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I guess that's a call to use WiFi as preferred option for data, and not cell provider data plans when overseas... as Russel hints at?

Craig Donnan, MA
Systems Administrator
Washington West Supervisory Union
340 Mad River Park, Suite 7
Waitsfield, VT 05673
802-496-2272 x120
fax: 802-496-6515


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 



I would imagine wifi in spain is fairly good but not as common (number or freeness) as people are accustomed to in the US.



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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