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Data only SIMS

Discussion in 'Europe' started by LiveToSki, Apr 4, 2019.

  1. LiveToSki

    LiveToSki One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Hi @Ian D and @CarveMan and all others that know more than I do - I know I have read somewhere in your recent trip reports or something, but I cannot use the search function to get the info I want easily, I thought I would ask directly...

    What did you end up doing with SIM's etc. We dont the boys to use data roaming and just want a data only SIM. They will be travelling in Germany, Netherlands, Denmark areas.

    Thanks.
     
  2. CarveMan

    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    I've bought SIMs in Italy and France over the last few years, it's a good idea and works well, only issues I've had is navigating the recharge functionality in a foreign language if you run out of data and need to do it over the phone. Not too bad for me in French but harder in Italian.

    The offers obviously vary from country to country but you will need to buy one in your first country you land in, but it will work all through Europe (except Switzerland) thanks to the new roaming law.
     
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    We got the Vodaphone one from the airport in Italy and it worked a treat.
    It was cheap I thought. 20gb for 25 Euro.
     
  6. Arsas

    Arsas One of Us

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    I have travelled in Europe and the UK multiple times and I normally buy my sim cards when I arrive and then have issues with changing settings when going from UK to Europe or needing to call someone to make a switch etc. and then end up buying another sim in that country. The last trip I did (Christmas 2018) I bought a sim from Simcorner. By far the easiest and best sim I have bought. Best thing is you buy it in Oz, you know what your number is going to be so you can let people know and you have it ready to use once you land. I used it in France, UK and Italy and had no issues.
    They do Call/Text/Data Sims as well as Data only sims. Probably one of the best value sims I have found.
    https://www.simcorner.com/shop/europe.html
    I bought the 12gb sim with 3000 min talk , 3000 text and 12gb data for $40. I was away for a month so 30 days service is perfect.
     
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  7. piolet

    piolet Better make it three Ski Pass: Gold

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    If you're interested in high use, knowroaming packages are ok, I used the 3 day package, unlimited data in France in January - it's global. $10 USD.
    Not sure where that fits in but I use them already for their unlimited WhatsApp data deal. I find them a little meh but that data package worked a treat.

    They do Sims and Sim stickers for those stuck with one Sim port.
     
  8. CarveMan

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    I was musing while I was overseas, imagine being rich enough to just data roam.

    I reckon there are people with superyachts and private jets who would baulk at that cost.
     
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    piolet Better make it three Ski Pass: Gold

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    FiL used to roam straight up while on business in China. Epic bills
     
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    It's probably best to do it in the airport (if you spot the shop) where staff are used to handling tourists with these kind of requests. The downside is that you *might* pay a slight premium to it as compared to the prices in the city.

    Stating the obvious, but passport is usually mandatory when buying pre-paid SIM Cards
     
  11. LiveToSki

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    But half the people going with #1 son will be roaming - you know the type...
     
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    Yeah, bloody Buller skier types

    :p
     
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    Hmm. This looks good. It's really only to peeve people off with pictures of beer and alps.
     
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    My suggestion is giffgaff.com (UK). They now post the unloaded SIM directly to Australia and once you topup prepaid you can buy a 30 day "goody bag" . Effectively £20 / $37AUD its 20GB (20gb for EU roaming, otherwise 40GB UK) & unlimited talk txt. I used to live in London and have used them.

    But yes be aware Switzerland or Norway etc is not included. And from my own experience, in EU data speeds might drop to 3G instead of 4G on a UK sim and who knows what happens after Oct 31 :)

    I think the benefit vs buying on arrival is that the topup process is all online and in English. In the UK, sims can be anonymous so if you use a prepaid card there is no worries about unexpected charges and handing over personal data like passport info etc.
     
  17. Richard

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    ^ this

    Vodaphone does a tourist Sim and it works throughout most of the EU. I used in Greece last year. It's not the very cheapest but it is good value and coverage is good.

    You'll likely have to show passport at an airport kiosk and queues can be long (and mums just want to get to the hotel) - otherwise vodaphone outlets tend to be pretty common in city centre.

    Otherwise there's some good options above to purchase online and be ready for arrival.
     
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    lol were you spying on us in Milan?