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Old 10-07-2013, 08:11 PM   #21
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But I am under the impression that all iPhone models now have the same innards. Not true?
All of the iphone 4S's had identical innards. They had both the GSM and CDMA radios. But Apple has abandoned that approach with the iphone 5, probably because they have had to add the LTE radio. So if you kept your iphone 4S and got it unlocked, you could use it both in the US and while abroad. But not so if you upgrade to the iphone 5/c/s. There are also a lot of Verizon Android phones that work using all three technologies CDMA, GSM, and LTE....most of the Motorola Droid phones over the past couple of years, for example. Once unlocked (which Verizon will do for you) you can use it pretty much anywhere in the world. I wouldn't recommend using either Verizon's or AT&T's international plans, though. They are much more expensive than purchasing a local sim card when you travel to a new country. Using a local sim here in Indonesia, I pay a few cents/minute to call the US, while on AT&T's plan it would cost a couple dollars/minute. And for that matter, if you don't need LTE, you can use either the Verizon or AT&T domestic networks for about half price using StraightTalk, PagePlus, or one of the other MVNO's.
[Edit: You can get AT&T's LTE service through StraightTalk now...unlimited minutes and data for $45/mo. No affiliation...]
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Old 10-07-2013, 09:13 PM   #22
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If you are an original iPhone user, you may want to check if you still have the unlimited data package. If so, switching to Verizon will cost you if you are active user of data. Also, if you stay with ATT, I'd suggest purchasing through an ATT store so you can keep the unlimited data plan. My understanding is if you don't, you will be switched to one of the current data plans and lose your unlimited plan.

Since data is where the real cost is, I'm "tethered" to ATT until they take that away.
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Old 10-07-2013, 09:20 PM   #23
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If you are an original iPhone user, you may want to check if you still have the unlimited data package. If so, switching to Verizon will cost you if you are active user of data. Also, if you stay with ATT, I'd suggest purchasing through an ATT store so you can keep the unlimited data plan. My understanding is if you don't, you will be switched to one of the current data plans and lose your unlimited plan.

Since data is where the real cost is, I'm "tethered" to ATT until they take that away.
Good point. That original unlimited data package is precious commodity. I just got a new iPhone through Apple's website and was able to keep that unlimited data package.
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Old 10-08-2013, 12:47 AM   #24
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Verizon customer here. I've sometimes wanted to look something up on the internet while on my phone, but it can usually wait until I can get to my computer or ipad. Or I'll just call the person back.

I was able to use my iPhone 5 in europe with just getting a sim card for it. Verizon unlocked all the iPhone 5's by default. Might be something to look into before deciding. I believe all the iPhone chips support multiple technologies, so that shouldn't be a problem.

Hubby has an iPhone on AT&T though his work, and he does sometimes get better reception than I do, but I think sometimes it's actually load - in big crowds my phone slows down and is unusable, but his tends to still work.
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I don't know if T-Mobile is an option for you; but, their new international support may be enough to move me from Verizon: T-Mobile Rolls Out Free Unlimited International Data and Text Messaging - ABC News

I make multiple trips spending multiple weeks at a time outside the USA some years. Verizon's pricing is insane in most other countries; and, changing SIM's every time I change countries can become quite a hassle.
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