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    I actually have / had multiple phones / numbers and would forward calls to my local phone / SIM. Better to leave your primary phone in the safe, especially if it is expensive one.

    I am not sure if the good old days of easy travel will return. In the current climate, one of the reasons you could be nabbed or movement restricted is Covid. If you are far from your hotel and cannot get back if a lockdown / quarantine happens, it is better to have your good phone and SIMs with you. So far doesn't happen in Philippines.

    Quote Originally Posted by AsianPursuits  [View Original Post]
    In my personal situation.

    I put my Au phone to a separate phone which stays in my room.

    I put the local sim into my main phone. I use the data for my usual apps like Whatsapp, which retain my Au number.

  2. #15207
    Are you using an e Sim with Verizon? Check the menu, you should be able to software disable a SIM if using multiple SIMS. You can always test in the US with a cheap prepaid Sim or borrow a SIM from a willing friend.

    Always check the SIM status if roaming, especially if you have multiple SIMS. I had cases in the past where my SIM selection would change randomly. Had a couple cases where I got charged for receiving SMS at exhorbitant rates in Europe.

    As for calls and data, you need to set in your menu. Verizon might allow you to disable international roaming or calls but I don't recommend it.

    Quote Originally Posted by MrHappyKat  [View Original Post]
    Does putting a local SIM card into your regular phone change your phone number?

    My situation:

    I have an unlocked Verizon iPhone 13 pro. Verizon told me I can buy a SIM at the MNL airport and use it with my phone. Any local calls are charged to the account associated with the SIM. And calls made to / from the US (my home) will be handled / charged to my US Verizon account.

    Somehow that seems too easy.

  3. #15206
    Quote Originally Posted by MrHappyKat  [View Original Post]
    Does putting a local SIM card into your regular phone change your phone number?

    Somehow that seems too easy.
    In my personal situation.

    I put my Au phone to a separate phone which stays in my room.

    I put the local sim into my main phone. I use the data for my usual apps like Whatsapp, which retain my Au number.

  4. #15205
    Quote Originally Posted by AggieDad1  [View Original Post]
    The iPhone 13 has dual sim capability. It is like two phones in one. You will keep your Verizon number and get a new number for your new sim card. Yes, it is that easy. I have used dual sim card phones for years. The phone will not have two physical sim cards. One will be an e-sim card. You need to know if your Verizon account is on a physical sim card or an e-sim. That information will be valuable when getting your Manilia sim card. Lots of information out there on dual sim card information. Good Luck.
    Many phones have real dual sim, mine, OnePlus, have two sim slots, so I can keep my national sim and add a local one.

    But generally I prefer to remove the national one and keep only the locally brought one mainly to avoid any mistakes.

  5. #15204

    IPhone 13 has dual sim capability

    Quote Originally Posted by MrHappyKat  [View Original Post]
    Does putting a local SIM card into your regular phone change your phone number?

    My situation:

    I have an unlocked Verizon iPhone 13 pro. Verizon told me I can buy a SIM at the MNL airport and use it with my phone. Any local calls are charged to the account associated with the SIM. And calls made to / from the US (my home) will be handled / charged to my US Verizon account.

    Somehow that seems too easy.
    The iPhone 13 has dual sim capability. It is like two phones in one. You will keep your Verizon number and get a new number for your new sim card. Yes, it is that easy. I have used dual sim card phones for years. The phone will not have two physical sim cards. One will be an e-sim card. You need to know if your Verizon account is on a physical sim card or an e-sim. That information will be valuable when getting your Manilia sim card. Lots of information out there on dual sim card information. Good Luck.

  6. #15203

    New President

    I wondered why nobody here is talking about the recent elections.

    Marcos jr. Will be the new President and he is a lapdog of Mr. Xi.

    Times will change for us.

    We should enjoy the phills now. It will change soon.

    https://www.bangkokpost.com/world/23...to-higher-gear

  7. #15202

    SIM cards with local number, and using my Verizon iPhone from the US?

    Quote Originally Posted by AsianPursuits  [View Original Post]
    The unlimited roaming deals from our Australian providers is $5-$10/ day. Meaning my 14 day visit for data will be $140. Or I use a local Globe Sim card for 2 x Go90 7 day promotions cost me P180 = $5 total. With the $135 difference I can put that P5,000 to a great overnighter. Plus I have a local PH number which freelancers, drivers, hotels can contact me.
    Does putting a local SIM card into your regular phone change your phone number?

    My situation:

    I have an unlocked Verizon iPhone 13 pro. Verizon told me I can buy a SIM at the MNL airport and use it with my phone. Any local calls are charged to the account associated with the SIM. And calls made to / from the US (my home) will be handled / charged to my US Verizon account.

    Somehow that seems too easy.

  8. #15201
    Quote Originally Posted by Sammon  [View Original Post]
    If you have a international plan like I have from T Mobile and have grab app you can use it without problem. Long time ago I always had to get a unlocked phone and buy SIM cards from countries I visit. Load up minutes etc which was annoying. Now I get dial tone in any country and unlimited data. My phone works just like home in USA. Only thing is calls cost per minute. But I do not mind. My phone bill can be deducted from taxes anyway. With grab you need not deal with taxi mafia in Philippines.
    As for ATM use Bank ATM at the Mall in Angeles just outside the bank. It is safe. When in Manila use China bank ATM. They can be found in the malls as well.
    The unlimited roaming deals from our Australian providers is $5-$10/ day. Meaning my 14 day visit for data will be $140. Or I use a local Globe Sim card for 2 x Go90 7 day promotions cost me P180 = $5 total. With the $135 difference I can put that P5,000 to a great overnighter. Plus I have a local PH number which freelancers, drivers, hotels can contact me.

