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Best SIM card for use in Europe

Liz myers

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#1
We will be away in Europe for 3.5 months and looks to get a European SIM card for phone calls and data. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what SIM card has the best deals?
Thanks liz from sydney
 

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jl

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#3
I am currently in Italy and have bought a sim for 25 euro (sim + data) for 20 gig of data for 2 months. This was with Wind. A friend paid the same with TIM and got 10 gig for one month. The Wind sim is a special deal for foreign visitors in Italy and is meant to have very good coverage.

When I was in Europe for a year I got a different card for each cuntry I was in, though the rules have changed for Germany and you need a special ID to access the O2 card - which has the better coverage. Vodaphone was about 30 euro (a few months ago) for a couple of gig data. I suspect that unless you have a travel sim (that you can get at Aust PO etc) you will need a seperate sim for each country.
 

AlwynWellington

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#4
you will need a seperate sim for each country.
I understand the EU put rules in place, with effect from (?) March 2017 that SIMs (phone and data) are to work in every EU country the carrier has services in. In early October I purchased an Orange card in Estella for two or three months. But in UK in November it stopped working after few days. I was told Orange there was a different entity was was rebranding (as I recall) ...

So ask questions and choose carefully but ...
 

camino-david

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#5
Hi AlwynWellington

Just goes to show that UK is not in Europe! Just what Brexit is all about.

But seriously, there are no roaming charges in continental EU so a sim card bought in France is good in Spain. There are many to chose from and I found Vodaphone and Orange are very common. I tip is to make sure you can recharge online if you run out of data.
 

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