Text and calls for an iPhone 5 in four countries
July 21, 2013 4:47 AM Subscribe
I have an unlocked iPhone 5 with Verizon. (It is verifiably unlocked for foreign SIM card use -- and yes, even though it is Verizon it does have GSM as well as CDMA). I'm looking for advice on how to travel with it to four countries, with the ability to receive/send calls and texts. I'd like to buy and use one SIM card only. And I want to be sure that I don't use any data, which gets expensive.
So the question boils down to:
(1) Keep the iPhone or ditch it for my unlocked travel phone?
(2) Use the Verizon international plan, or buy an offering from Telestial, Global, etc.?
posted by bchaplin to technology (15 answers total)
I'll be traveling to Israel and Jordan, transiting through Switzerland and Germany, for a two week trip. I want the iPhone to work in all four countries for texting and calls, and it would be too complicated to get a new SIM for each country.
Verizon offers an international plan that seems ok. But is there any way to do this with data turned off, while still being able to receive/send texts and calls? I'm leary of having the data activated at all. I know from others' experiences that even allowing the iPhone to connect to a foreign cell tower can result in charges, and the thought of coming home to an unpredictably huge phone bill is unsettling.
Alternatively, I could get a nano Sim card from a company like Global or Telestial. The pre-paid option seems safer. My problem is that when I find reviews of these cards, there are inevitably a chorus of people who buy them, and find they don't work while overseas. I wouldn't want this to happen to me!
Does anyone have personal experience with either option?