international data roaming

What's a good way to bring my cell phone on a trip to Europe?

Episode 1238

Luca from Vancouver, BC

Luca wants to know which cell carrier would be good for a trip through Eastern Europe. Leo says that the EU will require free roaming across borders in all the EU states by 2017, but until then, it's a mixed bag. Dueche Telecom probably supports it.

Here's a good resource: prepaidwithdata.wikia.com. It will tell him all the carriers that support service in the countries he's traveling to. He should buy a SIM for the country he's visiting.

Is Verizon a good option for International Travel?

Episode 1202

Moe from Ridgecrest, CA

Moe is going to be traveling to India in a few months and he wants to know if Verizon is a good choice for traveling. Leo says no, it really isn't. They've gotten better, since they've left CDMA behind for LTE and that means it could work in India. And the FCC requires all Verizon SIM slots to be unlocked. Moe will have to be sure that the frequencies are supported. He may also request his phone be unlocked as well. A better bet would be to get a cheap GSM compatible phone locally in India, with a local SIM card. He'll have a local number, but it'll work better.

How can I prevent getting an expensive cellphone bill overseas?

Episode 1198

Zenia from Inglewood, CA

Zenia is going to Africa next month for a wedding, and she's worried about taking her phone. Leo says that the most expensive thing is data roaming. So the first thing she should do is go in the settings and turn off data roaming. That means she won't get any data while out of the country. However, T-Mobile, Zenia's carrier, offers unlimited international texting, affordable calling, and free EDGE data. It's not fast and she'll probably have to verify that the country she's in will support it. If not, she can always buy an international data roaming plan.

How can I use my iPhone in Great Britain?

Apple iPhone 6

Episode 1168

Marie from Redlands, CA

Marie is traveling to Great Britain and is worried about data charges on her iPhone 6. Leo says that Marie can go into her phone's settings and turn off Data Roaming. That's where the real data costs will rear it's ugly head. Then she can just depend on local Wi-Fi. She can also download the maps and keep them in the phone so she won't have to worry about getting lost with no data.

How can I use my phone in Europe?

Episode 1161

Andre from Burbank, CA

Andre is taking his wife on a trip overseas and he wants to use his phone to post to Instagram and other social networks. Leo says that data oversees is a huge and expensive topic because people are wired everywhere, even when they travel. But he won't want to roam in another country because data roaming in obscenely expensive. The first thing he'll want to do it disable data roaming. He'd be surprised how many people come home to a data bill in the thousands and they hardly even used data.

Is the iPhone the best choice for a first smartphone?

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Episode 1142

Dan from Anaheim, CA

Dan is ready for his first smartphone and is looking at the iPhone 6 Plus. Leo says that while he doesn't carry an iPhone, it's a great phone, especially for beginners. It's a good choice accessibility-wise as well. The large screen in the 6 Plus makes it really easy to see. But Leo warns that it may seem like clown shoes going from the 4" iPhone 5 screen.

How can I get internet radio without a smartphone?

Grace Digitial Internet Radio

Episode 1050

Lynn from California

Lynn wants to know she could get to receive internet radio without needing a smartphone. Leo says he uses one from Grace Digital which is also an alarm clock. She would have to have wireless internet access, though. Lynn also wants a portable option. Leo says that a radio over a 3G or 4G connection will do. A smartphone, for instance, can do this with the right app. An iPod Touch would also work. Again, she would still need an internet access, though.