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    Looking for Pay-Go with International Roaming

    With Lycamobile Pay-as-you go now officially dead for me, anyone have recommendations for inexpensive per call basis pay-as-you go that has international roaming beyond Mexico and Canada? My main travel China and Italy. Limited useage and I don't want to pay every month for a 30-day plan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lchan120 View Post
    With Lycamobile Pay-as-you go now officially dead for me, anyone have recommendations for inexpensive per call basis pay-as-you go that has international roaming beyond Mexico and Canada? My main travel China and Italy. Limited useage and I don't want to pay every month for a 30-day plan.
    Some possibilities to consider:
    piranha-mobile.com
    truphone.com/us/consumer/sim

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    Quote Originally Posted by lchan120 View Post
    With Lycamobile Pay-as-you go now officially dead for me, anyone have recommendations for inexpensive per call basis pay-as-you go that has international roaming beyond Mexico and Canada? My main travel China and Italy. Limited useage and I don't want to pay every month for a 30-day plan.
    Verizon prepaid travel pass ?? - https://www.verizonwireless.com/supp...avelpass-faqs/

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    Quote Originally Posted by october262 View Post
    The OP said they don't want a plan that requires a monthly payment. To use Verizon's prepaid travel pass you need to have a Verizon monthly plan.
    Compare prepaid plans from all operators at PrepaidCompare.net.

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    The OP would be better off with an international SIM with a local # if they want to avoid a monthly fee. The US carriers are eliminating International Roaming for the most-part. It will take some serious research to find such a plan in this modern age, not saying there aren't any US carrier that does.
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    I use data only for my GV #s with Hangouts for voice and messaging in the US and internationally. That makes it pretty easy to use any data source, no matter where I am.

    The piranha-mobile.com data rates and non-expiring balances are pretty attractive for light use in most countries.

    three.co.uk also has non-expiring balances and pretty attractive paygo data rates for a lot of countries, but NOT for China or Canada!

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    Relevant thread: Do any US prepaid SIMs (other than Truphone) have international roaming?

    Truphone is the most reliable, but they price-gouge in China and elsewhere ($1.15/min outgoing in China).

    Piranha has the best rates (e.g. $0.15/min outgoing in China), but it's a UK number with the option of a virtual US number added on ($.50/month) and unknown reliability using the US#. I believe their site says the US# is incompatible with things like Google verification.

    If you need a US number I'm with Boz1 on using Google Voice (assuming you have a smartphone) and focusing on cheap data SIMs (or just making calls when on Wi-Fi). Note, however, that with Google Voice, while you can call foreign numbers (and GV rates are quite good), you can't send SMS to foreign numbers (except Canada). You can receive SMS from foreign numbers, you just can't reply. So if you go this route, it's best to pair it with a messaging app.

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    I would still say google fi even though it has a monthly payment.. just cancel when you get home like I've done

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    $15 per month, but pay as you go rates for domestic and international roaming

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    T-mobile Prepaid Pay-Go Legacy Gold Rewards has international roaming for voice and text, no data. Just need to add $10 every year to keep the balance rolling. Might be able to buy one from ebay or some members here. It's an old discontinued/grandfathered plan.

    The downside is, the roaming rates are a bit outrageous (voice and text only)...
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    Looking for Pay-Go with International Roaming

    Quote Originally Posted by Boz1 View Post
    I use data only for my GV #s with Hangouts for voice and messaging in the US and internationally. That makes it pretty easy to use any data source, no matter where I am.

    The piranha-mobile.com data rates and non-expiring balances are pretty attractive for light use in most countries.

    three.co.uk also has non-expiring balances and pretty attractive paygo data rates for a lot of countries, but NOT for China or Canada!
    We're you able to steam video on three.co Sim? I'm going to Germany and Amazon sell these but it says tethering and streaming not allowed


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    Quote Originally Posted by ishldknwbttr View Post
    We're you able to steam video on three.co Sim? I'm going to Germany and Amazon sell these but it says tethering and streaming not allowed
    Sorry, but I didn't try, since I was using it on paygo.

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    For piranha mobile they must've made a mistake - $0.02 per MB and $0.00 for texts and calls on the KDDI network? That's a good deal if true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jw530 View Post
    For piranha mobile they must've made a mistake - $0.02 per MB and $0.00 for texts and calls on the KDDI network? That's a good deal if true.
    Piranha service in Japan is data-only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yeswap View Post
    Piranha service in Japan is data-only.
    I've never been able to get Piranha Mobile to roam in Japan. I went in October of 2018 and contacted Customer Service where they said they would look into it, but they never did as the ticket is still open from that time. I was there two weeks ago and tried again thinking it was my phone last time, but this time with an iPhone SE, it still never got service.

    On both my Android and iPhone the SIM refuses to let me manually select a network just to confirm the SIM is picking up a signal, so I've never been able to confirm whether you can indeed roam on KDDI.

    The only other possibility I can think of is with Piranha + KDDI, roam on one of the Japan only LTE bands, which would be odd. I figured you could at least drop down to UMTS, but forcing 3G still never picks up a signal as well.

    In case you're wondering, yes I have over $15 in credit and data works for me in the US, so that's not the issue either.

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