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One fun thing about connecting in the UK. I still have AOL as my personal,
mostly junk, email (yes, I know ...). When I connected over there instead
of the usual "You've Got Mail" there was a message with a slight British
accent "You have e-mail."

On Wed, Mar 9, 2016 at 1:03 PM, Russell Gregory <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> My wife is English and she regularly travels home (once a year on usual)
> and we have NO problem communicating with facetime or skype.  Wifi is
> prevalent in the EU due the the small size of the countries, and they are
> years ahead of us with wifi access as well ( a surprise to most Americans).
>
> I would imagine rudimentary Spanish might be necessary connect to wifi
> networks though.
>
>
>
> On Wed, Mar 9, 2016 at 12:47 PM, Joanne Finnegan <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>
>> 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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