Overseas for two weeks

What phone do you have? Moto G

What plan are you on? The one where I get refunded for data I don’t use (grandfathered, and the main reason I’ve delayed getting a new phone)

Does your plan include data, or just talk & text? data

I don’t have an issue yet; I’m just wondering what’s the best way to travel with my Moto G to Germany I know from experience that WiFi isn’t as available over there, and due to the nature of my role (teacher leading a student trip) I would like to be connected more often than not. Would you recommend I purchase a hot spot or just pay for two weeks of wireless T-Mobile access?


The old Moto g is not able to use any other SIM, a hotspot may be a good option or perhaps renting a phone over there

I’ve traveled to Europe twice with students since I switched to RW. I’ve found that there is a lot of public wifi all over the place, especially in urban Germany. Both Munich and Berlin had plenty of wifi access, and I think I even found some in Dresden.

One of my colleagues used T-Mobile while we were there, and found that text messaging was expensive (like early 2000s prices).

Honestly, I’ve found the not being connected refreshing, but we did always have a tour guide with us who had a working phone.

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Hi @kimberlys.yyg54i,

Welcome back to our Community!

When’s your trip?

What phone are you planning to use for the two weeks of T-Mobile? The Moto G is not compatible with T-mobile.

Maybe what you have is something you could use with a local SIM card that includes data in Germany. (I used Lebara when I was in France and couldn’t find anything not to love about it, but I don’t know if that’s an option for you in Germany.)

Then you’d have a phone that works for local calling and texting (which I found I needed more than I thought), data for looking things up on the internet, keeping up with your E-mail, and navigation, and you could use the X Pure to tether - set it up as a hotspot for the Moto G, allowing you to stay in touch with parents and others in the US.


I will be using the Moto G. Last time I was able to pay to connect to T-Mobile’s WiFi network for a fee (I think it was $15 a week); that’s what I meant by connecting to T-Mobile (“Telekom” in Germany). The Moto G does not support any other SIM cards, so that’s not an option. I’m looking for ways to stay connected to the Internet while I’m traveling; cell service is not an option.

Hi @kimberlys.yyg54i,

Presuming the service is still available and there isn’t sufficient publicly available WiFi, connecting to paid WiFi supplied by T-Mobile or Deutsche Telekom (T-Mobile’s corporate parent) sounds like a viable option.

A compatible hotspot would be more mobile and is also a viable option. Those may be rented as well as purchased.

This might be of interest: International Travel with a Republic Phone.

Thanks; I’d already read through the RW statement. Do you have any information on how to rent/purchase a hot spot? The only one I’ve looked at so far was $200 for two weeks. No way am I paying that.

I’m uncertain what “RW statement” you refer to. The Community article I linked isn’t official documentation. I wrote it as a contribution to the Community. :slightly_smiling_face:

The reason I linked it is it contains some information on these folks: https://www.cellularabroad.com/phone-rentals-internat. They rent both phones and hotspots. It’s been a while since I looked at their pricing but it’s worth checking out.

For purchasing a hotspot, I’m uncertain what you’re willing to spend but this one is highly rated:

You might do better on price waiting to buy in Germany.

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