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?
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We're pretty keen on Globalgig's Roaming SIM card, which is one of the better-value offerings for travellers out there who want to dodge roaming rorts. Now it has an added attraction -- an option to access 4G networks in Australia and the UK, which is actually one of the cheaper 4G data packages even if you never head overseas.
Vodafone's $5 a day roaming option is one of the better choices if you're travelling overseas and want to keep your phone number. If you're on one of Vodafone's more expensive Red plans, you now won't have to pay that $5 daily fee to use it.
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.
Vodafone's $5 a day roaming deal is one of the better choices out there if you want to roam on your existing account. If you're travelling to New Zealand, it's now an even more appealing option, since you'll be able to access Vodafone's own 4G network while doing so.
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.
Earlier this year, Vodafone launched a new roaming deal where you could use your existing number and credit in the US, UK or New Zealand for a flat $5 a day fee while travelling. From 7 October, that deal will also extend to an additional 34 countries in Europe.