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Gumba

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Obviously a question for my fellow Aussies! Have you used the Aust post travel sim? Any thoughts? Las time I planned to buy sim cards when we reached Pamplona last time but could not easily find a vodafone store - thought this might be easier from the get-go?

There will be 4 of us walking and you can link two phones together so I thought that would be a bonus - the husband and I will link to the children's phones so that we can call them and tell them to slow down and wait for us lol. We will need a phone to call ahead for accommodation each day (walking in winter) and just to feel safer really.
 

OzAnnie

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Hi there Gumba

Another Ozzie forum member msgd me earlier this year with the following info. I need to contact him again to see how his worked out

Copied msg [[ I got a SIM card delivered from Sim Corner in Victoria which can be used in Europe and the UK for 30 days and it comes with a lot of credit for calls within Europe and 12 GB of data. You may want to check this out and see if it is better than buying a SIM card in Spain.]]

But what I have been doing lately when I travel : (This works with Vodafone....no knowledge of others) is-
If I’m not yet in a place where I can buy a SIM card and there’s no wifi ‘... I use my home mobile package. Vodafone here charge a fixed Au$5 per day. I don’t need to do that for many days. Sometimes 2 at beginning and similar at end. For me it’s easier than renewing a sim for a month.
I always get a sim in spain (not necessarily Vodafone ) for data and calls - and make good use of local wifi when it’s available.
I use it travel
Good luck - I’ll be watching responses for good ideas for future.

Buen camino
Annie
 
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kazrobbo

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Obviously a question for my fellow Aussies! Have you used the Aust post travel sim? Any thoughts? Las time I planned to buy sim cards when we reached Pamplona last time but could not easily find a vodafone store - thought this might be easier from the get-go?

There will be 4 of us walking and you can link two phones together so I thought that would be a bonus - the husband and I will link to the children's phones so that we can call them and tell them to slow down and wait for us lol. We will need a phone to call ahead for accommodation each day (walking in winter) and just to feel safer really.
I can't write re Aust Post sims but I've been using Travel Sim for all my trips since 2016 (www.travelsim.net.au).
You get an Aussie number which makes it easier for people at home to contact you (no need for country codes), 6 months to use your credit, just before the 6 months is up, you can keep the same number by recharging $5 (which they match) towards your next trip.
Data packages available separately although I haven't ever needed to purchase one.
Very good rates for texts & calls (varies country to country)...far better than any our home telco's offer. You can enter the countries you'll be visiting on their website & it lists rates. May not be the absolute cheapest option (compared to what you might be able to get 'on the ground') but for simplicity, convenience, no hassles with compatability & a dedicated Aussie support/service centre (which means always in English... 🤭 ), I've found them unbeatable. I got my initial sim for free as a special offer attached to the travel insurance I purchased.
The 4 years I've been using Travel Sim covers 10 countries & 3 continents...I can recommend them. I'm not a heavy user when travelling preferring 'off grid' as much as practicable (no FOMO for me! 😄 ) so your intended usage will have a bearing but at the very least, worth having a look at.
Good luck & happy planning!
👣 🌏
 
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Gumba

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Thanks OzAnnie - we have been cought out a few times on our travels, accidentally accessing our $5/day telstra international roaming and has cost us a lot $$$$. With a different sim card, we wont make that mistake! Also means that no one will contact us. Well, unless we give them the number!!!

Kazrobbo - it appears that your recommendation is exactly the same as the Aust post simcard - except your one has a discount for buying more than one which will save us $40!! Thanks for that - we can put it towards phone credit!!! I liket hat they dont run out after 30 days - we need 35 lol!
 

maggiec

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Obviously a question for my fellow Aussies! Have you used the Aust post travel sim? Any thoughts? Las time I planned to buy sim cards when we reached Pamplona last time but could not easily find a vodafone store - thought this might be easier from the get-go?

There will be 4 of us walking and you can link two phones together so I thought that would be a bonus - the husband and I will link to the children's phones so that we can call them and tell them to slow down and wait for us lol. We will need a phone to call ahead for accommodation each day (walking in winter) and just to feel safer really.
No. I never use SIM cards from home. Its easier to Get a cheap Spanish one from the airport. Vodaphone and Orange stores are everywhere and you can also get Spanish SIM cards in Tabac shops 10 or 20 euros gives you heaps of data and you can make local phone calls. Easy to top up too. Download WhatsApp for communication too. It’s free
 
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Gumba,
I have an unused travelsim as a result of having to cancel my Camino Primitivo (I had a seizure out of the blue a week or so ago) I could transfer the SIM card to you - I can't get a refund as it has been opened. I selected the travelsim as it seemed the best deal for me I would have been about 40 days away.
 

Gumba

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CF March 2018
CF Dec 2019/2020
Thank you for your generous offer. I will decline, because I need to get duo packs so that my husband and I can link our sims to our boys (who are walking with us). Apparently you can only link up if you have the 'duo' packs. I'm sorry to hear about your seizure - I know nothing about them but I hope it has mearly delayed your Camino. Are you aware that the travelSIM lasts for 6 months and you can top them up with $5 to keep them going for another 6 months? Hopefully you are down for the moment, but not out. Thank you so much for the offer. Best wishes for your recovery
 
Bought a 3UK SIM in London. 20 GBP per month for 12 gb and unlimited calls and text across Europe. ( Till Brexit anyway )
Orange in France and Voda do similar deals. Can top up via an account.
 

Anamya

Keeping it simple
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Frances (2015)
Portugues (2017)
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I am also on the "buy Orange Sim in the airport" team, but will be following this thread as it has quite useful infomation :)

Also, best wishes to @Bob Chambers. My husband also had a seizure this year that was quite frightning - although our camino still happened. Santiago will be there for you when you are strong again, all the best!
 

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