Wifi is readily available throughout Greece—in our hotels, restaurants, coffee shops, and even in some of our private buses! This free wifi is not usually very robust, which means that streaming videos and Skype or FaceTime can be very frustrating.  Nonetheless, the wifi is almost always adequate for checking email and texting; occasionally you’ll be able to do even more.

If you will need to make and/or receive phone calls during our program, you have several options.  One possibility is to arrange for an international plan with your cell phone service provider (e. g., Verizon, Sprint, AT&T).  In recent years, such plans have become quite affordable and flexible.  Another option, if your cell phone is unlocked and capable of operating on European frequencies, is to purchase a SIM card that will allow you to use your phone on a Greek network (e. g., Vodafone, Cosmote) with an actual Greek phone number.  This option, which is the one that I use (since I have to be available by phone 24/7), also enables you to access cellular data in places where there is no wifi.  Usually, there is a base purchase price for the SIM card itself, and then it’s pay-as-you-go; you can add more credit to your SIM card on the provider’s web page (or by buying the credit at local kiosks).  Another option is to buy an international cell phone (you can purchase one when you get to Greece).  That phone will have a pre-installed SIM card with a Greek phone number, and you’ll be able add credit in the ways just described.

Using your own American cell phone without in international plan can be very expensive in Greece. And a smartphone, even if you don’t use it to make or receive calls, can also be quite costly if you don’t disable data roaming (or cellular data). The same is true of tablets that have a wireless data plan. Consequently, if you plan to bring your own American smartphone or tablet or both, be sure to check with your service provider for suggestions on limiting your costs.

I will carry a cell phone at all times for emergency communication. You’ll be allowed to give this phone number to a contact person or two in the US, in case you need to be contacted from home in an emergency.

Turn off Data Roaming on an iPhone by going to
Settings > General > Network

Your smart phone should have some kind of similar setting.