international data roaming

What do I need for my technology for a trip to Vietnam?

Travel Adapter

Episode 1601

Sarah from Los Angeles, California

Sarah is traveling to Vietnam and Cambodia later in the year and doens't know what to bring with her for her technology. Leo says that most electronics are now rated for 110w-240w, so they can handle any circuit all over the world. But that plugs will be different. There are travel adapters for sale that you can pick up to plug in your power plugs. They should be the same as China, but you may want to be sure it's not a french adapter since Vietnam was once a French colony. As for your data and international roaming, it depends on your carrier.

How can I get good cell service in Mexico?

MyFi Device

Episode 1591

Steve from Trabuco Canyon, CA

Steve is traveling to Mexico and wants to know what's the best way to stay connected with data. Leo recommends PrepaidwithData.wikia.com. It'll also tell you the best hotspots. Get a MyFi card and you get LTE with up to five devices connected. What about phone calls? Leo says that most companies actually offer you a better deal by adding Mexico and Canada to your plan. 

How can I Charge my Phone in the Mountains?

Goal Zero

Episode 1590

Suzanne from Anaheim Hills, CA

Suzanne is going camping in Russia for a week, out in the middle of nowhere. She wants to know how she can charge her phone while out there. Leo says that Suzanne may not be able to use the phone in the mountains. But in the city, she may have a better option. Verizon now has an unlimited data day pass for about $10/day. So when she's in the city, she can turn it on.  For charging them, Leo recommends GOAL ZERO since their solar chargers are really well made.

Is Google Fi Good for International Travel?

Fi

Episode 1583

Don from Victor, MT

Don has a Samsung Galaxy S9 and they're going to take a cruise to the Baltic soon. He wants to know if he should sign up with Google Fi before he does. Rich used to buy the SIMs, which is the best way to do it. Don should check out Prepaidwithdata.wikia.com for what is the best in the countries Don is travelling to.  He can also try getting a MiFi Mobile Hotspot. That way he can use it overseas with multiple devices. He can also try using the Passport plan with his carrier. He can also check out Verizon's international options, which offer 2G coverage for free for users. 

What's the best way to bring my mobile phone to Europe?

Skyroam Solis

Episode 1490

Lori from Santa Monica, CA

Lori is traveling to Europe soon with her family and they all have iPhones, but they have separate carriers and plans. What's the best solution for them as they travel? Leo says first thing is to find out what their international roaming plans are. They're better than they used to be, but it's still pretty expensive for what they would get. International data roaming can cost thousands if they're not careful. Leo recommends using Wi-Fi as much as possible, and they should pre-cache maps in Google Maps. They can get a local SIM in the country they're visiting.

How can I bring a cell phone overseas?

Woman using smartphone

Episode 1475

Patty from Temecula, CA

Patty's daughter is going to spend a year in Great Britain. How can she bring along her cell phone? Leo says she could run into serious data roaming charges, so he recommends just getting a local SIM and number. She could check out prepaidwithdata.wikia.com. She may have to get her phone unlocked to do it, but it will work. Some companies like Sprint have a "world plan" but if she adopts it, she may lose the current plan she has.

How can I stay in touch with people at home while traveling overseas?

Cell Tower

Episode 1408

Carl from Las Vegas, NV

Carl's wife is going to the Philippines soon and he wants to know the best way to stay in touch internationally. Leo says that the real answer is WiFi. She'll be able to make calls or even video conference via Skype, Facebook, or WhatsApp. If she uses WiFi, it won't cost her anything. She should just make sure to turn off data roaming on her phone. She can also use Google Maps and preload map data so that she's not using data while getting around.

How can I avoid expensive data roaming overseas?

Cell tower

Episode 1405

Marty from Los Angeles, CA

Marty worries that bringing his phone overseas will cause him to rack up thousands in cell phone bills. Should he just keep his phone on airplane mode? Leo says no, that turns off everything. Marty can go into his data settings and turn off data roaming, though. Then he can just rely on local Wi-Fi hotspots and download Google Maps and cache them. That way he can still use maps for travel.

How can I avoid international data roaming?

Cell tower

Episode 1405

Paul from Houston, TX

Paul and his wife are traveling to Croatia Saturday and he's worried about data roaming charges. Leo says that international data is rapidly changing thanks to T-Mobile's free Edge data plan that started last year. As such, AT&T has changed from offering an expensive data package to a "day pass."

Google Fi is a solid option, because they would pay as they go at $10 a month. If they have a Google phone, then they'll be in good shape.

What's the best plan for traveling internationally with my mobile phone?

Plane

Episode 1398

Joe from Sherman Oaks, CA

Joe is traveling to Asia and he wants to know if it's better to get an international data roaming plan or get a local SIM wherever he goes. He uses Verizon. Leo says that Verizon is the most international unfriendly mobile carrier. Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile have their own reasonable plans (especially T-Mobile that offers a free slow internet). Verizon has a $10 a day plan, though, which isn't bad, but it adds up. It's going to be the easiest way since he would have to have a different SIM for every country he visits, and his phone number will change with each new SIM card.