Data use abroad

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  1. billy1561

    billy1561 Well-Known Member
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    Firstly i apologise if this has been covered elsewhere?
    I am travelling to Spain next week and wondered if i would incur any extra costs if i took my desire with me? I would only use it for checking emails and a limited amount of web browsing. My current plan gives me 500mb of data use on Orange.
    Many thanks,
    Billy.
     

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  2. staz1000

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    Yes, it will, and it's expensive too. Check your contract.
     
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  3. billy1561

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    Hmmm, just as i thought.
    Cheers.
     
  4. ifb-online

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    I used just over 12MB of data on a trip to the US earlier in the year on Orange and was welcomed home with a
     
  5. FelixofMars

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    That is why I turned roaming data off before I went on holiday. Everything else is still reasonably priced but not data. Most hotels off a free high speed wifi internet service. I would use that.
     
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  7. wuthton

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    If you want to use 3g when in a foreign country just pick up a PAYG sim from a local operator. Make sure you have your hotel address because some require a local address.
     
  8. dunbad

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    I think if you speak to orange BEFORE you go, you can buy a browsing bundle. Its still expensive, like 7 pounds for 15 meg. Could get you out of trouble if your desperate to check your emails
     
  9. billy1561

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    Thanks for all the advice guys really helpful. Think i will give orange a call and see what they have to say about it then it,s clear.
    Cheers,

    Billy
     
  10. tanbe174

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    if you don't want to be charged be sure to turn roaming off
     
  11. dunbad

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    Could you update and let me know. It was definitely the case last year with there browsing bundle. Only im going to spain next week also.
    Thanks
     
  12. billy1561

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    Will do.
     
  13. Shofar

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    Do any of the super markets sell a pay as you go 3G SIM good for browsing in UK? Scotland in particular.
     
  14. nx1977

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    Carphone warehouse sell UK and eu sims
     
  15. billy1561

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    have rung orange and they had to set up roaming via a text message and then it is 5 pounds per every 3 mb of data used. Just call them a couple of days before you depart and let them know how many 3 mb bundles you want. They last for 30 days. Also for a fiver you can get calls out reduced to 28 p a min from 38 p and incoming free instead of 19 p. All of these are for 200 minutes. Allj texts are 11 p
     
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  16. Lps

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    thats good to know Billy, thanks for the info!
     
  17. ifb-online

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    For the people on Orange this is not viable as the phones are locked to Orange.
     
  19. mpw

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    You can pick up a 3G PAYG SIM from any Vodafone store(and loads of other places too), but I found out that despite what you're told in store Orange PAYG SIMs are NOT 3G! and GPRS is painfully slow if you're used to 3G.

    I'm with giffgaff, and can't really fault them, but they don't have stores, so you need to have a UK address for the SIM to be posted to.

    For people who travel a lot, or have work/personal phones, I'm glad to see that dual SIM phones are finally going to be available from a major player (Nokia), can't wait for this to catch on; can you imagine how useful a dual SIM Android smartphone could be? and it's not something that AT&T/Apple would be interested in doing, as you couldn't lock it to a specific network if it's designed for travel.
     
  20. smashedrat2010

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    On a similar note im going to Spain next week and will be taking my phone i wont be using any data at all ill just have it there for the odd text, and phone call incase of emergency

    Will disabling Data Roaming be the only thing i need to do before going?
     
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