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Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 10-10-2017, 23:00
Replies: 8
Views: 6,148
Posted By wolfbln
Well, I only partly agree on your verdict to stay...

Well, I only partly agree on your verdict to stay away from 3rd party sellers. They often take a national product with roaming and sell it as a xxx roaming SIM with a high surcharge.

But staying...
Forum: Europe 24-09-2017, 08:51
Replies: 2
Views: 376
Posted By wolfbln
The EU and EEA countries have "roam like at home"...

The EU and EEA countries have "roam like at home" since June 2017.
Not all providers comply completely, but Cosmote in Greece seems to do it.
For details about the regulation, the strings attached...
Forum: UK & Ireland 21-08-2017, 21:26
Replies: 21
Views: 1,950
Posted By wolfbln
Hi Powerlifter. About roaming period:...

Hi Powerlifter.

About roaming period: They've used to deactivate roaming in some cases when users used their SIM cards only for roaming. This was reported as soon as after 2 months of permanent...
Forum: Europe 08-08-2017, 21:55
Replies: 24
Views: 1,962
Posted By wolfbln
Thanks for your compliments and suggestions. I...

Thanks for your compliments and suggestions. I really appreciate them. I'm checking to replace some "FUPs" in the introduction by other (less technical) terms that mean essentially the same like...
Forum: Europe 08-08-2017, 01:01
Replies: 24
Views: 1,962
Posted By wolfbln
Sorry, i might have explained the term FUP once...

Sorry, i might have explained the term FUP once in the text. In Wikipedia.com it pops up as first suggestion. So I thought you are familiar with that term. The wording of "fair use policy" is an...
Forum: Europe 06-08-2017, 13:45
Replies: 24
Views: 1,962
Posted By wolfbln
That's exactly why I took the effort to check...

That's exactly why I took the effort to check every single European operator. There are some:
- where roaming is blocked
- where surcharges have been granted by the regulator
- where you need a...
Forum: Germany 03-08-2017, 10:05
Replies: 4
Views: 1,579
Posted By wolfbln
Just to follow up on this: One month into the...

Just to follow up on this:
One month into the new regulations, there is still a mess and chaos about prepaid registration in Germany, especially what foreigners are concerned.

The government and...
Forum: Germany 06-07-2017, 21:03
Replies: 4
Views: 1,579
Posted By wolfbln
Updates 06/07/17

A few days into the new regulations for prepaid registration, there is still lots of confusion, how and where to buy a prepaid starter in Germany.

Generally, it has got much harder for some...
Forum: Germany 29-06-2017, 11:52
Replies: 4
Views: 1,579
Posted By wolfbln
New online registration in Germany

Just a reminder for everyone. From 1st of July a new online registration scheme will be enforced in Germany. The old system with just filling in a name and address on an online form proved to be too...
Forum: Spain & Portugal 26-06-2017, 17:50
Replies: 24
Views: 10,289
Posted By wolfbln
The extra rules were applied to me one or two...

The extra rules were applied to me one or two years ago, when I bought my last Tuenti SIM in a store.
I later asked the customer support and they confirmed this. So it seemed to be official policy....
Forum: Europe 23-06-2017, 23:27
Replies: 24
Views: 1,962
Posted By wolfbln
Hi. I'm watching the implementation of Roam like...

Hi. I'm watching the implementation of Roam like at home very closely as I had to amend more than 100 operators in 28+3 countries for the prepaid data wiki.

Now most countries are up to date and...
Forum: Europe 15-05-2017, 02:01
Replies: 1
Views: 653
Posted By wolfbln
Hi to Vietnam. From 15 June 2017 the EU will...

Hi to Vietnam.
From 15 June 2017 the EU will adopt the Roam like at home principle. This means you can buy a SIM card in the first EU country and use it in another EU country at the domestic rate.
...
Forum: Europe 02-05-2017, 23:07
Replies: 25
Views: 14,675
Posted By wolfbln
That varies. Norway is EEA and always included in...

That varies. Norway is EEA and always included in EU roaming. The EEA adopts EU rules and consists of Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein.

