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Posted: 19.04.2022  ·  #1
Live in N Ireland but have an Irish Passport. Heading to Europe via Dublin and touring in EU.
Wondering If getting an Irish sim is better option than a uk sim because eu roaming is better between eu countries I think?

Anyone went down this route?

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I bought a Lobster sim with 70gb of data for €24 in Spain and it works well, I didn’t ask if it would work in other eu countries,
Lobster es on google may have the answers


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All mobile phone companies have what they call a "fair usage policy", basically they'll restrict how much data you can use when roaming, some also have roaming charges. The only thing I can recommend is reading through the small print and finding a company that works for you. It's not unusual to find data restricted to 5gb a month with a 3 month limit before you get cut off. Do your research.

The other option is to buy a SIM card in any country where you'll be for a while. As mentioned, lobster is good for Spain, I think their policy restricts you to 5gb a month of you're roaming. I've got a lobster SIM and it seems to default to 3g at best when outside Spain.


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I used to buy a SIM card in Spain and another in Portugal but now I stick with my Irish Vodafone €60 a month plan and it’s been great in Spain even when streaming prime and now. Plus the IP address kids them into thinking I’m in Ireland which is important for Now TV which shuts off if abroad for more than 30 or 60 days.


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€60 a month, does that include the latest iPhone 13 😵💫.


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It did include a phone I’m not sure which one but unlimited WiFi (I believe genuine and appeared to me to be so in Spain) unlimited calls and texts. I have it for the rest of the year as my work mobile.

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I had lobster and it work great in spain and and Portugal, still had my irish gomo at 7, 99 a month as backup


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last trip in 2020 to France and Spain we used a Voxi sim. It was £15 per month. It gave 20Gb fair useage data I think. We set the Netflix to SD (down from HD). Between the voxi and my own Three data we managed 5 weeks with three children using phones/youtube etc. It worled out very well.


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I’ll be in France next month and will need to do a few Zoom meetings (online night classes). I’ll be on my €9.99 p/m GoMo so I’m interested to know will it workout ok from a data useage/ network speed point of view. Or will I need to get fast WiFi on a campsite or elsewhere. I might try meter my next zoom meeting to get some idea of useage.


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I’ll be in France next month and will need to do a few Zoom meetings (online night classes). I’ll be on my €9.99 p/m GoMo so I’m interested to know will it workout ok from a data useage/ network speed point of view. Or will I need to get fast WiFi on a campsite or elsewhere. I might try meter my next zoom meeting to get some idea of useage.


I think your allowance is 10gb and you'll only have 3g when roaming with gomo ,48, Tesco and the other cheaper providers


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I’ll be in France next month and will need to do a few Zoom meetings (online night classes). I’ll be on my €9.99 p/m GoMo so I’m interested to know will it workout ok from a data useage/ network speed point of view. Or will I need to get fast WiFi on a campsite or elsewhere. I might try meter my next zoom meeting to get some idea of useage.


I think your allowance is 10gb and you'll only have 3g when roaming with gomo ,48, Tesco and the other cheaper providers


😬 I might need to make alternative arrangements

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Posted: 20.04.2022  ·  #12
I've Vodafone Red Unlimited, well I think that's what it's called. It's a sim only deal for €35 pm. There is a discount for new customers and renewing an existing contract. It really is unlimited.
Unlimited calls and texts and data within the EU plus UK. Plus 100 mins International (outside the EU, UK)
I've been touring in Portugal and Spain and regularly use the phone hot spot function to stream stuff to my Google Chromecast TV dongle.


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