Please help me use my US phone in Australia and New Zealand.
August 5, 2014 10:10 AM Subscribe
I'm traveling to Australia and New Zealand later this month and would like to use my Verizon iPhone 5s. Can you help me figure out what SIM card to buy?
I understand, in theory, how all of this works: unlock phone, arrive in country, buy card, use card, but I've gotten intimidated by all of the options in the "buy card" step. I haven't started researching New Zealand yet, but it seems as though the Australian options are as complex as what we have to wade through in the US.
I've confirmed with Verizon that my phone is already unlocked. I'm going to be in Australia for two weeks (starting in Sydney) and New Zealand for one (starting in Wellington), and I'm really just focused on having a data plan, so I can research things as needed, use maps, and send iMessages. I'm prepared to rely on wifi in New Zealand if the card options are too expensive for just a week of use.
Can anyone offer advice on inexpensive plans, the best places to go to buy the card, and general tips for getting all this to work?