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Traveling From The US To Europe With T-Mobile  
User currently offlineUA777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 11
Posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 2373 times:

I currently have T-Mobile service. I am going to be in Stolkholm and Paris in Feb. Does T-Mobile have anything that allows me to use my phone, my number, but their cell tower while not costing me an arm and a leg?

What about other cell companies?

Thanks,

Matthew


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User currently offlineAlaskaqantas From New Zealand, joined Dec 2005, 905 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 2369 times:

What we do when ever we go between NZ and the USA we have the same phone we just get another SIM card... so if I were you I would look at what service provider over in the EU has the best deal for what you want and buy a phone number (a SIM card) and just put it in your current phone.

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User currently offlineFlyer732 From Namibia, joined Nov 1999, 1367 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 2366 times:

It is quite expensive, check with T-Mobile and see what rate plans they have. On my current international plan (That I use quite a bit) I pay $0.99 a minute from most of Europe. I was paying $1.29 a minute from Kuwait and $1.49 a minute from Saudi Arabia, plus they all have a roaming cost involved in it.
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User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4627 posts, RR: 36
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 2360 times:

Is T-mobile on GSM or CDMA network in the US?

Kris



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User currently offlineCumulus From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 1402 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 2357 times:

Remember, make sure your handset uses GSM 1800, not 1900 as per the U.S.


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User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4627 posts, RR: 36
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 2349 times:

Quoting Cumulus (Reply 4):
Remember, make sure your handset uses GSM 1800, not 1900 as per the U.S.

Pretty much all GSM phones are now tri-band (North America 850, 1800, 1900 Europe 900, 1800, 1900) and will work in Europe or in the US. Just not so well in more rural areas as the local phones will. For example, a tri-band phone from North America will work well in more urban areas of Europe where 1800MHz is used because it has both 1800 and 1900 capability. But in more rural areas where the lower frequency (900) is used the North American phone would probably lose signal because it's set for 850MHz which is used in North America.

My phone is Euro spec so it's 900,1800,1900. Works well here in Calgary, but loses signal outside of the city.

Kris



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User currently offlineUA777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 2344 times:

It's more than fine for international use. I recall paying like $30 for a new SIM card about 3 years ago, is there something like this? I remember having my number being called from the US as they normally would but that it would ring differently, will my billing go up for this? Does T-Mobile cover both Stockholm and Paris?

Thanks,

Matthew



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User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 2338 times:

What aircraft do T-Mobile fly?


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User currently offlineEDDL From Germany, joined Dec 2002, 738 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 2330 times:

Quoting Myt332 (Reply 7):
What aircraft do T-Mobile fly?


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User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 2327 times:

EDDL, great!  bigthumbsup 

Sadly for UA777222, in the configuration that they are currently in, this B735 and A319 won't make it non-stop from the USA!



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User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12242 posts, RR: 35
Reply 10, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 2304 times:
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Quoting Cumulus (Reply 4):
Remember, make sure your handset uses GSM 1800, not 1900 as per the U.S.

Preferably also 900. I lost signal several times in Norway because my handset was 850/1800/1900. A quadband phone is ideal 850/900/1800/1900.

Quoting UA777222 (Reply 6):
recall paying like $30 for a new SIM card about 3 years ago, is there something like this?

There is no charge for WorldClass Service, just call 611 and tell them to activate it. And make sure they do...they didn't for me.

Quoting UA777222 (Reply 6):
I remember having my number being called from the US as they normally would but that it would ring differently, will my billing go up for this?

Yes, you will be charged $0.99/minute both incoming and outgoing calls while in most of western Europe.

What I did when I went to Norway, is I bought a local prepaid card. Costs more to call from the US to that number, but still cheaper than roaming charges. If your phone is locked to T-Mobile, call them and say you need it unlocked for use overseas.

Quoting UA777222 (Reply 6):
Does T-Mobile cover both Stockholm and Paris?

Through one of their roaming partners, yes.



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User currently offlinePope From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 2280 times:

Make sure your phone is at least tri- and preferably quad-band. Though T-Mobile says that they take care of this automatically, I would call customer service to make sure the international roaming is enabled.