  9. #15200
    Quote Originally Posted by AsianPursuits  [View Original Post]
    Grab you cannot fully register outside the country, you will need your local Ph mobile when you arrive.

    For language download Nemo Tagalog. Pay the small fee to unlock the features. Proactive while you are driving around.
    If you have a international plan like I have from T Mobile and have grab app you can use it without problem. Long time ago I always had to get a unlocked phone and buy SIM cards from countries I visit. Load up minutes etc which was annoying. Now I get dial tone in any country and unlimited data. My phone works just like home in USA. Only thing is calls cost per minute. But I do not mind. My phone bill can be deducted from taxes anyway. With grab you need not deal with taxi mafia in Philippines.
    As for ATM use Bank ATM at the Mall in Angeles just outside the bank. It is safe. When in Manila use China bank ATM. They can be found in the malls as well.

  10. #15199
    Quote Originally Posted by WalkAboutBoyz  [View Original Post]
    I'd be careful though about which ATM you chose. Last time I was there my buddy's account got hacked after using an ATM in Angeles.
    I only use real bank ATMs, not those pop up 3rd party units you find in clubs etc. I haven't had an issue yet.

    Cheers. G.

  11. #15198
    Quote Originally Posted by Goferring  [View Original Post]
    I won't get a AirBnB unless it has at least a clothes washer. For Hotels, I outsource to the many laundry's in any tourist area. It's cheap even if you are unlikely to make the minimum weight charge. Note that YMMV as I walk a lot, go through several changes of clothes per day and travel very light.

    All of the above. Just deal with whatever you are faced with. Weather is never guaranteed.

    What's open is also changing daily. Again, deal with whatever you find.

    My apps from most used: WhatsApp, Grab, FilCupid / PinaLove / Tinder, Google Maps and Translate. Airlines and Agoda as required.

    I always get by with English only but there is always Google Translate of needed.

    Waaaay too difficult for me. Just go to an ATM, take out 10 or 20 k, rinse and repeat when funds are low. Lots of arguements here about cash Vs card. Pick what works for you. Every 1000 p is $20 so scale accordingly..
    I'd be careful though about which ATM you chose. Last time I was there my buddy's account got hacked after using an ATM in Angeles.

  12. #15197
    Quote Originally Posted by MrHappyKat  [View Original Post]
    4. Setting up apps: grab, agoda, foodpanda, waze, xoom / remitly, PinayLove, Tinder, etc. Easy to do. I will wait until just before I fly.

    5. Anyone have a good translator app for English / Tagalog? And a good learn Tagalog app? I know these are not critical, but I'd like to learn some basics.
    Grab you cannot fully register outside the country, you will need your local Ph mobile when you arrive.

    For language download Nemo Tagalog. Pay the small fee to unlock the features. Proactive while you are driving around.

  13. #15196
    Quote Originally Posted by MrHappyKat  [View Original Post]
    Now it's the little stuff:

    1. Laundy from my hotel (if offered) or some local shop?

    2 Weather in late July / early Aug hot, rainy, both?

    3. Scouting out best areas for finding open bars and FL hangouts in Malate, AC and P Burgos. I think I have this figured out.

    4. Setting up apps: grab, agoda, foodpanda, waze, xoom / remitly, PinayLove, Tinder, etc. Easy to do. I will wait until just before I fly.

    5. Anyone have a good translator app for English / Tagalog? And a good learn Tagalog app? I know these are not critical, but I'd like to learn some basics..
    You should be able to find a laundry shop within walking distance. They charge by weight (kilo). Just be sure to ask what's the turn around time so you know when they'll be done and cost for a rush job if you need it. Some will drop off at the hotel lobby if you ask. It's one of the great things about traveling south east Asia. If I have a piece of clothes that wasn't been washed yet, I just pack it in a separate plastic bag and have it laundered upon arrival.

    Avoid shopping in the malls. Anything name brand is more expensive abroad. I think it's the import tax. Take a trip to Green Hills mall in Manila (tons of bootleg stuff), Angeles in Pampanga and negotiate.

    Go to the Taxi booth (middle island) and get in line. When I was there last month, it was a flat 400 php and they stopped using the meter from the airport. It was written on the paper the booth queue gave me so I knew the driver wasn't trying to scam me. Driver said it was due to gas price hikes. Avoid the solicitors offering you a taxi ride when exiting the airport (they will overcharge you).

    If you are using a trike always ask / tell the cost before getting in for your destination.

    I just started using SendWave to transfer money. Before I was using Transferwise. Some restaurants charge a Service Charge, so if you see that on the bill it is a built in tip.

    Ask the girl if she is on her period (has blood) as many will still go out with you and leave your bed sheets / towels with some nice art work.

    Happy hunting!

  14. #15195

    Jpg

    Yes, they accept JPG. If I recall, I believe there is a size limitation on the upload (OHP) so just crop and resize it but enough so you can zoom in later should you need it (E. G, vax proof for a restaurant). Most places don't ask but some did.

    Quote Originally Posted by Guinness1  [View Original Post]
    I'm flying into NAIA next week from San Francisco, CA. I have one question that I can't find seem to find an answer to on this forum: When you are uploading your proof of vax document on OHP, do they accept a (. Jpg) picture of your vax card (mine is a white 3 x5 inch card with a "CDC" logo in the upper right hand corner) or do they need something more official looking? Any feedback is appreciated.

    G1.

  15. #15194
    Quote Originally Posted by PedroMorales  [View Original Post]
    If you change clothes several times a day, but travel very light, just how many clothes do you take?
    I can normally last about 3 or 4 days of casual clothes. Maybe a tad longer if I want to use absolutely everything I have but I generally avoid wearing long pants and shirts etc just to avoid a wash. It's pretty rare to not have anywhere that can provide a laundry service.

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