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Advice on phone management (scared of that huge bill when we get back to. Australia,) going to France, Germany mainly. Will use iPad for maps etc and world nomad advice, maybe Facebook. and keep phone for contact with home, and also friends travelling near us, but different route

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    Anthea,
    Aussie providers are offering pretty reasonable global roaming packages these days (if you're on the right plan), from as little as an extra $5 a day including data at Vodaphone. Optus has $10 data packs. Telstra is the most expensive but bundles start at $29 for 100MB, and go up to $350 for 1.5GB. And it means you keep your Aussie number.

    Don't forget, you can switch off global roaming but still use Wi-Fi, so you can use social media and instant messaging services. If your friends are on iPhone/iPad you can use facetime with just a Wi-Fi connection, and there's lots of free Wi-Fi everywhere.

    International travel SIMs can be a hassle. Local SIMs at your destination are cheaper, but still a hassle and you'll need one for France and one for Germany. You'll need to let your friends know what your new number is too. Although on the plus side it's easy to top-up credit at local newsagents and supermarkets.

    There are two Virgin mobile stores in the Charles de Gaulle airport terminal where you land, one by gate 49 and another near gate 40. The Relay chain of newsagents sells SIM cards, and there are three Relay stores in the terminal, one at each end and one in the middle. The supermarket chain Carrefour (they’re everywhere in France) re-sells Virgin mobiles and SIM cards.

    Mobiles are called handy phones (or handies) in Germany, and recharge cards are called Wiederaufladung. SIMs are sold in newsagents, petrol stations, supermarkets, kiosks and even the coffee shop chain Tchibo. 20Euro should get you a reasonable data pack. over 4 years ago

    Answered by Ask Phil via Site_iconWorldNomads.com

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