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unlocked iphone 4 vs AT&T International plan

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I have been reading on line for days, and can't decide which way is best to go. I will be in Amsterdam, Nice, Venice and Rome. I would like to have my phone working for calls as well as data. I can eliminate some call issues by texting and emailing in a free WIFI area to other iPhones for free. However, if I want to call or use the internet (maps, guides etc) I would like to be able to use the phone. I have an unlocked iphone 4 and am currently using an iphone 5. Can anyone definitively tell me whether I would be better off with SIM cards or the AT&T international package? If the suggestion is SIM card, am I better off to purchase prior to leaving online, or wait until I get there? Also is there a SIM card that works everywhere, like the Euro, or does each location need its own?

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    You'll need a different sim card for Norway and Italy if you want to be able to receive calls at no cost. You can also purchase one of the many sims offered online that will allow you to roam, but they are not all that great and can be expensive if you are only go to use them for a short period of time. Most offer a UK based mobile number and you'll be charged when receiving any calls or messages.

    What we do is use the AT&T international data roaming package when not in a free WiFi zone and need to check email or use the mapping feature. If you go over your limit, you'll receive a message telling you AT&T have added more data for you at the same cost of the roaming package you signed up for. We usually opt for the $30 package to begin with. Since you have the unlocked iPhone 4, you can purchase a local sim card (Vodafone works) in Amsterdam, if you need it, and another one when you arrive in Italy.

    Any calls I make on the AT&T iPhone is through the AT&T Call International App or using Skype. AT&T Call International works better and is fairly inexpensive. Messaging (iMessage only) between iPhones, iPods and iPads doesn't cost anything to and from anywhere in the world if in a WiFi zone. If not, then the regular rates apply. If you want to send any messages outside of a WiFi zone, then you should sign up for AT&T's international messaging package.

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