iPhones in Europe/Israel. Talk to me like I'm sloooooow. Please.
February 8, 2014 11:43 AM Subscribe
I'm so overwhelmed by the information I get when I go online… can someone give me the for-dummies explanation here -- tell me what to do and exactly how? I need to be told how to use either an iPhone 5S or a 4s, in Italy and Israel, to be able to make/get local calls and texts, and access interactive maps, without incurring surprise fees.
posted by fingersandtoes to Travel & Transportation (5 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I am in the USA. I would like to be able to use either an iPhone 5s (currently on AT&T in the USA) or an old iPhone 4s, in Europe and Israel, for about a week apiece.
1. I would like to be able to make and receive LOCAL calls, in Italy and Israel, without worrying about price, or finding a wifi spot. I would also like to be able to send and receive local texts. But the volume won't be high on either of these -- probably not more than ~5 calls a day of a few minutes apiece, stuff like making reservations, etc.
2. I also need to be able to call my partner's iPhone (traveling with me in Italy/Israel) and receive calls from it, for times when we are separated while traveling.
3. I would like to be able to use interactive map functions, without freaking out about price and having to find a wifi spot.
I don't mind waiting until I am in a wifi spot to do stupid stuff like check email or Facebook.
I can download whatever app you suggest that will achieve this. I have Skype, Google Voice, and Talkatone already, but am not clear on how they are to be used to achieve my goals. I have a Google Voice number. I can get my partner one, if it would help.
What do I need to do to achieve these goals for reasonable costs, without incurring any surprises?
BONUS: the other day I was reading about some sort of magical app that basically eliminates roaming charges in Europe… but of course I can't find it now. Do you know what I am talking about?