Switzerland is different. Some providers include it, others...
Forum: Europe 18-04-2017, 16:24
Replies: 2
Views: 713
Posted By wolfbln
Excuse me. But I really can't agree. There are...

Excuse me. But I really can't agree. There are certain places where you can use Three UK roaming, but it has a lot of issues involved.

When you recommend something you should at least say which...
Forum: Europe 15-04-2017, 14:26
Replies: 132
Views: 34,600
Posted By wolfbln
Hi. I used the bad weather on Good Friday to...

Hi. I used the bad weather on Good Friday to write the new article for roaming in the EU/EEA for the Wiki.

Please check it out: http://prepaid-data-sim-card.wikia.com/wiki/European_Union_NEW
And...
Forum: Europe 03-04-2017, 08:51
Replies: 132
Views: 34,600
Posted By wolfbln
This will be one of the new catches: Many...

This will be one of the new catches:
Many telcos here have actually raised rates for roaming outside of the new EU/EEA roaming area. The same is true to "foreign calls". These are IDD calls from the...
Forum: Europe 03-04-2017, 08:16
Replies: 2
Views: 859
Posted By wolfbln
Yes, you are right. Lidl Connect Surfkarte is one...

Yes, you are right. Lidl Connect Surfkarte is one of the few offers in the German prepaid market, that blocks international roaming. You can't use it abroad.

That's one of the tactics providers...
Forum: Europe 21-03-2017, 17:57
Replies: 132
Views: 34,600
Posted By wolfbln
Yes, there is good news and bad news in Europe. ...

Yes, there is good news and bad news in Europe.

The good news first: We will have no more roaming surcharges from June 15th, 2017 in 28 EU and 3 EEA countries. The Roam like at Home principle is...
Forum: France 03-03-2017, 16:04
Replies: 4
Views: 1,192
Posted By wolfbln
Sorry, but to give the user this information...

Sorry, but to give the user this information only, means to fool him/her. Changing plans is a bit more complicated and costly:

Source: http://mobile.free.fr/assistance/488.html

Migrer du...
Forum: Europe 17-09-2016, 21:55
Replies: 25
Views: 14,675
Posted By wolfbln
It's interesting to see that the internatl. SIM...

It's interesting to see that the internatl. SIM card sellers in Europe are starting to get in panic and are lowering their prices.

This Dutch SIM card is actually a KeepGo SIM which is sold more...
Forum: Italy 15-09-2016, 22:58
Replies: 0
Views: 850
Posted By wolfbln
Wind/Tre merger, Iliad new

What will become of the Italian market?
The EU has now approved the merger of Wind and Tre, nos. 3 and 4 of the Italian market. Vimpelcom and Hutchision were lobbying hard for the deal to go through...
Forum: Mobile Phones 29-08-2016, 18:46
Replies: 44
Views: 28,086
Posted By wolfbln
Hi. I think there is some misunderstanding...

Hi.
I think there is some misunderstanding here.

Having 3G or 4G/LTE access on both SIM slots means that you can change SIM1 to SIM2 as the 'fast' slot. This becomes more and more standard in the...
Forum: Germany 17-08-2016, 11:06
Replies: 2
Views: 1,437
Posted By wolfbln
Hi RockJock. Welcome to Germany. You are...

Hi RockJock. Welcome to Germany.

You are right: Vodafone has different plans for prepaid. The Vodafone Smartphone Special that you are mentioning is one of the most common.

Be aware that...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 14-08-2016, 11:50
Replies: 39
Views: 17,154
Posted By wolfbln
I really can't share this optimism about...

I really can't share this optimism about FreedomPop trying it again in Spain.
We have their offer in three countries now: US, UK and Spain.
Every decent review shows a very mixed bag so far. Basic...
Forum: BeNeLux 18-07-2016, 20:50
Replies: 3
Views: 2,258
Posted By wolfbln
Hi. Starting from Amsterdam Vodafone NL is...

Hi. Starting from Amsterdam Vodafone NL is definitely the easiest solution. They sell you Data BloX for €10 with 1 GB valid in all countries you will travel except of Russia. Voice includes Europe...
Forum: Europe 02-06-2016, 07:19
Replies: 5
Views: 2,244
Posted By wolfbln
And there is Pildyk too. Here is a survey:...

