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Mon Mar 13, 2017, 12:58 AM

Anyone travel to Europe? If so, wifi/ hotspot question.

I'm traveling to Europe soon and want to know what's the best thing for us to do. Data with our own provider for just one of our phones? I read something about SIM cards but I'm not smart. Is that a thing?

I'll want it mostly for google maps and traveling between cities and places to stay.

Has anyone has any luck with my-webspot pocket wifi? About 10 bucks a day. Looks pretty legit. PC Mag gave it great reviews.

Thanks in advance.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2491032,00.asp

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Reply Anyone travel to Europe? If so, wifi/ hotspot question. (Original post)
Jenny Fromdahood Mar 2017 OP
Let it go Mar 2017 #1
Juan Rico Mar 2017 #2
Jenny Fromdahood Mar 2017 #3
762Justice Mar 2017 #4
Jenny Fromdahood Mar 2017 #5
Jenny Fromdahood Mar 2017 #6
762Justice Mar 2017 #7
Jenny Fromdahood Mar 2017 #8
762Justice Mar 2017 #10
Jardinier Mar 2017 #9

Response to Jenny Fromdahood (Original post)

Mon Mar 13, 2017, 02:28 AM

1. I landed up using my international roaming. Expensive!

Brought up an unlocked iPhone but discovered when I got up there from the guys selling data that I would need a different SIM card for every country because there's no one network that runs through Europe. Everything is local. As we were driving from one country to the next that seemed ridiculous to get all those SIM cards and i wasn't even sure how much data we'd use in each area.

My brother had t-mobile and he had free intl roaming in his plan. He got an extra few kbs of a high speed connection but it ran out fast. We relied on his slow speed connection.

I used my intl roaming but kept trying to turn it off so as to not suck up data usage on accident. Bummer was when a pic didn't finish sending from the hotel wifi and when I reconnected the cell roaming my iMessage kept trying to resend pics and would error out. Data usage disaster.

I noticed as we traveled that the carriers kept on changing even within the country. So it was very area specific, not like VZ or ATT where you can drive throughout US and catch everywhere.

If your little gizmo works everywhere I'd have to look into one of those if I go back.

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Response to Jenny Fromdahood (Original post)

Mon Mar 13, 2017, 10:06 AM

2. Which provider do you use? AT&T recently changed their international plan for the better.

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Response to Juan Rico (Reply #2)

Mon Mar 13, 2017, 06:01 PM

3. Sprint

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Response to Jenny Fromdahood (Original post)

Mon Mar 13, 2017, 10:36 PM

4. For a short trip where you will not be eating up data,

a little hotspot like that for 10 bucks a day would be excellent.

I use regional SIM cards in a secondary phone when I travel and expect to use a lot of data, but if you are using a Sprint phone, it's unlikely to be able to do that. Sprint is a CDMA network while Europe is on GSM networks, and most Sprint phones will not accept a GSM SIM.

If you have a longer trip, look into grabbing a cheap unlocked GSM smartphone, and pick up a pay as you go local SIM ahead of time online. You may end up better off than paying $15 a day for the hotspot rental if you shop right.

Ping me if you need any help with phones, SIMS, or whichever. I have been through a pile of them.

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Response to 762Justice (Reply #4)

Tue Mar 14, 2017, 07:33 AM

5. Thanks!

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Response to 762Justice (Reply #4)

Tue Mar 14, 2017, 10:19 AM

6. Just bough the hotspot from my webspot.

Picking it up from their office on the 19th before or after mass at Notre Dame and dropping off on the 25th. Rented both car and wall chargers (6e each) and bought insurance(16e). 84 euros total. Not bad.

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Response to Jenny Fromdahood (Reply #6)

Tue Mar 14, 2017, 06:45 PM

7. That's not bad at all.

I hope you have a great trip.

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Response to 762Justice (Reply #7)

Tue Mar 14, 2017, 07:02 PM

8. Thanks. I might as well share now. Lol.

Day 1-3 Paris
Day 4- Train to Bayeaux and renting a car. Taking car an hour to Mont St Michel. Coming back to check into Air BnB house on Omaha Beach. Thant night we will go into Caen for dinner.
Day 5- All D Day stuff
Day 6- Breakfast in Bayeux and checking out the Tapestry then off to Honfleur. For the rest of the day and night at a BnB right on the Harbor.
Day 7- Off to Rouen for the night
Day 8- back to Paris with a stop at Monet's house and garden in Giverny.
Day 9- Paris
Day 10- fly away home.

Pretty pumped.

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Response to Jenny Fromdahood (Reply #8)

Wed Mar 15, 2017, 07:23 PM

10. Sounds much better than my usual trips.

Day 1-5: Nondescript meeting room in exotic location I don't see any of other than the trip from the airport to the hotel, and whatever is for breakfast. Sometimes there is a nice dinner. Usually it's Clif bars out of a backback.

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Response to Jenny Fromdahood (Original post)

Wed Mar 15, 2017, 03:50 PM

9. This is what I do.

The phone co. I use in the US doesn’t cover abroad so I used my son’s pay-as-you-go phone he had when he was in Uni in England and paid only about 13 cents/min to call the US. I use my US phone to go on-line when I found a wifi hotspot, usually cafe, bank, airport. (My parents do not have the internet at their house). But I didn’t need maps or travel info. If all else fails do your recon before you leave. Print off maps and all that if you know the places you want to visit.

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