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Taking my iPhone to Canada -- how to not get burned by fees

I am confused about my options for using voice/data/texting on my Verizon iPhone 5 while on a trip to Canada. [more inside]
posted by capnsue on Jun 25, 2014 - 8 answers

To update or not update my OS: Verizon iPhone4

I've got an old Verizon iPhone I would dearly love to keep as long as possible, because once I give it up for a newer one I lose my unlimited data plan. (Grumble! Rant!). [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham on Jun 20, 2014 - 18 answers

Moving to the UK from the US: How do we avoid buying new phones?

We are moving to London and we'd like to bring our American mobile phones to use with whatever British network provider we decide to sign up with. We will no longer have a contract with our US carrier once we move. What do we have to do in order to use UK (and other European) SIM cards in our phones and have them work as well as they did in the US? Complication: Verizon [more inside]
posted by theory on Jan 24, 2014 - 4 answers

ATT vs T-Mobile in the Boston area

We are currently on an (expensive, $180 / month) ATT family plan with out iPhone 4Ses. We want to upgrade to the 5Ses and are wondering if t-mobile's coverage in the Boston area is good enough. Also, what plan would you recommend for the following parameters? Thanks for your help! [more inside]
posted by reddot on Sep 21, 2013 - 10 answers

Verizon iPhone to T-mobile Samsung Galaxy S4 -- how?

Verizon to T-mobile, iPhone to Android... how does this work? [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Sep 12, 2013 - 15 answers

iPhone 4s lost ability to talk/browse internet while connected to 3g.

Up until this morning, I have always been able to use my 3g network, make a call and browse the internet at the sametime on my iPhone 4s. This morning when I went to use my phone a message appeared (while connected to 3g) that stated, Cannot Verify Server Identity. Once I got that all figured out, the capability to use the internet while on 3g and talking on the phone was gone. I called Verizon and they claim this was never a feature on their iPhones and told me I must have a special phone. After some investigating, what they are telling me seems to be true, but I know that I have been able to do this the last year or two that I've had this phone. I did it last night while talking to my brother and relaying information that I had looked up for him. But! 8 hours later this feature is now gone and only works when I'm hooked up to my wireless. I'm just severely bugged that this is all of a sudden gone, when I can recall being in my car doing all this (safely parked) and talking to my husband while hes at work. What could have happened? Was I just imagining this for the last couple years or did they somehow take this capability away from me this morning?
posted by Sweetmag on Jul 14, 2013 - 5 answers

Which iPhone carrier has the fastest cellular data service?

I'm looking to replace my iPhone 4s. The most important factor to me is cellular data speed and reliability -- accessing the Web, syncing iCloud data, YouTube, stuff like that. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay region), but it would be great if it worked well in New York, L.A. and other parts of the U.S. Should I go with Verizon or AT&T? Also, any pointers to websites with tools/reviews/resources to help me make the selection? [more inside]
posted by trevor_case on Jun 25, 2013 - 12 answers

T-Mobile: Stay or Go?/iPhone or No?

I have had a reasonably happy relationship with my T-Mobile G2 (aka HTC Desire Z) these past two years, but my contract is up, and I have long coveted the iPhone, mostly based on its picture taking and video chatting capabilities. Should I just get one and take advantage of T-Mobile's new pricing? Or should I jump to a new carrier? An attempt to make this less open-ended is inside. [more inside]
posted by Xalf on Apr 14, 2013 - 16 answers

SIM Card needed while traveling from US to Belize - suggestions please

I'll be traveling to Belize this summer and would like to use my Verizon iPhone 4s, which I will have unlocked from Verizon by that time, for local voice and data calls. I'll I plan on using Talkatone for making wifi only calls back to the US as well as using the data part from the SIM Card to text back to the US while I'm there. It would be nice to be able to purchase a SIM Card here in the States before traveling, but I'm not against purchasing a SIM Card at or near BZE Airport when we arrive. Thank you for your time. I do appreciate it.
posted by Jackie_Treehorn on Mar 3, 2013 - 5 answers

I would like an iPhone for Christmas, please.

I would like to get an iPhone and have some questions about the cheapest way to do so. Questions about Verizon within. [more inside]
posted by kingfishers catch fire on Dec 21, 2012 - 7 answers

Which network should I pick for the iPhone 5

I am thinking of getting an iPhone 5, and I'd like help deciding between AT&T and Verizon, in Chicago. [more inside]
posted by enn on Dec 12, 2012 - 12 answers

How to manage the logistics of a cellphone provider switch? Added Difficulty: Christmas Gift

We are switching from AT&T cell phone to service to Verizon, and I'd like to perform the switch smoothly while also using one of the new phones as a Christmas gift. Your advice on the proper procedure would be welcome. [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady on Nov 20, 2012 - 14 answers

How bitterly should I cling to my unlimited data plan?

