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Old 07-18-2015, 08:49 AM
 
Location: NY
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Anyone use their Verizon iPhone in Scotland? Verizon was annoyingly ambiguous with their advice and I've read conflicting threads. Do we have to buy new SIM cards? What about data? Will the GPS work as we hike around? Or would we be better off going into a Vodaphone store and buying prepaid phones?

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Old 07-18-2015, 09:48 AM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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WiFi only, or buy a Local SimCard (available just about everywhere), or pre/paid phone.

Data on Verizon "International" will get you a 1000$ bill,

Best bet is when you get on the plane turn the phone off, leave it off, till you get back to the US.

Buy a pre-paid/disposable phone when you get there.

The trails are well marked you wont need a GPS, Unless you are going off trail.
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Old 07-18-2015, 11:09 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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You can get a UK SIM card with voice call minutes and data included ... they tend to be more affordable over there.
Check to see if your iphone is unlocked first -- I think Verizon doesn't lock their phones but you'll need to verify with them.
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Old 07-18-2015, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Northern Ireland and temporarily England
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Anyone use their Verizon iPhone in Scotland? Verizon was annoyingly ambiguous with their advice and I've read conflicting threads. Do we have to buy new SIM cards? What about data? Will the GPS work as we hike around? Or would we be better off going into a Vodaphone store and buying prepaid phones?

Thanks
It probably won't work.

I have an AT&T simcard that I take to America and it only works there.
I would advise you to get an o2 simcard and get this tarrif:

O2 | Help | Big Talker

It is only 1p a minute call and text the US.
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Old 07-18-2015, 09:48 PM
 
Location: NY
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I appreciate the advice everyone, thank you very much.
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Old 07-19-2015, 08:33 AM
 
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I have an iPhone. I have done it a couple of ways depending on the length and type of trip. I have had Verizon turn in the international calling when I was only going to be in any given country for a day or two and only planned in calling home a few times and no local calls. Kept the data turned off on the phone and connected to free wifi in cafes or pubs to get email, etc. Kept my bill at about $30 for two weeks that way.

Also have SIM cards from Vodafone for a few countries (including UK) when I was planning on being there for a week or longer. Easy enough to pop out SIM and put in the Voda one. I top up, usually get the package that includes some international minutes so I can call home as needed. This works out to about $40 for a months worth of calls, data, and texts. You can do even better if you choose. I am comfortable with that spend and knowing it gives me everything I need.
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Old 07-20-2015, 06:30 PM
 
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We are Verizon subscribers. Any phone newer than an I4 (~ 6 years ago) is unlocked. We just spent almost amonth in Italy. We went to the dominant carrier's store in the main train station after arriving in Milan. Paid 20 euro (about $30 at the time), for a local Italian number, 200 mins and 2GB data and 15 cents per txt, in country. They change the sim out ( really simple process) and verified connection to their network. Downloaded Voxer from iTunes for no cost texting back to the states. We not only sent texts but also photos over Voxer. The in country package was plenty sufficient. Simple, cheap. First time for us and it was a snap.
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Old 07-21-2015, 05:16 AM
 
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It is always a good idea to get a local prepaid simcard when traveling overseas for more than just a few days.
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