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Default Are intl. pre-pay cards obsolete? - 31-10-2015, 22:14

Roaming in the EU is now almost free and in 19 months will be completely free. Tmobile U.S. customers have had unlimited text and data in 120+ countries for 2 years. Voice calls - 20 cents/min.


Make use of T-M's UMA/wifi free calling from any place in the world with access to wifi. I use an LG G6, wife an S7)
A/o Oct 20, 2013 no need for intl prepaid as T-Mobile U.S. includes voice roaming at 20¢/min (in and out)., unlimited text (in and out), and unlimited data in 140+ countries.

My Plan -[6 lines] U.S. T-Mobile unlimited minutes (incoming and outgoing), unlimited text, fast data on each line. that $145/mo. total! . (In U.S. no surcharge for calling a cell.) If a line exceeds 2G of data in a month, pay $10 more for that line. [That only happens a couple times/year.
   
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Default Thanks for asking! - 01-11-2015, 00:32

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Roaming in the EU is now almost free and in 19 months will be completely free. Tmobile U.S. customers have had unlimited text and data in 120+ countries for 2 years. Voice calls - 20 cents/min.
Perhaps, but not quite yet?
It has gotten awfully quiet here, hasn't it?

Along with your T-Mobile, Google Fi might be an option
if Google allows it to grow and prosper.
   
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Default 03-11-2015, 19:57

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...Tmobile U.S. customers have had unlimited text and data in 120+ countries for 2 years. Voice calls - 20 cents/min.
There are still many countries where T-Mobile's rates are outlandish (e.g. $4.19/min in French Polynesia, $2.99/min in Jordan).
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Default 04-11-2015, 15:50

in these countries most SIM are either very expensive or quite unreliable.

To my mind the international SIM cards will mostly be used by business users who need multiple numbers at a time on one reasonable priced SIM card in the future


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Default 04-11-2015, 22:27

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 coverage is not as good as some other carriers like AT&T or Verizon.

Still think there's a place for international roaming sims or buying local prepaid sims.

And there's always other alternatives like VOIP, SIP, calling or callback cards at a payphone, or prepaid satphones.


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Default 05-11-2015, 03:49

I think for the next 'while' [purposely vague so I might even be right!]
If your preferred solution does not have a good price for a certain country or countries then you will search for an alternative.

A local SIM or an International SIM might be the preferred solution.
If just one country, a local SIM might be the easy solution.
Lots of countries? If you can find an International SIM that has good rates for the countries you need than that is enough.

It will be interesting to see what transpires.
   
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Default 13-11-2015, 04:36

I am/was on the fence but with VZ's travel pass program announced this week I'm being pushed away from International SIMs... For basically the price I would pay for the international SIM usage, I can keep my own phone on my own plan... Hard to justify the (sometimes) frustration and experimentation of other SIMs while out of the country with the prices dropping to these levels...
   
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Default 17-11-2015, 19:28

I agree. The international sims are becoming less useful to a lot of folks these days. Those verizon passes are not bad, especially for short trips, or short trips that span multiple countries. For me, I have local sims for the 2 countries that I visit the most, since I am usually there for at least 1 week.


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Default 21-11-2015, 21:55

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 calling US number - so I'm looking for reasonable call forwarding so that I can give people a local number.

- if I'm on wifi calling abroad, I understand it looks like I'm on US network, which is fine for calling back to US, but for local calls to UK when I'm there, it costs me a fortune - right? had trouble getting a straight answer on this..

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Default 22-11-2015, 00:19

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- friends and family in UK, etc get upset when they reply and pay $2-3/min, because they are calling US number - so I'm looking for reasonable call forwarding so that I can give people a local number.
Worldsim and Piranha have both UK and US phone numbers attached to one SIM.
Piranha Mobile has Call Forwarding and Call Offload.
Also comes with a UK number. [Is this number usable for receiving calls from locals? That is
it is seen as a normal UK number and not something that is charged extra?]

I think either of these would solve your UK number problem if the number is 'usable'.

Worldsim also has call forwarding. See below.

https://accounts.worldsim.com/selfse...egory=homeAway

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How to set up Call Forwarding
To use the WorldSIM low cost Call Forwarding facility, you will need to forward your WorldSIM number to the number abroad that you wish to call. Then simply dial your WorldSIM number and you will be diverted to the number abroad.

To set up call forwarding, simply:
1.Log in to your account at www.WorldSIM.com.
2.When the ‘My Account’ home page appears, click on the button that displays your WorldSIM phone number.
3.Scroll down to the ‘Set Forwarding’ section and enter the number that you want to forward your calls to. Ensure that you input the number in international format excluding the 00/+ prefix (e.g 4412345689).
4. In the Call Back dropdown, select ‘Yes.’
5.Click on the ‘Submit’ button.


You will receive an on screen confirmation message that the new setting has been applied. However if you come out of this screen and return to it, the Set Forwarding section will appear as blank. In reality this is not the case. Call forwarding has been set up and applied on our system to the number you received a confirmation of. You can test the latest setting by dialling your WorldSIM number.

Please note that you can amend the number entered here to any other number of your choice. However to deactivate call forwarding, you will need to request this by contacting Customer Service.
Alternatively, you can also set up forwarding using your WorldSIM phone. Dial 102 (number) to set forwarding to ON. Dial 103 to turn forwarding OFF.

Home & Away product Call Forwarding rates are available via: http://www.WorldSIM.com/CFRate_HA.aspx.

Please note that rates are subject to change. If you are dialling your WorldSIM number from another network provider, the cost of calling the WorldSIM number will be charged at the other network provider's rates. Some network providers may allow you to utilise your free bundle minutes. Other network providers may not. WorldSIM is not responsible for any charges levied by other network providers.
   
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