Need tips for best data options for France and Spain

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by creativedogmedia, Jan 31, 2014.

  1. creativedogmedia macrumors 65816

    creativedogmedia

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    Traveling to Marseilles and driving to Barcelona the end of Feb....will be in Barcelona for 5 days and then taking train to Madrid for flight home. I have a 5S and curious what best option is for data plans - either setting up with Verizon first or buying local SIM when landing in France (or getting prior)....what is best route? FYI - I am a heavy data user but can throttle it back a bit as needed. Still, would like a gb or 2 for the trip. Thanks.
     
  2. creativedogmedia thread starter macrumors 65816

    creativedogmedia

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    Any suggestions here? Thinking prepaid sim may be best option for data.
     
  3. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    Hopefully someone with some experience with French/Spanish pre-paid SIMs can give you some advice.

    I work in Hong Kong two weeks every year and pre-paid SIMs were hands-down less expensive than Verizon's international data rates were. I ended up finding a US$30 pre-paid SIM that gave me two weeks of unlimited data. US$30 with Verizon would get like 100mb of international data (at the time I was researching this).

    I didn't have much luck finding a pre-paid SIM before I arrived in HK the first time. Seemed like almost all of the sites that came up when I googled before the trip seemed scammy. When I got in HK, it seemed like every carrier there offered pre-paid SIMs, so it was a matter of figuring out who had the best bang for the buck. In your case, you'll have also factor in using it from the two countries.

    Have a great trip! :)
     
  4. creativedogmedia thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Also, just confirming...the 5S is unlocked for using a pre-paid SIM in another country according to Verizon. It's just not unlocked for a domestic carrier switch in the US. That correct?
     
  5. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    A Verizon 5S is unlocked (on the GSM side of things) everywhere, domestically and internationally.
     
  6. creativedogmedia thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I'm with Verizon. I just picked up a 1GB pre-paid SIM from Telestial.com. Will I be able to simply pop out the verizon sim and pop in the Telestial sim once in France?
     
  7. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    Yes, that's what I did in Hong Kong with my Verizon iPhone 4s, 5 (and 5s later this year).

    You may have to dial a certain number to "activate" the data part of the pre-paid SIM, so keep the instructions that come with it handy.
     

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