How strongly should I feel about hanging on to my grandfathered AT&T unlimited data plan? [more inside]
posted by escabeche on Nov 4, 2012 - 18 answers

at&t vs. verizon for iphone in bay area?

Should I choose ATT or Verizon for iPhone in San Francisco/Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by roxie110 on Sep 16, 2012 - 20 answers

I'll pay you to NOT have a phone number.

El Sabor just posted an iPhone pre-order question, but I've got snowflakes. Please help! [more inside]
posted by InsanePenguin on Sep 13, 2012 - 9 answers

Want iphone carrier suggestions

I got an IPhone so that I can play games while at dialysis to pass the time with. I chose AT&T because GSM network friendly phone can be unlocked and used on ANY GSM network carriers. I got mine unlocked and currently using a Simple Mobile plan which gives unlimited voice/text/data for only $40. A Verizon unlocked Iphone can only be used with international GSM networks (see this link explaining that: GSM Iphone vs CDMA. So that was the reasoning on choosing ATT. My unexpected dilemma is GSM (ATT, TMobile, Simple) does not work at my dialysis center. And I get spotty signal at work depending what part of the building I am in. So I just don't get calls when at dialysis or work. I have to forward the calls to my work phone. [more inside]
posted by udon on Sep 10, 2012 - 13 answers

The number you have reached.....

I blocked a phone number thinking it would you know prevent someone from calling me. I've since seen on various forums (like ask yahoo) that the call will go through but will show up on my phone as "blocked number." Is that true? [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin on Aug 29, 2012 - 14 answers

Help me pick a new phone.

Long time AT&T iPhone user. Switching to Verizon. Help me wade through the sea of non-iOS smartphones. [more inside]
posted by zephyr_words on Apr 18, 2012 - 14 answers

UK Phone Home

Can we use our US iphones in the UK and Ireland? [more inside]
posted by troika on Mar 12, 2012 - 8 answers

lost iphone, how to buy unlocked?

Wife lost here Verizon Iphone 4, can we buy a cheaper refurb, unlocked 3gs and get it going w/Verizon, and how? [more inside]
posted by Salvatorparadise on Feb 1, 2012 - 12 answers

iPhone 4s international unlock questions

I just had my Verizon iPhone 4s unlocked for international use and confirmed working with two different foreign SIM cards. Three questions:
  1. Is this permanent? Can it ever be re-locked via software or some other method?
  2. Can this be used with US SIM cards, or are there restrictions?
  3. Is this phone now identical to an unlocked iPhone, or is it somehow different?
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posted by letitrain on Jan 16, 2012 - 8 answers

Now iPhone, iPad, can you two play nice or do I have to have you separated?

Can I use the same Macbook Pro (and iTunes account) to sync up both an AT&T iPhone AND a Verizon iPad? [more inside]
posted by Rewind on Dec 27, 2011 - 5 answers

Ported from AT&T to VZW, having problems

Major weird issues porting lines (iPhone to iPhone) from AT&T to Verizon. Please halp! [more inside]
posted by radioamy on Dec 2, 2011 - 6 answers

Help me not have to sell a kidney to pay for a stupipd iPhone mistake

I just HUGELY went over my Verizon data allowance by streaming something LONG on my iPhone 4s. How screwed am I $$-wise? What should I know before going to the Verizon store first thing in the morning to beg for some kind of mercy? [more inside]
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey on Nov 13, 2011 - 23 answers

Let's Go For a Test Drive!!

I want to buy a new "smart phone". (Hopefully smarter than its soon to be owner.) I want to try (or test drive) them out first. Is there a way to try various phones for a few days before actually purchasing one? [more inside]
posted by JohnnyGunn on Oct 10, 2011 - 10 answers

No more hacktivation for me... I'm going straight

How do I copy the contents of my unlocked and jailbroken iPhone 3G to my new iPhone 4S? [more inside]
posted by MiaWallace on Oct 8, 2011 - 2 answers

Will my brother be getting the short end of the stick?

Verizon Wireless Warranty and Insurance - Phone used on account different than it's original. [more inside]
posted by CancerStick on Jul 23, 2011 - 0 answers

iPhone case 'not for Verizon'?

What does 'not for Verizon' mean in reference to an iPhone 4 case? [more inside]
posted by signal on Jun 12, 2011 - 9 answers

Broken Droid 6 months ahead of schedule. Help!

