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Discussion topic: Going travelling for 6 months

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This message was authored by OliviaR09 This message was authored by: OliviaR09

Going travelling for 6 months

I am going travelling (Mexico, central and South America) I don't want to pay £2 every single day that I am out there but also don't want to lose my contract or phone number. Is there any solution to this? Can it be paused or can you transfer to a local sim? 

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This message was authored by caesarome This message was authored by: caesarome

Re: Going travelling for 6 months

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Using your Sky sim will see you charged the £2 in countries where it applies otherwise the rest of the world charges will apply which will see you wrack up large bills. Even £2 per day over 6 months is going to see a substantial charges each month.

 


@OliviaR09 wrote:

Can it be paused or can you transfer to a local sim? 


You can use a local sim but how/of you could transfer you number to a network that is based abroad I wouldn't know and if this is possible you would only be able to do it if you have had the number with Sky for 12 months or more.

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@OliviaR09 wrote:

I am going travelling (Mexico, central and South America) I don't want to pay £2 every single day


Many of those locations won't be covered by the roaming passport.  They will be 'rest of world' charges which will be eye watering, e.g. £2 to £4 per MEG of data.

 

Sky do not offer any alternatives.

 

Check here: https://www.sky.com/help/articles/sky-mobile-roaming-destinations-and-charges

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This message was authored by TimmyBGood This message was authored by: TimmyBGood

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@OliviaR09 

 

For reference, £2 per day roaming only applies to the EU/EEA plus the countries listed in bold below. 

 

The vast majority of global destinations are 'rest of world' rate and consequently extremely expensive.

 

Aruba (Netherlands Antilles)
Austria
Australia
Azores
Belgium
Bonaire (Netherlands Antilles)
Bulgaria
Canada
Canary Islands (Spain)
Christmas Islands (Australia)
Cocos Islands (Australia)
Croatia
Curacao (Netherlands Antilles)
Cyprus (Incl. Northern Cyprus)
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
French Guiana (French West Indies)
Germany
Gibraltar (UK)
Greece
Guadeloupe (French West Indies)
Hungary
Iceland
Italy
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Madeira (Spain)
Malta
Martinique (French West Indies)
Mayotte (French Territories in the Indian Ocean)
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Reunion (French Territories in the Indian Ocean)
Romania
Saba (Netherlands Antilles)
Sint Eustatius (Netherlands Antilles)
Sint Maarten (Netherlands Antilles)
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Africa
Spain
St Barthelemy (French West Indies)
St Martin (French West Indies)
Sweden
Switzerland
Turkey
USA
United Arab Emirates

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@OliviaR09 

 

It's really important to understand that 'roaming' as in the technical ability to connect to a foreign telephone network is entirely different to 'roaming' meaning access to a UK call/text/data bundle when abroad: the latter just doesn't apply in most countries.

 

Sky phones aren't network locked and so should function with local SIMs, but you'd need to manage all the associated administration yourself and could not transfer your UK mobile number to any of them.

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