I am a complete newbie when it comes to my phone so I apologize if this is a dumb question. I will be in Europe (France and UK) for two weeks in April. Can I take my S3 with me to use there (that is, can I buy a SIM card in Europe to plug into the S3)? If so, can I use the other features (data, GPS with maps of Europe, etc...)?
Thanks for your help....
Jeff <Full name removed for privacy.>
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Nope . . . VZW uses a CDMA radio and a most of the remainder of the free world uses a GSM radio. But, I do believe VZW can provide you with a 'loaner' GSM (for a fee) suitable for international travel.
This link may provide you more info:
Fantastic question! France and the UK sounds great. I know how important it is to have a working phone while traveling. Good news!
You can use the Galaxy S III i535 4G LTE for voice, text and data in France and the UK. Before you travel, sign up for Global Services through http://bit.ly/xB4iTc to add the right global feature for your needs. If you purchase another carrier's Sim Card to use in France/UK the device would only have access to the features that the International carrier offers. We can only guarantee all features will work properly when using the Verizon Wireless network. Hope this helps! Enjoy your trip.
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I just called VZW for the SIM unlock and was told that all Androids and iPhone 5 phones are already unlocked for international carriers. Make sure you've fully updated Android so that global is enabled. They also confirmed that the S3 can be used abroad (unlike a poster above wrote).