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Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 02-07-2018, 17:25
Replies: 78
Views: 7,527
Posted By davidtheprof
yep, Piranha's VOIP "softphone" stopped working,...

yep, Piranha's VOIP "softphone" stopped working, and now the SIM won't register on US or Israeli networks. I'm going to be in the UK, and might use Truphone as backup. Any other recommendations for...
Forum: Africa, Asia and Pacific 09-09-2017, 00:29
Replies: 2
Views: 729
Posted By davidtheprof
In the past I've bought Israeli sim cards from...

In the past I've bought Israeli sim cards from Ebay, and the seller in Israel would activate before mailing it to me. but credit expires, and expensive.
But these days much easier and cheaper to...
Forum: Europe 09-08-2017, 18:33
Replies: 24
Views: 2,853
Posted By davidtheprof
had a very good experience with MTX connect data...

had a very good experience with MTX connect data only sim card on my personal wifi device, 1.6 GB for 20Euro over 30 days, very easy to set up.
Forum: Europe 08-08-2017, 18:18
Replies: 24
Views: 2,853
Posted By davidtheprof
MTX connect

on a recent trip to Italy was going to use my UK Orange Sim, but unclear if add-ons for domestic use on pre-paid would work in Europe. And costs were very high, 30-40p/min for PAYG depending on...
Forum: Europe 01-07-2017, 22:16
Replies: 24
Views: 2,853
Posted By davidtheprof
two European trips coming up, and was hoping to...

two European trips coming up, and was hoping to use my UK Orange PAYG Simcard - but checking the rates, 40p (over 50c) a minute to call within EU! (though free to receive now) So TMo USA plan is...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 01-07-2017, 22:11
Replies: 78
Views: 7,527
Posted By davidtheprof
Off to Denmark on Monday, then Italy later in the...

Off to Denmark on Monday, then Italy later in the summer - I'm primarily relying on Tmob USA plan for data and texts, Whatsapp for voice, but I do use Piranha for VOIP (without the Simcard, using...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 22-11-2015, 03:17
Replies: 13
Views: 9,113
Posted By davidtheprof
thanks, yes, I have a pair of piranha sims, in...

thanks, yes, I have a pair of piranha sims, in fact, I often use their VOIP even without the sim! But I find their texting unreliable with the UK numbers, some issues about changing the primary. Same...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 21-11-2015, 21:55
Replies: 13
Views: 9,113
Posted By davidtheprof
I've been using TMo's international roaming since...

I've been using TMo's international roaming since it first came out, saves a lot of hassle. But:
- friends and family in UK, etc get upset when they reply and pay $2-3/min, because they are...
Forum: Callback, VoIP, Satellite and all other technologies 22-01-2015, 19:53
Replies: 3
Views: 4,092
Posted By davidtheprof
I've got a Zoom We3G 4520 that works well, also...

I've got a Zoom We3G 4520 that works well, also bought a Huawei E587 more recently, but that has more problems setting up when you change sim cards. I also my old Samsung Galaxy S in hotspot mode, as...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 18-08-2014, 20:40
Replies: 128
Views: 43,032
Posted By davidtheprof
was in Western Mass this weekend, in area that...

was in Western Mass this weekend, in area that TMob map says should have coverage, but no signal even in the towns, and Truphone would not connect to ATT, even if I tried to choose it manually. I...
Forum: Callback, VoIP, Satellite and all other technologies 13-08-2014, 23:25
Replies: 10
Views: 5,903
Posted By davidtheprof
thanks, rfranzq, services like...

thanks, rfranzq,
services like globalcallforwarding give you a local number AND a forwarding service. Keku will forward from any number to any other, but only for registered phones.
In Europe, the...
Forum: Callback, VoIP, Satellite and all other technologies 13-08-2014, 17:06
Replies: 10
Views: 5,903
Posted By davidtheprof
International Call forwarding

I'm starting a thread on this because I'm increasingly relying on just a couple of sim cards for international travel, Piranha, Truphone, and now my US Tmobile phone with free data roaming and cheap...
Forum: Africa, Asia and Pacific 12-08-2014, 20:01
Replies: 51
Views: 18,291
Posted By davidtheprof
I've got two Israeli orange sims, I want to keep...

