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I don't know a whole lot about traveling overseas, and did not use Whatsapp
so don't know how that would change anything for messaging, but I did
travel to Scotland and Ireland last fall and had a lot of warnings from
friends about cell phone usage.

I would highly advise that each student, or the person paying for the plan,
check into all the ins and outs of their plan and their specific phone. I
called Verizon directly to find out what I needed to turn off on the phone
and exactly what an international plan would provide. Even with an
international plan, which I added for around $45 without needing a
different sim card, text messaging pictures could have added a lot of
additional charges. I had to think carefully before using text messaging
the way I do at home. A friend of mine told me that, even with the
International plan, she texted pictures back and forth from Italy when a
new baby was born in the family and had a $1000 bill when she got home!

Here is a list of questions Apple provides for their products:
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201643

As for wi-fi, I know Scotland and Ireland may have better access than
Spain, and our hotels were mostly 3 or 4 star, but we had free wi-fi in all
of our hotels even if it was only in the lobby or public areas. Our tour
bus also had free wi-fi, as do many busses and trains in Europe though it
may not be speedy or dependable.

Joanne

On Wed, Mar 9, 2016 at 8:16 AM, Erica Zimmer <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> A shared google album is a great idea.  They could also download an app
> called WhatsApp to instant message and send photos when they have wifi.
>
> On Tue, Mar 8, 2016 at 3:09 PM, Raymond Ballou <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>
>> Karen
>>
>> They will either need to
>> -use wifi only ($0)
>> -have an overseas service plan ($$$$)
>> -have an unlocked GSM phone that will accept a local SIM card (they come
>> in 3 sizes) ($$)
>>
>> They could also rent a mifi/hotspot/jetpack
>>
>> https://www.tepwireless.com/wifi/europe
>>
>>
>> http://blog.ricksteves.com/blog/ricks-consumer-report-on-a-wi-fi-hotspot-rental/
>>
>> I would imagine wifi in spain is fairly good but not as common (number or
>> freeness) as people are accustomed to in the US.
>>
>> http://freewifiwiki.net/index.php?title=Spain
>>
>>
>> R
>>
>> On Tue, Mar 8, 2016 at 3:00 PM, Karen McCalla <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>
>>> Hi all,
>>>
>>> We have a group of students traveling to Spain in the next few weeks.
>>> The teacher going along says that she's heard that there are some ways that
>>> kids could be sending/sharing photos with people at home while they are
>>> overseas from their phones.  Everything I can find seems to confirm that
>>> students won't be able to use their phones at all on European networks
>>> unless they purchase a new SIM card and international plan through their
>>> carrier.
>>>
>>> If you've had students traveling overseas recently, have they discovered
>>> any cool ways to share photos with folks at home (that don't require a new
>>> SIM card and phone plan)?  She's also heard that there are some ways to
>>> rent international phones.  Has anyone ever done that (personally, or for a
>>> school trip)?
>>>
>>> Thanks for any help you can provide!
>>>
>>> Karen McCalla
>>> Librarian
>>> Mill River Union High School
>>> North Clarendon, VT  05759
>>> 802.775.3451 x. 216
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