AT&T iPhone 7+ Work In Ireland?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Gmouse, Feb 14, 2017.

  1. Gmouse macrumors regular

    Nov 12, 2014
    Lakewood, CO
    I'm going to Ireland in June. My wife and I have iPhone 7+ from AT&T, and I've heard various things about whether they will work in that country. I heard that the Verizon version of the iPhone WILL, as it has the better (or works with more phone vendors) modem chips, but that the AT&T version of the phone will not work in Ireland or most other European countries.

    Has anyone actually been in Ireland with an AT&T brand iPhone, and...did it work?

  2. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Well, most of Europe is covered by GSM providers, similar to AT&T and T-Mobile (rather than CDMA ones like Verizon or Sprint), so an AT&T phone, which is a GSM phone, should work fine on those, assuming that the phone is unlocked.
  3. craig1024 macrumors regular

    Feb 15, 2016
    I am not sure but I live in Ireland and all my iPhones have been CDMA
  4. 0970373 Suspended

    Mar 15, 2008
    It'll work. It'll cost you whatever AT&T is charging for roaming but it'll work.
  5. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    Ireland and all of Europe uses GSM tech.
    So your phone will take a local Irish sim only if its unlocked like said above. If its locked to AT&T it will not work with any other sim besides AT&T's unless you want to roam internationally and get an international call/text/data package plan.
    It will work with your current AT&T sim inside in Ireland but could get pretty expensive.

    2G capabilities
    GSM 900, GSM 1800
    3G capabilities
    UMTS 2100
    4G capabilities
    LTE 800, LTE 900, LTE 1800
  6. nburwell, Feb 14, 2017
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2017

    nburwell macrumors 601


    May 6, 2008
    If your phone isn't unlocked, your best bet is just to rely on Wi-Fi hotspots (can use Wi-Fi calling for back home). AT&T will charge you an arm and a leg if you use your phone outside the U.S. Even if you add their international plan.

    You can pick up a unlocked iPhone on the cheap (SE, 5s, etc.) and get a local SIM card so you can use your phone as normal (will just have an Ireland based number while you're there).
  7. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Were you just getting the SIM-free ones perhaps? Otherwise I'm not sure why they would specifically need CDMA models there (aside from basically some iPhone models that only had CDMA + GSM options and no separate GSM-only versions).
  8. Cessna602 macrumors newbie

    Jul 23, 2010
    Yes, I go to Ireland regularly with my 7+ on ATT. It works perfectly with ATT international roaming (expensive). Because I bought my phone unlocked, I have purchased a pre-paid SIM and have an Ireland phone number to with it. Mine is with There are others like "3" that have similar deals
  9. jmhays macrumors member

    Aug 10, 2011
    Confirmed, your AT&T iPhone WILL work in Ireland. I bought an AT&T iPhone 6s for my nephew who lives in Ireland and sent it to him to use (I live in Minnesota). He says it works perfectly.
  10. Pspressart macrumors regular

    Sep 14, 2012
    When I was in Ireland this past spring with my unlocked AT&T iPhone 7, it worked perfectly.
  11. craig1024 macrumors regular

    Feb 15, 2016
    No they came from Vodafone I've had both CDMA 5 & 5s bought straight from the store on contract and Vodafone didn't support 4g on the iPhone 5 but other networks did I don't know why

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