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Going to Italy next week and one day in Denmark. A few questions:

1) Can I keep my roaming off and still be able to receive texts?

2) If I purchase a local SIM card, my phone number stays the same, right?

3) If I roam but don't use my phone much what are the rates for talking and texting?

 

Sorry for all the questions. Let me know...

 

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  • Hey there, Jesus, 

    I recently returned from an overseas trip and can answer your questions with authority. 

    1) Can I keep my roaming off and still be able to receive texts?
    No. If your international roaming is turned off, your phone will receive no signal. This will not prevent you from connecting to WiFi and using messaging apps that way, but your regular text messages to your Ting number will not arrive if you turn off roaming. 

    2) If I purchase a local SIM card, my phone number stays the same, right?
    No. Changing the SIM card in your phone will change the number on the phone, the same as changing the SIM card here in the US. If you'll be using a local SIM card, I recommend using a third-party messaging app that does not rely on your phone number, like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Hangouts, Discord or Signal. If you add contacts through the app, it won't matter what phone number is on your phone, as you'll still be able to communicate with them.

    3) If I roam but don't use my phone much what are the rates for talking and texting?
    This varies by country. You can check here, but both Italy and Denmark have the same roaming rates:

    • Voice* $0.30 / min
    • Text sent $0.12 / msg
    • Text received $0.00 / msg
    • Data usage $0.25 / MB

    These are roaming rates only and do not include international calling (calling an Italian phone number while in Italy). Landlines in Italy are $0 extra, but mobile phones are $0.25/min extra. All phone numbers in Denmark are $0 extra.

    Our official recommendation is to get a local SIM card if you're going to need to use your phone a lot, and rely on third-party messaging apps. If you absolutely need your phone number, we recommend you enable international talk/text roaming and disable data roaming, as data can get very expensive very quickly.

    If you're fortunate enough to have a backup phone, I can wholeheartedly recommend using one with a local SIM card for data and hotspot ability, and the other with your Ting SIM card for calling your credit card company, texting back home and receiving 2FA texts from your bank. It's a bit of an adjustment carrying two phones if you don't already, but it made my recent trip to London and Paris so much easier, as having access to my native Ting number was a must.

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