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Receiving SMS to Portuguese number while abroad

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Shortly, I am going to Thailand for several months.  I have a Portuguese number tied to my bank and I would like to know if anyone has experience receiving text messages sent to Portuguese numbers while overseas?  Preferably, outside of the EEA. If I can't get the text from the bank it could mean that I won't be able to initiate transactions while out of Portugal.  I am obviously, hopeful that I can maintain account functionality. Any insight appreciated. 

I am with Vodafone and have a pay as you go plan, which I top up every 28 days. 

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We used Vodafones' travel plan for 3 euros a day while we were back in the US. We got their texts anytime we turned it on. 

The phone service was another story due to the carriers we were on in remote areas of the states. It would tell us voice calling might not work. It did not work for voice in those areas but the data and text did.

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3 euros a day seems pricey to me.  I'm usually paying Euro 14 a month. Do you mean that without subscription to that service, I won't be able to receive texts at all?  I might as well just cancel it then. 

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It was only when we used it which was only a couple of days in two weeks. 6 euros total. We always stayed on wifi networks otherwise.

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Ok that may be doable then.  I will be away for 5.5 months, so you can understand my pricing concern if it had to be paid every day. 

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Darn they are charging 7.50 a day for other countries. You can find the details here. I hate digging through their site to see what it is really going to cost.

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@jonesdn2020 It has been established that in Portugal the mobile phone operators definitely know how to charge.

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I've had no problems receiving texts to my PT (Vodafone) SIM (dual SIM phone, that's my primary SIM) in several countries, including well outside the EU. Nothing was required in terms of a plan, there is normally no cost to receive texts, just to send them. As I make pretty much zero calls, and rely on wi-fi, when outside the EU, I've never paid for an add-on, but was able to authenticate myself using 2FA without issue or cost (for PT systems).

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@thomasribatejo I assume you are on a contract?  I am on a pay as you go.  I wonder if there will be any difference.  I don't need to use data or send texts. Just receive. Therefore, your response brings me hope that I can avoid being fleeced for 7.50 per day. That really is an outlandish price.  Even by the standards of Portuguese mobile carriers, you have to admire the extra effort they put into the 7.50 per day setup, just to sting their customers that little bit more.

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@ack You don't need to be on a contract to be able to receive texts freely - provided your card isn't deactivated through lack of use. Check what the minimum usage is (eg 1 paid use every 90 days, which I believe was the timing for my original PAYG Vodafone card, before I moved to a contract) and if need be, make 1 call before it expires, and suck up the €1 or whatever that costs.  Much better than daily amounts for nothing!

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