The Goodman Giants have been planning EPIC Camp Goodman for months. The Giants have been on Verizon for many years for cell phone service. We thought that we would get SIM cards for use in Europe. That makes things more complicated since texting is our main need for service and using our personal numbers for texting is complicated by usage of foreign SIM cards. Family travel blogging is a fun thing, and less essential to successfully communicating when there are 6 Giants traveling together.
Deciding that SIM cards would not be the Giant solution we revisited past research on using Verizon while traveling to Europe. There are 3 options with Verizon: 1) $10 a day per phone to use the current home plan would mean a cost of $1,620 with a limit of 500mb of data a day, voice and text included 2) $25 a month per phone for 100mb of data for the entire month, $1.79 per minute of voice, and texting of $.50 or $.05 depending incoming or outgoing 3) $40 a month per phone for 100mb of data for the entire month, 100 minutes of voice for the month, unlimited incoming text and 100 outgoing texts (keep in mind that a teenage Giant can burn through 100 texts in a day). For perspective, the average web page in 2017 is 3mb. Any of the Giants would likely view the equivalent of 33 web pages over a 27 day period. Of course Verizon is very willing to allow billing to occur for overage charges.
The Goodman Giants chose to move to T-Mobile for European usage where unlimited texts and unlimited low-speed data is included with the T-Mobile ONE plan, with voice at $.20 per minute. All this while reducing total pricing while getting standard Netflix paid for by T-Mobile. Happy to be saving the mortgage payment that $10 a day would have cost had we not changed plans.
Look at Sprint cell phone plans and you will find like the Giants did that leaving Verizon to use Sprint in Europe would be similar to moving to T-Mobile as far as pricing. Not much of a surprise with the two companies merging soon. Giants guts believe a European T-Mobile company will be more reliable service than Sprint for this trip.
Wait, what about AT&T? Well $10 a day per phone looks to be their way too.
Goodman Giants: recommend T-Mobile, moved our own Giant phones (getting a $700 MasterCard for each free phone in the BOGO deal – much better than the 24 monthly payments offered by other plans), didn’t receive any payment by this recommendation, make no guarantees for those that choose to follow our recommendation.
Arizona friends: for years the story in rural Arizona has been that you need to have Verizon for cell service or not worry about others contacting you because calls and texts will not come through. The Giant mother has tested T-Mobile this week in Show Low, Arizona as well as the forest near Greer, Arizona and has found the reception to be competitive with her old carrier. Here is to T-Mobile’s expanded network!