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Forum: Off Topic (any other discussion) 28-11-2017, 03:30
Replies: 8
Views: 3,422
Posted By bylo
Yup--almost a decade ago ;)

Yup--almost a decade ago ;)
Forum: Africa, Asia and Pacific 20-09-2017, 13:50
Replies: 4
Views: 6,828
Posted By bylo
I use TunnelBear: Secure VPN Service...

I use TunnelBear: Secure VPN Service (https://www.tunnelbear.com/). Very easy to set up and use. Free for up to 500MB/month should be enough for most cellphone users.

See e.g. TunnelBear Review...
Forum: Europe 14-09-2017, 14:55
Replies: 24
Views: 3,285
Posted By bylo
10Mbps is fast enough for my needs in general and...

10Mbps is fast enough for my needs in general and especially when roaming in a foreign country. For me roaming access is far more important than blazing speeds.
Forum: Europe 13-09-2017, 13:32
Replies: 24
Views: 3,285
Posted By bylo
I just got to MUC on the S-Bahn. I got 4G on...

I just got to MUC on the S-Bahn. I got 4G on Vodaphone along the way and continue to get ~10Mb/s at MUC. OTOH from Kufstein to Muenchen speeds varied based on location, often excruciatingly slow.
Forum: Austria & Switzerland 07-09-2017, 15:28
Replies: 6
Views: 1,346
Posted By bylo
An update. 1. It seems my old SIM expired...

An update.

1. It seems my old SIM expired on 11Aug17 even though my credits were valid to 26Aug17. As a result when I arrived at MUC on the 17th I had no service on A1. (Good thing I printed the...
Forum: Europe 08-08-2017, 21:06
Replies: 24
Views: 3,285
Posted By bylo
Genau. I did the same itinerary a couple of...

Genau. I did the same itinerary a couple of months ago, coming back to MUC on 14Jun, so I missed the free-roam start date by one day.

But nothing is ever as easy as it should be. My SIM is micro...
Forum: Europe 08-08-2017, 15:45
Replies: 24
Views: 3,285
Posted By bylo
The confusion about FUP arises I think because...

The confusion about FUP arises I think because the acronym appears several times before the first use of the phrase itself (in the heading "Abuse and Fair Use Policy.") That makes it difficult for...
Forum: Europe 07-08-2017, 22:00
Replies: 24
Views: 3,285
Posted By bylo
I think so. Perhaps the first use should include...

I think so. Perhaps the first use should include "Fair Use Policy (FUP)." In English FUP is normally the acronym for "follow up."

As for difficulty in understanding the page, I'd lay the blame on...
Forum: Germany 03-08-2017, 13:51
Replies: 6
Views: 4,152
Posted By bylo
Like much of enhanced security at airports the...

Like much of enhanced security at airports the new measures imposed by the German government won't stop the people who are determined to bypass them. They're just what security expert Bruce Schneier...
Forum: Austria & Switzerland 02-08-2017, 20:31
Replies: 6
Views: 1,346
Posted By bylo
Nice area. Be sure to go up to the summit of the...

Nice area. Be sure to go up to the summit of the Zugspitze from Ehrwald (the next village to your east.)


A1 is the largest carrier in Austria. I'd be surprised if you couldn't get their SIMs in...
Forum: Austria & Switzerland 02-08-2017, 14:22
Replies: 6
Views: 1,346
Posted By bylo
I had no problems using my A1 B.free Internet SIM...

I had no problems using my A1 B.free Internet SIM in Austria in June. I don't recall trying to do tethering in this trip but I know it's worked in the past.

I add credit using...
Forum: Americas 30-10-2016, 18:30
Replies: 2
Views: 3,077
Posted By bylo
From Wikipedia: List of United States mobile...

From Wikipedia: List of United States mobile virtual network operators (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_mobile_virtual_network_operators)
Forum: Austria & Switzerland 14-08-2016, 15:37
Replies: 0
Views: 1,736
Posted By bylo
Buying top ups at onlineaufladen.at from overseas

Some tips from my recent experience may help people who want to buy Austrian and German top ups using https://www.onlineaufladen.at/ before they arrive. I have an A1 B.free prepaid SIM from a...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 14-08-2016, 15:23
Replies: 39
Views: 20,780
Posted By bylo
To anyone who wants to try FreedomPop out, for...

