Fine print on extra data with Verizon Wireless

Ugh. I hate how closely you have to read the fine print to understand what you are getting from Verizon Wireless. I have noted before that they have some pretty good options for international travel, and I stay with them because their network works really, really well. I just hate the rocket science involved in figuring out what I am getting. I usually get some sort of lawyerly response, but this isn’t a court of law. I as a customer want to understand what I am getting without having to go through hoops. Continue reading “Fine print on extra data with Verizon Wireless”

Skyroam mobile hotspot

I mentioned earlier that I was considering several options for mobile connectivity on my current trip, and one of those option is using the Skyroam mobile hotspot. My summary review? It is marginally adequate, although in retrospect I really wish I had saved myself the money and simply paid a bit more for the date I use with the international package on my phone. Continue reading “Skyroam mobile hotspot”

Incredible Deal on the Chase Sapphire Reserve Visa

So it takes a lot to impress me with the deals available on a credit card. However, the Chase Sapphire Reserve Visa card is offering what amounts to an $1800 credit in exchange for a $450 annual fee. You should absolutely do your own research before applying, but that deal is almost too good to be true. Continue reading “Incredible Deal on the Chase Sapphire Reserve Visa”

Cell service for travel to Asia

So I have a trip coming up where I will spend a couple of weeks in Japan and Indonesia. I have Verizon Wireless service in the U.S., and I am generally pretty happy with it– the network is much better than Sprint and T-Mobile for the places I am likely to be, somewhat better than AT&T here in the Petroplex, and the rates are competitive with AT&T. I also get an employer discount which is helpful. Verizon also has international travel options which work pretty well in most of the world. While a $10 a day charge is sometimes criticized as too expensive, it is awfully convenient and probably the best way to handle a reasonably short trip. Continue reading “Cell service for travel to Asia”

Buying foreign currency for a trip to Indonesia and Japan

Howdy, folks. I have a trip in December to Tokyo, Jakarta, and Bali, and this is the point in a big trip when I start to plan out some of the small details– how will my cell phone work, how will I buy stuff, etc. Happily, both Japan and Indonesia and pretty credit card friendly (in theory, anyway). However, I don’t like to go places without at least a little bit of cash to get me started. The exchange rates aren’t great, although Bank of America had a much better deal than did, say, Travelex. With Bank of America, you do have to have an existing checking or savings account. It is worth checking with your bank to see what sort of exchange rate they will offer you. I got about $200 worth of each currency so I would have something as soon as I land. Continue reading “Buying foreign currency for a trip to Indonesia and Japan”