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Author Topic: International travel: cell/text options?  (Read 8294 times)
bookishone
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« Reply #15 on: November 12, 2012, 2:15:32 PM »

I have just been researching this question in preparation for several months in London. I have a very old LG non-smart phone which I've been happy with. The young woman I spoke to at my local Verizon store said that while the iPhone 4s or 5 will work over there, my current phone can't work in Europe (she laughed a little when I brought it out) but that I could either rent a phone from Verizon here to use in the UK or I could rent one once I get there. She said that the cheapest option was to rent one there. Kudos to her that she did not press me to either buy an iPhone or to rent from Verizon!

But I have been planning to make the big switch to an iPhone very soon anyway (it's really the big switch from my currently very cheap monthly rates that gets me).

What would be better -- buy an iPhone 5 in January and take it to the UK with me and use it there? Or rent a phone in the UK and hold off on the iPhone until I start my next semester here at home, next September? If I rent, I will want to rent a smartphone because I do want to be able to use travel and mapping apps while there.
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« Reply #16 on: November 12, 2012, 2:39:34 PM »

What would be better -- buy an iPhone 5 in January and take it to the UK with me and use it there? Or rent a phone in the UK and hold off on the iPhone until I start my next semester here at home, next September? If I rent, I will want to rent a smartphone because I do want to be able to use travel and mapping apps while there.


Or a third option, buy the iPhone in the UK.  This is unlikely to be the cheapest option based on the cost of the handset itself, but maybe you'll save money by having access to a better plan.
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« Reply #17 on: November 12, 2012, 3:45:54 PM »

But if you buy it in the UK, will you be limited to European carriers, or will you be able to use it in the US when you return?

Mistergolds ended up getting a burner just for text messages and otherwise relying on wireless connections for email.  FaceTime has been a wash because the time difference is so weird between here and Australia, and his schedule is so weird anyway.

Hopefully that will be better when they get to the UK. 
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« Reply #18 on: December 11, 2012, 7:41:47 PM »

Buying a phone that you can change the SIM on is absolutely the way to go. I was in Europe for a few weeks and it was cheaper than buying the disposable and of course cheaper than using the US rates.
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« Reply #19 on: December 11, 2012, 9:02:14 PM »

Buying a phone that you can change the SIM on is absolutely the way to go. I was in Europe for a few weeks and it was cheaper than buying the disposable and of course cheaper than using the US rates.

This is very helpful -- thanks!
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