1. moirane's Avatar
    Hi all,

    I am going to be travelling to N. Ireland (UK) over the Christmas break and will be there for about a month. This is the first time I am travelling abroad with a dual SIM phone and I am wondering what the best way to handle making sure I have both data, sms and phone capabilities when I am not connected to WiFi.

    Normally I would just purchase a plan from ATT that covers the time frame I will be gone that allows X amount of minutes data etc.. but with the dual SIM I am thinking there might be a cheaper/easier way.

    Would it be possible to purchase a local SIM that would work in the SIM 2 slot of the 950XL that would allow a local number and sms and data functionality and if so what would be the best way to get one? Specifically I will be in county Antram in N. Ireland if that makes any difference as far as carriers etc...

    Any advice would be appreciated

    Thanks in advance,

    Kevin
    12-03-2015 11:03 AM
  2. bells0's Avatar
    PAYG sims are readily available in all supermarkets. Will come with an allowance of minutes/texts/data. You can 'top up' the balance in shops also or by calling the provider.

    Doesn't the dual sim only allow data usage on 1 of the sims though?
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    12-03-2015 02:00 PM
  3. moirane's Avatar
    Yea I was thinking I would turn SIM 1 off and just use the PAYG SIM for sms/data/phone except when I am on WiFi. Does it make sense to wait until I am there to purchase the SIM? Is there a way to purchase a SIM that will work in N.. Ireland (UK) from here (like from Amazon?) Any particular carrier I should be looking for?

    Thanks again in advance for any help

    Kevin
    12-03-2015 02:18 PM
  4. jmajid's Avatar
    usually makes sense to just get there and purchase - and seems like you will have plenty of time to do that...
    The advantage of the Lumia 950XL - is two fold (or dual :) )
    dual sim : means you dont have to fiddle getting the sim out and putting the other in... a pain for sure... esp with these nano sims
    unlocked : means no begging ATT to unlock the phone so that you can get cheaper data when overseas

    go for it - buy it and you'll find you get MUCH better deals for data and txts outside the US

    FYI i travel to the UK and to Asia often... and have a sim card for most countries now... usually the sim card phone number will stay valid for about 12 to 18 months depending on country...
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    12-03-2015 03:09 PM
  5. Lee Power's Avatar
    A UK pay as you go sim will normally deactivate with the potential loss of number & remaining credit after 6 months of un use. Plenty of places to pick up a suitable sim card once you get to Ireland. Three network is worth a look.
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    12-03-2015 03:16 PM
  6. moirane's Avatar
    Great, thanks for the info everyone!

    Kevin
    12-03-2015 04:49 PM
  7. rferrara90's Avatar
    Get Vodafone
    12-03-2015 05:31 PM
  8. moirane's Avatar
    Great, thanks for the info everyone!

    Kevin
    12-03-2015 06:36 PM
  9. CrownSeven's Avatar
    I travel there for work quite a bit lately. I purchased a sim card from vodaphone for 30 pounds and use that along with my tmobile sim. Tmobile gives free international data and text, calls are 20 cents a minute. They do throttle data quite a bit though. So I use the vodaphone sim for data and local calling instead. Gotta love the dual sim for times like these!
    12-03-2015 10:11 PM

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