ~$4500+. The tax on that bill alone would be ~$550+. Or you could go with Wind Italy and pay ~€60 Euro.
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mattjs wrote:

Pro Tip: Use a single sim card. I would suggest Wind (Italy). They have the cheapest Europe...

To Mat 🙂 I actually wouldn't advice that to my worst enemy at $5 to $10 per MB, LOL! Joking - yes it's an option - but only for people with money to burn 🙂 Teasing!! Edit just saw your post below mine, yes if you need to be reached on your regular number, it's a good option 🙂
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mattjs wrote:

Pro Tip: Use a single sim card. I would suggest Wind (Italy). They have the cheapest Europe...

Sorry mattjs, I forgot to say for emergencies!
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mattjs wrote:

Pro Tip: Use a single sim card. I would suggest Wind (Italy). They have the cheapest Europe...

Yeah, but I won't be going to Italy though... And I'll be staying for a month actually. Those dates are where I'll use it most of the time!
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mattjs wrote:

Pro Tip: Use a single sim card. I would suggest Wind (Italy). They have the cheapest Europe...

That's the beauty of the the wind roaming rates, I never go to italy myself, but always use them when I'm travelling around Europe, it beats switching sims everywhere and always having a new number. Just buy the sim online and activate before you go. As soon as you touch down in Europe, pop it in and you're set.
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mattjs wrote:

Pro Tip: Use a single sim card. I would suggest Wind (Italy). They have the cheapest Europe...

Where will you pick-up the SIM? At any wind company?
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mattjs wrote:

Pro Tip: Use a single sim card. I would suggest Wind (Italy). They have the cheapest Europe...

You're "technically" only suppose to be able to buy and activate Italian sim cards from within Italy. However, their is a workaround. You first need to get a wind italy sim card. You can usually find them on Ebay, or if you do a google search I'm sure you can find a retailer. Have it shipped to your place in Canada. Once you get it, you need to activate it. In order to activate any Itialian sim, you need a "codice fiscale". This is a number that the retailers in Italy will provide you with when you buy a sim card. It's like a Foreigner ID number and is required by law to actually activate a sim card. Since you're not actually going to italy, you can use http://www.miocodicefiscale.com/ to generate your codice fiscale (it's free). Then you just go to www.wind.it, register your sim with the generated code, and select your packages.
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mattjs wrote:

Pro Tip: Use a single sim card. I would suggest Wind (Italy). They have the cheapest Europe...

I'd disagree here. WIND Italy may have the best roaming rates in Europe, but it's still not nearly as good as individual local providers. Having the same number is hardly a convenience for me as most people won't call or text me on a Euro number anyways. For all others, one SMS is all it takes. I don't see activating multiple accounts as a hassle at all. All you need to do in most cases is pop in the SIM and send an SMS code selecting your tarriff model. Prepaid is not really a hassle abroad.
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mattjs wrote:

Pro Tip: Use a single sim card. I would suggest Wind (Italy). They have the cheapest Europe...

Good point. You'll always get better rates if you're not roaming of course. The downside is having multiple numbers throughout the trip, which depending on the person may not be a big deal at all. Personally I like to take care of this stuff before I go, so I use Wind because I know I can top up my account and then not have to bother with anything once I touch down, regardless of where I go. Having said that, if having a few different numbers over the month isn't a deal breaker, grabbing a local sim card in each country will potentially be more advantageous.
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mattjs wrote:

Pro Tip: Use a single sim card. I would suggest Wind (Italy). They have the cheapest Europe...

I think individual SIMs is the best solution so far! Thanks all for your help!

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