To anyone who wants to try FreedomPop out, for the US you have to give them your ZIP code and an e-mail address in order to establish eligibility. If you do that and then wait a few days they'll send...
Forum: Spain & Portugal 18-01-2016, 21:35
Replies: 8
Views: 4,065
Posted By bylo
I fully agree. I use Skype (and the Canadian...

I fully agree. I use Skype (and the Canadian version Fongo) almost exclusively to make calls in Europe because it's much cheaper than roaming, but most importantly because everyone can reach me on my...
Forum: Off Topic (any other discussion) 05-10-2015, 14:37
Replies: 14
Views: 9,580
Posted By bylo
You had many of us really worried for the past...

You had many of us really worried for the past few days. Glad that everything is back to normal. Thanks again for creating and maintaining this site. ...Bylo
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 19-07-2015, 16:42
Replies: 2
Views: 2,797
Posted By bylo
From UNLIMITED Global Roaming Data and Texts One...

From UNLIMITED Global Roaming Data and Texts One Month, Only $50!! (https://www.mobal.com/global-unlimited-sim/#simsizes)

1. "Data speeds are limited to 128 kilobits per second in most...
Forum: Callback, VoIP, Satellite and all other technologies 29-04-2015, 12:48
Replies: 30
Views: 18,032
Posted By bylo
I doubt it. Fongo is a Canadian company that...

I doubt it. Fongo is a Canadian company that offers Canadian phone numbers to Canadians only. When I set up my Fongo account several years ago I had to confirm the registration using another Canadian...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 09-04-2015, 13:13
Replies: 4
Views: 2,353
Posted By bylo
But FWIW we do have Fongo (http://www.fongo.com/)...

But FWIW we do have Fongo (http://www.fongo.com/) which does what Google apparently can't do, i.e. free CA phone number with free calls in NA, etc. Very useful for travelling Canadians as well as...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 08-04-2015, 13:39
Replies: 4
Views: 2,353
Posted By bylo
Now if only Google would expand their vision...

Now if only Google would expand their vision north of the border. We need Google badly up here to disrupt the tidy telecom oligopoly that's operating in "Canuckistan."

But yeah, I'm only...
Forum: Mobile Phones 12-01-2015, 15:12
Replies: 4
Views: 3,896
Posted By bylo
Don't use a phone that has a SIM card, e.g. stick...

Don't use a phone that has a SIM card, e.g. stick with Verizon ;)

More seriously the BBC article is 1½ years old. If this "vulnerability" was being exploited widely then surely we'd have seem more...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 03-11-2014, 21:14
Replies: 21
Views: 11,667
Posted By bylo
Indeed it's a sticker that intercepts electrical...

Indeed it's a sticker that intercepts electrical signals before they go to the regular SIM. If you're in your "home" country it passes everything through. Otherwise it "takes over" and functions as a...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 03-11-2014, 14:45
Replies: 21
Views: 11,667
Posted By bylo
KnowRoaming is now open to the general public. ...

KnowRoaming is now open to the general public.

Reduce Roaming Fees with KnowRoaming (http://www.knowroaming.com/)

Canadian startup to offer technology aimed at cutting roaming rates...
Forum: Off Topic (any other discussion) 22-08-2014, 20:58
Replies: 7
Views: 4,463
Posted By bylo
Yes. However that only seems to notify...

Yes. However that only seems to notify moderators. It could be hours before one of them sees it and takes action. My idea is to let qualified users quarantine the offending post so it is no longer...
Forum: Off Topic (any other discussion) 22-08-2014, 05:57
Replies: 7
Views: 4,463
Posted By bylo
Yes. Thank you mods. I wonder if it's...

Yes. Thank you mods.

