Prepaidwithdata

Is a Hotspot Better than a Local SIM when Traveling Internationally?

Prague

Episode 1638

John from Indianapolis, IN

John is going to Prague soon for a vacation. He's looking for his data options while there and how to translate the language he will see. Leo says that prepaidwithdata.wikia.com is a great place to find what local sims are available. Is there a pro/con of using a SIM vs. a hotspot? Leo says absolutely. Go for the hotspot. A local SIM will change his phone number while in the country, and as such, nobody can reach him unless they have his new number.

Is there any way to improve cellular in another country?

Prepaid Sim Card

Episode 1593

Chris from Boca Raton, FL

Chris is traveling to Brazil and he's noticed that the data rates down south are extremely slow.  Would the SkyRoam Solis help? Leo says no. If the 4G/LTE is a lousy carrier, it really won't matter what you use. Leo recommends to go to Prepaidwithdata.wikia.com and read the most up to date information. You may be better off with a local SIM. 

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.

How can I use my phone in France?

Episode 1272

Noah from Michigan

Noah's sister is going to France in May and wants to know the best way to travel and still use her phone. Leo says that Noah's sister uses Verizon, which is the worst for traveling. T-Mobile and Sprint are the best because they have free, albeit slow data through One World. Leo says that the best option may be to just buy a local SIM card and then swap out her SIM while she's in France. She can also local Wi-Fi, which won't cost anything. She can also rent a MiFi device which will give her an LTE Hotspot which she can add her phone to, as well as her laptop or tablet.

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.

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.