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Forum: France 24-06-2015, 18:58
Replies: 14
Views: 4,874
Posted By PhotoJim
Lebara seems to be the best. On my recent trip I...

Lebara seems to be the best. On my recent trip I used Toggle Mobile because the same SIM worked very well in the UK. Data was more expensive on Toggle (in France) but it was cheap enough for my...
Forum: UK & Ireland 12-06-2015, 18:43
Replies: 2
Views: 2,442
Posted By PhotoJim
Three will sell you a SIM with a gigabyte of DATA...

Three will sell you a SIM with a gigabyte of DATA on it for a pretty reasonable price (bigger data allotments are available and, of course, you can top up). I bought a gig of data including a...
Forum: France 04-06-2015, 12:37
Replies: 1
Views: 2,464
Posted By PhotoJim
I wish I'd seen your message earlier - I just got...

I wish I'd seen your message earlier - I just got home from Paris.

Having learned what I've learned now, I'd probably just pick up a Lebara SIM from a *tabac* in France. Alternatively, Toggle...
Forum: Buy, Sell, Trade 04-06-2015, 12:34
Replies: 7
Views: 5,307
Posted By PhotoJim
Giffgaff SIMs seem to activate fine overseas, at...

Giffgaff SIMs seem to activate fine overseas, at least in Canada. I picked up a couple of SIMs for our iPads for a trip a couple of weeks ago - activated them while in Canada, topped them up using a...
Forum: Europe 04-06-2015, 12:29
Replies: 580
Views: 144,663
Posted By PhotoJim
We're just back from Europe. I used Toggle for...

We're just back from Europe. I used Toggle for the first time there, initially in the UK and then in France.

There are tons of options in the UK but Toggle works well, calls home to Canada...
Forum: France 11-09-2014, 16:45
Replies: 8
Views: 3,334
Posted By PhotoJim
Thanks for the tip!

Thanks for the tip!
Forum: UK & Ireland 10-09-2014, 21:04
Replies: 2
Views: 3,283
Posted By PhotoJim
Thanks for the suggestions. No tethering while...

Thanks for the suggestions. No tethering while roaming, but that might be livable. And the EE one is worth considering too.
Forum: France 10-09-2014, 21:03
Replies: 8
Views: 3,334
Posted By PhotoJim
I've ordered a couple of SIMs and I can activate...

I've ordered a couple of SIMs and I can activate a US number and even test it as I'm in Montana monthly to pick up mail.

At 2 GB for 10 pounds, it might be useful to go that route on both SIMs and...
Forum: France 09-09-2014, 20:41
Replies: 8
Views: 3,334
Posted By PhotoJim
Steve, looks like Canada is the same rate to call...

Steve, looks like Canada is the same rate to call as the US. Very promising lead. Thanks again.

Looks like Toggle will work for me in both France and the UK - I'll just need the iPad and data...
Forum: France 09-09-2014, 20:34
Replies: 8
Views: 3,334
Posted By PhotoJim
Thanks Steve, that assists very much. I hope the...

Thanks Steve, that assists very much. I hope the ToggleMobile option has similar rates to Canada - I'll do some research... :)
Forum: France 09-09-2014, 17:41
Replies: 8
Views: 3,334
Posted By PhotoJim
Data plus Canadian calling (multiple SIMs) - Paris

Hi,

Looks like our first France visit will be in May 2015. We'll be spending the prior week in London so hybrid dual-country solutions are also possible.

Here's what we likely need:
- 2 iPad...
Forum: UK & Ireland 09-09-2014, 17:39
Replies: 2
Views: 3,283
Posted By PhotoJim
Data sims plus Canadian calling from UK?

Hi,

Looks like our second UK visit will be in May 2015. Alas, my Camel SIM with Orange died after I forgot to top it up a couple of years ago. The trip will involve a week in London so coverage...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 13-03-2014, 01:05
Replies: 50
Views: 17,567
Posted By PhotoJim
EDGE can and does perform reasonably well in some...

