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Started by: katabanana
On: 12/02/2019 | 16:14
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by: katabanana
on: 12/02/2019 | 16:14

I've established that I need credit on my phone to use it in the USA and that goody bags don't work but what are the charges for text/calls in the USA so I know how much credit I'll need ?  Can someone help please ?  Are i messages (i phone to i phone) still free ?

 

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by: brighthulk
on: 12/02/2019 | 16:16
@katabanana
The following charges apply to use the giffgaff services in the USA:

Data 20p per MB
Calls & voicemail (charged in per second increments after first 30 seconds) £1 per minute
Receiving calls (charged in per minute increments) £1 per minute
Sending texts 30p per text
Receiving texts Free
Picture messages (MMS) to a UK/EU mobile 16p per MMS
Picture messages (MMS) to any other mobile 24p per MMS

As you can see it's very expensive so, it's best to stick to a local SIM card or use WiFi where you can.

Some more detailed info here http://community.giffgaff.com/t5/Using-giffgaff/Using-your-mobile-abroad/ta-p/3522931
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by: danhamman
on: 12/02/2019 | 16:15

@katabanana wrote:

I've established that I need credit on my phone to use it in the USA and that goody bags don't work but what are the charges for text/calls in the USA so I know how much credit I'll need ?  Can someone help please ?  Are i messages (i phone to i phone) still free ?

 

USA roaming.JPG

 

iMessages would use a data connection

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by: lynnie_
on: 12/02/2019 | 16:16 edited: 12/02/2019 | 16:17

usually cheaper to get local sim for usa and some others. and try use wifi hotspots for data.

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by: brighthulk
on: 12/02/2019 | 16:16
@katabanana
The following charges apply to use the giffgaff services in the USA:

Data 20p per MB
Calls & voicemail (charged in per second increments after first 30 seconds) £1 per minute
Receiving calls (charged in per minute increments) £1 per minute
Sending texts 30p per text
Receiving texts Free
Picture messages (MMS) to a UK/EU mobile 16p per MMS
Picture messages (MMS) to any other mobile 24p per MMS

As you can see it's very expensive so, it's best to stick to a local SIM card or use WiFi where you can.

Some more detailed info here http://community.giffgaff.com/t5/Using-giffgaff/Using-your-mobile-abroad/ta-p/3522931
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by: eddiehk6
on: 12/02/2019 | 16:22
hi @katabanana

For roaming charges, check here: https://giffgaff.com/roaming-charges

How much credit you'll need all depends on how much you intend to use your giffgaff SIM while in the USA: https://giffgaff.com/top-up

iMessages require in internet connection.

- If you send / receive iMessages using your mobile data roaming, then you will be charged accordingly corresponding to the size of the message (e.g. 1 MB picture = 20p)

- If you send / receive iMessages when connected to WiFi, then this would not cost you any extra

If you intend to use your phone a lot, then I recommend purchasing a local US SIM card upon arrival.

Have a good trip!

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by: dazoo
on: 12/02/2019 | 16:26 edited: 12/02/2019 | 16:31

Hi  @katabanana 

 

Can select the country want the cost rates on when using giffgaff sim in that country >> https://giffgaff.com/roaming-charges

 

When use wifi on mobile then not charged that have on giffgaff account.

If call/text and use Internet over data connection 3g/4g Internet using giffgaff then will be charged from credit when not in a EU country.

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by: clikasarus
on: 12/02/2019 | 16:28

@katabanana Hi welcome to giffgaff and the community 

 

 

You will need airtime credit 

 

•Here is a price guide ⬇️

 

Roaming Charges

 

• I would recommended you  try to use free WiFi as this would be cheaper than using mobile data

 

•Here is a guide to using your mobile abroad ⬇️

 

Using Your Mobile Abroad

 

 

 I hope this helps 👍🏻

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