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Old Aug 26th, 2011, 08:31 AM
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With Verizon, if you have one of the GSM global type phones, after being a customer for 60 days, they will send you the unlock code for the phone, so you can use any network.

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Old Oct 22nd, 2011, 06:20 PM
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Dave, Now that the iPhone 4s is out and it is GSM capable is unlocking the phone necessary only to avoid roaming charges? In other words, it would already work OK but you would be roaming and it would be really expensive? ow
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Old Oct 23rd, 2011, 05:19 AM
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Unlocking is necessary to use another service provider's SIM card.
If you got your phone through company XYZ it is most likely locked and will only function with their SIM thereby costing you a fortune in roaming.

Look on craigslist or Kijiji.com... there are people who'll unlock your phone for 20 or 25 dollars. You then pick up a local SIM wherever you happen to be going and enjoy lower rates.
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Old Oct 23rd, 2011, 06:38 AM
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Verizon will unlock your phone at no charge for customers that have been with them for at least 60 days. I know this for a fact, since my daughter has an Incredible 2, we shifted her from our plan to her own plan right after she graduated from Army basic training in June and in September she got the unlock code. You do NOT want to use the Verizon/Vodaphone roaming charges, as they are crazy high. So (if the phone is quad-band and can accept a SIM) get the phone unlocked and you are good to go with any other network.

Unless you are going to Korea that is, which is CDMA. But the present "whitelist" restrictions that exist there have been ordered to be gone by next year. Actually, they were supposed to be gone this year, but the 3 Korean telecoms had all kinds of excuses on why they couldn't change this year.

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Old Oct 23rd, 2011, 06:17 PM
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Thanks Dave
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Old Oct 24th, 2011, 02:17 AM
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Apologize for the interruption. I think that for me, the best idea is to buy a simple unlocked phone capable of use in Europe. (I live in US and travel 2-3l times a year to Europe (mostly Spain and Italy). I want the simplest phone possible.

What exactly should I look for when buying this phone? (There are several models offered at electronics stores in NYC; buying used electronics on Ebay makes me nervous that they will not work or that I cannot get help when needed; I've seen global phones for under $150 at these shops)

And more important, what is the exact procedure for buying the SIM card? Do I buy this at the arriving airport, for example, Rome? Do they install for me? What happens when I've used up the minutes on the first card?

What happens when I leave Italy and travel, let's say, 6 months later, to Spain? Same procedure?

In case this is pertinent: I need the phone mainly to call hotels and to make restaurant reservations, so do not need many minutes...not planning on doing much, if any, calls back to the US while traveling.

Sorry to be so dense on this topic! Thank you in advance for any help.
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Old Oct 24th, 2011, 05:31 AM
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I only wanted a cell phone for emergency use in the car so bought an LG Tracfone at Target in U.S.. I buy minute cards for it and it is NOT associated with any phone company.

Supposedly, one can make calls overseas calls with it but I don't know if that's the same as using it overseas. If anyone knows about this, perhaps this is a reasonable alternative.
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Old Oct 24th, 2011, 07:20 AM
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Eks, for Italy, recommend buying a phone in Italy.

If you buy one in the U.S., you must buy a 900/1800mhz capable GSM phone. This is usually a quad-band model. A quad-band + cheap and simple + unlocked is getting harder to satisfy. The Motorola 190/191 used to be this type of phone, but they are only available in used market. For new phones, the quad-band are mostly on higher-end smartphones.

If you buy a phone at any phone shop in Italy, for example a TIM store at FCO, you get a phone plus a SIM card. In Italy you get to keep the Italian number of 13months. You can keep the number for 13 more months every time you add prepaid minutes. I add €5 every year and still have the same number I bought 3 yrs ago. The only hassle is that you have to do this in Italy at a TIM store. In order add money online, they ask you for a fixed landline phone number. I presume they do this to discourage foreigners without sufficient local connections from holding onto numbers without visiting Italy.

Once you have an Italian SIM, the roaming in other countries in Europe is not that expensive. Far less than using an U.S. SIM in roaming mode.

If you buy only a SIM, they can install it in your phone. If you run out of money, you cannot make calls anymore. You simply visit an ubiquitous phone stores for that SIM brand and give a sales person your phone number and money. It takes less than a minute. Someone else can also do it for you. One time, I just gave a friend going to Italy my Italian phone number, the brand of SIM, and a €5 bill so he could add minutes to my SIM card.
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Old Oct 26th, 2011, 06:20 AM
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I am a Verizon iPhone addict and was facing withdrawal on trip to Italy. I solved the problem with TEP pocket wifi. This is a small cellular wifi hotspot that you can carry anywhere, and allows all your iPhone apps (map, safari, email, skype, etc) to work wherever you are. Data service provided by Tre. Supported skype video in most places. We used it in Venice, Florence, Sorrento, Rome, and roads in between. Only place that lacked coverage was Cinque Terre. Folks at home were able to reach me via email and skype anytime. Highly recommended!
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Old Oct 26th, 2011, 06:53 AM
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I have a Verizon (Samsung) phone which I have successfully used in Europe for three or four years (Italy, Croatia, France, Switzerland, Portugal).

I far as I know it isn't a "smart phone," and before we leave on a trip we re-subscribe to Verizon's Glopbal plan, which is $5 or $6 a nmonth. You can unsubscribe when you return home.

I'm sorry I odn't know the technicalities for this, but it is very easy to call home to the US, as well as within the European country.

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Old Jan 21st, 2012, 03:09 AM
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The Verizon iPhone is an iPhone 4, available in the same capacities as the AT&T version of the iPhone. However, there are some hardware differences beyond support for CDMA instead of GSM. http://www.techiecop.com/cellphones/apple-iphone
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Old May 13th, 2012, 03:47 PM
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If I keep my Verizon iphone in Airplane mode while traveling and only take it out of Airplane mode when I'm in a wifi area will I be able to avoid extra charges? I understand Verizon isn't GSM but will all, or most, of the smart phone features work in wifi?
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Old May 13th, 2012, 04:23 PM
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Yes, you can use WIFI for most functions aside from actual phone calls (not counting Skype)... but you may want to contact Verizon... since this thread started over a year ago much has changed and many Verizon iPhones are now GSM and WILL work in Europe. They have plans for travel so check with them first.
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Old May 13th, 2012, 06:37 PM
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NEW Verizon iPhones MAY work in Europe. (there are more hoops to jump through then on AT&T.). Old ones were not magically retrofitted so check with Verizon
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