EDGE can and does perform reasonably well in some places. Two years ago when I was in Las Vegas I was exceeding 110 kbps on EDGE in Las Vegas when I did some experimenting.

You are right...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 08-07-2013, 18:18
Replies: 12
Views: 3,551
Posted By PhotoJim
I agree with Andy's suggestion. I have a TP-Link...

I agree with Andy's suggestion. I have a TP-Link router with a USB port. The router is pretty tiny and runs off USB power or off AC. No battery, but I find I always run off AC so I don't want a...
Forum: Africa, Asia and Pacific 11-03-2013, 02:19
Replies: 18
Views: 7,808
Posted By PhotoJim
From what I've read, they'll let you bring an...

From what I've read, they'll let you bring an unlocked phone now. At least one North Korean tourist reports, after trying to surrender his phone to the Customs agent, that the agent returned his...
Forum: Americas 22-08-2012, 15:43
Replies: 9
Views: 4,445
Posted By PhotoJim
If AT&T let you buy topup cards in stores for...

If AT&T let you buy topup cards in stores for their iPad service, it would be easier, but it's not really intended nor set up for foreigners to use. Some, like me, find a way, but it is a bit of a...
Forum: Americas 20-08-2012, 17:17
Replies: 9
Views: 4,445
Posted By PhotoJim
AT&T will sell you a SIM, but they will not...

AT&T will sell you a SIM, but they will not guarantee that you can use it.

To sign up for service on-device, you need an American credit card, or a prepaid credit card with a US address (easy to...
Forum: Italy 20-08-2012, 17:14
Replies: 3
Views: 1,713
Posted By PhotoJim
Is your iPhone unlocked? If not, it will only...

Is your iPhone unlocked? If not, it will only work with the carrier that sold it to you.
Forum: Americas 18-08-2012, 03:28
Replies: 9
Views: 4,445
Posted By PhotoJim
AT&T still has its iPad plan. You can activate...

AT&T still has its iPad plan. You can activate and deactivate it on-device as long as you have AT&T service or WiFi connectivity.

A SIM will cost you $10 at an AT&T shop once you get to the US.
...
Forum: Americas 10-07-2012, 23:57
Replies: 6
Views: 2,845
Posted By PhotoJim
Agreed - and the Canadian carriers with AWS...

Agreed - and the Canadian carriers with AWS (outside Wind at least) are deploying LTE on that band as we speak. Rogers and Bell have theirs up and regional carrier SaskTel will have some LTE on AWS...
Forum: Mobile Phones 21-06-2012, 22:49
Replies: 15
Views: 10,172
Posted By PhotoJim
I have an E63 and I've never had any luck...

I have an E63 and I've never had any luck configuring the VoIP client. Can anyone point me to any websites that help, or give me some suggestions? I use les.net and voip.ms and have had no luck...
Forum: Americas 22-04-2012, 23:12
Replies: 7
Views: 3,715
Posted By PhotoJim
These packages are the reason I've been keeping...

These packages are the reason I've been keeping my Paygo SIM alive. Now that my Canadian postpaid carrier includes US voice and text in my monthly package, there's really no advantage to keeping...
Forum: Americas 29-02-2012, 04:00
Replies: 9
Views: 3,063
Posted By PhotoJim
Yes, Canada and Mexico. Oops!

Yes, Canada and Mexico. Oops!
Forum: Americas 27-02-2012, 02:59
Replies: 9
Views: 3,063
Posted By PhotoJim
Correct. AT&T GoPhone only roams in Canada and...

Correct. AT&T GoPhone only roams in Canada and the US (and only in Canada for the last few months).
Forum: UK & Ireland 27-12-2011, 23:10
Replies: 19
Views: 7,655
Posted By PhotoJim
I can top up my Orange SIM using a Canadian card....

I can top up my Orange SIM using a Canadian card. I registered a credit card over the phone with them when I was in London, but I've been able to change the card number since then from Canada. I'm...
Forum: Americas 31-10-2011, 21:33
Replies: 1
Views: 4,297
Posted By PhotoJim
T-Mobile has a data only SIM - but it is indeed...

