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dnaleonard

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One Camino Or The Other (Feb/March 2020)
Do you have a go to carrier for SIM card in Spain? I have installed quite a few apps after reading through these forums!
 
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trecile

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Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
I use T-Mobile in the US, and when I travel abroad my plan still includes unlimited data, and unlimited texting to/from US numbers. For phone calls I use apps to make free or low cost calls.

Another US cell provider - Google Fi, has a similar plan.

It makes it so easy. When I land in Spain I get a "welcome to Spain" text from T-Mobile. They are usually trying to sell me some package with a bit faster data speeds, but I have never had a problem with using what I already have.

I know that doesn't answer your exact question, but it is an excellent option for those in the US who travel abroad.
 

nycwalking

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Year of past OR future Camino
Ourense to Santiago (2019), CF: (2014, 2004, 2002, 2001). On to Fisterra, (2002, 4, 14).
I have Sprint.

Instead of seeing Sprint displayed on my phone whilst in Spain the mobile carrier was Movistar.

Before, I left the airport, I received a “Welcome to Spain” message from Sprint. The message spelled out calling and text options and attendant prices.

I was able to call folks back home without any problems; just as if I were in the States. I phoned albergues, hostals, other pilgrims, at no additional cost to my monthly plan.

Five years ago and beyond I needed either SIM or calling cards: no more need.

If your carrier does not have this “free” option. You can use WhatsApp, or Google Duo, or FaceTime with no expense added to your bill.

Buen camino.
 

lt56ny

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Year of past OR future Camino
CF(2012) Le Puy/CF (2015) Portugues (2017) Norte (2018) CF (2019) VDLP?
I have used Vodafone and Orange. I think Orange has a slightly better plan for a month. They are both 20 Euros. Orange gives you more data, Vodafone gives you more minutes. I would rather have the data. Vodafone does have more stores if you are going to be on a camino for more than a month. I use wattsapp or FaceTime to call the my family.
 
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dnaleonard

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One Camino Or The Other (Feb/March 2020)
I was not thinking about switching my US plan but that may be the most worry free. I think I will switch to Tmobile for the unlimited data. I do have whatsapp for calls. Thank you all for your responses!
 

dnaleonard

Member
Year of past OR future Camino
One Camino Or The Other (Feb/March 2020)
I use T-Mobile in the US, and when I travel abroad my plan still includes unlimited data, and unlimited texting to/from US numbers. For phone calls I use apps to make free or low cost calls.

Another US cell provider - Google Fi, has a similar plan.

It makes it so easy. When I land in Spain I get a "welcome to Spain" text from T-Mobile. They are usually trying to sell me some package with a bit faster data speeds, but I have never had a problem with using what I already have.

I know that doesn't answer your exact question, but it is an excellent option for those in the US who travel abroad.
I am so glad you wrote this. Verizon picks right up wherever I travel but it charges $10 a day. I was not even considering a different US carrier. Thanks!
 

Little Flower

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Year of past OR future Camino
2022
I used Vodafone and Orange. I liked both services. Use sim card is much easier to use in Spain and resonable price rather than use my Verizon. Does any one know that I can buy sim card at Madrid Airport? I plan to walk the Norte in middle of April 2020.
 

cbacino

Active Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Camino del Norte - Primitivo (2018)
Via Francigena (2017)
Appalachian Trail (2016)
Do you have a go to carrier for SIM card in Spain? I have installed quite a few apps after reading through these forums!
I bought an Orange SIM card with data in Paris, where I started my Camino. Worked like a charm in France and Spain.
 

bobbogram

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Year of past OR future Camino
El Norte San Sebastián to Santiago; Portuguese Lisbon to Porto; Porto to Santiago; Geneva west
I’ve used AT&T the last five years on hikes - Portugal, Spain, France, Australia, New Zealand, Scotland (no hike), Ireland (no hike), Istanbul (no hike), Oman (no hike). Their web page offers several plans, most places unlimited text, cheap calls, use your home data plan allowance for $10/day. It’s reliable service for communications and security and planning when WIFI isn’t available.
 
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lt56ny

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Year of past OR future Camino
CF(2012) Le Puy/CF (2015) Portugues (2017) Norte (2018) CF (2019) VDLP?
I used Vodafone and Orange. I liked both services. Use sim card is much easier to use in Spain and resonable price rather than use my Verizon. Does any one know that I can buy sim card at Madrid Airport? I plan to walk the Norte in middle of April 2020.
I have heard some bad things about buying a SIM card at the Madrid airport. My recommendation would be to go to either a Vodafone or an Orange office and do it there when you are in Madrid. I think it will be alot easier the way.
 

Little Flower

Member, Donated Member
Year of past OR future Camino
2022
Thank you It56ny for your kind response. My problem is: I need to go to San Sebastian via plane upon my arrival at Madrid airport; then, I will walk to Irun. Do you know is there any cell phone store in Irun?
 

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