Our International Phone Plan

Ni Hao!

Today I wanted to write about something that Taylor and I get questions on a lot. Our phone plans! Kind of a boring topic, but I think it’s informative for someone traveling abroad or moving internationally.

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Before we moved abroad, Taylor and I had contracts with Verizon. We were loyal to them for several years, and we absolutely loved them. We never had any issues and they’ve always been great. When we found out that we were moving to China, our phone plans needed to change because we needed something that allowed us to communicate internationally. Unfortunately, Verizon didn’t have any long-term international plans available. They only offered a daily rate. They actually recommended that we check out Sprint. I really didn’t want to check out Sprint, because I’ve never heard anyone say they enjoy their phone plan with them. Then again, I didn’t know anyone living internationally!

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Sprint offered to pay off our contracts with Verizon and allowed us to text and FaceTime from anywhere in the world at no extra cost. It was also way cheaper than what we were paying with Verizon. Taylor and I were able to update our iPhones, plus they gave us an additional 2 phones that we now have as backups. We’ve been living in China for 4 months now and have traveled to multiple countries, and haven’t had any issues with our Sprint phones. We can still text free of charge (on both ends) and we can FaceTime with anyone in the world. If we make a normal phone call it is 10 cents a minute, so not a big deal. However, all FaceTime calls are completely free. Taylor and I have an app called WeChat, which allows us to make phone calls to each other within China if needed.

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After visiting America for a few weeks back in August, I’ve had the chance to see how my Sprint phone preforms there as well. To be honest, it works much better abroad. I didn’t get great signal and almost all of my calls were dropped. The internet was slow as well, unless I was connected to the wifi. Our sprint phones serve their purpose and work great while we’re traveling. We spend more time in other countries these days so it’s perfect for our needs. Whenever it’s time for us to move back to the states, I’m not sure if we’ll keep our sprint plans. However, it’s super cheap so I can’t complain too much! 

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For those of you asking, yes you can text and FaceTime call us free of charge! We may be in another country, but we’re easily accessible! The only difference is the time! 🙂 I hope this helps some of y’all if you’re thinking about changing phone plans or if you’re moving internationally anytime soon! xoxo

A Fall Day in Shanghai

Hello!

As I mentioned in my last post, China has been celebrating their Chinese National Day all week long. We stayed in Nanjing most of the week, but decided to spend our last day off in Shanghai! The last time we were in Shanghai, it was only our second week living in China. I was feeling very lost and uneasy, but I felt so full of joy this time! I’m so thankful for everyone’s constant prayers for Taylor and I.

Shanghai was very hot and humid back in June, so now that the weather has started to cool off, we were eager to return for the day! After spending time in Shanghai during the summer and now fall, I can 100% recommend visiting the city in the fall. I can’t be held accountable about the other two seasons, but it was beautiful when we went this time. It was less crowded, easier to get around, and just all around more beautiful.

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We didn’t have any big plans for our afternoon in Shanghai. Ultimately, we wanted to get out of Nanjing and do something other than lay around in our apartment. This was the first time Taylor and I have had an extended amount of time off with no plans. Typically, we jump on a plane the minute we have spare time. We both felt like we needed to breathe and regroup after returning from Italy, plus we’ve got a heavy travel schedule coming up!

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We took the bullet train from Nanjing to Shanghai (2 hours max), which is the fastest and easiest way to get there. Shanghai is actually a 5 hour drive one way by car, so I don’t recommend doing that! Once we arrived, we took a taxi to The Bund. This is one of the most scenic areas you can visit in Shanghai. The easiest way to describe it, is as a long stretch of buildings along the Huangpu River that overlook city. Not only is the view pretty great, but the buildings along the bund were built by the French and full of history. It’s easy to forget you’re in China as you’re walking alongside the river. Both time’s we’ve visited Shanghai it has been hazy, but clear skies in China are rare.

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Once we were done walking, we took the subway to the “Fake Market.” We visited a different “Fake Market” the last time we visited and had a blast. You can’t take photos or film in the markets, because well…..it’s all illegal. You can find some amazing knockoffs here and it’s something everyone needs to experience. It’s not for the faint of heart though! If you’re not willing to get aggressive and haggle, don’t bother going. 🙂

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It was almost 3 by the time we were done walking around the market, so we stopped at Tocks for a quick lunch/dinner. We found this Canadian restaurant on Trip Advisor and it did not disappoint! Taylor and I split the chicken sandwich and loaded fries!

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Once lunch was over, we went to our favorite place in Shanghai, Big Movie. I talked about this in my last Shanghai post, but it’s a massive movie store where you can find just about anything you can think of, new movies, television series, Disney, and all the classics. If you love movies, you absolutely need to stock up while you’re visiting. Each movie costs 13RMB, which is equivalent to 2 Dollars. After we were done movie shopping, we bought train tickets back to Nanjing and called it a day! We had a great time escaping our city for an afternoon and have hopes of returning again soon.

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I made another YouTube video of our afternoon in Shanghai, and you can watch that here:

Thank’s for following along! xoxo