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Going abroad? Cheap way to get data & calls (no roaming fees) £15 @ Three
Going abroad? Cheap way to get data & calls (no roaming fees) £15 @ Three

Going abroad? Cheap way to get data & calls (no roaming fees) £15 @ Three

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Not sure if this will have been posted or not.

I'm going to New York in February and I have been a bit concerned about not being able to use my phone (particularly for maps) whilst there for fear of racking up a ridiculous bill.

As you may already be aware three offer "Feel At Home" which allows you to use your allowance whilst abroad at 16 locations (listed below). Now, for Pay Monthly customers, you have to have been with three for a minimum of a month. But if, like me, you just want the usage while you're away without switching providers you can just get a pay as you go sim. If you add an "add on" you can use the allowance from it immediately whilst abroad.

For the £15 add on you get:
Unlimited Data (Capped at 25GB whilst abroad)
300 minutes
3000 texts

This lasts for 30 days (so should cover most holiday trips), which seems very good value. Additionally receiving calls and texts whilst in the listed countries from the UK won't cost you anything (unlike many other providers).

I can't think of a better way of doing it really. I'm sure I'll be getting lost frequently, so want to be able to use my maps whenever I like, plus this way I can also make the odd call home to check in with things back there.

The countries this will work for are:

Australia
Austria
Canary Islands
Denmark
Finland
France
Hong Kong
Indonesia
Israel
Italy
Macau
Norway
New Zealand
Republic of Ireland
Spain
Sri Lanka
Sweden
Switzerland
United States

Happy holidays!

EDIT: To add the add-on simply do it at sign up stage if ordering the (free) sim online. Alternatively, top up £15 on to an existing three PAYG sim and then call three to get them to convert it to the £15 add on.

EDIT 2: Added new countries i.e. Spain, New Zealand and Canary Islands

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You can use GPS without data anyway but I love three for this... Made waiting in Disney world ques much easier lol

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JUSTANOTHERSTAR

You can use GPS without data anyway but I love three for this... Made … You can use GPS without data anyway but I love three for this... Made waiting in Disney world ques much easier lol


My phone (Moto G) doesn't like using maps without data, not sure why.

ashame Thailand isn't on there

Just remember that charges to call US numbers still apply and don't come out of the bundle minutes/text ect. So if you intend to call US numbers you need to add funds to the payg acc to cover those.

That caught me out earlier in the year...
Edited by: "steve1221" 8th Dec 2014

This is already well known, but there's no harm in posting it again as a reminder. Worth knowing that tethering is not allowed while abroad, even if your tariff allows it at home.

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steve1221

Just remember that charges to call US numbers still apply and don't come … Just remember that charges to call US numbers still apply and don't come out of the bundle minutes/text ect. So if you intend to call US numbers you need to add funds to the payg acc to cover those.That caught me out earlier in the year...


Thanks Steve, that is well worth knowing.

borofan47

Worth knowing that tethering is not allowed while abroad, even if your … Worth knowing that tethering is not allowed while abroad, even if your tariff allows it at home.


"not allowed" ≠ not possible.

Nobull

My phone (Moto G) doesn't like using maps without data, not sure why.



Maps and GPS are two different things.

GPS is global positioning system which uses an antenna inside your phone.

Maps are data which on some systems can be stored locally otherwise on the Internet

popoyaya

"not allowed" ≠ not possible.



My apologies, it is not possible to tether while abroad.

Nobull

My phone (Moto G) doesn't like using maps without data, not sure why.



I bought copilot USA before free roaming, worked a treat, Google maps didn't though (although there is a way to get it to work offline... Was just easier to pay the £6 lol)

Even available to people NOT on contract with Three as you can for instance buy a PAYG SIM with the £15 add-on it, entitling you to the allowances in the USA, ie as a one-off with no worries re any roaming charges (as no PAYG credit to use up)
eg was an Amazon Lightning deal for £9.99 a couple of weeks ago
hotukdeals.com/dea…706
amazon.co.uk/gp/…WA8

So do you have the buy the sim for £15 then do an add on for another £15 or is the add on already on the link you provided?

