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Will be entering Europe through Germany, looking for a pre-paid SIM card that will allow me to get data on the device. I realize that getting data with a BB usually means BIS. Will be going through Germany, Italy, France, England, and Ireland over the course of a couple months

Will be using the phone mostly for:
GPS to see where I am (need data for maps)
Quick Google searches
Local calls to hotels/restaurants
Will be keeping heavy data usage to WiFi with other devices

My current provider is Etisalat-Afghanistan so I don't have an American plan to setup international roaming with.

I've read that Vodaphone in Germany has a decent pre-paid Blackberry plan. Will it work in other countries without ridiculous data rates?

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No one provider will be good throughout Europe, but most providers in those countries have prepaid BIS, so you'll want a new one in each country. Here's a list of your best choices:

Germany: Vodafone
Italy: TIM or Vodafone
France: Orange or SFR
England: They're all about the same, but I would go with EE or 3 for price or Vodafone for coverage
Republic of Ireland: Any
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Thanks dc/dc! Do you know if the SIM cards are readily available at small kiosk locations or if Iíll have to find a traditional walk in store for purchase
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Thanks dc/dc! Do you know if the SIM cards are readily available at small kiosk locations or if Iíll have to find a traditional walk in store for purchase
It varies from country to country honestly, which is one reason why I suggest to anyone that can do it is to have a US SIM for roaming until a local card can be had. If you have time before departing, I would order this: Roam4Less WPC Partner Pak #ROAMWPCPARTNER - Expansys USA. Expansys ships to APO.

Germany: I had to leave the Frankfurt airport to find a Vodafone SIM, but they were easily had at shops in the Frankfurt Zentrum train station. The difficulty will be finding an English speaker. I would suggest checking the airport again though as the last time I was there was 2010.
Italy: I don't recall seeing any kiosks at the Venezia airport. I had to get one when I got up to Porcia.
France: Last time I was in Paris I was 12 and we didn't have cell phones. LOL
England: They have vending machines at London Heathrow right outside of HM Customs.
RoI: Not sure.
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