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Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 18-08-2018, 05:22
Replies: 33
Views: 1,882
Posted By GadgetKen
Piranha website claims O2 and eplus in Germany at...

Piranha website claims O2 and eplus in Germany at 12 cents a minute out and vodaphone at 30 cents a minute.
Got one of the new Sims to work in a ZTE lte flip phone for my father on AT&T in the US...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 12-08-2018, 06:53
Replies: 91
Views: 9,933
Posted By GadgetKen
Replacement sim cards arrived in the mail. Jersey...

Replacement sim cards arrived in the mail. Jersey Telecom is the same carrier as my Koko sim, but the Piranha rates in Canada and Bermuda are higher.
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 08-08-2018, 19:49
Replies: 91
Views: 9,933
Posted By GadgetKen
Cool! Can you determine what carrier is...

Cool!

Can you determine what carrier is backing the new sim card?

And did they give you back the remaining balance from your old sim card(s)?
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 07-08-2018, 22:29
Replies: 91
Views: 9,933
Posted By GadgetKen
@Bossman Thanks for pointing out the Piranha...

@Bossman Thanks for pointing out the Piranha website updates. They emphasize direct dial instead of dial-out on the new cards. But their new rate structure varies enormously by country. Bermuda...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 22-07-2018, 08:24
Replies: 33
Views: 1,882
Posted By GadgetKen
The Piranha website won't let potential new...

The Piranha website won't let potential new customers buy a sim card either...you just get a redirect to a page with no products.

I only give Piranha a slim chance of actually mailing out new sim...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 04-07-2018, 16:13
Replies: 33
Views: 1,882
Posted By GadgetKen
Nothing yet and think it may be weeks or months...

Nothing yet and think it may be weeks or months until we get new SIM cards.
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 04-07-2018, 16:07
Replies: 24
Views: 1,584
Posted By GadgetKen
Worked in Bermuda with ssid manual string call...

Worked in Bermuda with ssid manual string call back.

Short stop in Canada YYZ airport on way back to US would not work on Koko. But SkyRoam data did work so used Skype voip to call home.

When...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 25-06-2018, 02:17
Replies: 24
Views: 1,584
Posted By GadgetKen
I am in Bermuda. Although my Skyroam mifi says I...

I am in Bermuda. Although my Skyroam mifi says I am in Jamaica and my Koko mobile SIM card welcomed me to Antigua and Barbuda. Skyroam works fine and Koko is working by USSD call back dialing but not...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 23-06-2018, 13:53
Replies: 24
Views: 1,584
Posted By GadgetKen
In answer to @kctopitz in the Piranha thread, the...

In answer to @kctopitz in the Piranha thread, the Koko mobile sim I have uses JT (Jersey Telecom) as the background provider. Number begins with +44-7937 which is a Jersey mobile number.

Currently...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 23-06-2018, 07:23
Replies: 91
Views: 9,933
Posted By GadgetKen
I leave for Bermuda tomorrow and will use KoKo...

I leave for Bermuda tomorrow and will use KoKo Mobile as my primary prepaid roaming sim card for voice and text since the replacement Piranha cards have not shown. Data will be via a SkyRoam mifi...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 07-06-2018, 19:50
Replies: 91
Views: 9,933
Posted By GadgetKen
I took a few minutes and put the Koko Mobile card...

I took a few minutes and put the Koko Mobile card in the second sim slot of my phone instead of the Piranaha sim.

Activation online initially showed an activation error, but the fault apparently...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 07-06-2018, 15:37
Replies: 91
Views: 9,933
Posted By GadgetKen
Koko mobile card came in the mail today. No sign...

Koko mobile card came in the mail today. No sign of new Piranha card. Will take old Piranha card out tonight, put in Koko and activate it and add some CHF.
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 28-05-2018, 16:15
Replies: 91
Views: 9,933
Posted By GadgetKen
And my Koko Mobile sim card order has been marked...

And my Koko Mobile sim card order has been marked as completed/shipped.