I wonder if it's possible to give a few senior members the ability to quarantine spam or other questionable posts so that a mod can view those posts and take more permanent...
Forum: Off Topic (any other discussion) 17-08-2014, 06:59
Replies: 1
Views: 8,332
Posted By bylo
Hi saren, I would suggest more appropriate forums...

Hi saren, I would suggest more appropriate forums for this topic are...
Red Flag Deals: Personal Finance (http://forums.redflagdeals.com/personal-finance-f41/)
Financial Wisdom Forum...
Forum: Europe 15-08-2014, 18:07
Replies: 16
Views: 10,171
Posted By bylo
Warning to others to be careful when buying this...

Warning to others to be careful when buying this card or more to the point the similar looking 500MB for 5zł card that's also on the linked page.

The phone store I was at on Wednesday had only the...
Forum: Germany 13-08-2014, 12:14
Replies: 10
Views: 5,686
Posted By bylo
A pleasant surprise! I'm posting this at MUC...

A pleasant surprise! I'm posting this at MUC using T-Mobile's 24hr free WiFi. All they asked for was name and e-mail address, both of which I was happy to provide.

So it seems things are getting...
Forum: Germany 11-08-2014, 14:39
Replies: 10
Views: 5,686
Posted By bylo
Yes, I realize that. The article upthread from...

Yes, I realize that. The article upthread from Der Spiegel goes into that in detail. That may be valid for commercial operators like McDs and Starbucks. However airports, rail and bus stations, etc....
Forum: Germany 09-08-2014, 14:49
Replies: 10
Views: 5,686
Posted By bylo
<RANT> One more irritant is that where there is...

<RANT>
One more irritant is that where there is free WiFi on offer, McD, Starbucks, airports, etc. you need a functional phone in order to get an access code via SMS. Not everyone who visits DE and...
Forum: Austria & Switzerland 26-07-2014, 15:17
Replies: 9
Views: 10,236
Posted By bylo
This is also known as the yesss!...

This is also known as the yesss! (https://www.yesss.at/tarife-wertkarte/tarife/7/108) card.
Forum: Europe 18-07-2014, 13:33
Replies: 16
Views: 10,171
Posted By bylo
Thanks. I didn't realize SIMs were so cheap so I...

Thanks. I didn't realize SIMs were so cheap so I suppose I can afford to try all three carriers if necessary.

(If only prepaid service was this inexpensive in North America...)
Forum: Europe 17-07-2014, 16:49
Replies: 16
Views: 10,171
Posted By bylo
No one has any suggestions or recommendations?

No one has any suggestions or recommendations?
Forum: Europe 14-07-2014, 15:18
Replies: 16
Views: 10,171
Posted By bylo
I'm going to be in Poland for about 2 weeks in...

I'm going to be in Poland for about 2 weeks in August.

I'm looking for a SIM card and prepaid data with these features:
• 500MB to 1GB data
• VoIP
• tethering a PC to my smartphone.
• good...
Forum: Off Topic (any other discussion) 20-04-2014, 03:01
Replies: 10
Views: 23,481
Posted By bylo
Here in Canada the amazon.ca Visa (offered by...

Here in Canada the amazon.ca Visa (offered by Chase) doesn't charge any commissions of FX. They simply use the mid-bank rate. I've verified that this is the case. You can't get a better deal than...
Forum: Off Topic (any other discussion) 19-04-2014, 21:05
Replies: 10
Views: 23,481
Posted By bylo
Note that on a $20 purchase, i.e. one directory,...

Note that on a $20 purchase, i.e. one directory, a 2.5% commission on FX works out to 50¢. I'm not sure why it matters which method one uses. Now if you're buying something that cost 10x or 100x more...
Forum: Austria & Switzerland 31-12-2013, 13:35
Replies: 4
Views: 4,692
Posted By bylo
A1 has their own stores in larger towns and...

A1 has their own stores in larger towns and cities. They also sell through dealers. The Austrian post office is one of those dealers so you can get SIMs and credits almost anywhere.

