[FOSDEM] warning about Belgian SIM cards

Sylvia bhkohane at gmail.com
Sun Feb 5 19:06:02 CET 2017


This is turning very interesting as I travel often.  My German SIM card
is useless outside German borders, no roaming, nothing.  I wonder if
any of these European SIM cards are available in Germany. It would be
very nice to be able to use the same number instead of buying and
discarding them.
Cheers,Sylvia


On Sun, 2017-02-05 at 16:36 +0100, Jurgen Gaeremyn wrote:
> On 03-02-17 11:33, Daniel Pocock wrote:
> 
> > In previous years, I've always bought a local SIM card as a backup
> > in
> > case I couldn't get onto the wonderful FOSDEM wifi and the SIM has
> > always worked within 5 minutes.
> > 
> > I bought one early this morning and it still isn't working yet
> > after
> > about 3 hours.  The shop and the customer service line have told me
> > that
> > they have to check all new accounts manually now because of
> > "terrorism"
> > and pressure from French authorities.  They told me to wait 24
> > hours
> > before asking about it again.  For anybody only arriving in
> > Brussels
> > today and buying a SIM in the evening, it is not clear if it will
> > really
> > be activated over the weekend or only next week so you may just be
> > wasting time and money.
> 
> As roaming within the EU becomes free (to a certain limit), I see 
> competition kicking in and you'll be able to get your European SIM
> card 
> really easy. Maybe you'll be able to preorder your Spanish or Danish
> SIM 
> card a week before the event... Next year, things will be different. 
> You'll see. :)
> 
> Grtz,
> Jurgen.
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