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iPhone 4s and International Travel

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iPhone 4s and International Travel

Post by Stephen Hart » Wed Oct 12, 2011 11:41 am

If you travel internationally, you might want to read this Macworld article.
But there’s a new wrinkle that potentially makes the international-roaming experience better on Sprint and Verizon iPhones than it is on AT&T. Sprint plans to sell the iPhone 4S with its micro-SIM slot unlocked; Verizon’s will be initially locked, but if you’ve been a customer in good standing for 60 days, you can call Verizon and ask for an “international unlock.” (A Verizon spokesperson told me that this is Verizon’s standard policy for all world phones—it’s just the first time it’s manifested itself on an iPhone.)

So if you’re a Sprint or Verizon iPhone 4S customer traveling internationally, you can buy a pre-paid micro-SIM card with dramatically cheaper rates for data and voice calling, rather than pay for international roaming offered by U.S. carriers to their existing customers. (The only downside is that when you’re using some other carrier’s micro-SIM card, you’ll be using a local phone number rather than your own U.S. phone number–so you won’t be able to receive calls unless you tell people to call the international phone number associated with your card.)
There must be some way to set up a rollover number once you have your sim card.
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Re: iPhone 4s and International Travel

Post by lalalola » Thu May 30, 2013 8:41 pm

Well that is a good news for CDMA iPhone users. But what about GSM iPhone users?
Yes, GSM iPhone users need not worry about international roaming. They can simply unlock heir iPhone and use it with local GSM SIM cards from the respective countries. An iPhone can be requested to unlock before traveling from the respective network provider. If not, It can be unlocked through any private source. For example, this site provides remote unlocking service. This method of unlocking is safe, simple, affordable, quick and permanent.

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