Once I get the Koko card and try it out, maybe I'll start a thread on it.
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 28-05-2018, 07:10
Replies: 91
Views: 9,933
Posted By GadgetKen
Got the same ticket response. I fly to Bermuda on...

Got the same ticket response. I fly to Bermuda on June 24th and Piranha is promising replacement sim cards to be mailed by June 30th.

So I ordered the Koko Mobile sim card from Switzerland. The...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 26-05-2018, 00:41
Replies: 91
Views: 9,933
Posted By GadgetKen
Yeah, wouldn't be surprised if Piranha just...

Yeah, wouldn't be surprised if Piranha just vanishes on us...of course they are most welcome to comment on this forum to dispute that and elaborate on what is going on with Piranha. Fortunately had...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 25-05-2018, 23:28
Replies: 91
Views: 9,933
Posted By GadgetKen
I'm getting suspicious about Piranha. It has been...

I'm getting suspicious about Piranha. It has been a week since I ordered and there was no response other than an auto-response email they received my request. Nor is there any sim order pending on...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 19-05-2018, 00:00
Replies: 91
Views: 9,933
Posted By GadgetKen
One number was New Jersey (mine) and the other...

One number was New Jersey (mine) and the other was Missouri(my fathers). I live in Connecticut but wasn't a big deal on a non-local incoming number since 99% of calls were outgoing. Given the fine...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 18-05-2018, 23:07
Replies: 91
Views: 9,933
Posted By GadgetKen
Agree with you it's nice having a roaming sim for...

Agree with you it's nice having a roaming sim for the second slot of a dual sim phone. I filed a second trouble ticket for the second Piranha chip I got for my father's emergency phone.

I'm...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 18-05-2018, 21:33
Replies: 91
Views: 9,933
Posted By GadgetKen
My Piranha Mobile sim card on my dual sim...

My Piranha Mobile sim card on my dual sim BlackView BV8000 Pro went out of service a couple of days ago. It's the KR/Telna Mobile based sim card.

When I went to the Piranha Mobile website, they...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 03-07-2016, 01:50
Replies: 128
Views: 44,289
Posted By GadgetKen
I've got Piranha. Works well for voice but in the...

I've got Piranha. Works well for voice but in the US I think T-Mo is the default rather than AT&T. The sim profile needs to be changed (online drop down box or possibly also through a USSD code) if...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 01-06-2016, 00:11
Replies: 431
Views: 97,679
Posted By GadgetKen
Using Piranha mobile as my primary line in...

Using Piranha mobile as my primary line in Bermuda (I'm here for a couple of weeks). My phone first tried to auto-log onto I think CellOne but then transferred over to Digicel Bermuda. First as 2G...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 18-04-2016, 02:25
Replies: 39
Views: 21,036
Posted By GadgetKen
I think they downplayed the VOIP aspect on the...

I think they downplayed the VOIP aspect on the US$5 offer because of higher latency rates of 200-300 ms for US customers running on AT&T USA off of Three's UK data servers.

Just ordered a...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 29-03-2016, 22:10
Replies: 153
Views: 42,853
Posted By GadgetKen
Likewise I cancelled my Telna account last year....

Likewise I cancelled my Telna account last year. Just signed up for Piranha over the weekend. Spent GBP50 for a sim card with £50 on it and they are also sending a complimentary second sim card with...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 28-03-2016, 03:55
Replies: 39
Views: 21,036
Posted By GadgetKen
No idea on how I qualified for the second sim but...

No idea on how I qualified for the second sim but it can be useful. Can use it as a spare, put it in a second device, lend it to a family member or close friend, etc. Didn't really care about the...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 27-03-2016, 15:18
Replies: 39
Views: 21,036
Posted By GadgetKen
When FreedomPop Global restocks sim cards, I may...

When FreedomPop Global restocks sim cards, I may get one of those too. But I'm in no rush since it's really a data only sim card and it doesn't have coverage in several countries I need it in. The...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 27-03-2016, 00:30
Replies: 39
Views: 21,036
Posted By GadgetKen
The FreedomPop Global mifi device is a Novatel...

