Mobile Phone in Europe Advice PLEASE!!

Sep 18th, 2012, 06:16 AM
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My son went to Romania, Bucharest, as part of his erasmus program, and I bought him a phone once he got there. There are plenty of prepaid offers that are cheap and I can call him via voip. I found that quite reasonable, since I can give him calls (without paying to much) and he has a phone that he can use over there!
So my advice to you: get yourself a prepaid card and phone!
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Sep 21st, 2012, 04:37 AM
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My son has asked me to reload his phone over the internet! He said his friends parents have been doing the same! I thought it might be valuable to know that you can recharge prepaid phones over the internet. my son showed me this site: which was quite easy to use and understand. He got it immediately.
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Sep 21st, 2012, 06:19 AM
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nice.....reloading a prepaid phone on-line (talking about European ones) is hit or miss. The web site you show works in the countries noted. It is next to impossible to re-load (top up) pre-paid sims of many countries on-line. France, for example, is next to impossible in that while locals can top up on-line, they only accept credit cards issued within that country. Same is true of most UK carriers.

The good news is that in most c ases, sim cards in some countries have reached the point of being free and you only pay for the initial top up. The bad news is that it can be a bit of a pain to notify everybody of your new phone number.
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Sep 21st, 2012, 07:59 AM
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Well, you are right, there should be website where you can top up cellphones anywhere! That would be convenient! It must be close to impossible, or else they would be doing so! Maybe its just not worth doing it in France?
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Sep 21st, 2012, 08:15 AM
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I don't know about Oz but I just heard from friends who are going to italy that their Verizon accounts let them switch plans for being there at a pretty low cost. They warned to be sure not to switch back immediately upon returning because some calls might not be billed yet and they would be expensive. I know this is SO incomplete,but it was just an eavesdrop.
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Sep 21st, 2012, 08:21 AM
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I have found it quite easy to top off my Lebara SIM account on line from anywhere in the world.
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Sep 21st, 2012, 10:49 AM
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Which lebara? I have had bvoth lebara UK, lebara FR and lebara NL sim cards in the past and have been unable to register on their web sites or register my credit cards if it is from outside the country involved so tell us your secret so we cal all take part!
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Sep 22nd, 2012, 08:47 AM
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My Lebara SIMs are French. I registered the SIMs on line and top them off on line as well with my US credit card. One SIM I did register by calling the Lebara help line (in French).

I did run into recharge problems once and called the Lebara hot line again. They were helpful in my solving the problem by simply mentioning one word: cou-quis (cookies in English). If you are having problems with recharge or with the website accepting your credit card, try the following (which is basically the same procedure one uses for purchasing tickets on line from the SNCF):

1. Wait 24 hours before trying another credit card charge attempt (unless you can use a different credit card). Also, make sure your bank is not blocking the charge by calling them and asking.

2. Completely empty your computers temp directories (both the browser and OS directories).

3. Remove any cookies stored in your browser by Lebara.

This solved the problem and I was able to successfully recharge.


Some people have had success recharging their SIMs on line by using this link:
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Sep 24th, 2012, 10:44 AM
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I tried to recharge my Lebara before I left the U.S. on Friday. No go. When I arrived in Nice today, went into a corner tabac and easily paid for recharge. You get a VeRY long code number to use when you call in using your cellphone .
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