Traveling -- what should I do?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Gray Tragedy, Sep 19, 2012.

  1. Gray Tragedy macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2008
    I have an iPhone 4 (Verizon), which is about to be out of contract (in October). However, I don't want to renew my contract w/ Verizon, because I'm going to be traveling to South America indefinitely (starting Oct 1st). So getting a subsidized 4S/5 is not really an option.

    From what I understand, I can't have my iPhone 4 unlocked since Verizon's iPhone 4 model doesn't have a SIM card. So, I need to get at least a 4S (or possibly an earlier model). I think what I'm looking to do is buy an unlocked 4S/3GS that I can pop a local SIM card in. (Aside: I was looking at TruPhone, but can't find that many reviews of it online. Does anyone have any experience with this company?

    If I go that route, what do I need to look out for? I see a lot of "factory unlocked" phones for sale on Craigslist, are these legit?

    I also want to sell my iPhone 4 then (it's 32GB). Should I get it "factory unlocked" to do that (I see a lot of those services on CL)? Or should I call Verizon and have them unlock it? (Again, not sure if that's even a thing since the 4 doesn't have a SIM card.) I would be looking to spend as little money (net new phone - old phone) as possible.

    Thanks for any input anyone has!
  2. schizbomb macrumors 6502

    May 14, 2011
    Unlocking a Verizon iPhone 4 is not exactly going to benefit you.

    You can buy an unlocked GSM iPhone 3GS/4/4S/5 and be fine in South America.
  3. apierrec, Sep 19, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2012

    apierrec macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2012
    If I am you, I'll sell your iP4 now (or sell it just before you leave if you still need it or as soon as your current contract expires) then buy a cheap global phone in South America (or online now while you are here - it must be so cheap & usable that you can dispose later once the unlock / global iP5 (don't know if there will ever be such a thing) is available wherever you are.

    Or yeah, sell your iP4 then buy a cheap global unlock used iPhone or Droids online you like now.

    Sorry, I never bought or will ever buy something in CL.

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