And there is Pildyk too.

Here is a survey: http://prepaid-data-sim-card.wikia.com/wiki/Lithuania
Forum: Europe 24-05-2016, 02:25
Replies: 25
Views: 9,191
Posted By wolfbln
Yes, I thought about this 3rd option too. BTW. I...

Yes, I thought about this 3rd option too. BTW. I can confirm included allowances to 3rd countries on the Dutch VF SIM too (I called an Irish number on the Dutch SIM while roaming in Germany).
...
Forum: Europe 20-05-2016, 22:02
Replies: 25
Views: 9,191
Posted By wolfbln
Hi. I've concluded my testing about Vodafone NL...

Hi. I've concluded my testing about Vodafone NL in Germany. It follows the same pattern as German Vodafone CallYa SIM cards: included allowances can be used for roaming without surcharges.

You can...
Forum: Europe 10-05-2016, 14:12
Replies: 25
Views: 9,191
Posted By wolfbln
Yeah, you are right: In Europa e USA RED Start...

Yeah, you are right: In Europa e USA RED Start prevede un massimo di 100 minuti, 100 SMS e 4,5GB al giorno in roaming. Il traffico dati in roaming concorre insieme a quello nazionale al...
Forum: Europe 09-05-2016, 16:14
Replies: 25
Views: 9,191
Posted By wolfbln
and the next Vodafone network is opening prepaid...

and the next Vodafone network is opening prepaid bundles without surcharges for roaming:
We welcome Vodafone ITALY to the family.
...
Forum: Europe 04-05-2016, 23:29
Replies: 25
Views: 9,191
Posted By wolfbln
about Vodafone CallYA activation: I really...

about Vodafone CallYA activation:

I really don't understand the problems:
1.) There are the "Freikarten" = free SIMs. They are still sent all over Germany by mail already pre-activated connecting...
Forum: Europe 03-05-2016, 00:32
Replies: 25
Views: 9,191
Posted By wolfbln
LIDL connect has confirmed today, that they have...

LIDL connect has confirmed today, that they have opened the "surf stick plan" of monthly 5GB at €15 for EU roaming too. Now we have 5GB for €15 in roaming in 3G. That's amazing!

To everyone...
Forum: Europe 29-04-2016, 01:37
Replies: 25
Views: 9,191
Posted By wolfbln
Vodafone DE has switched on free roaming one day...

Vodafone DE has switched on free roaming one day ahead of schedule.

Most Vodafone DE MVNOs seem to copy Vodafone's billing of selling included mins/SMS or MB without any surcharge in all of the...
Forum: Europe 27-04-2016, 20:09
Replies: 25
Views: 9,191
Posted By wolfbln
@ peterdoo I will add a segment about net...

@ peterdoo
I will add a segment about net neutrality in the EU to the WIKI.

And here they come: the last minute roaming offers. The providers are not so sure yet. I was really hoping of better...
Forum: Europe 26-04-2016, 21:24
Replies: 25
Views: 9,191
Posted By wolfbln
Well, we are now 4 days to go until the new...

Well, we are now 4 days to go until the new roaming rules in the EU will be finally implemented.

You see, my appeal for new and better EU roaming offers got a rather meager response. Simply,...
Forum: Europe 24-04-2016, 20:42
Replies: 15
Views: 12,128
Posted By wolfbln
And more good news is coming from the...

And more good news is coming from the Netherlands. The first MVNO has gone down to domestic rates for EU-roaming. Tele2-attached *blieb has just published very good rates:...
Forum: Europe 22-04-2016, 23:11
Replies: 15
Views: 12,128
Posted By wolfbln
UPDATE: Vodafone NL just confirmed me that...

UPDATE: Vodafone NL just confirmed me that roaming charges will be scrapped:
Q: Does this mean, that you can use the package allowance without surcharges for roaming in the future?
A: that is...
Forum: Europe 22-04-2016, 21:17
Replies: 15
Views: 12,128
Posted By wolfbln
Yes, I agree. But the "special offers" for...