My HTC Droid Eris is pretty much out-of-commission...6 months before my contract with Verizon is up (and I'm eligible for a discounted new phone). The warranty is up also. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski on May 17, 2011 - 10 answers

Who has the best coverage in Western Mass

We are moving back to Western Mass next month and need the advice of local mefis. Our iPhone 3G is ready for the recycling bin and we will be buying an iPhone 4 in the next week. Between At&T and Verizon which has the best coverage along route 9 between Northampton and Amherst?
posted by a22lamia on May 2, 2011 - 14 answers

Am I crazy to even consider switching from Verizon to AT&T for the iPhone?

I'm a longtime Verizon customer. Due to one of those "AUGH" instances, missed out on upgrading to the iPhone (details inside). I'm considering switching TO AT&T just to get an iPhone. Is this completely nuts? [more inside]
posted by tzikeh on Apr 26, 2011 - 44 answers

Verizon iPhones: impervious to unlocking?

Is there something special about Verizon iPhone 4s that would prevent them from being unlocked and used with another carrier? [more inside]
posted by solipsophistocracy on Mar 5, 2011 - 11 answers

One Up

CellPlanFilter: What is the total cost after taxes, fees, etc. of adding an iPhone or Android device to a family plan on Verizon?
posted by 47triple2 on Feb 28, 2011 - 6 answers

switch to verizon's iphone or stick with droid?

Verizon is getting iPhone this Feb. Should I switch from Droid? [more inside]
posted by FunkyHelix on Jan 11, 2011 - 23 answers

Android to iPhone

Now that the Verizon iPhone is official, I'm going to be counting down the days until February 10th. I'd like your tips/advice/anecdotes about switching from Android to iPhone. [more inside]
posted by radioamy on Jan 11, 2011 - 20 answers

Verizon+VerizonFamily->AT&TFamily

Walk me through this complicated transfer of two separate Verizon phone numbers onto an AT&T family plan. [more inside]
posted by billtron on Sep 27, 2010 - 8 answers

Renewing AT&T wireless contract early for new iPhone

How can someone negotiate with AT&T to purchase the newest iPhone at the reduced price ($199) even though the contract isn't up until next March? [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist on Jul 8, 2010 - 9 answers

If it weren't for AT&T I'd be getting an iPhone 4

I've had it with AT&T. Help me switch to Verizon without ruining my Apple-icious mobile experience! [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Jun 11, 2010 - 20 answers

Have I found a way to get out of my early termination fee with AT&T?

Switching to Verizon, buying a Droid, paying AT&Ts early termination fee, and then selling my 16GB iPhone 3Gs on Ebay to cover my costs and break even (or better) seems like it's too easy. Am I missing something? [more inside]
posted by TurkishGolds on Nov 12, 2009 - 22 answers

Can you hear me now? No? Good!

Working out a situation where I would have an iPhone on Verizon's data network and wondering if anyone has tried this or is currently doing it. Further details inside [more inside]
posted by genial on Jul 22, 2009 - 10 answers

So I dropped my iPhone and the screen shattered. Now what? What should I buy and how does it affect my ATT contract?

So I dropped my iPhone and the screen shattered. Now what? What should I buy and how does it affect my ATT contract? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Jul 2, 2009 - 16 answers

What Cell Phone???

Will hell freeze over before the iPhone comes to Verizon Wireless? [more inside]
posted by imjustsaying on Mar 22, 2009 - 18 answers

iPhone-class RAZR replacement for Verizon service?

What's the best current Verizon phone for me? [more inside]
posted by attercoppe on Mar 6, 2009 - 20 answers

Take the iPhone or Get a Blackberry Storm?

Gift receiving etiquette: accept the iPhone that was promised me or go rogue and get a Blackberry Storm? Related: is the Blackberry really better? [more inside]
posted by billysumday on Dec 9, 2008 - 21 answers

Narrowed my phone choices down to: iPhone, Blackberry Bold, and Samsung Omnia. Which one should I get?

Narrowed my phone choices down to: iPhone, Blackberry Bold, and Samsung Omnia. Which one should I get? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Nov 29, 2008 - 38 answers

What type of phone should I buy next month and what carrier should I be on?

What type of phone should I buy next month and what carrier should I be on? I'm on a Verizon family plan right now with my parents and it expires around Thanksgiving. I have a free upgrade with Verizon, as well. [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Oct 30, 2008 - 12 answers

New phone/carrier recs.

It's come the time to buy a new cellphone. I have a RAZR V2 and it's falling apart. My Verizon contract is up in November. Should I re-up with Verizon and stay on my family plan or should I break off and/or go to another carrier? And what phone should I look into? All I know is that I do not want a huge fold out QWERTY keyboard like a 16-year-old girl with a Sidekick and probably do not want a Motorola. [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Jun 23, 2008 - 29 answers

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