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How do I use my phone traveling in Europe?

Episode 1369

Bill from Orange County, CA

Bill is a hiker. He's going to Europe and wants to know how to handle cell service with GPS. Leo says your phone is a great navigation tool buy a SIM in country. If you buy a SIM in country, check out Prepaidwithdata.wikia.com. It'll tell you what's available at your destination. The downside is that you'll get a different phone number with a prepaid SIM. Most carriers are now offering better unlimited international data roaming plans while you're traveling. The benefit here is that you get to use your own number.

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 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's a good dual SIM phone?

OnePlus Two

Episode 1241

Joanna from Marina Del Rey, CA

Joanna is going overseas for six months and wants to have a local phone number with local SIM. She wants a dedicated phone with dual SIM cards. Leo says that's a good idea and he recommends the One Plus Two. Right now is a great time to get it because of their Black Friday sales, which means she won't need an invite. She shouldn't buy from a carrier, though, because it'll be locked. She'll want it unlocked.

How can I unlock my Sprint iPhone?

Sprint MiFi

Episode 956

Bob from San Diego, CA

Bob wants to know where the best place to get a SIM card is for his Sprint iPhone when he's in Europe. Leo says that Sprint uses CDMA, not GSM, which is what's required for a SIM card. However, the iPhone 5 is a world phone, meaning it has both CDMA and GSM options. With Sprint, however, the GSM slot is locked. He could go to Sprint and explain to them that he's going to Europe and ask if they'll unlock it. Then he could buy a local SIM while he's in Europe. The chatroom says that if he's a customer in good standing, Sprint should unlock it.