Do you have to use the card to keep it active e.g. if on holiday this month and dont use it for 12 months will you have to buy another sim?

Think it works So long as it has been used 30 days before you go

A) You must be a 3 PAYG customer for a month before you get the Feel at Home Benefit, and

B) Don't expect lightening speeds. I'be just got back from 5 weeks in the States, and moved to 3 specifically for the free roaming option. While data worked and was always usable, the network was quite slow, possibly down to the usable frequency on my UK ' phone, but AT&T and T-Mobile don't have the best coverage, and that's who 3 roams with in the US.

CrimblyBiff

A) You must be a 3 PAYG customer for a month before you get the Feel at … A) You must be a 3 PAYG customer for a month before you get the Feel at Home Benefit, andB) Don't expect lightening speeds. I'be just got back from 5 weeks in the States, and moved to 3 specifically for the free roaming option. While data worked and was always usable, the network was quite slow, possibly down to the usable frequency on my UK ' phone, but AT&T and T-Mobile don't have the best coverage, and that's who 3 roams with in the US.




A; isn't true, although it might be an error at the Three end. I received my payg sim on a Thursday, top it up and traveled to Chicago on the following Friday and it worked just fine when I got there.

Last month I got a second sim on Monday and went to NYC on Thursday and, again. it worked fine.

It might say that on the Three site, but in reality it doesn't seem to matter how long you've had the sim.

I think the bit about being a customer for a month is only for contract, PAYG seems to work straight away. On PAYG, you need to top up each month if you're abroad for more than a month to keep adding the unlimited option

steve1221

Just remember that charges to call US numbers still apply and don't come … Just remember that charges to call US numbers still apply and don't come out of the bundle minutes/text ect. So if you intend to call US numbers you need to add funds to the payg acc to cover those.That caught me out earlier in the year...



There's a great app called Magic Jack that gives you free calls to US landline (not sure about US mobile No's) using data. I used it extensively before our holiday to contact the hotel personally and while in New York without any drop out. Give it a go.

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Muzz

So do you have the buy the sim for £15 then do an add on for another £15 o … So do you have the buy the sim for £15 then do an add on for another £15 or is the add on already on the link you provided?Do you have to use the card to keep it active e.g. if on holiday this month and dont use it for 12 months will you have to buy another sim?


No it's £15 for the add on, the sim is free, so a total of £15. You won't have to re-buy the sim, just top up another £15 in 12 months time and they will convert it to the add on if you ask them to.

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mk-donald

Even available to people NOT on contract with Three as you can for … Even available to people NOT on contract with Three as you can for instance buy a PAYG SIM with the £15 add-on it, entitling you to the allowances in the USA, ie as a one-off with no worries re any roaming charges (as no PAYG credit to use up)eg was an Amazon Lightning deal for £9.99 a couple of weeks agohttp://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/three-pay-go-sim-card-with-adapters-preloaded-with-300-minutes-unlimited-data-3000-2059706http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00ABJ0WA8


Did you read the OP? That's exactly what I said...

One word of warning.

I was in NYC on business last month and 2 days in the guy I was traveling with became ill and we had to fly home early.
I had to call airlines, cancel meetings and let a lot of people know what was happening. After a couple of hours on the phone AT&T (the network I was roaming on), very kindly cut me off! It was 3 hours before they let my phone connect again!
I might have been unlucky, but it seemed that they don't like roamers taking too much of their bandwidth...

borofan47

My apologies, it is not possible to tether while abroad.


No, I'm saying just because it's not allowed doesn't mean it's not possible. There are ways to make it work.

Download Nokia Here maps before you go, via their website.

Brilliant app with downloadable maps.

here.com/bet…-GB
Edited by: "OB1" 9th Dec 2014

Just come back from five weeks in South Africa. Before setting off, I checked with 3 if they could do anything for me. They said no but try a local SIM and that should work. So I did. I bought a Vodacom SIM for my unlocked Moto G and it worked fine. It cost 149 Rand (£8.51) for 1GB of data which I didn't think was too bad. So thanks for the good advice 3!

