What about Cell phones – SIM with data service on the Camino de Santiago?

SIM card for your Camino de Santiago

The question was:

We took unlocked cellphones to Spain a couple years ago. No trouble getting cheap SIM cards (Orange) and they were used in both Spain and France largely to reserve ahead for Gites in France. I would have bought a data plan as well for email service but we were refused because we didn’t have a permanent Spanish address. We are returning to walk the Via Francigenia this fall. We should make it from England to the Swiss border. Has anyone else had this problem of buying a SIM card with data service? Will we run into the same problem in England? France? Any advice or guidance would be appreciated.

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TIP: Techno Geek’s Guide to the Camino

Should I bring my ipad on my Camino de Santiago?

Not really a question, but an interesting writup by one of our forum members:

Or How to stay connected when you don’t want to be…

Much of this Forum’s questions are related to various technology issues that pilgrims want to address prior to leaving on their Camino. I have tried to capture as much of the information from various people’s posts to pull together a single location for information that will be a primer for future pilgrims to turn to. It should be a FAQ for the technically inclined.
May I caveat this first by stating that most people go on the Caminos to get away for their current lifestyle and a part of that is usually our inherent dependence on technology. One must keep this in mind when they travel with other pilgrims and be discrete and conscientious in the use of anything that can become an annoyance. Loud Ipod music or constantly beeping phones does not make for a good pilgrim experience.
Having said that, let’s look at some key reasons you may want to have technology with you on the Camino and some of the suggested solutions. The emphasis is on weight, cost, and functionality.

It is broken into several parts:
Communication
Telephones
Computers
Web Logs
Voice/Sound recording
Music
Apps
Podcasts
GPS
Photography
Books
Power

I hope this is of value to those that may be wondering about questions and I hope that others can provide more insight into certain areas. I will try to keep this updated as much as possible.

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Is it easy to find SIM cards with data service on the Camino de Santiago?

SIM card for your Camino de Santiago

The question was:

We took unlocked cellphones to Spain a couple years ago. No trouble getting cheap SIM cards (Orange) and they were used in both Spain and France largely to reserve ahead for Gites in France. I would have bought a data plan as well for email service but we were refused because we didn’t have a permanent Spanish address. We are returning to walk the Via Francigenia this fall. We should make it from England to the Swiss border. Has anyone else had this problem of buying a SIM card with data service? Will we run into the same problem in England? France? Any advice or guidance would be appreciated.

Read the good advice on SIM cards on the Camino de Santiago here.

Do I need a cellphone on my Camino de Santiago?

Do I need a phone on my Camino de Santiago?

The question was:

I’m considering whether to bring my iphone on the Frances route this April. I’d like not to.
To the extent I need to communicate with home, I can do it from villages along the way at internet cafes.

I suppose my biggest concern is that I may need it to call ahead for reservations each day. Thoughts?

Read the good advice on bringing a cellphone with you on the Camino de Santiago here.