Jim wants to know if he can use Waze in New Zealand. Leo says that it looks like Waze does support New Zealand. So his issue is going to be with data. Google Maps would allow him to precache map information before hand, so he could do that while at the hotel. But Waze does not have an offline mode. So he'll have to get a local SIM card in order to have data.
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.
Bob is going to be traveling overseas and he'll be using his iPhone 5 while he's there. Leo says it can be done, but he should turn data roaming off. That means he won't have any data while he's out and about, though. But it also means he won't have a phone bill in the thousands.
Corky is ready to buy her first smartphone. She's going to be traveling to Spain and needs to know what kind of phone to get. Leo says that Corky should check out PrepaidWithData.wikia.com. It'll show what data SIMS to buy in the country she travels to. Roaming can be expensive and buying a local SIM is a great way to save a lot of money.
In a no-holds-barred cage match of British proportions, Leo carried both the iPhone 6 and the Motorola Moto X to see how they worked in London. Since he was using T-Mobile, he got free 2G data roaming while there. And while it took a bit longer, it was data and it worked. Leo says that the Moto X has several improvements, but the iPhone 6 still has the best camera out there. Battery life is better on the iPhone 6, while he couldn't get through the day with the Moto X. But he still thinks iOS 8 has more to do to catch up with Android.
Whenever you're traveling to another country, it's essential to plan for how you will stay connected. Simply using your phone overseas will result in a bill that could reach into the thousands of dollars. Here's a breakdown of the options you have:
Use Wi-Fi Only
Michele's daughter is going overseas and she has an iPhone 4S. How can she use a local SIM while she's there? Leo suggests upgrading to the iPhone 5, 5C or 5S through Verizon. It's a world phone and she can then use a local SIM when she gets to where she's going. Asking Verizon to unlock the 4S may not work because it wasn't a GSM phone. And that iPhone 4S wouldn't work where she's going anyway. So upgrade and then you can do what you want.
Bob's wife is traveling to Italy on vacation and wants to know if she should bring her iPhone. Leo says that she could pay for an international data roaming plan. They're not cheap and the data caps are small, not to mention the cell call charges.
Another way is to turn off data roaming. She won't have data unless she has Wi-Fi access, like at her hotel. Some apps, like Google Maps, would allow her to cache data while away from Wi-Fi.
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.
James is traveling to New York and wants to know if he can buy a local sim and have a cell number and data plan. Leo says that getting a GoPhone is probably the best option and go directly to the carrier when he gets to the US. He can't set it up ahead of time. RedPocket and even Walmart are options as well.