Yes, I agree. But the "special offers" for roaming are very scrarce up to now. Nobody found a bargain or an improved roaming package of any provider (outside of the new regulated rate) so far on the...
Forum: Europe 13-04-2016, 11:34
Replies: 25
Views: 9,191
Posted By wolfbln
New EU roaming rules from May 2016 - which SIM for roaming

As most of you will know by now, the EU has decided to bring (most) roaming surcharges to an end by mid 2017. The next step will be implemented 30th April 2016 with a further reduction of EU roaming...
Forum: Europe 12-04-2016, 00:27
Replies: 15
Views: 12,128
Posted By wolfbln
Now, there's more hope: Vodafone Germany has now...

Now, there's more hope: Vodafone Germany has now announced to slash (almost) all roaming surcharges in the EU from April 30th for prepaid plans.

This seems to be the first Vodafone network to do...
Forum: Italy 11-04-2016, 13:06
Replies: 3
Views: 3,252
Posted By wolfbln
No. There is a fundamental difference between the...

No. There is a fundamental difference between the Czech Republic and Italy. Italy has a mandatory registration scheme in place, CZ has not.
So you can't just go to a supermarket or petrol station...
Forum: Italy 10-04-2016, 19:10
Replies: 3
Views: 3,252
Posted By wolfbln
There is an old thread on top of this category...

There is an old thread on top of this category here, but the basics mentioned in the 1st post are still valid:
http://http://www.prepaidgsm.net/forum/showthread.php?t=6713

An updated survey of...
Forum: Europe 07-04-2016, 19:57
Replies: 15
Views: 12,128
Posted By wolfbln
Unfortunately, it hasn't proven as correct....

Unfortunately, it hasn't proven as correct. Vodafone had some "communication issues". Summing up all tariffs/plans for EU roaming are between roughly 6ct/MB and 24ct/MB. All providers try to push the...
Forum: Europe 27-03-2016, 14:50
Replies: 15
Views: 12,128
Posted By wolfbln
Always remember that roaming rates in the EU will...

Always remember that roaming rates in the EU will be changing twice in the next couple of months, because of the new EU roaming rules.
These "roaming SIM cards" featured on the WIKI are good for the...
Forum: Europe 24-03-2016, 20:18
Replies: 44
Views: 12,077
Posted By wolfbln
Here is the full link for their new FUP: ...

Here is the full link for their new FUP:
https://www.vodafone.ua/en/personal/roaming/prepaid Click on: Changes to terms of roaming service, starting April 1, 2016

This more or less kills this SIM...
Forum: Europe 23-03-2016, 02:09
Replies: 44
Views: 12,077
Posted By wolfbln
They haven't published the new rates yet. For...

They haven't published the new rates yet. For understanding the CURRENT rates, check http://prepaid-data-sim-card.wikia.com/wiki/Euro0

There are still good reasons to activate the "roam like home"...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 20-03-2016, 17:00
Replies: 3
Views: 2,374
Posted By wolfbln
But GSM World is not always right... There are...

But GSM World is not always right... There are actually 3 GSM operators.

Airtel (formerly Zain) has been sold to Orange. But it's not rebranded yet....
Forum: Europe 20-03-2016, 15:32
Replies: 25
Views: 14,675
Posted By wolfbln
Hi. I'm not sure if they really debit the €1.21...

Hi. I'm not sure if they really debit the €1.21 miminum consumption for prepaid. They used to do this only for contract customers. But there is a safe way to "park" your SIM without a monthly base...
Forum: Europe 20-03-2016, 15:22
Replies: 44
Views: 12,077
Posted By wolfbln
Oooh ooh: This seems to be a price hike in sight....

Oooh ooh: This seems to be a price hike in sight. It really was too good to be true to stay for very long.
Forum: Europe 18-03-2016, 18:06
Replies: 44
Views: 12,077
Posted By wolfbln
This SIM is the most curious product i've seen so...

This SIM is the most curious product i've seen so far. I'm using it too right now. Italy, Turkey, Germany and Malta are confirmed. So you can be confident about NL and UK.

I just got an SMS...
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