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Should I take my Droid to Europe?

Discussion in 'Android General Discussions' started by exp, Mar 29, 2010.

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    I'm heading to Germany, Luxembourg, and Paris in May. It sure would be nice to have access to my emails and google maps over wifi. I know the networks won't be compatible at all. Do you think it's worth taking over there? I'm not aware of a way to turn off the 3G radio on the Droid so I'm afraid I'll rack up a bunch of international data charges somehow on accident.

    As an aside, I think it's completely stupid that you can turn off the 3G radio on a Hero or Eris but not the Droid. Please don't derail this thread though if you want to explain some crazy hack to make it work! :)
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    step 1 : turn on airplane mode (will turn off all radios)

    step 2 : turn on wifi
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    Google Maps won't work as you need a data connection.

    I took mine to Switzerland last month and basically only used it as an alarm clock. I had my laptop with me for e-mails. I downloaded MapDroyd but did not get it to work.
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    It was mentioned in another thread that VZ may do a GSM loaner for people travelling. Don't know if that is correct though.
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    Maps can work to the extent that you can find a WIFI connection, but PatG is right, it wont do anything without a data connection of some type. I tried Viamici on a recent trip to London - which in theory should have let me use an jpg, gif, or png map with my GPS, however I never got it to work.

    Also, in theory you can use an app like Fring or sipdroid to do IM messages and VOIP calling using a wifi connection. I dont know about your destinations, but finding wifi service in London was nearly impossible, at least if you want a free hotspot.

    jc
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    Can you use Skype Mobile with a US Droid X in Europe? What would make it work?
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    Go for it, just use skype if you can [​IMG]
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    I was in the hospital and able to use their wifi and Google voice to text my wife when I had 0 signal.

    You can set you phone not to roam as well.
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