Looking for an LTE carrier/plan that covers most of Europe and is good for tethering?

I’m going to be traveling through and working in many countries in Europe this year and I’m hoping to either use my T-Mobile iPhone 6 (should work based on my research) or I can buy a hotspot to tether internet. This way I can work anywhere and not have to be asking for wifi passwords etc all the time. Does anyone know a good carrier/plan/hotspot? Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Orange has a plan that’s supposed to work throughout Europe but it didn’t work in Italy and the only other place I tested it was Spain so who knows. It’s not LTE but it had decent speeds and allowed tethering. TMobile also has international plans, but only 3G. If you’re not going to use TMobile you’ll need to get your phone unlocked.

You might also want to check on the three.com company and their “Feel as Home” offer: http://www.three.co.uk/Discover/Phones/Feel_At_Home

Personally I just get a new simcard when entering a new country.

@thom801 Any updates on your search? I’d be interested in the same thing but so far only found contracts that are limited to say 1G and pretty expensive.

@toorschot nothing yet. I have just been using a T-Mobile international 3G package which allows unlimitied 3G but the speed is terrible and not usable for anything other than navigation and searching for places.

@thom801 For what it’s worth I did have a talk with Vodafone (my current carrier) and they told me they slowly open up their 4G network for roaming. I noticed in the past couple of months that they already did Germany, UK and Switzerland. They also seem to be planning to lift the 1 gig limit that currently exist on the Dutch contracts. I’ll be in Spain this week, I’ll check if I have 4G there.

There are a few (expensive) SIM cards that can be used in a subset of countries in the EU (my guess is that they are mostly backed by the carrier “3”). There is one available on a mazon (Italy, Austria, Sweden, Denmark, UK) and one on a site called s imlystore dot de (Denmark, Finland, France, UK, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Austria, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain). No LTE/4G though, only 3G, and 3GB for 46EUR. I don’t think that there is a cheap(ish) card to cover all of Europe unless you use only very little data and don’t stay in a single country very long and thus roaming costs are cheaper than getting a local card.

There are several European carriers that exist in multiple European countries, like Vodafone, T-Mobile and Orange, but that doesn’t mean you can use a company X’s plan from country A in country B . I think your best option would be to simply buy a SIM card in/for each country. That’s what I do! (I’m from Europe). For quick texts and for emergencies I will use my standard SIM card’s roaming option, but it can be expensive.

Maybe tell us the countries you’re going to so European folk here can tell you which company is good and has good data plans?

Hey, I am trying to create a crowdsourced google doc with all data regarding SIM cards within specific countries. It would eb great if you guys can contribute here.

This is the spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1cW0YdeVpL1kWS5KRJp8Be_0pLwFAFa_SqI5sPrin_JY/edit#gid=0

Also if you have any idea how to improve this doc lets do it!

The Three all you can eat is best I’ve seen, up to a terabyte of data per month for 15 pound, works in 17 countries, speed varies by country but generally pretty good, picked one up at the airport vending machine in London and it’s been a godsend.

check out http://prepaid-data-sim-card.wikia.com/wiki/Prepaid_SIM_with_data

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I second the wiki mentioned above. It’s the first place I look at when I think about buying a new sim wherever I go, which is what I tend to do in countries with low cost of living (sim cards are outrageously expensive in, well, expensive countries).
As an all round solution though, the best I’ve found is also the Three “Feel at home” from UK, except from the fact it doesn’t allow tethering outside of UK.
If anyone has found a better solution reply here!

I’ve seen this come up several times, hey guys there’s an excellent wiki, please use it! Maintaining loads of information in a spreadsheet is hard.
http://prepaid-data-sim-card.wikia.com/wiki/European_Union (see Further offers > Italy for 4G/LTE roaming, try searching these cards for sell on ebay/amazon).

If you need a 3G/4G router, I recommend http://www.dovado.co.uk/en/products they’re breaking all speed test records with bonded 4G connections in well served areas.