2 Replies Latest reply: Feb 7, 2011 5:27 PM by silver6055 RSS

    IPhone and Europe

    cdundas1

      Like others waiting today, my Iphone is on its way from Fed Ex.  But, is it true that the Verizon Iphone cannot be used in Europe?   I currently have the Verizon Blackberry Tour, and we were able to use that in Europe.  It's not a deal breaker, because I could always get a phone just for international travel, but I just assumed if I am able to use my Verizon Blackberry in Europe, why not Iphone?

        • 1. Re: IPhone and Europe
          upnorth

          You will not be able to use it in Europe because it is CDMA only. It is an unfortunate limitation. It may be possible to reactivate your current phone before going to Europe or Verizon will lend you a global phone for up to three weeks.

          • 2. Re: IPhone and Europe
            silver6055

            upnorth wrote:

            You will not be able to use it in Europe because it is CDMA only. It is an unfortunate limitation. It may be possible to reactivate your current phone before going to Europe or Verizon will lend you a global phone for up to three weeks.


            Yes, only a handful of Verizon phones can be used in most international locations, these are clearly marked as "Global" phones, and come with a Vodafone SIM for use in GSM countries, which is most of the world.  (Verizon states that the CDMA phones can be used in more than 35 countries vs 220 for the global phone).

             

            Apparently, Verizon doesn't consider global phones a top priority, possibly because many Americans don't travel abroad much (many of the common "near" destinations are at least partly CDMA).  See other threads on the ending of the Global data plan, so that using these phones abroad will be very expensuve!

             

            Most of the Global phones are Blackberries, with two Androids, Droid 2 Global and Droid Pro.

             

            Some reports claim the iPhone 5 will be dual-mode, but so far that is just a rumor.