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  • Sadly their error on their own website cost me €100
    I'm a tri-national. I live in 3 countries. This makes my phone situation a little bit hard. I need local numbers in all 3 (for banks etc.) and to make reasonably price calls. To let people contact me WatsApp is a lifesaver as is Facebook and normal email too.

    I've got a dual SIM phone, of course. I'd love to buy a decent tri-SIM phone from a major manufacturer but they simply don't exist. So I've often be reduced to lugging around a separate phone, and fiddling around swapping SIMs at the border or on the plane - v. annoying.

    I bought myself a new phone - a Nokia 6 - last year. I looked around for multi-sim solutions and found this company. I found the G2 adapter was the device I needed. Takes 2 more SIMs and you connect via Bluetooth and an installed app. Doesn't give internet - I only want to receive SMS really.

    The order process is very slick, the website is very comprehensive. Order process seamless. Product arrived.. Very nice, excellent build quality. The company is Swiss.. I thought: Nice.. bit expensive, but maybe I paying for quality.

    Things started to go wrong when I installed the software on the phone. Looks like Android 4.0 or earlier. It was only then I went to the Play Store and read the reviews....

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kmstore.simplus&hl=en

    Oh dear. Just 2.5 out of 5. I figured it was in need of upgrade, and what a let down after such a smooth process until then.

    So I went ahead and installed it anyway. It 'kinda' worked with the extra SIM.. for about 10 seconds. Then the phone would report that communications had been lost.

    I'm a busy guy, so I gave up. Maybe 2 month later I gave it another go. Same. Back in the drawer.

    After about 8 months since purchase we were going to the States, so annoyed.. I fished the damn thing out again. When you travelling around often your bank sends OTP SMS message if they think the transaction is fishy - I'd didn't want any delays on the holiday.

    I thought they might have upgraded the software - and a few internet searches later I found this was not the case, but did find a LOT of other disgruntled customers. Some it seemed had hardware incompatible with their phones. I thought I'd better check.

    Lo and behold my G2 Bluebox is NOT compatible with the Nokia 6

    This is strange... I'm sure I checked their page for compatibility???

    Sure enough.. The Nokia 6 page stated on their own website that it was compatible.

    There is a copy of the page in the Internet Archive

    https://web.archive.org/web/20171111065621/https://www.simore.com/en/mobile-phone-accessories/nokia/6/

    When I contacted support the G2 Bluebox page had been edited to show that it only worked with Android 6 - but the Nokia 6 page still stated that it was compatible.

    Simore support told me...

    "We regret to inform you that as mentioned into our sales conditions "Stancom Sarl does not accept refund after the shipment of an order.""

    And offered me 10€ off my next purchase. I paid around 100€ initially. Absolutely hilarious.

    If a purchaser cannot believe the information written on a vendors site. And then they take no responsibility for their error... I'm afraid, no matter how good their product is when it does work... I will never give them any more money.
    • Joke response to my refund request
    • Nice build quality
    • Pretty looking slimline device
    • 40s
    • Male
    • Father
    • Married
    • No Disability
    • Computer programming enthusiast
    Review Score: 0

    To read more simore.com

  • Seafoodies delight in La Jolla
    Buy fish and seafood like a fishmongers, or get it served at the table like a restaurant.

    Mexican pulpo salad was tasty. The kids had muscles which were served in as tasty soup as you'd get in France. Excellent. 15% tip automatically added saves hassle and price was reasonable.
    • Pulpo
    • Musclos
    • 40s
    • Male
    • Father
    • Married
    • No Disability
    Review Score: 0

    To read more El Pescador Fish Market

  • Outdoorsy.com Review - Peer to peer RV rental in the USA
    We used Outdoorsy to rent a massive 36 foot class A RV for 12 days. Cost was around 2500 USD. The same size vehicle and period would have cost over 7000 USD from a commercial rental outfit.

