Originally Posted by EmmaJoy
Hi! I'm terribly confused about how international roaming works with a 8830 via Sprint. I'll be in Rwanda for a couple of months, and I'd like to be able to continue to have access to my gmail, if I got the int'l data plan from sprint, would I also be able to use a local Rwandan SIM card? Would I be able to get a SIM card that has a data plan? I'm really just trying to find the cheapest way I can make sure I have access to my e-mail and chat all the time, and every time I call sprint they give me a different answer about how much things cost/what would actually be available in Rwanda!
I'm scared I'll get there and have to pay out the nose for roaming costs!
Thanks, I'm a newbie to all this and appreciate your expertise!
Welcome to the forum.
It looks like you should have service in Rwanda. Traveling Internationally
If you want access to email and data, the simplest way is to get international coverage added to your Sprint account. One good thing about Sprint is that you can add international coverage for just the time that you are gone, and revert to your normal data plan once you return.
You can purchase and use a Rwandan SIM card for making and receiving calls. That will work fine for calls and texts. It WILL NOT work for data.
The absolute cheapest way to do this is to get the international data plan and a Rwandan SIM. When you want to place and receive calls, you put in the Rwandan SIM. When you want to check email and get data, you put the Sprint SIM card in.
Obviously this is a big pain in the butt, but it is the cheapest way.