iPhone 4 International Travel

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Boulder, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. Boulder macrumors member

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    I am leaving to supervise young adults in a few weeks for World Youth Day (Catholic Woodstock).I have a AT&T iPhone 4. I was wondering if I could purchase a sim card from Europe and pop in into my iPhone 4. I have heard in the past about people doing this. I will be visiting Ireland, France, and Spain. Thanks for the help in advance.
     
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    If the iPhone 4 is factory unlocked (recently released by Apple for the US), he can do it. If not, I'm afraid the iPhone 4 is locked to AT&T; therefore the OP can only use an AT&T microsim unless you use Gevey to unlock it.
     
  4. saving107 macrumors 603

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    You are correct.

    I forgot about the locked/unlocked situation.
     
  5. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    If its an AT&T iphone then it will not recognize/accept any other carriers sim.
     
  6. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    Probably not.
    What version of iOS are you running on your phone?
     
  7. eastercat macrumors 68040

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    Since you don't seem like the technically proficient type or have an unlockable baseband, buy a gevey supreme/ultra sim and a sim cutter.
    When you're in europe, go to vodaphone, orange, o2, etc. and ask them for a pay as you go sim. You can always ask if they have it in micro sim size. However, it's likely they won't. If they do, you won't have to deal with the cutting.
    Cut the sim with the cutter and follow the instructions that came with the gevey.
     
  8. Boulder thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks so much. Try watching 150 teenagers for two weeks I will need my phone in case I need to contract the authorities. I am pretty technically proficient but do not know much about the iPhone hardware.
     
  9. tirk macrumors 6502

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    This may be of use too. Unless anyone knows of a cheaper data rate that isn't tied to one country?
     
  10. bandofbrothers macrumors 601

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    You can pick up micro sims from the retail network outlet shops in the Uk.

    Some insist you top up a minimum amount at the same time.

    As for unlocking why not ask your network provider for the unlock sequence.

    In the Uk it costs a small fee of around £20 to have the fone unlocked on a payg contract.

    A monthly contract is usually free.

    Your then open to use any micro sim you want in the future.
     
  11. awadeee macrumors 68020

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    If your iPhone is unlocked you can do this. If not, you will most likely have to use something called a Gevey SIM which will unlock your phone.

    AT&T will not unlock iPhones. Period.
     

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