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    • Before a trip to Iceland a few years ago I switched from AT&T to T-Mobile, since T-Mobile offers free unlimited international data on their standard plans.

      The catch is that you only get 2G speeds, but that turned out to be fine. It was plenty to allow me to use my phone for maps, looking things up, and even casual browsing when I didn't have access to wifi. And I was happy not to have to go to great pains to try to find and activate a prepaid SIM card, which seems like it should be easy but had been a huge inconvenience on previous international trips.

    • For what is worth, the biggest inconvenience I experienced while switching carrier's SIM with the one I pre purchased, was dropping and almost losing the tiny SIMs under the passenger seats area in front while doing the swap during my overseas flight. Being able to watch at will Netflix, downloading many for in flight watching, and listening to Napster, Spotify, downloading maps, etc. was highly enjoyable and very price effective. I will never tie myself ever again to a "provider" and will never be buying a phone from them with a "discount".

    • I always seem to have trouble finding prepaid SIMs in the first place when I travel. You'd think they'd be easy to find in airports, especially in international terminals, but I've wandered around airports in Australia, New Zealand, and Iceland without having much luck finding them.

      In Melbourne I did eventually find an electronics store while wandering downtown and they sold me a prepaid SIM, which I was then unable to activate because the carrier wouldn't accept payment from a credit card associated with a non-Australian address. So I had to get my friend who lives there to pay for it with his card. It was ridiculous and a huge waste of time.

      These days I'm happy to avoid that trouble.

    • I hear you - and agree. depending on the destination travel (which in my opinion is the critical aspect), they may not be very popular and so it could become a bit of a hassle to buy and use them. What I was suggesting is buying them here in US, before the trip - it's what I did to avoid the hassles of looking for them and potentially the payment issue. Mine did require a refill after the three week that I had already paid for when purchasing it. It also required (per EU laws) to send a picture of my ID and fill out registration form. I now have a French number and generous data plan, I should be able to refill and use when I go back. I should report back in few months how that worked.