iPhone on international travel

gaanee

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Dec 8, 2011
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I will be going on international travel and looking for ways to use my iphone there. It's under contract with At&t, so they don't unlock it and their international calling rates are high.
I am applying for jobs, so would like to keep my current number active for employers to call. Is there any way/app which allows to leave the iphone here with a friend so that people can call on my current number and at least leave a voice message and I can check or receive call while outside? Can I forward my calls to international number and how does it work, does it come under local or international plan?
 

AlliFlowers

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Jan 1, 2011
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If you forward your calls to a number in Europe, you will be paying a fortune - at least as much as if you took the phone with you and just paid roaming prices.

Double check with AT&T to see if they'll unlock your phone. They've been pretty fair about doing so.
 

EDH667

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Nov 25, 2009
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I will be going on international travel and looking for ways to use my iphone there. It's under contract with At&t, so they don't unlock it and their international calling rates are high.
I am applying for jobs, so would like to keep my current number active for employers to call. Is there any way/app which allows to leave the iphone here with a friend so that people can call on my current number and at least leave a voice message and I can check or receive call while outside? Can I forward my calls to international number and how does it work, does it come under local or international plan?
You can use Google Voice to forward your iPhone number to and transcribed voice messages will be emailed and you can use your iPhone when you connect to Wi-Fi overseas. Put your iPhone in Airplane mode and turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and you won't have any AT&T charges.
 

statik13

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Do they offer a travel plan? For any international travel I do I get a text, voice & data plan from my carrier. It usually runs me about $60 for a month's worth of access. You have to monitor your data use, but it is easy enough as long as you have access to wifi.