T-Mobile has a data only SIM - but it is indeed data only. No SMS, no voice. You can check out the terms on their website (Unsupported Browser (http://www.t-mobile.com)) but they are fairly...
Forum: Mobile Phones 25-10-2011, 17:38
Replies: 10
Views: 5,642
Posted By PhotoJim
I use USB "modems" (they don't modulate and...

I use USB "modems" (they don't modulate and demodulate, which is what a modem does, so it's not really the right word... I know, I'm pedantic - but I call them data sticks). I prefer them over USB...
Forum: Americas 23-09-2011, 04:03
Replies: 29
Views: 7,892
Posted By PhotoJim
Just buy a SIM - you're only gambling $15. There...

Just buy a SIM - you're only gambling $15. There is no reason why it shouldn't work, as long as your phone is functioning correctly and is unlocked.
Forum: Americas 18-09-2011, 17:51
Replies: 29
Views: 7,892
Posted By PhotoJim
There is a 100 or 200 MB option for about $25. I...

There is a 100 or 200 MB option for about $25. I used it in Boca Raton, Florida last May.

One other option for you is T-Mobile USA, although its 3G frequency is incompatible with most 3G phones. ...
Forum: Americas 18-09-2011, 01:50
Replies: 29
Views: 7,892
Posted By PhotoJim
It might work in a smartphone, but it won't...

It might work in a smartphone, but it won't support voice calls. Don't think of it as an iPad plan, think of it as a plan for tablet devices that don't need voice access.

(I've not tried it in a...
Forum: Americas 16-09-2011, 19:58
Replies: 29
Views: 7,892
Posted By PhotoJim
One thing to watch: if you buy the cheap phone +...

One thing to watch: if you buy the cheap phone + SIM package with AT&T, the SIM is locked to that phone for awhile (six months?). I understand you can activate them in a different phone but then it...
Forum: Europe 14-09-2011, 21:03
Replies: 9
Views: 11,843
Posted By PhotoJim
Orange takes my Canadian MasterCard. I'm not...

Orange takes my Canadian MasterCard. I'm not sure if it's because I called and asked to register it (and they allowed it) or if it's the default state. I was able to change my credit card number...
Forum: Americas 10-09-2011, 02:11
Replies: 7
Views: 4,794
Posted By PhotoJim
Confirmed. I turned on the GoPhone SIM I have in...

Confirmed. I turned on the GoPhone SIM I have in my unlocked iPhone 3G and it found Rogers eventually. I can't tell if it registered on 3G or 2G but it registers, which is far more than it used to.
Forum: Off Topic (any other discussion) 07-09-2011, 16:13
Replies: 4
Views: 2,923
Posted By PhotoJim
It's working for me right now.

It's working for me right now.
Forum: Americas 07-09-2011, 16:12
Replies: 12
Views: 9,332
Posted By PhotoJim
Another option might be using Google Voice. I'm...

Another option might be using Google Voice. I'm not sure if GV will forward SMS to a foreign mobile, though.
Forum: Americas 15-08-2011, 04:31
Replies: 7
Views: 2,787
Posted By PhotoJim
My Otech F1 quad-SIM Chinese phone *seems* to be...

My Otech F1 quad-SIM Chinese phone *seems* to be quad band on the first two SIM slots. I'm not entirely sure that it's quad band on third and fourth SIMs. Unfortunately, it's really tough to find...
Forum: Mobile Phones 01-08-2011, 19:29
Replies: 3
Views: 2,706
Posted By PhotoJim
Factory-unlocked non-jailbroken non-AT&T iPhones...

Factory-unlocked non-jailbroken non-AT&T iPhones should work too.
Forum: Mobile Phones 01-08-2011, 19:28
Replies: 3
Views: 2,706
Posted By PhotoJim
I understand that AT&T will not allow AT&T...

I understand that AT&T will not allow AT&T iPhones to use GoPhone. Non-AT&T unlocked iPhones certainly do work (my unlocked Canadian iPhone 3G works fine on GoPhone).
Forum: Americas 13-07-2011, 16:32
Replies: 3
Views: 4,302
Posted By PhotoJim
I don't think you can activate it outside of...

