Leaving for Germany in a week

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i am leaving for Germany in a week for work, i have unlock my phone but now i don't know where to get this GERMANY SIM Card? do i need to purchase it in Germany? i got no clue how this is working. will people be able to reach me from Montreal on my Phone when i am in Germany
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You could likely buy a local SIM card when you arrive at the German airport. For extra safety, to make sure things work, you could buy our international add-on. Scroll down on this page and check them out:

https://www.koodomobile.com/add-ons?INTCMP=KMNew_NavMenu_Shop_Addons
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can i simply add the text option for europe at 15$
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can i simply add the international text option for 15$ and this would be only good for one months? do i need to deactivated this option when i get back not to get chagred another month?
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A German sim card will give you a German number on a German network. Unfortunately this means people calling you at your Canadian number will just get your voice mail and you won't get your texts at all..

Your easiest option is to take one of Koodo's roaming packages. Most last 3 or 30days and do not auto renew. If you only need texting then you can just choose that.

If you still want to use German sim cards you could modify your Koodo voice mail to tell people you're out of town and give them your German number. I don't recommend forwarding your Koodo calls to your Germany nunber. There's a huge charge for that.

There are some more complicated Ways to do this which I won't go into unless you ask.
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thanks Chad..if i only select the Text ADD-Ons will i be cahrge for Romaing fees?
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Only if you answer your phone, make a call, or use data
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thank you very much Chad
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Once you add the add on make sure you log into self serve and add on the international voice roaming... It's a free add on (which may be included with the roaming package). Without it you won't get service.
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So, your texting is obviously taken care of, but just for your information: it's quite easy to get a prepaid sim card in Germany.


In cities (I don't know about airports) you will find shops that specialize in the sale of low cost telecommunications services, such as

1. phone cards (from a local phone [pay phone] you dial into a local number and can make international calls for cheap),
2. SIMs (with German numbers) - put into your Canadian phone and use for calls in Germany and texts.
3. Cell phones (those would have a German number and you could use one for calls within Germany, if you wanted to keep your Canadian phone for texting only).

Generally speaking, cell phone costs are lower in Germany than in Canada, but keep in mind that you would be using a prepaid service, which is more expensive than something on a contract.

Last time I was there, I used AldiTalk (Aldi is a grocery discounter that you can find all over Germany. A  SIM card kit with Euro 10 or 20 and will give you a certain amount of minutes, data. I must admit I burned through my prepaid credit quite quickly, using a lot of google maps. Topping this card up is only possible with a German bank account or by buying a top up card at an Aldi store.

A couple of years ago, I used Lycamobile (see lycamobile.de). For Euro 10, I got a SIM card kit that came with a Euro 10 credit for calls, texts, and data and I lasted me two weeks. (I might have been a little more conservative in using data at the time, though). So, I am not sure how topping up works there.

Let me know if you have further questions

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I just checked lycamobile again ( http://www.lycamobile.de/en/freesim) and they actually have packages that include decent rates for international texting and calling as well. You can order the SIM card ahead of time and have it shipped to you (possibly to your German address, though) ... I didn't go so far through the process. Use AldiTalk only if you are counting on only using your phone very little.
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Alain,

Try this site.  I use it all the time for travel and finding the best deal for prepaid sims. When traveling i rely on data and dont really worry about talk or text since no one will know my traveling phone number

http://prepaid-data-sim-card.wikia.com/wiki/Prepaid_SIM_with_data
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Thanks for this, Dennis. Very helpful.
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I always recommend Lebara Mobile, where available:

http://www.lebara.de/?isoCode=en_GB
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Dennis, Mobile Master

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I second this recommendation.  Lebara is my top choice too.  Followed by Lycan
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I would also like to add there are VOIP options, such as Fongo, so you still have a Canadian number you can use while overseas. However, they usually are either free texts or free calls (Fongo) and you pay for the other, so long as you have access to data. You could also ask people to contact you using IM apps, such as BBM, Whatsapp, or whatever your preferred choice is, again subject to data availability. Lebara would give you more than enough data to accomplish this.
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I was in Germany 3 years ago and my phone wouldn't work at all. Is this new or was my phone just not compatible? I'm going back in a few months and would like to have a working phone.

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