Using an iPhone in Europe
I'm going to be in several countries in Europe for the next few weeks, and I'm not sure what to do about phone service. I don't want to keep swapping out chips on my iPhone (which seems tedious). Someone told me you could get AT&T to switch you to their international plan for a while--although using it for anything but texting it about a dollar a minute (which adds up quickly), I thought I could use the iPhone for texting and an iPad for getting maps and for looking up other information when I'm in my hotel rooms and have wifi.
What do the rest of you do about phone service when you're in Europe?
|by Anonymous||reply 26||09/29/2013|
I used my iphone as usual. there was the chip already in it. you can use a local wifi or pay roaming and use the phone as usual.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||09/28/2013|
Switch to the Internet plan for phone calls. Use Whatsapp for free texting.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||09/28/2013|
Call your provider about your roaming plan and international plans if you don't want to be surprised by a huge bill on your return.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||09/28/2013|
If your in Italy remember to call it "Il iPhonino"
|by Anonymous||reply 5||09/28/2013|
I called AT&T and asked about my options. I added international data and text plans for my last European trip. If you keep texts to a minimum, you'll pay about $30-50 for the month.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||09/28/2013|
Switch to an international plan before you leave. I was in Europe a few months ago, thought that I could connect to wireless and be okay, and got a call from AT&T saying I had racked up $250+ in charges over the course of 2 days. Luckily, AT&T didn't charge me that $250+ and they implemented an international plan for $30. Ultimately, when you're overseas your phone should be used for time and limited texting...not much else.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||09/28/2013|
Skype is really cheap but you have to have wi-fi. I luckily had an old iPhone that AT&T unlocked for me and then I bought a chip in London and then used it all over Europe. It's kind of cool that I now have a London phone number!
|by Anonymous||reply 8||09/28/2013|
You must be on a prepaid plan. Idiot.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||09/28/2013|
OP, you're not Chris fron San Antonio, by any chance?
|by Anonymous||reply 10||09/28/2013|
I have AT&T and use this all the time.
Go to Wireless Services/Add or Change Services/International Services
To add Intl Roaming Data for one-month costs $30/120MB, $60/300MB, or $120/800MB. The cheapest of these works nicely for me for a couple weeks away.
Use free wireless where you can, switch on and off any location-based apps like Google Maps as needed, and be reasonably attentive (but not worried) about usage -- which you can check easily on your ATT phone app.
The nice thing is that you have some latitude in determining the 30-day period; you can even launch it retroactively. If, for example, you wanted to change your Intl Roaming Data add-on from 120MB to 300MB midway through your trip, you can do it on line without penalty.
Intl. Roaming Voice starts at $30/30-mins.; but there's Viber and Skype and other options. If I end up calling a taxi on the street (away from wifi), quick calls don't add up to much money.
When you get home, go back on line with AT&T and check the box "I no longer need this feature" beside your travel add-ons.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||09/28/2013|
If you follow R14's advice, make sure your phone is unlocked. If you're a good AT&T customer or are no longer in contract, AT&T should be able to provide you with an unlock code. Otherwise, there are websites that sell unlocking codes.
If you don't unlock the phone, the European SIM card will not work.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||09/28/2013|
Leave the phone behind and enjoy the trip!
|by Anonymous||reply 17||09/28/2013|
What is a sim, and what is a GiffGaff sim?
|by Anonymous||reply 18||09/29/2013|
Why are European mobile service providers so cheap compared to the USA? I lived in Ireland for years and experienced serious sticker shock when I returned to the States.
Is it pure greed on the part of the companies that provide the service, or is there something intrinsic to the USA (vast distances?) that justifies the high cost?
|by Anonymous||reply 19||09/29/2013|
R15 is right, I always buy factory unlocked and forget others might be tied to their provider.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||09/29/2013|
it is always cheaper to get a sim from the country you are in. US domestic carriers charge way to much for roaming and data.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||09/29/2013|
Aren't giff gaff sims special sexy underwear briefs that gays favor?
|by Anonymous||reply 23||09/29/2013|
r15 you can get your phone unlocked just call your provider and tell them you are going over seas and you have a pre paid sim you want to use. They will try to sell you their international coverage but just insist you already have an international sim. They should unlock it for you.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||09/29/2013|
Here in Canada we are gouged even more. When I upgraded my iPhone, I had the old one unlocked (Chinatowns are full of places where you can get it done.) So, when I travel, if I am in a country where you can get iPhone GSM cards with prepaid options, it's not a problem. I also have an unlocked regular cell phone which uses a standard SIM card, as a backup, for which prepaid plans are easier to find, and I was able to use it all over the world (Europe, New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, Argentina,...)
|by Anonymous||reply 25||09/29/2013|
If you are using wi-fi would you not be better using Skype or FaceTime for calls?
|by Anonymous||reply 26||09/29/2013|