international data roaming

How can we avoid data roaming while overseas?

SIM Cards

Episode 1388

Paul from Guadalajara, Mexico

Paul is going to be traveling to Great Britain and wants to know how they can use data while out of the country. Is SkyRoam a good option? Leo says that SkyRoam is an interesting pay-as-you-go option when traveling. Google Fi is another, as is a MiFi card. Pay-as-you-go is nice because Paul would pay for only what he uses. He'd also want to be sure they support high speed data.

Data Roaming with Mobile Phone in Iceland?

Episode 1368

Bob from Downey, CA

Bob is going to Iceland and Finland and wants to know where he can get prepaid wireless SIM cards. Leo says to check out Prepaidwithdata.wikia.com. You'll be able to find out which SIM to get for your phone in the country you're visiting. The phone needs to be unlocked, but as long as you're in good standing with your carrier, they should be willing to unlock your phone for you. Many carriers like T-Mobile are starting to offer international data roaming for free at speeds as fast as LTE.

How can I use my phone in Japan?

Samsung Galaxy S5

Episode 1326

Sandy from Canyon Country, CA

Sandy is going to Japan and is taking her Samsung Galaxy S5 through Verizon. How can she use data while overseas? Leo says that Verizon is the least friendly overseas. Verizon offers an international data package, but it's very expensive and complicated. She can buy the best she can, but use Wi-Fi whenever she can. Turn off international data roaming in the settings. Then Google can pre-cache her maps so she can use them there.

How can I get internet while in Italy?

Episode 1313

Paul from Scottsdale, AZ

Paul's friend is getting married in Italy and they want to know how they can get internet in their room. Leo says to go to prepaidwithdata.wikia.com. There, he can find where to go to get a MiFi card. A MiFi is a small credit card sized device that gets internet from a cellular network and turns that signal into Wi-Fi. That way he can pay through a local carrier in Italy and not pay international data roaming fees.

How can I use a locked phone overseas?

Apple iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus

Episode 1299

Eric from Milwaukee, WI

Eric has an iPhone 6 Plus and he's heading to London, but AT&T refuses to unlock his phone while he goes. What are his options? Leo says that's because they want him to buy their international data package. Leo recommends renting a MiFi from a local British carrier and use it for his data. He should turn off data roaming on his phone, though. That's how Leo did it and it worked great.

Can I use the Internet to make phone calls while out of the country?

Episode 1285

Cathy from Santa Ana, CA

Cathy is going to Italy and wonders if Viber will be good for getting free phone calls. Leo says that Viber is like Skype in that it uses the internet to make a phone call. She can also use Facebook Messenger. The issue is that whoever she calls will have to use the same program on the other end, unless she spends money to allow it to make calls to any phone. She'll want to be sure she doesn't use her carrier's data while being out of the country. It'll cost her thousands. She can use Wi-Fi, though.

Can I Periscope while overseas?

Episode 1280

Richard from California

Richard wants to Periscope while he's overseas in Jordan. Leo says it's doable, but very expensive with international data roaming. His best bet is to buy a local SIM in Jordan with a local number. He should check out prepaidwithdata.wikia.com. If that's not an option, then he should buy an international data package from his mobile company. That will be a pricey as well, but not nearly as much as roaming charges.

What mobile hotspot should I get when traveling to the US from France?

Episode 1272

Dorothy from France

Dorothy lives in France and is coming to the US for holiday. She'll be on a road trip and she wants a Wi-Fi hotspot for everyone to use in the car. Leo says that he's done that going the other way to Europe and he just rented a MiFi Wi-Fi Card. It's a credit card sized device that is battery powered and gets its bandwidth from LTE. Then everyone can share it.

How can I use my phone in Japan?

Episode 1271

Raul from Los Angeles, CA

Raul bought an unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 5 to be ready for a trip in Japan. Leo says that's a good idea because if he had waited until he got to Japan, he would likely not be able to use it here in the States because of differences with the radio frequencies in each country. Raul should make sure he gets a local SIM so he can pay Japanese rates for data, rather than pay international data roaming, which could be in the thousands. In fact, he should turn off the option that allows him to roam with data.