I've got two Israeli orange sims, I want to keep active for when I next go, been nearly a year since last transaction. They don't seem to register on US network, though they were meant to be able to....
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 28-07-2014, 18:44
Replies: 128
Views: 43,032
Posted By davidtheprof
PS does your Truphone sim find ATT using...

PS
does your Truphone sim find ATT using "automatic network selection" in areas where Tmob has no signal?
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 28-07-2014, 18:40
Replies: 128
Views: 43,032
Posted By davidtheprof
thanks for checking - I was using an older...

thanks for checking - I was using an older Samsung Vibrant, and it shows me two networks available, Truphone (Tmob I assume) and ATT, but gives the error message if I try to select ATT (after 30 secs...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 28-07-2014, 03:36
Replies: 128
Views: 43,032
Posted By davidtheprof
So now that TMo USA is so good for international...

So now that TMo USA is so good for international roaming, and I was about to archive my collection of international sims, I realize that I might need them for US travel - TMobile now has amazing...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 07-07-2014, 13:48
Replies: 431
Views: 94,164
Posted By davidtheprof
I have not tested in such detail, but my...

I have not tested in such detail, but my experience has been that I can text out, and it shows the US number, but incoming to the UK number does not work. That's a pain when I'm in UK/Europe, I want...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 03-07-2014, 18:14
Replies: 128
Views: 43,032
Posted By davidtheprof
for Piranha, they claim that if you call them,...

for Piranha, they claim that if you call them, they can change the primary from US to UK, but didn't work for me.
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 02-07-2014, 23:51
Replies: 128
Views: 43,032
Posted By davidtheprof
Still, a good deal for some countries, I'll be...

Still, a good deal for some countries, I'll be lending someone a phone for a week in the US with the truphone SIM, it's generally more reliable than Piranha, and will be cheap for calling back to UK...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 10-06-2014, 16:06
Replies: 128
Views: 43,032
Posted By davidtheprof
also, if I'm in Europe, it's useful for local...

also, if I'm in Europe, it's useful for local friends, family, etc. to have local number, or at least, UK number to call back to, as calling to US number is expensive for them.
So I'm back to...
Forum: Europe 05-06-2014, 21:53
Replies: 7
Views: 4,838
Posted By davidtheprof
If you can switch to simple choice plan with...

If you can switch to simple choice plan with T-Mobile, you will be fine, 20c/min for calls, and free data (albeit slow, but you can pay for faster data).
Or Piranha-mobile sim has reasonable rates,...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 31-05-2014, 22:40
Replies: 128
Views: 43,032
Posted By davidtheprof
yep, Edge here in Boston, that's 2G

yep, Edge here in Boston, that's 2G
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 26-05-2014, 14:52
Replies: 128
Views: 43,032
Posted By davidtheprof
as of July 1 2014, outgoing calls in EU will cost...

as of July 1 2014, outgoing calls in EU will cost max. 19c (Euros), incoming 6, and data 20c/MB. Current rates nearly double that.
And the proposal to abolish roaming for EU carriers within EU not...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 23-05-2014, 17:24
Replies: 128
Views: 43,032
Posted By davidtheprof
from the press release, this is for business...

from the press release, this is for business customers, who are now their main strategic focus. Us lowly retail consumers are stuck with same service, for now at least. Even the rates for their new...
Forum: France 02-05-2014, 15:27
Replies: 11
Views: 4,403
Posted By davidtheprof
1. A Piranha international sim usually has best...

