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Susan Fourtané
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2/21/2016 | 6:55:07 AM
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TerryB, so you were really north when you went to Tornio. Was it summer, or winter? Winter is pretty in the north but summer is super pretty with the midnight sun. :) What is the name of that icebreaker? Next time you are in Europe, either in Finland or England, let me know, we should meet for a cup of tea and face to face discussions. :D Oh, yes, Copenhagen is a beautiful city, and I also love people there. That Passport plan sounds quite good. Roaming charges can really kill you, yes. Now that you have mentioned this, I think Vodafone has something like that. I should investigate. /Susan
Susan Fourtané
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2/21/2016 | 3:23:44 AM
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Brian, it seems like the S7 will come with a dual SIM slot. Since I am an Apple user I will have to wait and see if the Apple includes dual SIM in the iPhone 7 Plus later this year. This, together with wireless charging, are the two things Apple should add now. It's really problematic to have to switch SIMs all the time for the roaming issues you mentioned. For international travel and WiFi, I got a Huawei Mobile WiFi modem (it's very small) that works with local SIMs. I keep this device in my bag and I connect all my devices to it. It works great for me. :) It doesn't matter if you take your primary SIM off your phone and use a second SIM. WhatsApp keeps on working your primary number disregarding the SIM you are using. I registred my Finnish number with WhatsApp, and when I use my English SIM WhatsApp works the same. /Susan
Susan Fourtané
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2/21/2016 | 2:38:17 AM
Re: Quick Charge 3.0 -- Wall Charger
Brian, the S7 is presented today at the Samsung event part of MWC. Some cafes in London have Wireless charging docks. I found the charging quite fast. Both Apple and Samsung should include wireless charging at this point. This is something needed and wanted. Time ago Nokia had introduced wireless charging. But well, Nokia is not in the phone business anymore so probably that died as well. /Susan
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2/18/2016 | 5:33:16 AM
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@Susan: Ah Vodaphone... They used to be joined at the hip with Verizon. All of VZ's phones were locked. And the few "global" phones they had a few years ago had a locked Vodaphone SIM. That meant one was stuck on their network with their rates. Instead I bought a phone card from Walmart and used phone boxes when overseas. When i finally got a smart phone with wi-fi, I used Skype to get around the lock. I agree with you that locking phones and cards is like caging customers. The phone companies think it robs them of revenues. But as long as you can get to the internet, you can circumvent the locks.
TerryB
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2/17/2016 | 9:44:24 AM
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Susan, glad to hear what Europe doing, that will be great for you guys. We are spinoff from the Outokumpu Oy, called Luvata now. Outokumpu wanted to focus on stainless steel, sold it's business units which make copper based products to private equity owner Nordic Capital (Sweden). Our Luvata corp HQ'd in London but our biz unit president reports to division head in Espoo. We have large facility in Pori. I made a trip once to Pori. also visited Outo's stainless steel plant in Tornio. Had dinner on world's only private icebreaker. On way home, got to spend night in Helsinki, loved that city. Club called On the Rocks was fantastic, great band downstairs. That was one hungover flight home. :-)

I also had a biz trip to Copenhagen, my only other Europe visit. I really loved that city and people.

We are AT&T. I can get a Passport plan ($30, $60 or $90 per month, depending on how much data) which covers all of western Europe, including Finland. Prevents roaming data charges and discounts voice calls. Before they started doing that my boss would run up $1000 on a one week trip over there. They've made it nice enough now you can apply the plan for a billing cycle and have it automatically expire, eases admin.

 
Brian.Dean
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2/17/2016 | 3:48:25 AM
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@Susan, dual SIM slots are an important feature for the global professional because international data roaming chargers are extreme. However, most of the high-end smartphones (even the phones from Samsung) do not enable this feature. 

Currently, I am looking into portable SIM to WiFi routers to meet the data demands of international travel. A user's primary SIM cannot be inactive because, it is their primary contact number and IMO, Whatsapp and Viber, etc., require the primary SIM as an anchor.
Brian.Dean
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2/17/2016 | 3:18:32 AM
Re: Quick Charge 3.0 -- Wall Charger
@Susan that is a great point to bring up wireless charging with quick charge. Wireless charging technology is in its infancy, charge time on a wireless charger is slow, wireless entails that the phone has to be in physical contact with the charging dock and the benefit is that the by eliminating the micro USB port -- the micro USB port is protected. Aesthetics gains a boost as well due to wireless charging.

It will be interesting to see if the Galaxy S7 advances the technology or it remains the same.
Susan Fourtané
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2/16/2016 | 4:03:43 PM
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Indeed, TerryB, it makes sense. Finally, The European Parliament approved teh initiative that has been cooking for some time now, and next year there will not be a need for roaming anymore, which doesn't make any sense. Using the phones all over Europe will work like local numbers. Banking has already been unified some years ago, which is great. The change of SIMs is because of roaming. What company do you work for that has Finnish management? What roaming plan covers all over Europe? /Susan
Susan Fourtané
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2/16/2016 | 1:27:24 PM
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tjgkg, service providers should understand that locking up devices is like keeping customers in cages. I hate that. None of my devices is locked up. Last year, in the UK, I got a SIM from Vodafone for my mobile WiFi modem. The SIM didn't work. I took it back to the store where they argued that my device it was surely locked up and that was why their SIM didn't work. My device was not locked up, of course. I asked for a refund since I could not use their SIM. All frustrated I went to where I had bought the Mobile WiFi Modem (in Finland) and told them what Vodafone in London had said. They confirmed what I knew, that the device was not locked up and they said that most likely what happened was the Vodafone SIM works only in Vodafone devices. If only I could understand the point of such stupidity! Well, back in the UK, I got a SIM from Three and it works very well. This device let's me connect all my devices to my own WiFi connection. The point of having this device is that I can get local SIM cards when I travel to get WiFi connection all the time. I carry the little device in my bag and I don't have to suffer looking for free WiFi in countries where there is not always WiFi available everywhere.. Plus, I don't have any issues about secrity and privacy since I connect to my own mobile WiFi that lives in my bag. :) /Susan
TerryB
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2/16/2016 | 12:45:59 PM
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Susan, is the Finnish/English SIMs because of roaming or because of language? Our company has Finnish mgmt so President travels there regularly. I've even been there once. The same roaming plan covers all of Europe. But I'm curious if those of you who live in Europe get roaming when changing countries? If so, are there any initiatives to build a single European network where roaming doesn't apply? Seems to make sense when so easy for you to travel between countries like we travel between states here in US.
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