iPhone in Europe: Information for Verizon customers
Note: This article is part of a series on Using an American iPhone in Europe… without Going Broke.
Verizon customers heading to Europe with their smartphones have somewhat more limited options than AT&T customers. Rather, Verizon offers two main international bundles, priced at $25 and $40.
Verizon’s two bundles
|No plan (“Pay as You Go”)
||$25 / 30 days
||$40 / 30 days
(Text, picture, video)
|$0.50/text message sent, $.05 received
$.25/multimedia sent or received
|Sent: 100 texts
|Talk (from Europe)
||$1.29/min||100 minutes included($0.25/min. overage)
A few notes on these international bundles:
• The $25 bundle really only offers you 100 MB of data (which would be used for checking emails, using the internet, and using apps). This plan doesn’t offer any discounts on texting or phone calls.
• If you plan to use any data at all during your trip (even quick email checks), we’d strongly suggest at least getting the $25 bundle, as the data charges for “pay as you go” are very expensive.
• To get 100 minutes of phone calls (placed and received) and 100 texts, you should opt for the $40 bundle.
• Check out this page on Verizon’s website for more information on these plans.
• Prices and plans above, as of March 31, 2015
Will your phone work in Europe?
Before leaving home, you should contact Verizon to make sure that your phone is able to work abroad. Some phones (specifically those that are “CDMA only”) are not “global ready” and therefore will not work on Europe’s network (which uses GSM technology). If your phone is built with global-friendly technology (for example, 4G LTE), it will be able to work, once it’s activated.
To determine whether or not your phone will work, answer these questions on Verizon’s trip planner website.
Note: Even if your phone is technically “global-ready”, you’ll still need to call Verizon before you leave to make sure that it’s been activated for international dialing. Don’t just head to Europe assuming that you’ll “pay as you go”. Call first to make sure your account has been cleared for international use.
Help! I can’t use my phone!
If you’re one of the unlucky ones who can’t use your Verizon smartphone in Europe, we feel your pain. (We’re looking at you iPhone 4 users.)
However, using Wi-Fi networks will still work. The best bet for Verizon’s iPhone 4 users would be to put the phone on “airplane mode” and turn off data roaming just in case. Then surf away on free Wi-Fi networks. I know, it’s not great (you can’t really text or make calls, except on Skype), but it’s something.
Verizon’s “Trip Planner”
The best bet is to use the trip planner service on Verizon’s website for exact rates, plans and availability.
Also, remember to cancel your international plans as soon as you return. Otherwise you could be paying a hefty price for services you aren’t using.