International calling/data; I am SHOCKED!
I just called VZW for prices for both calling and data usage in Israel (which I will be travelling to next week).
Calls are $1.99/minute and data is $21 PER MEGABYTE!?
Im using a Bold 9650. Is there really no cheaper option?
They told me there is no cheaper way so theres not much I can do, i'm just in disbelief.
- 08-14-2011, 12:26 PM #2
Of course they aren't gonna tell you. Just call the international department (forget the name) and get your SIM unlocked, or get the free unlock code from the unlock forum from the site offering them, pick up a GSM SIM card in Israel, and you should be good to go. The problem I can think of though is if the PIN will be able to work on a GSM carrier if you add BIS data. You may just have to use regular data and not get your BB data.
From what I understand, I can use JUST Wifi for Data and turn off my data services? I will rearely be in a place in Israel where there is no Wifi.
That said, If I can get an affordable alt for both phone and BIS, id do it.
CULEX-that info would be great; thanks!
- 08-14-2011, 04:01 PM #8
EDIT: You will have to call Big Red to get your phone unlocked if you want to use another SIM. If you have a "mature" account in good standing, they'll give you a code at no charge that you type into the phone. There are several providers in the forums that will generate your code for you at a cost if you don't want to deal with Verizon.
Last edited by Underway99; 08-14-2011 at 04:21 PM.
I have been with VZW sine they were Bell Atlantic; hopefully they will give it to me.
What about BES?
Should I just try and use Wifi wherever possible or can I get a voice+data plan? I dont mind paying up for it, as long as its cheaper than $20/mb...
Finally, can I purchase a sim card (voice/data) for use in Israel, in the States (NYC)?
- 08-15-2011, 09:25 AM #10
2. I'm sure that you can get a prepaid SIM for voice and data. I don't know the cost. I would certainly use WiFi when available. If you don't need data when you're out of WiFi range, I'd just go for a voice plan.
3. Can't tell you for sure about purchasing your SIM before you go. Some countries have pretty strict rules about who can purchase a SIM and where. For example, when I was in Japan last spring, I needed a local (Japanese) address and local sponsor to buy a prepaid SIM. I didn't do it, BTW, because Big Red still had their $65 unlimited data global service. If you're traveling for business, your Israeli host should be able to track down a SIM or at least point you in the right direction. The consulate in New York should also be able to advise you.
08-15-2011, 11:16 AM #11
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Let us know what you wind up doing. I guess this would help plan in advance for reducing costs. I understand that if you go with another sim card for over there, you would have a different phone number and calls to it from the U.S. would be international to your caller.
While I have no overseas travel plans, when I last went to Europe, Verizon still had their unlimited plan for $65/month (prorated, etc) which was terrific for data (calls were still pricy but half price).
Maybe someone could help me with the math. When I was in Europe I used just about 3.1 gigs of data (I rarely use 1/2gig when home and most under a 1/4gig). How much would that cost me under Verizon's current pricing scheme?
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08-15-2011, 02:51 PM #13
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If you're on a business account, you can still add the $69.99 unlimited international BB plan, I travel fairly often, and I made sure to switch my personal account to a business account. Adding/removing international data is a breeze, they prorate you for your usage, in essence you're paying $2.33 per day, which is quite cheap.
In Israel, as far as I know (last I was there, was in October) VZW roams on Pelephone, which is a CDMA carrier.
If you have any other questions, feel free to ask.
08-15-2011, 07:58 PM #14
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So, seriously, if I travel to Europe and just use my Verizon sim card over there and find no special deals, my 3 week trips, if repeated, would cost me 60 THOUSAND DOLLARS (I'm rounding down to be generous) for phone/data service?