    OK.. the bus is 10+ years old and you will expect a bit of "wear and tear" on a vehicle that old - but that's better in many ways as you less likely to lose your deposit.

    You can't get a "one way" rental with this site of course, as you have to return the bus to it's owner.

    Take good care on the Outdoorsy site when searching. I "smelt a rat" on a lot of listings - I have no verifiable evidence, but a lot of listing that don't have any reviews, and/or empty calendars suggest RV rental companies are using the site to rent their vehicles - when you commuicate with them they say strange things like "I am a private renter. Give me your email address and I'll send you the quote". Why someone would not put the pricing and calender information into the Outdoorsy system and let me just book in there is a mistery? Why tell me he is a "private" renter and then give me a "quote"?

    I looked for a renter with a lots of reviews, that looked genunine, and had a calendar with at least some bookings.

    We found a great guy in Seattle. He did give me a heart attack just as we were about to get on the plane from the UK - the booking was cancelled! - but when we landed he explained it was just a case of "trigger finger" and he'd accidentally cancelled the booking - everything was fine.

    At this time I contacted Outdoorsy support - if you find yourself having to do this (will only be in circumstances such as mine) there do tend to take a long time (like 3hrs) to answer queries - but they are quite competent when they finally do answer - so be prepared to wait.

    I would suggest booking months in advance as by the time we travelled the RV's calendar was full.

    A couple of other things I'd offer to anyone in our situation and about renting RV's in general:

    You can drive a RV up to 45 foot, but that really is big, and you'll have to watch the "tailswing" when turning so you don't hit anything. It is wide (as are roads in North America), make sure you've "walked around" the bus and mentally absorbed just how big is it. Stick in the middle lane near overhanging trees, and watch the camber of the road when passing parked trucks etc. on the right hand side. I used to drive buses in the UK when I was younger so this wasn't a problem but the wife flat out refused to drive it.

    We did often put the kids to bed early (in the master bedroom), and we wound up sleeping on the camp-bed in the main lounge and this really should be for kids.

    The RVs are generally gas (petrol) engined. This means all fuel stations will have your gas, as diesel is less widely found. You will use a LOT of gas - it is cheaper than Europe, but ain't free. If your route has a lot of hills, mountains or twisty roads expect to burn even MORE gas. Enjoy though - this is a real experience.
    • Night view of the RV in a campsite in Revelstoke Canada
    • 40s
    • Male
    • Father
    • Married
    • No Disability
    Review Score: 0

    To read more outdoorsy.com

  • Little bit of Greece in Ilkley
    Wow what a surprise. We were in Greece last year and therefore were expecting this to be a poor rendition. This place was superb. The halloumi cheese was a delight and the fellafels were the best homemade goodness she's ever tasted, and that is really saying something. I had lamb and it was gorgeously presented and delicious. Wine from Bordeaux.. about 23pounds.. very good.
    • Halloumi heaven
    • 40s
    • Male
    • Father
    • Married
    • No Disability
    Review Score: 0

    To read more The Olive Branch

  • Good budget (LOL) hotel in Reykjavik
    If 250 bucks a night is your budget then this hotel is the one for you in Reykjavik. For that money you don't get gym, pools or room fridges here. But you will get warm, clean, friendly service, decent breakfast, interconnecting rooms and be over the road from one of the designated tour bus stops.
    • 40s
    • Male
    • Father
    • Married
    • No Disability
    Review Score: 0

    To read more Storm Hotel

  • Unique global experience
    We went with our 12 and 9 year olds. They loved it. It is pretty special, and probably good enough reason to come to Iceland despite having to pay through the nose for everything. Many reviews attest to this it needs to be on your bucket list. It was raining and when you put your ears underwater, as the droplets hit the surface you get this exquisite tinkle sound. The only downside is you do feel like your following the herd a bit. Do it anyway.
    • Bar area in the Blue Lagoon
    • 40s
    • Male
    • Father
    • Married
    • No Disability
    Review Score: 0

