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Dear LH, My partner and I are heading to Europe for three weeks – we’ll be in Germany first, then Austria and finally the Netherlands. We're normally happy to hit up wi-fi when it’s available, but we’re going to be cycling for a large part of the trip and want to make sure we’re connected, with plenty of data. Happy to grab a local sim when we get there, but unsure whether we need to do that in each country or the best provider to go with for coverage in all three?


Hi Lifehacker, I'm heading overseas for 12-18 months and I'd like to keep my mobile phone number active as it's the failsafe/reset for several online services I use (Gmail, LastPass and so on). I won't be using it for outbound calls, just to be able to receive the occasional SMS or incoming call for verification.


A couple of years back, I visited Tokyo and was struck by the fact that there was a genuine dearth of "free" Wi-Fi options. I recently returned to Japan's capital city to see if things had improved.


Dear Lifehacker, I'm taking a trip to the US soon with my partner, and we want to be able to use our phones to contact one another while we're there, and maybe give our folks the odd shout to let them know we're alive. So we'd need a decent data pack at the very least, and ideally the ability to call or SMS. What's the cheapest -- and easiest -- way of doing this?


Not only does paying for global roaming mean you are often ripped off, it can be very confusing trying to work out what rates you'll be charged based on your destination. As of 24 March, Telstra will be making its rates a little less confusing -- but it's still a very expensive way to stay in touch on the road, especially when using data.


Roaming rates charged when you use your phone overseas are one of the easiest ways to pour money down the drain. A new report highlights just how extreme the charges can get. $51.20 a megabyte for data, anyone?