Your Questions About International Sim Card Data Plan

Mark asks…

AT&T iphone use in the Philippines?

my wife is travelling to the philippines for a few weeks (she’s leaving soon) and i am wondering about the best, cheapest options for using her AT&T iphone there. it’s stock AT&T no mods: not unlocked and not jail broken. she will not have access to wifi.

from AT&T proper, the international plan for the philippines is awful and only saves about 8%, $2.30 vs. $1.99 w/ the plan.

the data plan of course is quite expensive, $29.99 for 20MB on up.

are there any other options? like i said, her phone is *not* unlocked. i assume that means she cannot use any locally purchased SIM cards?

thanks.

Pete answers:

- She is leaving soon
- wont get wifi access
- data plan is sooo much pricey
the best option is to UNLOCK her iPhone if still you had time for it,if the point you quest for is to USE at&t iphone in philipine.Not a better option there…

Lizzie asks…

att international cell phone use?

I live in the United States and will be traveling in the UK and on occasion, throughout Europe. I currently have ATT cell phone. I have a few questions related to effectively using a cell phone overseas:

-First, I will enable by current US phone number and SIM card to be able to be used internationally. It will be expensive when making local or international calls from the UK and Europe, but I will probably turn it on on occasion just to see if there are any voice mails or if I need to make a quick call when traveling. I was once told that if I turn the phone on in another country, even if I then turn the phone off, if someone leaves me a voice mail, even if I check it from another phone, since the last registered tower was in a different country, I would be charged for every minute a person leaves me a voice mail. Is this true? How can I get around this? Chances are I will have to turn my phone on, but I do not want to be charged for voice mails people may leave since for a few months, the last active registered tower will be a UK or other European tower.

-In addition to activating and turning on my phone with the US number and SIM card, I will also buy a local SIM card to put in my unlocked phone. Is this better than buying a go phone and adding minutes? If it is a blackberry, can I buy a text and data plan on this prepaid SIM card? What if I only buy a prepaid minute plan for my unlocked phone and SIM card; will the data function not work? Can I use this prepaid SIM card and phone in other countries within Europe?

Thank you so much for the information.

Pete answers:

AT&T and Yahoo has a forum towards cells so you may want to direct the question there.
- http://forums.att.com/t5/AT-T-Wireless-Community/ct-p/ATTWireless
- http://answers.yahoo.com/dir/index;_ylt=ApsRFqOJ8S_F3syRqoKZHM885XNG;_ylv=3?sid=396545653

This way, you get responses with accurate information. Safe travels.

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