Other than that, you should have no problem. My wife took her T-Mobile phone to Rome this summer and used it fine. Cost (depending on where you are is between $1 and $3/minute. Most calls were $1/minute back to the US.


User currently offlineTIA From Albania, joined Mar 2006, 524 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 2272 times:

Also know that you will be charged at least 99c for all incoming calls, even for those that you don't answer. If it rings you will be charged, so you might want to keep your phone turned off at times.

User currently offlineUA777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (7 years 8 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2241 times:

I'm surprised they wouldn't have any other system in place for this. Is the whole mobile to mobile thing still free even if it's overseas or is it more of a min. use internationally regardless of who it is that you're speaking to (toll-free, cell to cell, etc).

Thanks,

Matthew



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User currently offlineFlyer732 From Namibia, joined Nov 1999, 1367 posts, RR: 21
Reply 14, posted (7 years 8 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2230 times:

Quoting UA777222 (Reply 13):
Is the whole mobile to mobile thing still free even if it's overseas or is it more of a min. use internationally regardless of who it is that you're speakin

Still a charge, with my Cingular its $0.69 from Belgium and it was $0.99 from Kuwait to another Cingular customer...


User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12242 posts, RR: 35
Reply 15, posted (7 years 8 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2225 times:
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Quoting UA777222 (Reply 13):
I'm surprised they wouldn't have any other system in place for this. Is the whole mobile to mobile thing still free even if it's overseas or is it more of a min. use internationally regardless of who it is that you're speaking to (toll-free, cell to cell, etc).

Everything costs when you're roaming.None of the "unlimited" items on your plan are free.



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User currently offlineUA777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 11
Reply 16, posted (7 years 8 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2224 times:

Ok.

Thanks guys. I just recall being able to utilize T-Mobile's service in the EU. Does it at least work in London?

Thanks,

Matthew



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User currently offlineGo3Team From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3267 posts, RR: 16
Reply 17, posted (7 years 8 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2208 times:

Quoting UA777222 (Reply 16):
Thanks guys. I just recall being able to utilize T-Mobile's service in the EU. Does it at least work in London?

My sister's phone worked well when we were in London last year. It also worked when she visited the Shetland Islands which is off of Scotland somewhere, and in Spain as well. Phone charges were $0.99 a minute on the bill, that I had to pay, since I was the one that made the calls.



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User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12242 posts, RR: 35
Reply 18, posted (7 years 8 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2194 times:
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Quoting UA777222 (Reply 16):
Thanks guys. I just recall being able to utilize T-Mobile's service in the EU. Does it at least work in London?



Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 10):
Quoting UA777222 (Reply 6):
Does T-Mobile cover both Stockholm and Paris?

Through one of their roaming partners, yes.



Quoting Pope (Reply 11):
Other than that, you should have no problem. My wife took her T-Mobile phone to Rome this summer and used it fine.

Yes yes yes. It works in Europe but it costs a roaming fee. For a full description of fees, visit:

http://www.t-mobile.com/Internationa...view.aspx?tp=Inl_Tab_RoamWorldwide



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User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5516 posts, RR: 18
Reply 19, posted (7 years 8 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2177 times:

Do you have to go into the T-Mobile store to set up an account or something for it to work in Europe? I know for Cingular we did this. Apparently our phones were activated for use in Europe. When I got there my Samsung phone did not work with any towers in Italy, Slovenia or Croatia. My sister's Motorola phone picked up a tower on the island in Croatia where we stayed and it said, "T-Mobile HR." Calls were ridiculously expensive, but we used it once or twice. I guess it's safe to assume that your T-Mobile phone will not need to be activated as Europe is owned by T-Mobile. There were ads for that company 24/7 in Croatia!

User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12242 posts, RR: 35
Reply 20, posted (7 years 8 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2169 times:
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Quoting Continental (Reply 19):
Do you have to go into the T-Mobile store to set up an account or something for it to work in Europe?

Call 611. They will set it up for you over the phone. Then call back and double check it's been done.

If you are opening the phone to use a European SIM, they will send you an email with instructions and unlock code.



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