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  1. I found this interesting . . . https://moneywise.com/a/ch-a/americas-worst-states-to-retire-in?utm_source=fbk_rbn&utm_medium=mobi&utm_campaign=rbn_worstretire2&utm_content=rbn_worstretire2_pubaa_mobi_v05 Sent from my iPad using Thaivisa Connect
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    Help, buy Phone is USA or in Thailand?

    If I stop paying I loose my phone number - not a big deal to me. Upon my return I just go to the nearest AT&T shop and get a new sim and phone number. I do the same with True each time we return to Thailand. This year, since we Use Comcast/Xfinity for television, home phone and internet, I switched over to their no contract plan. If I don’t use it, which for six months a year I won’t, I pay about $3 a month during that period, and I can keep my phone number. During the months I do use my Comcast phone no contract plan, I pay $11 a month for data and the calls and messaging are free. Sent from my iPad using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  3. SpokaneAl

    Help, buy Phone is USA or in Thailand?

    When you sign a contract, as a part of that contract you agree to however many months/years to abide by that contract and in return purchased a subsidized phone. A contract is a legal, binding document and has nothing to do with your ability to get your phone unlocked. If you want an unlocked phone, buy a no contract unlocked phone instead of trying to squirm out of a contract you signed and agreed too. Sent from my iPad using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  4. SpokaneAl

    Bank charges

    Nope. It is up to the consumer whether or not to accept an ATM card. Sent from my iPad using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
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    Bank charges

    While the use of ATMs in Thailand is huge vs credit card usage, when I am back in the US I never use ATMs. They are much more risky than using a credit card. When you withdraw via an ATM you have basically opened the door to your account for the bad guys, while a credit card charge only puts the amount you charge at risk and can be easily disputed, if in error. With an ATM withdrawal your entire associated bank account can be drained, and while it is true that the bank will usually work to fix, you still could face an empty account until that happens. Sent from my iPad using Thaivisa Connect
  6. SpokaneAl

    Bank charges

    Banking is a competitive business. Some charge ATM fees, some do not. Some charge various levels of others, others do not. Rather than complain, compare all the fees between banks before deciding where to leave your money. As a consumer, vote with your pocketbook.
  7. SpokaneAl

    Help, buy Phone is USA or in Thailand?

    We split our time - six months in Thailand and six months in the US. It is absolutely not a problem with our phone. A number of years ago I bought an unlocked iPhone 5 direct from Apple and paid by the month with AT&T. I could pay by the minute or agree to a month to month via a no contract plan. Then when we return to Thailand, I visit True and pick the minutes and data no contract plan that works for me, swap the sim and off I go with a local phone number. Returning back to the US each year I let my True Account expire, and swap sims again, and go back on the month to month no contract plan. This last October, just prior to returning to Thailand I bought an unlocked iPhone 8 direct from Apple and again followed the process. We just arrived back in the US and repeated. It is easy and not a big deal. Sent from my iPad using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  8. SpokaneAl

    Help, buy Phone is USA or in Thailand?

    There are plenty of lower end phone for purchase in Thailand and they tend to come with crappy screens and cameras. If all you want is a phone, buy one of those. But if you truly want to surf the internet and take nice photos, your eyes will thank you for paying more for a nicer quality phone, and for that I would buy in the US. If you are looking for a tablet, compare prices between Thailand and the US - again the higher quality stuff will be cheaper in the US. The low end tablets will have crappy graphics, be short on memory and just be of lesser quality. And if you plan on doing a lot of book reading on your tablet, you may want to also consider a Kindle reader. The screen quality is terrific and the battery life, which tends to last weeks instead of hours, is fantastic. You get what you pay for. Sent from my iPad using Thaivisa Connect
  9. SpokaneAl

    Help, buy Phone is USA or in Thailand?

    Figure out what phone, memory etc you want and compare prices. You won’t have any problem finding an unlocked phone in the US. Virtually every company now offers unlocked versions. I would stay away from the used stuff, especially from phone companies such as Verizon. Those phone may be unlocked and may not be. I am an Apple user and bought a couple of unlocked iPhones in the US. We split our time between the US and Thailand and I just swap sims each time we change locations and have had zero problems. It sounds like you also mentioned an iPad. Again, look at the different models/brands and compare prices. Apple has just come out with a much cheaper iPad recently, if that is what you want. We are big iPad users and my wife and I each have one. We buy them with WiFi only, since they never leave the house unless we travel and stay in a hotel where we can use the free WiFi. I much prefer prefer surfing the net with an iPad vs a phone - phone screens are just to small for me.
  10. SpokaneAl

    Ford Everest v Toyota Fortuna

    We have a Fortuner and are very happy with it. As a long time owner of Toyota vehicles, the choice was an easy one for us. We went with a two wheel drive. After three years of ownership I have yet to see any necessity for a four wheel drive. My only issue is that I wish it had more of the safety features that are pretty much standard in the US - proximity, rear view mirror, and lane wandering warnings, auto braking and a cruise control that automatically maintains a safe distance with the vehicle in front of us.
  11. The non imm o-a multi entry visa is a one year visa. Each time you leave the country and re-enter, prior to the enter before date stamped on the visa you will receive a one year extension. This means that if you time the last exit and re-entry to just prior to the enter before date, you will essentially get a second year off that one year visa. Your visa is now dead and done and you will need to obtain an extension of stay or a visa for you remain in Thailand after that point. There is no indefinite extension of the non imm o-a multi entry visa. Sent from my iPad using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  12. I do agree with you on getting outside and cycling - or running. If one wants to make time stand still run on a treadmill or ride an indoor cycle. Sent from my iPad using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  13. Oh no, not the old discarded “running will ruin your joints” argument! Sent from my iPad using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  14. I have a number of friends who swear by these, and race up to and including 100 milers and more. https://lunasandals.com Sent from my iPad using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  15. “Deputy commander of the 25th infantry battalion of the 2nd regiment” went to the hotel to investigate an employee/employer issue. Seems a bit out out of their wheelhouse of national security expertise.