International Travel: need for International SIM

If I have WIFI in Europe (e.g., at our AibBnb) do I still need an international SIM? In other words, if I can communicate with our next-city-AirBnb host, do I need to spend the money for a European SIM? I have a Moto G6, 9.0 Pie, Choice 3.0 with 1GB data.

Republic Phones do not have international calling so in order to make local call when travailing international one will need a local SIM (it is possible though 3rd party apps to call International numbers at rate of the third party) (note Republic phones will only call US and Canadian numbers via WiFi when travailing internationally, these third party apps will also require WiFi)

If you’ve got WiFi access, your phone will work. You can’t make international calls, unless you use an app. I was able to call our tour guide in Germany using WhatsApp, since that was handling the calls, not the phone dialer. I’ve done a number of trips in Europe since joining RW, and I have yet to get a sim card. The only reason you might want one is if you’re going to be in an area away from wifi for an extended time.


Thank you, petej. What I was thinking was to use WIFI to send an email, not call. But I didn’t think of WhatsApp. So many options to consider! Thank you for your help with this.

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