Great for three for this idea. Hopefully the other operators will follow suit soon!

25GB Data for 1 month abroad is ridiculous value alone!

BTW OP - when you say if you add and add on, u can use it straight away (rather than having for 1 month prior to holiday).. what is the add on? an additional charge?

Edited by: "KL88" 8th Dec 2014

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KL88

25GB Data for 1 month abroad is ridiculous value alone!BTW OP - when you … 25GB Data for 1 month abroad is ridiculous value alone!BTW OP - when you say if you add and add on, u can use it straight away (rather than having for 1 month prior to holiday).. what is the add on? an additional charge?



You buy the sim for £15 and it comes with £15 credit, which you use to buy the £15 add on. This lasts 30 days and gives you the 25GB of data while abroad. You won't have a credit balance as such, as the £15 is taken as payment for the add on. You can buy the add on the day you leave for your trip, but it needs to be bought and set up before you leave the UK. You need to activate roaming on your handset, and ring 3 on 333 to get roaming activated from their end on your account.

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OB1

Download Nokia Here maps before you go, via their website. Brilliant app … Download Nokia Here maps before you go, via their website. Brilliant app with downloadable maps.


Thanks OB1...

borofan47

PYou buy the sim for £15 and it comes with £15 credit, which you use to b … PYou buy the sim for £15 and it comes with £15 credit, which you use to buy the £15 add on. This lasts 30 days and gives you the 25GB of data while abroad. You won't have a credit balance as such, as the £15 is taken as payment for the add on. You can buy the add on the day you leave for your trip, but it needs to be bought and set up before you leave the UK. You need to activate roaming on your handset, and ring 3 on 333 to get roaming activated from their end on your account.




ah right ok! that makes sense now then. thanks mate

OB1

Download Nokia Here maps before you go, via their website. Brilliant app … Download Nokia Here maps before you go, via their website. Brilliant app with downloadable maps.



Yes, this. No data required, (Download maps beforehand via wi-fi,) voice guided global sat nav and a free download.

Nobull

My phone (Moto G) doesn't like using maps without data, not sure why.

because it doesnt have any maps of its own, it downloads and caches the maps and route for the trip.

get navfree for android, u download the maps u need and then no data connection needed, its brill, used it all over europe

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OB1

Download Nokia Here maps before you go, via their website. Brilliant app … Download Nokia Here maps before you go, via their website. Brilliant app with downloadable maps.


Have they rebranded it just Here? Can't find it otherwise.

steve1221

Just remember that charges to call US numbers still apply and don't come … Just remember that charges to call US numbers still apply and don't come out of the bundle minutes/text ect. So if you intend to call US numbers you need to add funds to the payg acc to cover those.That caught me out earlier in the year...



or if you've got an Android phone install the hangouts app, and then the hangouts dialer. that will allow you to call US numbers for free!

Couldn't get any service over the summer, from Calais to Loire to Normandy and back to Calais. 'Free' service with contract...useless! Bit like most of their customer service.

Nobull

Have they rebranded it just Here? Can't find it otherwise.



Here it is: here.com/bet…-GB

is there nothing similar to this for india?

I'm looking for a data plan for Lanzarote (flying out next week) and seems like my only option is going to be with my current provider Tmobile for £25 / 7 Days / 500Mb Any other options?

OB1

Download Nokia Here maps before you go, via their website. Brilliant app … Download Nokia Here maps before you go, via their website. Brilliant app with downloadable maps.

I did. Tried to Use it on weekend. Kept asking to turn my net / data on....I had no credit left on my payg sim so had to find an alternative app
Edited by: "Gollywood" 9th Dec 2014

stephenash1

get navfree for android, u download the maps u need and then no data … get navfree for android, u download the maps u need and then no data connection needed, its brill, used it all over europe

That's what I used. Brilliant!

Gollywood

I did. Tried to Use it on weekend. Kept asking to turn my net / dara … I did. Tried to Use it on weekend. Kept asking to turn my net / dara on....I had no credit left on my payg sim so had to fund an alternative


Had you downloaded the maps beforehand, or just the app?
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