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Old 01-14-2013, 04:43 PM   #871
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Thank you. I knew it was probable too good to be true that the phones would work off the ship.

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Don't forget your U.S. phone will not work in Europe unless you upgrade your chip. There are phone companies that you can buy a phone for $30.00 and pay as you use much like a Tracfone in the U.S. We have a "Eurobuzz" (company's name) that we use when we travel to Europe and that has worked well for us.
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Old 01-14-2013, 04:46 PM   #872
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Don't forget your U.S. phone will not work in Europe unless you upgrade your chip. There are phone companies that you can buy a phone for $30.00 and pay as you use much like a Tracfone in the U.S. We have a "Eurobuzz" (company's name) that we use when we travel to Europe and that has worked well for us.
It really depends on your US cellular carrier and phone you have. I have ATT and and iPhone, I can use it in Europe without a problem as it's a world phone. In the end check with your particular carrier to see if your phone is compatible with Europe's networks. I can tell you that most of ATT's phone are compatible.........
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Old 01-14-2013, 05:10 PM   #873
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It really depends on your US cellular carrier and phone you have. I have ATT and and iPhone, I can use it in Europe without a problem as it's a world phone. In the end check with your particular carrier to see if your phone is compatible with Europe's networks. I can tell you that most of ATT's phone are compatible.........
Yes and it depends on your phone and plan. Some get to Europe and say.." what do you mean my phone doen't work?...It's brand new..."
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You can "rent" a phone from Verizon that will work. They send you everything you need with you. Then you can switch to a plan for Europe minimal charge. I think I spent $25 maybe $30 total for our trip in 2011
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You can "rent" a phone from Verizon that will work. They send you everything you need with you. Then you can switch to a plan for Europe minimal charge. I think I spent $25 maybe $30 total for our trip in 2011
We have Verizon and that is what we do
Can't imagine going anywhere without a cell phone. We just use it to keep in touch with each other so I can shop or look at things that the rest of my family doesn't have patience for.
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It really depends on your US cellular carrier and phone you have. I have ATT and and iPhone, I can use it in Europe without a problem as it's a world phone. In the end check with your particular carrier to see if your phone is compatible with Europe's networks. I can tell you that most of ATT's phone are compatible.........
It's good to know that you haven't had a problem with ATT and the iPhone. I believe we will all have an iPhone5 when we go on this trip, and we also have ATT. I plan on checking with them to see what our issues will be. I know I have read about people having an issue with roaming charges and to put the phone in airplane mode (I think that is what it was called). I have to look into it. It just all seems so overwhelming with all there is to check into.

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It's good to know that you haven't had a problem with ATT and the iPhone. I believe we will all have an iPhone5 when we go on this trip, and we also have ATT. I plan on checking with them to see what our issues will be. I know I have read about people having an issue with roaming charges and to put the phone in airplane mode (I think that is what it was called). I have to look into it. It just all seems so overwhelming with all there is to check into.

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My plan is to turn off ALL data as its extremely expensive. Their international data plans are VERY limiting in terms of amount of data allowed.
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It's good to know that you haven't had a problem with ATT and the iPhone. I believe we will all have an iPhone5 when we go on this trip, and we also have ATT. I plan on checking with them to see what our issues will be. I know I have read about people having an issue with roaming charges and to put the phone in airplane mode (I think that is what it was called). I have to look into it. It just all seems so overwhelming with all there is to check into.

Thanks for your input.

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I have an iPhone 4S and I always put it in airplane mode and turn my data off as well. It will pretty much be an iPod the whole trip. I might make a few calls home while we're gone, but not really planning on it. Plus I'll be looking for wifi hotspots.
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My plan is to turn off ALL data as its extremely expensive. Their international data plans are VERY limiting in terms of amount of data allowed.
Thanks for your input. I'm sure that is probably what we will do also. I'm not as up on all the terminology as my kids are. I still have an old old razor phone but I believe I'll get the iphone5 in a month or two. Just one more thing to learn.

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I have an iPhone 4S and I always put it in airplane mode and turn my data off as well. It will pretty much be an iPod the whole trip. I might make a few calls home while we're gone, but not really planning on it. Plus I'll be looking for wifi hotspots.
I take it that Disney doesn't offer free wifi on the ship. If not I was hoping it wouldn't be too expensive. Otherwise I guess we will also be looking for wifi hotspots.

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I take it that Disney doesn't offer free wifi on the ship. If not I was hoping it wouldn't be too expensive. Otherwise I guess we will also be looking for wifi hotspots.

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Nope, no free wifi. It's VERY expensive and not reliable at all!!!!!
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Nope, no free wifi. It's VERY expensive and not reliable at all!!!!!
Oh well, I'm not surprised.

Do you get Euro's before leaving on the trip or do you just wait until you're in Europe?

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Oh well, I'm not surprised.

Do you get Euro's before leaving on the trip or do you just wait until you're in Europe?

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We'll get some before we leave, and pick up more as needed at an ATM........
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Nope, no free wifi. It's VERY expensive and not reliable at all!!!!!
It goes with the fact that most public restrooms a fee is charged to "do your business".....Have plenty of small Euro denominations.....
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I was digging through our international coinage over the weekend and came up with 9,75 Euro that we'll take with us to have some coins to start with. We'll exchange for some Euros before we leave so we won't have to immediately find an ATM, and because we're doing a Rome in Limo tour that requires Euros in cash for payment, we'll go ahead and get that out ahead of time, too, so we'll be absolutely certain we have that.

You can exchange US for Euros on the ship as well over at the shore excursions desk side. And they'll exchange back for you at the end of the cruise as well. They may have some restrictions on what they'll take back (like certain denominations in bills, not coins, etc.) so just know that has been an option in the past.

We have old Nokia non-smart phones so we aren't going to have cell-phone service while we're gone, but we do have iPod Touch and iPad that we'll be traveling with. The iPod Touch will always go off with me so when we do find a hotspot, we'll check in with home. I have used the ship's wifi before but what I found worked best is to just buy a plan and then download the email, disconnect, reply to whatever needed replies or write whatever I wanted to send, and then connect again to upload it. I had a blog I did, too, that I could post by email to - I will probably do that again this time. Just no pictures because of how much it takes to post them. I have found that the ship's wifi worked good enough if you used it when most people were still off the ship or very early morning or late at night.

Some research will probably point us to free wifi hotspots in the ports.
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