1. A Piranha international sim usually has best rates - for France, it's 12c/min outgoing, 6c incoming, and 2c/min on wifi. It will come with US and UK numbers, so you can forward your regular number...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 29-04-2014, 03:57
Replies: 431
Views: 94,164
Posted By davidtheprof
Interesting... Piranha had told me to expect...

Interesting... Piranha had told me to expect problems with SMS for the UK number, didn't think it might be a function of the sending network.
In US I'm T-mobile, but rarely use it here, mostly when...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 21-04-2014, 19:39
Replies: 7
Views: 2,711
Posted By davidtheprof
I recall somebody posted about a SIM for cruise...

I recall somebody posted about a SIM for cruise crew, perhaps from the Philippines? whether it really exists, or anyone can get one, a bit of googling should reveal!
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 18-04-2014, 13:15
Replies: 431
Views: 94,164
Posted By davidtheprof
still some reliability issues, and texting...

still some reliability issues, and texting doesn't work on UK number. Needs a cleaner way for user to decide which number is primary - I'm mostly using in Europe where people want to call and text to...
Forum: Europe 09-04-2014, 13:50
Replies: 10
Views: 12,717
Posted By davidtheprof
Orange UK is a real laggard on this, but has good...

Orange UK is a real laggard on this, but has good international rates from UK on Camel plan, which is important for me.
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 03-03-2014, 12:16
Replies: 50
Views: 17,576
Posted By davidtheprof
(sorry, make that "wouldn't get bill shock" on...

(sorry, make that "wouldn't get bill shock" on return - with reasonably fast 3G, I suspected I wasn't on the free roaming plan)
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 02-03-2014, 22:56
Replies: 50
Views: 17,576
Posted By davidtheprof
Was just in UK, and the Tmob free international...

Was just in UK, and the Tmob free international roaming worked fine - the phone showed 3g, and speeds seemed close to normal for maps, weather, etc. Certainly better than E or G speeds. I even called...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 23-02-2014, 23:14
Replies: 431
Views: 94,164
Posted By davidtheprof
Yep, and as original poster, I'll be trusting...

Yep, and as original poster, I'll be trusting Piranha for trip to UK Wed (though also going to try out the TMob US global roaming network).
As I've posted before, Piranha has some issues texting and...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 05-02-2014, 13:36
Replies: 6
Views: 2,528
Posted By davidtheprof
not cheap, but for a few days in Russia, and...

not cheap, but for a few days in Russia, and other non-EU countries outside North America, it has been best option, rock solid reliable, cheaper than Roamline, truphone, etc.
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 06-01-2014, 02:16
Replies: 431
Views: 94,164
Posted By davidtheprof
sometimes I tried manually selecting a specific...

sometimes I tried manually selecting a specific network, but even when that worked (far from every time), there were long periods with no data - and I'd try the network that my wife's phone with UK...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 05-01-2014, 13:57
Replies: 431
Views: 94,164
Posted By davidtheprof
thanks, good to hear you had positive experience,...

thanks, good to hear you had positive experience, (with phone and wedding!)
this writer had more trouble with data speeds...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 04-01-2014, 13:04
Replies: 431
Views: 94,164
Posted By davidtheprof
thanks, actually been on T-Mob for years, but...

thanks, actually been on T-Mob for years, but would need to pay hefty fee to go to "simple choice" plan before 2 yr contract is up... The new plan kicks in next week, I'll try on next trip. But I'll...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 01-01-2014, 14:53
Replies: 431
Views: 94,164
Posted By davidtheprof
Experience with Piranha in Europe and Canada

just back from Austria, UK, and Canada.
I really want to like Piranha, best rates, UK/US numbers included free, the VOIP integration with same numbers....
BUT: data does not always work reliably,...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 22-11-2013, 14:28
Replies: 6
Views: 2,528
Posted By davidtheprof
I've used it, very reliable, and sometimes the...

