Using U.S. iPhone in India

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by dangleheart, Nov 3, 2008.

  1. dangleheart macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2007
    I have a first generation iPhone with an AT&T plan. Would I be able to use it other countries like India and U.K. I do not mind if I need to call AT&T to set up some kind of plan but I do not want the calls to be expensive but close to the in country rates. Thanks.
  2. goosnarrggh macrumors 68000

    May 16, 2006
    You will not get anything close to the "in-country" rates.

    In India, AT&T's roaming partners will provide you with a rate of anywhere between $2.29 and $2.49 per minute.

    In the UK, AT&T's roaming partners will provide you with a rate of anywhere between $0.99 and $1.29 per minute.

    Your monthly minute allowance is not applied towards any international roaming talk time.

    You might (but I don't know for sure) also be charged long distance on top of the roaming rates, to place calls back home to the USA or to call locations outside the local calling area within the country you're visiting.

    In both the UK and India, you'll get the lowest available roaming rates if you enroll in the AT&T World Traveler add-on package, which will cost you a baseline of $5.99 per month. If you don't enroll in the World Traveler package, then you won't have any additional baseline per-month fees, but the higher roaming rates will apply.

    You simply don't want to allow for the possibility of accessing any roaming data while you're traveling internationally, because at a rate of $0.0195 per kilobyte, the expenses will quickly rack up.
  3. dangleheart thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2007
    That sounds pretty bad. I guess I can not just plop in an Indian GSM SIM into my iPhone. It looks like I have to leave my iPhone home and get a local cell phone. Thanks goosnarrggh.
  4. ryanwarsaw macrumors 68020


    Apr 7, 2007
    It is a first generation iPhone so just unlock it and pop in a local SIM. Problem solved.

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