Smartphone for Travling/Living Abroad
October 18, 2012 3:04 PM Subscribe
Smartphone filter: I will probably be moving to South Korea for a year when I graduate in May. I want to get a nice, new smartphone now. What is the best option for a phone to use overseas?
I currently have a three year old pseudoblackberry which is slowly dying on me. I want to splurge for me and get an iPhone or Galaxy S3, but I am seriously looking into teaching English for a year in South Korea after I graduate from college in May. I was thinking about waiting it out and buying a phone in South Korea when I get there as the easiest possible solution, but I really don't want to suffer through my phone's increasingly annoying quirks for another six months.
If I do buy a phone, out of the iPhone 4S, 5 and Galaxy S3 is one better than the other for living in Korea or traveling in general? I want to stick with Verizon in the US because I currently have a grandfathered in unlimited data plan. Is there another smartphone that is exceptional for traveling?
I've googled a bit and it looks like I can switch the simcard in either the iPhone 4S, 5 or S3 with a Korean provider once I'm there. Is this easy/difficult/expensive/possible?
Finally, would it make sense if I just dealt with the phone until I got there and just bought a new one? I am frustrated, but it would also save me money so I'm not totally opposed to it.