Plan on iPhone4s vs. Unlocked on iPhone4 for frequent traveller

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by sunsnewmac, Oct 7, 2011.

  1. sunsnewmac macrumors 6502

    sunsnewmac

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    Big decision! I'm ready for an iPhone but...I can't stomach a plan. I don't actually live anywhere--I travel constantly. Over the past 2 years I've traveled non-stop, living in dozens of different countries. Currently I'm in North America, and may be here for up to a year ,but not necessarily all in one place. So you can see why I do not want a phone plan and prefer an unlocked phone. I currently use a pay-as-you-go dumbphone. It's cheap but I can't live without an iPhone any longer!:rolleyes:

    What should I do? Get the new iPhone on a plan? What about roaming fees? Yikes!

    I prefer the new phone because I want it partly for the camera (my only other camera is bulky). The new camera sounds great. Otherwise, I just want it for basic web surfing, email, social networking, and the occasional photo upload. I'll rarely make phone calls on it, but I might use text messaging every now and then.

    After holding off so long for the upgrade (I've been waiting a long time--never had a smartphone at all!), I'd feel really disappointed to buy the old iPhone. There is also the issue of less initial cost outlay when buying a "subsidized" phone. But that might come back to haunt me if I can't get out of the contract, can't unlock the phone to travel, and am paying roaming...

    any thoughts??
     
  2. KJmoon117 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm in the same boat...

    I'm thinking of buying the iPhone 4S in Canada and having a friend ship it over State-side. I'm just afraid that the phone won't work with Korea Telecom or T-Mobile(US)...
     

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