The FreedomPop Global mifi device is a Novatel 5792 (aka the MiFi 2 or the AT&T Mifi Liberate in the US). I have the AT&T version but discontinued postpaid service on it when I found less expensive...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 26-03-2016, 18:44
Replies: 39
Views: 21,036
Posted By GadgetKen
Might sign up for FreedomPop Global once they...

Might sign up for FreedomPop Global once they have coverage in the areas I need it in. But no data coverage in Canada, non-US Caribbean and Bermuda make it of limited use to me. For US, I have...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 26-03-2016, 14:38
Replies: 39
Views: 21,036
Posted By GadgetKen
It's definitely been confirmed on other websites...

It's definitely been confirmed on other websites that the FreedomPop global sim is using Three UK. Despite being in a LTE hotspot (basically an unlocked version of an AT&T/Novatel Mifi Liberate) the...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 09-12-2015, 22:21
Replies: 153
Views: 42,853
Posted By GadgetKen
Telna customers being switched to G3 Telecom of Canada

There's a pop-up note on the Telna Mobile home page that customers (not sure if all or just long distance customers) will be switched to G3 Telecom of Canada effective January 1, 2016.

I had Telna...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 04-11-2015, 22:27
Replies: 13
Views: 9,417
Posted By GadgetKen
T-Mo USA has good international roaming rates in...

T-Mo USA has good international roaming rates in many but not all countries. But the 20 US cents/minute rate is on more expensive plans not perfect for light voice users and their domestic rural US...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 02-11-2015, 02:28
Replies: 10
Views: 6,477
Posted By GadgetKen
I looked at SkyRoam and GLocalMe but both have...

I looked at SkyRoam and GLocalMe but both have weak coverage in the Caribbean other than US Caribbean (PR, USVI). GLocalMe promises future coverage in Dominican Republic and Cuba but doesn't list...
Forum: Americas 29-05-2015, 23:58
Replies: 6
Views: 7,213
Posted By GadgetKen
Have not traveled to Alaska but other family...

Have not traveled to Alaska but other family members have.

AT&T or local carriers are probably your best bet. However, 3G or better data coverage will be best in southeastern Alaska in the...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 12-03-2015, 04:30
Replies: 18
Views: 9,746
Posted By GadgetKen
Usually only once or twice a year for a one to...

Usually only once or twice a year for a one to three week period. Typical out of country visit would be to non-US Caribbean or Bermuda (although also occasionally visit Canada or Europe).

A direct...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 22-02-2015, 06:08
Replies: 18
Views: 9,746
Posted By GadgetKen
Agreed. Got an email that my ekit sim card will...

Agreed. Got an email that my ekit sim card will expire in one month unless I either make a call or text message or add to my balance. Only have about US$3 balance left on the card, but thinking of...
Forum: Off Topic (any other discussion) 26-10-2014, 05:18
Replies: 3
Views: 5,778
Posted By GadgetKen
The big (and very heavy) ones really will start a...

The big (and very heavy) ones really will start a car or a tractor. They have a sealed lead acid gel cell inside. Issue can be when the gel cell can't be recharged anymore...you need to get a...
Forum: Mobile Phones 03-05-2014, 20:02
Replies: 44
Views: 33,255
Posted By GadgetKen
Actually it's LTE plus 3G for AT&T near my...

Actually it's LTE plus 3G for AT&T near my home....which is why I have an AT&T mifi device and an H2O/AT&T sim chip.
T-Mobile is going to overlay about half of their US network with LTE by the end...
Forum: Mobile Phones 03-05-2014, 14:55
Replies: 44
Views: 33,255
Posted By GadgetKen
T-Mobile near my home is only 2G and Edge and...

T-Mobile near my home is only 2G and Edge and coverage is weak(nearest towers are shared AT&T and Verizon only). Near my office they have 3g and also patches of LTE. Using T-Mo for talk and text only...
Forum: Mobile Phones 03-05-2014, 05:12
Replies: 44
Views: 33,255
Posted By GadgetKen
Description of phone in the Amazon US listing:...

