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candace60 Jun 15th, 2012 02:39 PM

Verizon Iphone used in greece with a sim card there
I have a verizon iphone that i am going to use in greece this summer for a month. I know that if i want to buy and use a sim card there then i have to get verizon to unlock my phone. My question is when i use the sim card how am i going to call and text to america. will i have a new number? will i have to use a certain area code? I dont know how this works. I plan on texting my fiance the entire time i am in greece (money is not a concern) and calling at least once a day. so can someone help me out and give me some advice as to how this works? thank you!

Heimdall Jun 15th, 2012 03:06 PM

If you buy a SIM card in Greece you will have a new number. Cosmote and Vodafone are the two biggest carriers in Greece, and SIMs can be bought in Germanos and other electrical shops. You will pay an initial small charge for the card, and then top up with additional minutes. When you buy the SIM ask the store clerk to help you set it up, as the instructions will be in Greek.

These links may be of help:

tom_h Jun 17th, 2012 07:21 AM

I dont think verizon (USA) is going to unlock your phone, and then allow you to use inexpensive prepaid SIM cards purchased in Europe!

More than likely, your phone will be *allowed* to operate on European network, using Verizon-provided SIM cards, and you will pay Verizon roaming rates on voice, text, and data.

You write "money is not a concern" and "calling at least once a day".

Are you prepared for a phone bill of several *thousand* US$ ?

You'd better contact Verizon customer service, if you want to go that route.

Alternatively, there are independent services that will "jailbreak" and "unlock" your iphone, then you *could* use the prepaid SIM that Heimdall references.

However, there are some risks with that, too. Internet search for "jailbreak iphone".

Note the iphone uses a very tiny "micro SIM" card, I don't know how common those are in europe. Most prepaid phones are still using the standard size SIM.

brotherleelove2004 Jun 17th, 2012 11:02 AM

When you get to Greece you can buy a cheap mobile phone for under €50. The Germanos stores sell the phones and they will activate it for you and sell you the appropriate SIM and minutes.

xrayeyes Jun 17th, 2012 11:37 AM

Follow this blog from CDNet.

Verizon also has some good information to follow on their website and also provides numbers for a "Global expert" to answer specific questions. There are also several iphone apps that allow you to use free VOIP over wifi for voice and text.
(Viber is an example)

Heimdall Jun 17th, 2012 11:53 AM

I'm assuming you have an iPhone 4S, because I understand the older Verizon iPhones are CDMA only. If Verizon will unlock the phone for you, go ahead and buy a SIM in Greece. The iPhone is very popular in Europe (which has always been ahead of the US in mobile telephony anyway). I know microSIMs are available in Greece on monthly contracts, but can't swear you can get a prepaid one. I do know that Cosmote sells prepaid data microSIMs for the iPad 3G.

If that doesn't work, take brotherleelove's suggestion and buy a cheap mobile and prepaid SIM. Turn off data roaming on your iPhone, and use it for wifi only. If you have a Skype app you can make calls from wifi hotspots, and there are lots of free ones all over Greece. :-)

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