Do you speak German? If so, it's probably best to look on the Vodafone.de site for their taffifs, similarly for T-mobile etc. If not, searching around, you can find offers like this:
Germany SIM Card
This is more expensive than the best you can do buying a local SIM in Germany, but it doesn't look too bad. $99 for 5G + a small amount of voice is much cheaper than Verizon's international data rates. This way you would get the phone number before you left, they will forward 2 hours of calls from your US mobile number to this phone etc, so there is a lot of additional convenience.
But if you or your family members are good at German, wait until you are there! (That said, one of my daughter's friends who was fluent in French said that her most challenging time of her year in Paris was signing a mobile contract. Apparently school French doesn't quite prepare you for that!)
Again, thanks silver. Are you saying that my student should purchase a phone there (by contract) or just sim cards (by contract) while in Germany. No, fluency in German yet but hopeful by the end of the stay. You have been more than gracious with your answers.
No, no need to purchase a phone. And for 3.5months, probably just stick to prepaid rather than contract SIMs. In some places, such as the UK, there are good 30 day SIM contracts (cheaper than the pure prepaid rate) but I don't know if such things are available for Germany.
Originally Posted by robotbldmom
It really all comes down to cost vs convenience.
By far the most convenient thing to do is to just to use the Verizon (Vodafone) SIM, but for me at least, the cost there far outweighs the convenience.
The cheapest thing to do is to get a SIM when you arrive. The problem is knowing which one to get! If you were going to the UK for example, I can point you to 10 carrier/supplier sites that list all the options so you could decide what makes sense for you and your student. (Not that this is easy either, Orange for example, offers four different FAMILIES of SIM plans, each family having a choice of prepaid/postpaid with different contract lengths, different minutes/texts/data options, and a choice of rewards, and that is just one carrier!). Vodafone.de has the same information for Germany for that carrier, but if you can't understand the German, not so useful!
That's why I included the other link, that is sort of in between. Not very cheap, but you can know that for $99 you get 5G of data and then add some voice time as well. And that was just one example, google search for Germany prepaid SIM gives other links as well.
Wow, the options seem a little overwhelming, but you are great at explanations, i will definitely do some extra googling and see what pops up. Maybe we will just use smoke signals, seems like a cheaper and easier option (lol).
So is there any headway on the unlocking of the D3. I also just got one from someone who claimed it was unlocked, just to find out that the network is still locked on Verizon. When I tried to request code from Verizon, they told me only their subscribers are eligible for unlock codes. I am so lost, and so frustrated with my BB
Originally Posted by danilos2k
Droid 3 GSM Australia
I'm wondering if you might be able to help me.
I'm currently using a Droid 3 (from Verizon, XT862) in Australia.
I'm assuming it is already GSM unlocked, as I just put my SIM card into it and was able to make and receive phone calls and SMSs.
However, I am unable to get any sort of mobile data connection (besides WIFI).
I have tried tweaking the mobile network settings to use GSM/UMTS instead of Global network mode, but when I do, it drops the network signal and asks me if I want to revert to Global network mode. In the global network mode the APN and Operator Selection options are disabled, so there is no way I can actually set up my provider's APN.