Traveling to Italy Next Month. Best Way to Use iPhone 4?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by El3ctronics, May 16, 2011.

  1. El3ctronics macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2011
    Location:
    NYC
    #1
    So I'm traveling to Italy next month and I'm trying to figure out the best way to use my iPhone 4 while I'm abroad. I'm currently on AT&T and my device is updated to the latest version of iOS. Am I correct in my understanding that the current version cannot be unlocked? If so, should I just get the international plan or are there any apps that will let me make cheap calls?

    I have talkatone and I believe I can make wifi calls with the apps using my Google Voice account but will that work in Italy? Any other recommendations or things I should know before I go? Thanks.
     
  2. kuebby macrumors 68000

    kuebby

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2007
    Location:
    SFV
    #2
    The cheapest option will be to ONLY use the phone on WiFi with your Google Voice number.

    You could get an international plan but that would be much more expensive.
     
  3. Vampire5003 macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2010
    Location:
    Texas
    #3
    There is a hardware unlock called Geyey sim. The official website to buy it from is applenberry.com
    It will allow you to use it with any GSM SIM Card. Here's a video; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgTRXs4_u9c&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL
     
  4. VulchR macrumors 68020

    VulchR

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2009
    Location:
    Scotland
    #4
    Certainly you need to be aware of roaming charges or be prepared to donate a kidney to pay for them.... I still marvel that governments worldwide haven't slammed international roaming charges.
     
  5. El3ctronics thread starter macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2011
    Location:
    NYC
    #5
    Interesting! Can anyone comment on this from experience and confirm it works for the most update version of iOS? Also will I be able to find a local Micro SIM in Italy or are they hard to find?
     
  6. Vampire5003 macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2010
    Location:
    Texas
    #6
    Well it works for all iOS versions. It's easier to cut a regular sim (like in a iPhone 3G) to the size of a micro-sim for international use.
     
  7. LapsangSouchong macrumors 65816

    LapsangSouchong

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2010
    Location:
    the burrows
    #7
    Keep in mind using the Gevey is very likely illegal in most countries, including the US (as it requires you to make a fraudulent call to "911").
     
  8. El3ctronics thread starter macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2011
    Location:
    NYC
    #8
    Any other way to unlock the iPhone 4? What other apps could I use to make and receive calls to and from the US?
     
  9. Vampire5003, May 16, 2011
    Last edited: May 16, 2011

    Vampire5003 macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2010
    Location:
    Texas
    #9
    You don't make fraudulent calls to 911. Just to 112 and then you hang up. Gevey sim is the best option until the iPhone Dev Team releases a software unlock.
     
  10. Vampire5003 macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2010
    Location:
    Texas
    #10
    I still recommend Gevey sim but Skype and other voip use internet instead.
     
  11. LapsangSouchong macrumors 65816

    LapsangSouchong

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2010
    Location:
    the burrows
    #11
    If you say so. Hope Italy has a "411" to call.
     
  12. Vampire5003, May 16, 2011
    Last edited: May 16, 2011

    Vampire5003 macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2010
    Location:
    Texas
    #12
    You call 112 for every carrier. It's just designed to hacktivate the phone, if it's already activated you don't even have to call.
     
  13. LapsangSouchong macrumors 65816

    LapsangSouchong

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2010
    Location:
    the burrows
    #13
    Link?
     
  14. Vampire5003 macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2010
    Location:
    Texas
    #14
  15. LapsangSouchong macrumors 65816

    LapsangSouchong

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2010
    Location:
    the burrows
    #15
  16. Vampire5003 macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2010
    Location:
    Texas
    #16
    It's 112. SOMETIMES 411 or 911
    I had to re-read.
     
  17. LapsangSouchong macrumors 65816

    LapsangSouchong

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2010
    Location:
    the burrows
    #17
    So it's the EMERGENCY number. So I return to my original concern.
     
  18. El3ctronics thread starter macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2011
    Location:
    NYC
  19. LapsangSouchong macrumors 65816

    LapsangSouchong

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2010
    Location:
    the burrows
    #19
    I'm in the same boat. I leave this week for a month. Fortunately, I have an old unlocked iphone so I'm taking that and buying a local sim. Best of luck to you. It's frustrating, I know.

    btw, when I was in Germany last summer I bought some boingo wifi and some tmobile hotspot to get me through, since I was only there for a week.
     
  20. eastercat macrumors 68040

    eastercat

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2008
    Location:
    PDX
    #20
    If you didn't leave yourself the option to software unlock and you don't want to use the gevey sim, then you'll have to use it as an ipod touch with wifi.
     
  21. sinophilia macrumors regular

    sinophilia

    Joined:
    May 7, 2008
    Location:
    Italy
    #21
    I really think that using wi-fi and Skype is your best option. We don't have many private wi-fi networks here in stores and bars like you have in the US, but there are public networks in many cities and even small towns. I live in Verona and we have a huge public network covering the city center, you just need to show your ID and you get a card with username and password (this was for safety issues, but they are making it completely open as the laws on that just changed). And of course most hotels have wi-fi so it's not so bad after all.
     
  22. El3ctronics thread starter macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2011
    Location:
    NYC
    #22
    Well I called AT&T last night to check my options. I first asked for the unlock code to my phone and they said my account was eligible to receive it. Once they saw I was using an iPhone they said that it was the ONLY phone they couldn't supply the unlock code for per their terms with Apple. I simply don't understand this. Why can EVERY other AT&T phone be unlocked besides the iPhone? What is the reasoning behind this? Totally ridiculous to me.
     
  23. ikaveh macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2008
    Location:
    here
    #23
    why not jailbreak>unlock then use a prepaid local sim?
     
  24. El3ctronics thread starter macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2011
    Location:
    NYC
    #24
    There is no available jailbreak unlock for the iPhone 4 with the most updated version of iOS (4.3.3).
     
  25. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

    heisenberg123

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2010
    Location:
    Hamilton, Ontario
    #25
    Apple is the reasoning, they are the ones not allowing AT&T to do it
     

Share This Page