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    travel to Europe

    Hi,

    i'll be traveling to Europe. do i need to contact tmobile to disable international roaming, assuming there is such a thing? i just want to use WiFi at the hotel with talkatone for calls back to the US. i don't want to pay for roaming over gsm

    thanks
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    Put your phone in airplane mode or buy a local SIM and just leave yours out.

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    You should be able to have CS block international roaming but why? Controlling the costs is easy. Just forward all incoming calls to voicemail and leave a message asking callers to text or e-mail you. Turn off your cellular data. You decide when and how to call back. Incoming texts cost no more when roaming. You stay in touch and don't run up a big bill.

    For information on lower cost alternatives to T-Mobile's international roaming check out www.prepaidgsm.net
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    Quote Originally Posted by DRNewcomb View Post
    You should be able to have CS block international roaming but why? Controlling the costs is easy. Just forward all incoming calls to voicemail and leave a message asking callers to text or e-mail you. Turn off your cellular data. You decide when and how to call back. Incoming texts cost no more when roaming. You stay in touch and don't run up a big bill.

    For information on lower cost alternatives to T-Mobile's international roaming check out www.prepaidgsm.net
    Also necessary if you're going to use alternative local prepaid cards you'll need to have your phone unlocked. T-Mobile will do this for you if you've been a subscriber for the requisite amount of time (it's either 40 or 60 days I don't recall for postpaid.)
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    If you really want to have your phone on for voice not data you can turn off international data roaming by dialing #ROF# (#763#) SEND. Note they will send you this when your data roaming hits $50. (My prepaid local SIM ran out in the middle of nowhere and I needed to bring up a map so I know)
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    On my Android phone, I make sure the box that says "data roaming" is unchecked. Always works for me.

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    Yeah, you can use the hotel wifi for internet. For other use you can try Skype, Imo or viber while traveling. Most of the time I buy a data SIM and use it for calling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blameme View Post
    Yeah, you can use the hotel wifi for internet. For other use you can try Skype, Imo or viber while traveling. Most of the time I buy a data SIM and use it for calling.
    Old thread bumped

    When I'm on Wi-Fi, I like to use a VPN instead of the hotel wi-fi unprotected. At least when you are using the phone cellular connection, there is some additional protection vs sharing a hotel unsecure hotspot. At least from casual monitoring.
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    FWIT YVMV

    Returned one month ago from 25 day trip to Holland, Belgium, France and UK.
    Did not change any settings on my S10+ while using my T-Mobile One Plus plan.
    Data in all countries was sufficient for email, texting and even surfing, albeit, a bit slow, but nevertheless doable at zero cost.
    Calls to USA were 25 cents per minute, when not able to use WiFi calling or Skype.
    I was going to get local Sims, but frankly, after the first day of travel didn't see the need to.
    Depending on where you travel roaming might be an issue. Check the T-Mobile website for the 200+ countries where roaming is not an issue.

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    I agree, but there are some other plans available that are very reasonable also. I'm going to Russia next month and through a service called FlexiRoam I have a data plan with 3Gb good for 8 days which only costs $7.50 total. I'm then going to visit Europe, and with the same company am getting 1Gb for 8 days for $5.40 total. I opted for less data because I'll be on a cruise ship for part of that second 8 days, and will have their WiFi also. The trick is you need to purchase it over 90 days in advance. I've used them for the past several years and they are reputable and the carriers they use have good coverage & speeds.
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    TM pricing for fast internet intl.

    International data roaming global passes provide an international high-speed data connection and unlimited voice calling for countries listed in the Simple Global Country List. Available in 512MB, 5GB, and 15GB allotments
    Voice 512 MB 1-day pass $5
    Voice 5GB 10-day pass $35
    Voice 15GB 30-day pass $50
    What included:
    High-speed data while roaming outside North America.
    Unlimited $0 calling from Simple Global to Simple Global countries Includes Smartphone Mobile Hotspot access up to data pass allotment.

    For our next trip (longer than usual) 22 days we'll get the 30 day plan and tether wife's phone and laptop etc. to my phone when not on wifi.
    I think tethering only available on $50 plan but not sure.
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    Might be a little off topic -
    Can you stream U.S. radio stations via wifi when overseas? I don't think you can play Pandora. OTH, I recall, when in China, not being blocked from various sites usually not open to Chinese.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikethaler View Post
    Might be a little off topic -
    Can you stream U.S. radio stations via wifi when overseas? I don't think you can play Pandora. OTH, I recall, when in China, not being blocked from various sites usually not open to Chinese.
    When you are connected through the international roaming they actually tunnel your traffic back to the US. On my last trip, I had a tourist sim with a EU IP and could not access some services. ESPN was the one I was wanting to use. Not sure about Pandora, cant recall if I tried it. I listen to soma.fm most of the time.

    A day pass on TMO got me going, but video will use it up fast.

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    I've been able to use Pandora from cruise ships (Paid WiFi Access) in the middle of the Atlantic & Pacific Oceans, but I don't recall if it was available in foreign countries via cellular ONE Plus access.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marathonman89 View Post
    FWIT YVMV

    Returned one month ago from 25 day trip to Holland, Belgium, France and UK.
    Did not change any settings on my S10+ while using my T-Mobile One Plus plan.
    Data in all countries was sufficient for email, texting and even surfing, albeit, a bit slow, but nevertheless doable at zero cost.
    Calls to USA were 25 cents per minute, when not able to use WiFi calling or Skype.
    I was going to get local Sims, but frankly, after the first day of travel didn't see the need to.
    Depending on where you travel roaming might be an issue. Check the T-Mobile website for the 200+ countries where roaming is not an issue.
    So wifi calling using T Mobile sim from those European countries to the USA was not charged for?

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