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erik meade

Phone in Northern Ireland and Ireland quick advice needed

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erik meade

My daughters are headed out to study abroad this semester. One in Ireland the other in Northern Ireland. 

 

We we are on Verizon now-

 

phones are paid for, unlocked iPhone 7 I think. 

 

I was was supposed to have checked on all this but forgot so now am last minute. We used to be on T-Mobile and it was effortless and cheap to go overseas. It looks like Verizon wants to charge $10 per day to use phones over there so that is not a good option.

 

Should they just get a prepaid SIM card when they arrive? And if so, any guidance on that?

 

signed - father doing last minute what he was supposed to do a month ago. 

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WPG Gizmo

Get T-Mobile plans for your daughters

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erik meade

I am looking into that, be T-Mobile says not for extended stays, and not sure if we switched them now, and they went to Ireland next week for three months if T-Mobile is kosher with that.

 

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Jack L

I had my son get a phone when he got over there. Don't recall the plan. Have her talk to other kids who've been and see what they used.

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uplandave

Not sure on the areas you've mentioned but a friend who travels the world for a fortune 500 company uses AT&T. Says it is the best in his opinion for outside the US. Good luck, Dave 

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Jim Vander

Getting a sim for an unlocked phone is simple and cost effective in UK and I expect is same in Ireland. Ive had very good luck with 3UK.

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terrym

My daughter moved to England for a couple years in September. She was able to use her iPhone and buy into a great plan without having to buy another. Much cheaper and fabulous coverage than any carriers in Canada. 

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Lurch

I spent quite a bit of time working in County Antrim outside of Belfast. When I was there, we had a company phone so didn't have to deal with any of that on my own bill, so can't help you there, but if you/they have ny questions on either the Republic or Nor'n Iron,  I've wandered most of it. Feel free to PM me anytime.

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erik meade
11 minutes ago, terrym said:

My daughter moved to England for a couple years in September. She was able to use her iPhone and buy into a great plan without having to buy another. Much cheaper and fabulous coverage than any carriers in Canada. 

Do you know what plan?

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terrym
5 hours ago, erik meade said:

Do you know what plan?

I will ask. 

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smash20

Ireland and N. Ireland?  Hopefully they still get along when this is over.  😉

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birdhuntervet

Most folks over there use Viber or WhatsApp for voip calls. Most all places (pubs, fuel stations etc)  have free available wireless.

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FlyChamps

I don't know if Wi-Fi calling is available with an iPhone but it is built into my Verizon Samsung S7.  Wi-Fi calling is free for calls back to the US and worked great from Paris, London, Wales and Israel on 3 different trips.  All hotels, pubs, and many public places had free Wi-Fi, it's almost ubiquitous, in fact it was available on the tour bus in Israel.

 

I have the $10 per day outside the US calling set up on my phone but have never used it because Wi-Fi has sufficed.

 

You may consider buying cheap phones and service to use locally in Ireland and using Wi-Fi calling for those international calls to mom.

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Lurch

Just talked to a friend who's daughter was in Dublin spring semester last year. They're AT&T and paid ~$20 a month for her to be able to use her iphone over there (limited data and such), but mostly she just used wifi calls.

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