(Closed) Using an American iPhone in Europe

posted 8 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
Member
6 posts
Newbee

We just returned from Europe and our phone provider, Verizon, sent us a separate phone with the correct chip in it via overnight mail.  We called the 1-800 number the day before we left and switched the service to that number, then took off!  It was a pice of cake….I call forwarded my cell phone to my husbands and we were off!

Post # 4
Member
1585 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I am in Europe at least 2-3 times a year.  Every time I get home I have a $300 bill.  I have every international plan possible, World Traveler, International Data you name it I have it.

With AT&T every text message is $0.50.  That is what kills you.  Every minute you spend on the phone is $.99 if you have the world traveler.  Call your provider to talk you through the options.

The full proof way to not blow the bank is to keep your phone off.  Good Luck.

Post # 5
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1145 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2000

If you have an Itouch, download Skype for free, buy an apple headset with mic ($20). Go to Skype website and sign up 12.95 for Unlimited World credit for a month. I haven’t actually tried this yet but am currently researching for European honeymoon.

Post # 7
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1145 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2000

Oh cool! Thanks. We are going in two more weeks!! I’ll let you know if we end up doing it but I ordered my headset already. ๐Ÿ™‚ I also downloaded a Paris Wifi app (free or really cheap) that gives you all the Wifi (free) places and it is offline so I can look the info up anytime/anywhere. I’m so excited!!

Post # 8
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319 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

From experience, watch out for the data usage through 3G. They charge per byte or something! While on a trip my mom was always playing with my i-phone. She was having fun with youtube. Turns out my bill for that month was almost $700!

Post # 9
Hostess
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

My husband and I didn’t have a cell phone last time we traveled.  It would have been nice for certain things (like when we were locked in a park after dark and had to climb out) but I wouldn’t have even known who to call anyway.  We used email as a communication means with family.  You can buy time at local cafes for a few dollars.

Post # 11
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1145 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2000

@ Gerbera  We are off to Paris, then Venice with a side overnighter in Florence! We are trying to learn polite phrases in each language but we both took Spanish in college. Love the arts, food and exploring. I’m down to make local friends but my hubbby, not so much. ๐Ÿ™‚

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