Sebastian Harrison

Episode 989

Sebastian Harrison of Cellular Abroad joins Leo to talk about using a smartphone abroad. Most of Leo's friends are geeks and care more about data than making phone calls. Sebastian says that carriers have more solutions that involve not using your service, than using it! Everyone has different needs, but for a smartphone, it makes sense to take out your SIM and use a local SIM which will give you $10 a GB. Leo asks if international roaming is the issue? Sebastian says yes, it is, and it's expensive.

Is there a service provider that would allow me to buy only data and nothing else on my smartphone?

Episode 933

Pete from Riverside, CA

Leo says that this is coming. Dish Network is starting a mobile company that will offer data only. This is where all the mobile companies are trying to go, dropping voice altogether and sticking with the high speed data networks like 4G & LTE.

Why does my internet access stop when I receive a text message?

Episode 903

Christian from Anaheim, CA

Christian is on Virgin Mobile and every time he receives a text message, his data stops for about 30 seconds. Leo says this is just a disadvantage of CDMA technology, which is what Verizon and Sprint use. Since Virgin Mobile is on the Sprint network, he won't be able to do this. AT&T would allow him to do this though because it is a GSM network. The good news is that with the move to 4G/LTE, all carriers will be able to handle voice and data simultaneously.

How can I share my GPS location data while overseas in Belgium?

Episode 874

Bruce from Irvine, CA

If Bruce gets a GSM phone and a local data plan in Belgium, then everything should work just as it would in the States. The Google maps or Open Street Maps that most services like Instamapper use both have excellent maps for Belgium. The biggest concern here is really the cost.

Another possible solution is the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger.

What is the best way to buy data while visiting the US?

Episode 874

Chris from London, England

Since Chris has a GSM phone, the easiest thing to do would be getting a temporary SIM card from the AT&T store. The chat room suggests going to Wal-Mart or Best Buy to get a SIM card there, but data is expensive. It may be best to go get a cheap unlimited data phone with a 1 month policy from MetroPCS and then give it over to a friend when Chris goes back home.