Re: [87attendees] SIM purchase at the IETF (was Re: [87all] IETF 87 Berlin Meeting Review)

Kevin Lahey <kevin.lahey@oracle.com> Fri, 16 August 2013 22:12 UTC

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Subject: Re: [87attendees] SIM purchase at the IETF (was Re: [87all] IETF 87 Berlin Meeting Review)
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On Aug 16, 2013, at 11:07 AM, Carlos M. Martinez wrote:

>> That said, I would certainly find it useful to have cheap SIM cards easily available, but probably only if accompanied by English language support.  It wouldn't necessarily have to be at the conference site.  A pointer to a nearby store or one at the local airport would probably be sufficient.

> I commented on this a few emails ago: this wouldn't have worked in
> Germany, because of the lack of English-speaking support and for the
> availability of convenient offers in stores. This is where the help of
> the locals comes in.

I had no problem getting a SIM good for 500MB/month for €10 at a shop down the street from my hotel.  The guy at the counter was happy to speak English (rather than suffering with my college German), and was super-helpful.  I was feeling kind of ill, or I would've tried harder to find the slightly better deals mentioned on this list for text and voice as well at the same price.

OTOH, I could imagine that getting a SIM in, say, Orlando, might've been a bit more complex.

Kevin
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