I was recently in the United Kingdom and Ireland on business and I wanted to avoid as many call charges as possible while in Europe. I had been burnt once before with a $600 phone bill 😦 “Once bitten, twice shy”.
So I looked for a way to use my US iPhone without the excessive roaming charges while checking my office emails, Facetime, Skype etc and at the same time avoiding going into every coffee shop to use the free wi-fi.
So I wanted to share what I found out:
1. I got my iPhone unlocked – which cost $19.99 (you can also get it done on the internet). This means that you can use any sim in any country – Happy Days!
2. In the UK: I purchased a “Vodafone Freebee” Sim for £20 (included 500 UK Minutes, Unlimited UK Texts, 2GB of data.)
In Ireland: I purchased a “Meteor Simplicity” Sim for €10 (included Unlimited Minutes, 7.5GB of data.)
There is only one draw back, you do not have your regular cell phone number but I countered that by forwarding all of the calls to my office phone. I hope that this helps for any of you doing international MICE programs over the coming months.
MICEport is an international marketing firm specializing in International Meeting, Incentive, Conference and Events programs with their DMC partners in Ireland, Scotland, France, Monaco, Germany, Austria, Italy Morocco, UAE and Oman. For more information on MICEport DMC partners, go to www.miceportdmc.com