Sim Card in Europe for iPhone 5s (netherlands and austria)

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by ezsobre, Nov 29, 2013.

  1. ezsobre macrumors member

    Dec 18, 2007
    Hi all,

    I've got a iPhone 5S on verizon, unlocked. Will be in Europe, specifically the Netherlands and Austria for a few weeks in December, and will be looking to get a local sim in each place. Interested in data, don't care about voice. Will need for navigation and Skype/facetime. I have two questions.

    First, once i get the sim card, how will the phone get activated on that network? Do i need to plug the phone into a computer with iTunes and a wireless connection? Meaning, if i don't have my laptop/itunes with me, it won't work? Or is there some other way?

    Also, any suggestions on data providers in either of those places?

    Many thanks.
  2. ezsobre thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 18, 2007
  3. Am3r1ca16 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 17, 2012
    New York City
    Since your iPhone is unlocked just buy a sim card from any provider you choose from and pop it into the iPhone 5S. Usually it will start searching for service and within a few minutes it should say w/e carrier your using in your iPhone 5S.

    If it doesn't connect just restore your iPhone with iTunes with the SIM card in the iPhone 5S.

    So It's simple! Just pop in any local sim to your iPhone 5S and bam you're done!

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