    To read more Blue Lagoon

  • Good value B&B over pub near Ilkley
    Very friendly. Old building bit creaky but that's cool. We were up in the rafters and there was a danger of getting injured if my wife came in bathroom while I was sitting on the throne. But who cares when there's a pub downstairs, good and intelligent service from the staff and just 60 odd quid a night! About 30 minute walk into centre of Ilkley.
    • Custom breakfast for the missus - thank you
    • View from room 10
    • 40s
    • Male
    • Father
    • Married
    • No Disability
    Review Score: 0

    To read more The Wheatley Arms

  • Old Iceland overflow
    We were recommended by the hotel reception to go to the Old Iceland restaurant over the road. But it doesn't take reservations and the wait was 1 hour. Even then they couldn't guarantee a table and with 2 kids it wasn't gonna fly.

    I crossed the road and found this place. Menu prices seemed a bit lower than what I'd seen over the road.. but i didn't check in detail - but no queue.

    Plain decor and no airs or graces service. Wife had Char fish.. which was like salmon in taste and look. I had some very pleasant cod. 1 beer and she had a glass of wine. Kids were relegated to tap water... approx 4euros a coke (forget it) and were ok sharing a lamb and chips.. just as well, as the bill was just under 100 GBP. We finished every morsel.

    Wife was upset they kept the door open even though she said it was cold. It was the hottest day in Iceland for 100 years today 😀 according to the coach driver. So maybe we let them off this time.

    Verdict: Turn up earlier and get into the Old Iceland.
    • 10 pounds GBP of IPA in Iceland!
    • Cod
    • Lamb
    • Char
    • breezy door
    • Clean plates
    • 40s
    • Male
    • Father
    • Married
    • No Disability
    Review Score: 0

    To read more 73 Restaurant

  • Good Thai Food in Andorra
    I lived in Asia for well over a year and developed a serious crush on the food there. Now in Andorra and Spain we get great food! But not so much asian. This place is a good find for someone that appreciates asian food.

    It's in the Caldea centre, which is pretty stark modern glass structure you can see towering over Escaldes, so it's easy enough to find! There is a faint swimming pool smell when you get in, but that receides on the higher floors. The restaurant is located on the top large floor (not the tower), it has and outside terrace for eating and drinking - you will probably need to reserve if you want this.

    Our server was a very efficient and spoke excellent English - he was from Thai descent but had been schooled at a British School in Barcelona.

    We went with our 8 year old - she's quite adventreous with her palate, there were skewers for her (2 plates!), and she was more than happy to eat some of my sizzling entrecote, as the very spicy sauce comes seperately.

    I had a 12 Euro shrimp salad to start, it was light, spicy and excellent. Reminded my of Thailand that's for sure. My wife prefers crab, but was disappoint that her's was tinned crabmeat and fish sticks. This didn't bother me, nor the mayonase it came with - so I had most of that one too.

    There are a lot of Japanese dishes too - I sadly didn't try any of those. This is a very different restaurant from most in Andorra. If you missing Thai food then the light. fresh food here will be to your taste.
    • 40s
    • Male
    • Father
    • Married
    • No Disability
    • Home Country
    Review Score: 0

    To read more Siam Shiki

  • Good alternative fast food option in Andorra with easy parking.
    Viena is a small Catalan chain of restaurants that offer premium fast food. They also have a couple of restaurants in Andorra.

    It's open all day which is good if you have little ones that should be in bed by normal restaurant opening times. This branch is huge and has a large car park suitable for any vehicle.

    They have a range of baguette sandwiches which are bit pricey but very tasty. There is also a mega premium burger for around 7 euro on it's own!

    There's even a drive thru option, but sometimes they don't bother answering - so give it a moment or so, then park up. If you don't get a quick response, it normally means they busy. So don't bother waiting around, they won't answer on the drive thru speaker.
    • 40s
    • Male
    • Father
    • Married
    • No Disability
    Review Score: 0

    To read more Viena

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