I'm going to Europe for 2 months in the spring, starting and ending in Iceland (I'm doing the stop over thing). I'll be visiting Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. I don't expect to be making calls very often but want the ability to make calls in case of an emergency. Also, I'm going on a multi-day tour in Iceland and some day tours along the way so I want to make sure I can call the tour group leader in case I get separated from the group. Mostly I'll be using apps and I'll try to use wifi as much as possible but I may need some data.
I'm trying to figure out what to do for a phone while on the trip and I understand I have a few options. Normally I wouldn't worry about it too much at this point in my trip planning except my current phone contract is about to expire and I have to factor in the Europe trip as part of deciding what to do about my phone.
So from I understand, I have the following options:
- Buy a prepaid phone (not sure how easy this is to do anymore) - this worked great on a trip to Australia and New Zealand several years ago
- Take my phone with me and get a SIM card (or cards as the case may be) - from what I understand this would give me a European number so I could make calls or text and it would include data
- Take my phone with me and get an eSIM card (or cards as the case may be) - from what I understand this would only give me data so for calls / texts I would still be on my home number and would have to use something like WhatsApp
- Use my phone with an international plan which costs an arm and a leg - no thanks
There won't be any issues with getting my phone unlocked and I'll either have a Galaxy S20 or S22.
Any advice / suggestions based on your experience?
Thanks in advance.