A1's website...
Forum: Callback, VoIP, Satellite and all other technologies 28-10-2013, 03:47
Replies: 30
Views: 18,032
Posted By bylo
http://www.fongo.com/ or http://www.fongo.ca/ ...

http://www.fongo.com/ or http://www.fongo.ca/

Android app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fongo.dellvoice
IIRC (because it's been a couple of years since I did it):
1. This...
Forum: Austria & Switzerland 21-10-2013, 13:22
Replies: 17
Views: 21,321
Posted By bylo
Thank you! I wasn't aware of that. I'll switch...

Thank you! I wasn't aware of that. I'll switch back to yesss next year.
Forum: Austria & Switzerland 20-10-2013, 15:56
Replies: 17
Views: 21,321
Posted By bylo
One caution. In my experience a couple of years...

One caution. In my experience a couple of years ago yesss's coverage was substantially poorer than A1 or T-M, especially outside of larger urban areas. I do a lot of hiking in the alps so coverage in...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 03-07-2013, 13:12
Replies: 4
Views: 3,189
Posted By bylo
https://www.google.ca/search?q=unlock+huawei+e169+...

https://www.google.ca/search?q=unlock+huawei+e169+modem
Forum: Austria & Switzerland 12-04-2013, 17:03
Replies: 3
Views: 3,421
Posted By bylo
It seems to me the decision between an...

It seems to me the decision between an international SIM and individual country SIMs depends on things like how long you stay in each country and how much data you'll need.

For instance in...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 09-04-2013, 19:26
Replies: 12
Views: 3,635
Posted By bylo
Another option you may want to consider is to use...

Another option you may want to consider is to use an unlocked Android smartphone. Android has a built-in WiFi portable hotspot capability. You'll need a local prepaid SIM that supports voice and...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 04-04-2013, 02:04
Replies: 3
Views: 1,351
Posted By bylo
Not a lot of choice. You can get a SpeakOut or...

Not a lot of choice. You can get a SpeakOut or PetroCanada SIM for $10, load some money into it and get what they call "Unlimited Mobile Browsing" for $10/month. UMB lets you browse, e-mail and a few...
Forum: International GSM prepaid cards 03-04-2013, 20:37
Replies: 3
Views: 1,351
Posted By bylo
Doodad • Joke of the Day

DOODAD (https://www.getadoodad.com/) "is an international SIM card that gives simple, cheap data roaming in 54 countries (and growing) at great, flat rates."

Cheap? Compared to what?
Europe at...
Forum: Austria & Switzerland 29-11-2012, 03:21
Replies: 10
Views: 7,959
Posted By bylo
Yes, as long as you can get a cellphone signal....

Yes, as long as you can get a cellphone signal. That's not always possible in remote parts of the mountains. But compared to coverage in mountain areas on this side of the Altantic the coverage in...
Forum: Austria & Switzerland 28-11-2012, 20:34
Replies: 10
Views: 7,959
Posted By bylo
I don't know for sure. I normally have my phone...

I don't know for sure. I normally have my phone set to not roam because I don't want any billing shocks. When I've been near the Italian border, for example west of Vent, and scanned for available...
Forum: Austria & Switzerland 28-11-2012, 19:19
Replies: 10
Views: 7,959
Posted By bylo
AFAIK all Austrian post offices sell A1 and Bob...

AFAIK all Austrian post offices sell A1 and Bob products. I'm sure I saw an A1 display inside the Sölden post office the last time I was there (in September.)

Enjoy your ski holiday.
Forum: Austria & Switzerland 20-11-2012, 22:29
Replies: 10
Views: 7,959
Posted By bylo
Incidentally the A1 Shop nearest to Innsbruck's...

Incidentally the A1 Shop nearest to Innsbruck's main train station, on Wilhelm-Greil-Straße, is next to the Stieglbräu restaurant (http://www.stiegl-braeu-innsbruck.at/). Great food and beer. Highly...
Forum: Austria & Switzerland 19-11-2012, 14:54
Replies: 10
Views: 7,959
Posted By bylo
I've found that Drei and Yesss! have relatively...

I've found that Drei and Yesss! have relatively poor coverage in the mountains, including Ötztal (Sölden) and Zillertal. I get great coverage in the mountains using A1 B.free. At 1.5GB for up to 1yr...
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