[FOSDEM] warning about Belgian SIM cards

Piotr Radosz mail at piotron.net
Sun Feb 5 19:15:26 CET 2017

I’m traveling quite often with my Polish SIM card. For countries I travel often I had separate sim cards, but for last few months it’s no longer necessary.
Our mobile operators have very good roaming packages. When I’m leaving Poland I can turn on unlimited data plan(with speed limit) in EU for less than 15EUR(for week or two, don’t remember), it’s enough for doing most work.


On 5 February 2017 at 19:06:12, Sylvia (bhkohane at gmail.com) wrote:

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.


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. :)

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