(2011-06-01) Simple Cheap International Roaming
(She won't have a Lap Top with her.)
- she'd have to pay international data charges, or use hotel's WiFi
- have to keep it running on my Nexus One at home
- most importantly, Skype almost always crashes on my Nexus One during the login process.
- installing 220.127.116.113 update
- nope still crashes - to be more specific the crash seems to happen while rendering my list of contacts, after login has completed
Or maybe just buy cheapo phone when she gets there to swap prepaid SIM card in?
Update: she didn't use this at all. I think she called from her work Blackberry!
- It sounds like people like buying prepaid SIM-s (in each country) to swap into their unlocked phone. (The Nexus One is a pain to open, which is why I'd just buy a cheap phone to do that with, though that wouldn't solve the data problem.)
- Other countries may have more free WiFi available, at least in their cities, than the US.
- Then you have to choose your SIM provider.
May'2012 update from Fred Wilson: When I arrived at Heathrow I bought a data only SIM in the Vending Machine in baggage claim.My friend Simon suggested I set up a new Skype account and get a UK Skype In number. I did that and I have been operating without a voice connection. I use skype for voice, Kik for text, and everything else works just fine on data.
- update: he also uses the Bria SIP client, plus the Roam Line multi-country data-only SIM service which is much more expensive, but much more convenient (if you're jumping countries a lot) than single-country services.
- Jul'2013 update: he's become a convert to the pocket WiFi in the past year. I used to be a fan of swapping SIM cards but these pocket wifis have gotten better recently. The cost has come down and the coverage has gone up.
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