I've used it, very reliable, and sometimes the cheapest and easiest option, though less competitive in last year or so, with Piranha and now free roaming from T-Mob (at least for US residents). ...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 30-10-2013, 13:07
Replies: 50
Views: 17,576
Posted By davidtheprof
This might help T-Mobile compete better in more...

This might help T-Mobile compete better in more affluent segments and business customers who travel more. I've always gone with T-Mobile because of cheaper plans and ease of switching sims (easy...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 13-10-2013, 19:29
Replies: 50
Views: 17,576
Posted By davidtheprof
could use Keku for a very limited circle of...

could use Keku for a very limited circle of friends and family - you have to register their phones on your account, so you can give them a local phone number for them that will connect with your...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 10-10-2013, 04:40
Replies: 4
Views: 1,734
Posted By davidtheprof
wow, was just reading about this, quite...

wow, was just reading about this, quite revolutionary. Looking for some fine print... seems that data speeds will be limited to 2G, so still need to pay $25 for 200 MB,
Still need a way to give...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 15-09-2013, 16:45
Replies: 128
Views: 43,032
Posted By davidtheprof
yeah, I sent a note to Josh, who then used...

yeah, I sent a note to Josh, who then used Truphone's phrase "reduced slightly" - a bit odd when the reduction for non-EU residents is substantial!
Forum: Americas 03-09-2013, 02:50
Replies: 12
Views: 6,153
Posted By davidtheprof
Nearly 5 years since the last post I can find on...

Nearly 5 years since the last post I can find on Cuba! and I might be going to a conference there....
Truphone seems best bet of the sim cards I have, $1.71 out, about $1.20 incoming, and $8.50 for...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 03-09-2013, 02:42
Replies: 7
Views: 6,934
Posted By davidtheprof
you see different estimates, e.g....

you see different estimates,
e.g. https://support.skype.com/en/faq/FA10853/how-much-data-will-skype-use-on-my-mobile-phone
Skype claims about 1MB/min if calling a land/mobile number, 3MB if Skype...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 13-08-2013, 22:23
Replies: 128
Views: 43,032
Posted By davidtheprof
Truphone seems to have reduced their rates in...

Truphone seems to have reduced their rates in Europe for non-EU residents, and the rates for USA residents, at least, are now the same: 32c/min outgoing, 9c incoming, and 55c/MB.
This is now much...
Forum: Africa, Asia and Pacific 03-08-2013, 19:47
Replies: 51
Views: 18,291
Posted By davidtheprof
I ended up using this site to top up: Visiting...

I ended up using this site to top up: Visiting Israel? | Mobilezone (http://www.mobilezone.co.il/)
Service charge only about $3.
Forum: Africa, Asia and Pacific 03-08-2013, 14:03
Replies: 51
Views: 18,291
Posted By davidtheprof
keeping orange sim active

I've got two Israeli orange sims, I want to keep active for when I next go, one has a small balance, one zero.
Will an incoming text do the trick? it seems to be free, even in the US.

Has anyone...
Forum: Europe 30-07-2013, 18:00
Replies: 6
Views: 5,752
Posted By davidtheprof
I think we discussed this before under the...

I think we discussed this before under the Piranha thread...
I'd go with Piranha for calling and reasonable data in Europe, but consider Vodafone as well (or backup) for their GBP2 for 25MB/day data...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 27-07-2013, 12:31
Replies: 128
Views: 43,032
Posted By davidtheprof
Truphone is dead in the water, given the pricing...

Truphone is dead in the water, given the pricing and rate of innovation from companies like Piranha and the falling cost of roaming within the EU if you have an EU national sim. Tru never delivered...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 19-07-2013, 19:20
Replies: 431
Views: 94,164
Posted By davidtheprof
I use the Acrobits dialer as well, good quality...

I use the Acrobits dialer as well, good quality even on 3G, better than skype. And 2 free inbound numbers, US and UK.
VOIP via Acrobits/Piranha using data via Vodafone on my mifi is best way to go!...
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