iPhone - international traveling

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by HasanDaddy, Apr 18, 2009.

  1. HasanDaddy macrumors 6502a

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    hey everyone!

    I don't leave the USA that often, but here's my question - lol -

    I'm going to be traveling to France, Italy, and Spain in May/June

    I have an account, here in the USA, with AT&T

    I know the iPhone is a GSM phone, so I was wondering what my international options are, including data?

    Am I best off going with the AT&T World Traveler plan, which charges pretty high rates per minute, but its data rates aren't as bad..... or can I switch out the SIM card and go with European companies while I'm there?

    overall - what's my best option? I would really like to use my iPhone for both calls and data, while in Europe

    thanks so much all!
     
  2. Moi un Mouton macrumors 68000

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    You will only be able to use a foreign SIM if you jailbreak and unlock your phone before leaving the USA.

    If you do that, you may save with a local SIM card, it will depend if you will mostly be calling locally (yes, get a local SIM) or calling back home (which is expensive from a mobile, wherever you do it from.)

    Data via local wifi spots in hotels, cafes etc will usually be the best option whichever you choose
     
  3. jarjarblinks macrumors 6502

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    I have an officialy carrier unlocked phone.

    In Japan 3 weeks ago, I was able to 'activate' the iPhone with a local pre-paid SIM card. Upon return to my own country, I called my carrier to query. They cldnt explain it too, except to say that they have had similiar responses in the past, without quoting a figure.

    My iPhone has never been unofficialy unlocked, only jailbroken. At time of occurance, I was running stock 2.2.1. Interesting.
     
  4. efp1 macrumors 6502

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    Here in Spain, Vodafone is probably a good option for you as I've been looking at their rates and they have a prepaid option that allows you to pay on a weekly basis for internet. Here's the plan:

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    TARIFA PLANA SEMANAL LIVE!

    Si eres un cliente de Tarjeta, con esta tarifa podrás disfrutar de 35 conexiones de 5 MB cada una.

    Tarifa plana semanal Vodafone live!
    1,9 €/semana (2,20 IVA incl.) 0,69 €

    Tarifa por Conexión
    conexión de 5MB (0,8€ con IVA).

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    Basically what that says is that it charges you either 2.20 Euros (with taxes) a week for data or a plan that charges you per connection. That would be 0.8 cents with taxes per 5mb connection.

    Anyway, I would rather talk to a person that works at vodafone before actually getting it just to make sure they won't charge you for anything extra. Spain's like that.... lots of hidden charges!

    Here's the link:

    http://www.vodafone.es/particulares/tarifas/internet-en-movilidad/navega-movil/
     
  5. HasanDaddy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    thanks so much guys!!! this was very helpful!

    I really don't wanna jailbreak --- I may just do a rent-a-phone option in most of these places
     
  6. joeshell383 macrumors 6502a

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    Goes without saying, but Skype for iPhone for when you're on Wi-Fi and want to call back home.
     
  7. thisisarcadia macrumors 6502

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    I too am going to france spain and italy in may/june and i called att and asked what i could do and they told me that the best thing would do is get a calling card because text range from .25-.50$ a piece data is .01 a kb, and calling is expensive. They have data packages are super expensive. I am just going to put my phone in airplane mode and enjoy the ipod feature, and get a calling card.
     
  8. HasanDaddy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    wow - really?

    good idea
     
  9. HasanDaddy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    another good idea

    however, .01 for data per kb isn't that bad?

    thank you all for the suggestions!!!
     
  10. sparkyms macrumors 65816

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    pretty sure that works out at $10.24 p/MB...
     
  11. shoreacres29 macrumors newbie

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    Italy

    So... I TOO am traveling to Italy. I have a friend that can unlock/jailbreak my iPhone. I'm not sure why I wouldn't want this done. My plan was to then simply get a SIM card when I get to Italy and put in my iPhone. Suggestions/advice for or against this?

    Thx
     

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