Description of phone in the Amazon US listing: http://www.amazon.com/FEITENG-H9503-Capacitive-MTK6572-Android/dp/B00GWH2TH2/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1399088504&sr=8-2&keywords=h9503 Specifications are...
Forum: Mobile Phones 02-05-2014, 23:32
Replies: 44
Views: 33,255
Posted By GadgetKen
Sorry to hear about the brandy drowning of your...

Sorry to hear about the brandy drowning of your phone. Only a waterproof phone like a Sonim would have survived that scenario (there's also some dual sim waterproof phones out there).

Currently...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 13-01-2014, 03:33
Replies: 13
Views: 8,099
Posted By GadgetKen
Just looked at the online billing from Telna. ...

Just looked at the online billing from Telna.

Interesting findings:

St. Kitts/Nevis Digicel direct dial calls billed at USD 53 cents a minute with taxes. Listed as Jamaica for call out country...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 12-01-2014, 07:03
Replies: 13
Views: 8,099
Posted By GadgetKen
Think there were only 3 calls home via Inmarsat...

Think there were only 3 calls home via Inmarsat using a total of about 15 units/minutes. Last resort when couldn't use Telna/Digicel on 3 days. Used the Isatphone Pro handheld. Smaller and lighter...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 07-01-2014, 02:45
Replies: 13
Views: 8,099
Posted By GadgetKen
Telna works on Digicel French Antilles in St....

Telna works on Digicel French Antilles in St. Maarten by callback. Callback is easier than other sims I've used that often required a USSD string. Had to file a trouble ticket since didn't work right...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 01-01-2014, 20:12
Replies: 50
Views: 18,046
Posted By GadgetKen
Looks interesting but don't currently travel...

Looks interesting but don't currently travel enough internationally to make it worthwhile economically versus other options I currently use.
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 01-01-2014, 20:00
Replies: 13
Views: 8,099
Posted By GadgetKen
Used up most of my Digicel Bermuda in June 2013...

Used up most of my Digicel Bermuda in June 2013 and let rest expire. Telna test worked fine there. With cheaper rates to US and direct dial no reason for me to keep Digicel sim. Other issue was...
Forum: Americas 06-10-2013, 04:31
Replies: 12
Views: 6,431
Posted By GadgetKen
ETECSA (Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba...

ETECSA (Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba S.A) used to have offices in Jose Marti airport in Havana(terminal 2 or 3). You could get a local prepaid sim card with the following rates:...
Forum: Americas 16-08-2013, 03:52
Replies: 27
Views: 21,365
Posted By GadgetKen
The 2 cent per minute rate for US to US calls is...

The 2 cent per minute rate for US to US calls is incredibly inexpensive. Lyca uses T-Mobile towers so people considering it should compare coverage as well as cost with AT&T MVNO's. One website also...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 16-08-2013, 02:35
Replies: 4
Views: 2,004
Posted By GadgetKen
Sigh...worse than just complicated terms with...

Sigh...worse than just complicated terms with America Movil operations...there's an ongoing class action lawsuit against Carlos Slim's Straight Talk/Walmart monthly prepaid venture in the USA that...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 21-03-2013, 00:39
Replies: 16
Views: 3,108
Posted By GadgetKen
Upgraded my old ekit Simple Calling sim card to...

Upgraded my old ekit Simple Calling sim card to the new Telestial (ekit yellow) sim card after they sent me an email offering to upgrade the sim and give me a $5 credit (had spent it down to under...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 03-03-2013, 04:01
Replies: 153
Views: 42,853
Posted By GadgetKen
The Telna sim card I ordered arrived in the mail...

The Telna sim card I ordered arrived in the mail today. Put it in the 3G slot of my dual sim Blu D230 phone and my AT&T/H20 sim card in the GSM only slot.
The Telna card made a successful call off...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 03-03-2013, 03:48
Replies: 8
Views: 2,357
Posted By GadgetKen
Actually you can get free AT&T data roaming...

Actually you can get free AT&T data roaming worldwide on a Kindle 3G in the experimental web browser when not in range of wi-fi. Have done this to get gmail, check-in for flights, check weather...
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