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Best SIM Card & Plan For Travel In Spain & France

We are travelling from Canada to Spain and France for a month this September-October. We would like to talk/text/use data with our family at home.

We are looking for a recommendation for a SIM card and international plan for our iPhone 6 Plus, which is already unlocked.

Any advice you could share with us would be most appreciated

Chris

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If you have an unlocked phone you can sign on the T-Mobile monthly no contract $50/month plan that gives unlimited data all european contries and 20c per minute calls. There are no additional roaming charges of any sort.

Alternative is Lebara which is prepaid for as little as 10 euro which is credited and cosy is less than 20c per call. Data is included and I think you get about 0.5 GB. You can buy Lebara SIM cards at any phone store (and there is no shortage of hole in the wall phone stores.

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I don't think T-Mobile is an option for Canadians, but it's a good option for Americans. I used T-Mobile a few times in Europe, but in the future I'll buy local SIM cards as I travel, something I've also done a few times, though never in Spain or France. In France I used my T-Mobile which roamed on the Orange network. My default purchase would probably be an Orange SIM card in France, though I'm not sure they are the best. I usually go with the cheapest SIM - not necessarily worried about having amazing cell phone reception on vacation, just something that works most of the time.

You can roam in the EU on another country's cell network for a capped roaming fee, so you could buy a SIM in one country and use it in the other. If you use all the data or minutes and need to re-charge, it could be cheaper at that point to buy another SIM in the new country.

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Another RS reader recommends Eurobuzz. Apparently they offer a multi-country SIM card you can buy ahead of time, so you'll know the phone number to give people who may need to call you during your trip.