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Author Topic: How do I use my 4g Hotspot in Europe  (Read 1367 times)
tee_bee
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« on: December 24, 2012, 2:22:36 PM »

Wise tech people, I recently acquired a Verizon "Jetpack" 4G LTE hotspot device that I quite like. I am in the United States. I would very much like to be able to use this in Europe. I'd like to do what people do with their phones: buy a European SIM card for this 4G device so that I won't have to pay VZ's incredibly high data roaming rates when I am in Europe for two short trips next year.

Unlike my iPhone, this little thing really does allow me to swap out SIM cards. Is this something I can do.

Sorry if this is a really basic question. I'm reasonably adept on desktop computers, but all this mobile phone stuff makes my head spin.
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« Reply #1 on: December 25, 2012, 6:16:52 AM »

Short answer: you can't.

Longer answer: 4G in Europe (where it even exists) uses an almost completely different set of frequencies. Unless your phone is a model that's configured for use in Europe (check your manual) it probably won't pick up a 4G signal even if you swap in a European sim.

It's still worth getting a European sim with a big data plan, as 3G over here is pretty much fast enough for most purposes.
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« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2012, 12:52:02 PM »

I've now got back home and looked up the specs of the Jetpack, and I'm afraid that my short answer remains the answer, Tee_Bee. The Jetpack uses the 700MHz band for its 4G/LTE operations and that band isn't used by any mobile operator in Europe.
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« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2013, 10:13:53 PM »

Incidentally, http://www.prepaidgsm.net/ is a fabulous resource on choosing a phone plan/SIM while traveling. - DvF
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« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2013, 10:33:17 AM »

Thanks, DvF! This is precisely what I need.

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