I don't think you can activate it outside of Mexico. Somebody from Telcel will need to see your passport to register you.
Forum: Buy, Sell, Trade 11-07-2011, 04:55
Replies: 3
Views: 2,387
Posted By PhotoJim
Thanks for the tips. In theory fallback should...

Thanks for the tips. In theory fallback should work and work elegantly, but I find that it doesn't always seem to work properly. Connections often drop when changing, e.g., from HSPA+ to HSPA. It...
Forum: Buy, Sell, Trade 10-07-2011, 18:06
Replies: 3
Views: 2,387
Posted By PhotoJim
Wanted: older 3G data stick that supports 850/1900 MHz bands

Odd request. :)

I'm looking for an older 3G data stick that supports UMTS but *not* HSPA. I occasionally find myself in places where coverage is weak and I find that UMTS is more reliable than...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 10-07-2011, 18:03
Replies: 14
Views: 9,141
Posted By PhotoJim
Rogers is 3G nearly everywhere you plan to be so...

Rogers is 3G nearly everywhere you plan to be so I think the two carriers are nearly interchangeable.

In Saskatchewan and Atlantic Canada, Rogers still has tons of 2G without 3G overlaying it. In...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 09-07-2011, 15:56
Replies: 14
Views: 9,141
Posted By PhotoJim
"4G" is really 3G+ so any GSM device that...

"4G" is really 3G+ so any GSM device that supports UMTS on the appropriate frequencies will work (850 & 1900 MHz).

As for coverage, Telus has some advantages particularly in the very mountainous...
Forum: Americas 09-07-2011, 15:54
Replies: 6
Views: 4,134
Posted By PhotoJim
Looks like you'll have to wait for T-Mobile to...

Looks like you'll have to wait for T-Mobile to have a formal roaming agreement with Telus, then, unfortunately.

In Ontario the Bell sites advertise both the Bell and Telus IDs - I figured the same...
Forum: Americas 08-07-2011, 17:08
Replies: 6
Views: 4,134
Posted By PhotoJim
It might matter that Telus built the network in...

It might matter that Telus built the network in BC (Bell uses it but it's not theirs). Interesting.

SaskTel built their own network but they have a very close working relationship with Bell. In...
Forum: Americas 08-07-2011, 17:04
Replies: 6
Views: 4,134
Posted By PhotoJim
I can confirm the Wind roaming, at least in the...

I can confirm the Wind roaming, at least in the greater Toronto area. I forgot my iPhone at my hotel and used my T-Mobile Nokia Nuron on Wind to call the hotel to arrange to ship it home (I was...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 07-07-2011, 16:09
Replies: 14
Views: 9,141
Posted By PhotoJim
The Rogers iPad plan does not work on non-iPad...

The Rogers iPad plan does not work on non-iPad devices. Well, it might work on some other tablets (I"ve not tried) but it doesn't work for tethering on phones and it doesn't work on data sticks.
...
Forum: Americas 07-07-2011, 16:05
Replies: 6
Views: 4,134
Posted By PhotoJim
T-Mobile USA prepaid now roams on Bell in Canada

The last few days, I've had my old iPhone turned on with my T-Mobile SIM in it. As always, the SIM registers on Rogers here in Regina, Saskatchewan...

... until Tuesday. And it was on "BELL"! ...
Forum: Americas 28-06-2011, 01:48
Replies: 13
Views: 4,483
Posted By PhotoJim
I don't remember if I tried placing an outgoing...

I don't remember if I tried placing an outgoing call when I was at home in Saskatchewan. The phone certainly registers and takes incoming calls. I'm home next weekend and if I remember, I will try...
Forum: Americas 27-06-2011, 01:57
Replies: 13
Views: 4,483
Posted By PhotoJim
More information: Incoming calls work fine...

More information:

Incoming calls work fine via Bell, but outgoing calls are blocked.

I sent a message to customer service this morning and was advised that while incoming calls would work fine,...
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