Visiting Ireland from the US

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  1. gixxerfool macrumors 6502a

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    My wife and I both have Verizon 6S. We are visiting Ireland early next year and we wanted to know the best option for use. Maybe calling back to the US real quick, texting back to the US and accessing cellular data. What are our best options?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. BSben macrumors 65816

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    I don't live in Ireland, but I think the Three Network offers more or less the same deals there as it does in the UK. If you are not actually send text messages and use phone calls, but use iMessages and Facetime calls this may be a good option.
    http://www.three.ie/online/voice/prepay/3pay-trio-sim/?src=p
     
  3. gixxerfool thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    This looks perfect. I keep forgetting about FT audio. Thanks!
     
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  5. gixxerfool thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Since it was an addendum to the same topic,

    As stated above my wife has a 6S and I have a 6S plus both on Verizon. It looks like Three's €20 sim will be perfect. Is the sim side of the Verizon phones still unlocked?
     
  6. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

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    Verizon LTE capable phones are factory unlocked.
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    If/when you have wifi access you can also use wifi calling and call and text as you normally would from US.
     
  7. We3LA macrumors newbie

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    We also have Verizon service; when we traveled in Ireland last summer, we used a mobile hotspot and had uninterrupted, password-protected wi-fi (and never had to log on at our hotels' services). The hotspot allowed us to send email and texts, and also to use Google Maps as we drove from point to point. The provider we used was my-webspot.com, but I'm sure there are others.
     
  8. Gmouse macrumors regular

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    OK, I have a question about going to Ireland in May...my wife and I have AT&T iPhones 6 and 7+. What are options for those in Ireland.

    Thanks.
     
  9. E3BK macrumors 68030

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    ON AT&T - if your phones are paid off, request for them to be unlocked and you can put a local Ireland SIM in it.

    If you can't get it unlocked, there's WiFi in most cafes, restaurants, etc. Use iMessage, not text and definitely don't use cellular data. AT&T will kill you on roaming. If you are paying off the phone and it's locked, you are stuck.
     
  10. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

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    You might have been able to use wifi calling as well.
     
  11. We3LA macrumors newbie

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    Replying to C DM: Yes, wifi calling was also available. These mobile hotspots are astonishing (within the limits to the amount of data you can use on a daily basis -- the number escapes me, but it wasn't an impediment; on the other hand, I wouldn't stream a movie while on the road). They fit in a coat pocket, and you can order a vehicle charger or a spare battery for an extra fee in addition to the wall charger that comes with the unit. We went with the vehicle charger and were glad we did, as the wall charger process took hours. Also, some rental car companies provide their own version (I think Hertz does, for example, but we went with the other approach.) As for Gmouse's question, the my-webspot mobile hotspot is compatible with every phone, regardless of carrier, to the best of my knowledge. One final note -- if you can't use wifi calling for some reason, you may still need to add an overseas plan to your Verizon account for the duration of the trip. Check with your providers.
     
  12. gixxerfool thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Perfect. Thanks again.
     

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