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iPhone Sim Data Question (UK, Italy, France)

Apr 2nd, 2014, 08:23 AM
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For me the best option is to buy a refurb european unlocked android phone and SIM in a few countries. will be nearly a wash cost wise. Tmobile phones + the $50 plan is very close to what a used phone + SIM will cost. with the ben of 3G. I really want to have maps with me and google. less reliance on physical maps and more flexibility. And with 3G i can use the Android hotspot feature in hotels to avoid any hotel wifi charges...which will save $$
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Apr 2nd, 2014, 09:23 AM
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Hotel wifi is usually free in the UK. I have never ever been charged for it.
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Apr 2nd, 2014, 09:30 AM
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bluestar, when you got your at&t iphone unlocked, it had no effect on your current plan, right? They just unlock the phone so you can exchange the sim, or you can keep using the same at&t sim and your regular plan? I'm just making sure...I think we are eligible to unlock, and I will do this before we go to Switzerland.
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Apr 2nd, 2014, 11:12 AM
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china_cat - Yes, right. Once you remove the AT&T sim, you are no longer on their network. When you want to use their network again, just re-insert the sim ( you might have to turn phone off/on so it is again recognized). Of course you still have to pay for your monthly AT&T plan even while you are not using it if you are under contract. Mine is a micro sim and very tiny and easy to loose - make sure you store it in a safe place like an envelope.
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Apr 2nd, 2014, 11:15 AM
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> lose
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Apr 2nd, 2014, 11:28 AM
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t-mobile phone to Europe for 3G data can be tricky. The UMTS frequencies are different en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_UMTS_networks. Only the phones like google nexus have all the common frequencies in use in US and Europe. Other phones offer subsets of the frequencies. This is why when Europeans bring their phones to the US and use t-mobile SIMs, their data is likely to be 2G since t-mobile uses 1700Mhz for the 3G, a frequency used by hardly any other carriers.

The t-mobile international data speed is "2G." The t-mobile web site does not clearly disclose this in sales pitches.
money.cnn.com/2014/03/24/technology/mobile/t-mobile-international-roaming
http://www.forbes.com/sites/marcwebe...-game-changer/
http://www.idownloadblog.com/2013/10...-extra-charge/
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Apr 2nd, 2014, 12:19 PM
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The following statement is really confused:

[[ 2G is about right, except when in a Wi-Fi zone ]].


When you're using wifi, 2G or 3G is totally irrelevant.
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Apr 2nd, 2014, 12:25 PM
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2G is the speed you'll get when outside of a Wi-Fi zone. You'll get 3G speeds in locations where they no longer offer 2G speeds.
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Apr 2nd, 2014, 12:58 PM
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thanks Bluestar. That's how I thought it would work, but I wanted to make absolutely sure. I still have a grandfathered "unlimited data" contract with AT&T, and they will take any excuse they can to cancel it. I don't want to give them any
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Apr 2nd, 2014, 01:29 PM
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I think 2G speeds are offered everywhere, it's the fall-back speed when you can't get 3G.
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Apr 2nd, 2014, 02:08 PM
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RM67 - I've rarely seen free wifi in Europe/UK. Depends on the hotel...in the lobby area yes free wifi is available.
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Apr 2nd, 2014, 03:41 PM
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You should be able to find free Wi-Fi zones in every major city and many smaller villages. Many cities have set up free Wi-Fi stations for residents and visitors alike.

London - http://www.timeout.com/london/things...fi-in-london-9

The best place to enjoy free wireless Internet access in Amsterdam is a chain café called Bagels & Beans according to About.com.

And Paris is loaded with free Wi-Fi zones - http://www.paris.fr/english/english/...289_port_19237

Madrid - http://www.esmadrid.com/en/portal.do...&TR=C&IDR=1138 and www.gomadrid.com/maps/wi-fi-map.html
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Apr 3rd, 2014, 07:54 AM
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Sorry...I meant wifi in hotels . That they charge for.
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Apr 3rd, 2014, 11:48 AM
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really ucsun? I'm surprised by that. I've found free wifi in hotels in Paris, Vienna, and most of the Swiss hotels I've reserved. My experience has been that it is much more common to be included in European hotels than American. But I haven't been to the UK in ages...perhaps they follow the American model.
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May 6th, 2014, 07:14 AM
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Please help me understand my new SIM. I would like to know if I am getting it.

I am a Simple Choice T-Mobile customer. I purchased, for $10, and received this week a SIM card for my iPad which allows me to have 1 G of data free per month until January, 2015. I can also make calls on my android from Italy for .20 per minute.

What I do not understand about the free data is if the data speed slows down on my iPad in Italy during this free period. I can purchase a higher data speed for the vacation time from T-Mobile because I do understand slow speeds are awful in Europe. What I do not understand is do I need to.

Thanks Greg, I did read the Forbes article but would like a little clarification, please.
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May 6th, 2014, 07:23 AM
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Free wifi in UK etc question

I must be lucky as I've never had to pay for wifi in UK hotels, sometimes slow but never paid for. But Germany! You seem to have to pay through the nose.

Maybe ucsan, we go to different hotels, I'm a Brit who travels in germany and the UK. Normally I find charges hit if you are in an "international" hotel as those souless entities are called and I try to avoid them, but....
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May 6th, 2014, 09:13 AM
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Hotels aiming for business customers are the culprits for sky high wifi prices, eg Hilton. Hopefully the roll out of 4G will stifle that practice as businesses realise it's cheaper and faster than wifi.
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May 6th, 2014, 02:25 PM
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Sher - yes, it will be slower speed but depending on what you are doing it may not make much of a difference. How do you plan to use your iPad in Italy?
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May 6th, 2014, 06:07 PM
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Seamus. I plan to use it mainly to check email. I have read reviews where the WiFi in the villa we rented is spotty and only works in limited areas.

I also want to Skype but since T-Mobile gives me a .20 per minute phone plan in Italy I will not be so careful of calling my Mom while I am away as I have been.

I must say that I am visiting. My son and his wife who have not yet installed WiFi in their home and it is great to be able to do things here now like answer this post.

Thanks
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Jul 8th, 2014, 11:14 PM
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I have an old Iphone 2 or 3 (can't remember) that is now out of contract, and I'm wanting to know whether I can buy a sim to use in it whilst I'm in the UK and Norway.
Any info out there???
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