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Use my iphone in Europe?


Hi, I'm leaving for Spain and Portugal next week. I have an iphone4 8G. I was wondering if there was any special plan for Europe. If not, what do I have to turn "off" in my phone to make sure I won't receive calls or txts? And will I still be able to connect in the wi-fi zones? Thanks!

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There is no plan for international locations. Only the USA. If you have the mobile network off and ONLY using wifi, there will be no extra fees since you aren't even connected to a mobile network. So, yes, you can use wifi wherever it's available 🙂
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There is no plan for international locations. Only the USA. If you have the mobile network off an...Unfortunately, there will. Each text message received will cost around 0.60$. So the best solution if you don't plant using your phone would be to turn airplane mode on. You can still be able to connect to any wifi network.
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There is no plan for international locations. Only the USA. If you have the mobile network off an...Actually, Robert, there will NOT be any fees. As I mentioned in my post, if she has the mobile network OFF, there are no fees since the phone cannot send/receive any texts and cannot make or receive any calls.
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If you need to keep in touch with your family in Canada you got 2 options: 1. Add intl data roaming, intl voice roaming (0$) add-ons, kind of PPU 2. unlock your phone and use it with european SIM
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If you need to keep in touch with your family in Canada you got 2 options: 1. Add intl data roam...I'd highly recommend the unlocking suggestion no 2, you'll thank your wallet later 🙂
You'll be much better to use the sim card from Spain.
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This is a great question. How do you turn the network off? Or even choose a different network while roaming. I can turn off 3G and Data, but what happens when the iphone roams onto a network that has a legacy 2G GSM network and I receive SMS/MMS? I dont think the iphone can turn off its network and use WIFI at the same time (so Airplane mode is out of the question). I also do not want to carry a micro SIM with me to plug back in when I reach back to the US so a software solution is what I am looking for.
This is a great question. How do you turn the network off? Or even choose a different network wh...Well, I wouldn't play with settings, you are gonna end up with a very high bill$$$. Just buy a sim card from a local provider. Unlock your iPhone.
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This is a great question. How do you turn the network off? Or even choose a different network wh...Well, I suggest airplane mode. It'll still be able to connect on wifi. BUT, you can't receive any call from anyone. Nor any text messages...
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This is a great question. How do you turn the network off? Or even choose a different network wh...Thanks Robert. I just tried it and with Airplane mode on I was able to re-turn on WIFI and connect. Looks like I'll still be able to WIFI in Hong Kong. Krima, Because it is a Telus iPhone I cant unlock with the carrier. And I cant find any online unlocking under $80. For $80 it is not worth it for a 2.5 years old iPhone 4
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This is a great question. How do you turn the network off? Or even choose a different network wh...Yes you can unlock it. I unlock my Telus iPhones via eBay. Expect to pay $35-40 for the service. Just make sure you're buying a "factory unlock" option and not any other method. I've unlocked two Telus iPhones so far (with different eBay sellers).
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This is a great question. How do you turn the network off? Or even choose a different network wh...Which ebay seller are you using? I have been searching for someone reputable but have been too chicken to pull the trigger. Someone that is referred would be less scary
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This is a great question. How do you turn the network off? Or even choose a different network wh...One advice guys stay away from this crook company http://www.unlockit.co.nz/unlockit/ she ripped off and more than other 100 poor people lik me .
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This is a great question. How do you turn the network off? Or even choose a different network wh...Its reasons like this that Locking phones should be a practice that stops. If I own the phone it should not be locked and I can do with it as I please with which ever provider. It's like if Esso sold cars and the car could only use Esso gas unless you unlock it
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This is a great question. How do you turn the network off? Or even choose a different network wh...Or if Shaw sold satellite receivers you could only use with Shaw...oh,wait...
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This is a great question. How do you turn the network off? Or even choose a different network wh...I just plug my cable into the wall. No receivers required. However Telus is able to use the XBox 360 as it's digital receiver. I think that was nice to see
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This is a great question. How do you turn the network off? Or even choose a different network wh...@Timo, we have discussed this a lot. You know my opinion Against locked phones. May I ask why you are For locking phones to a carrier's network? Maybe I'll get a better understanding
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This is a great question. How do you turn the network off? Or even choose a different network wh...Simply put, you're spitting into the wind. Carriers do not sell unlocked phones because there is absolutely no advantage to them in doing so. It will not attract hordes of new customers because the majority of customers do not care whether their phone comes locked or not. It will not improve customer retention because brand loyalty is a myth and customers will not decide to stay simply because you've made it easier to leave. Virtually any cellphone on the market can be purchased unlocked over the internet for less than the carriers could afford to sell them. Nobody is forcing you to buy a locked phone. Anyone who chooses to purchase a locked phone forfeits their right to complain that it is locked, just as anyone who chooses to purchase a Kia forfeits the right to complain that it isn't a Lincoln.
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This is a great question. How do you turn the network off? Or even choose a different network wh...That, my friends, is why some shouldn't argue with Timo 🙂
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This is a great question. How do you turn the network off? Or even choose a different network wh...I agree. Selling unlocked phones does not produce an advantage in anyway to any carriers. I'm only trying to create awareness and honestly to try and convince people. As analogy, buying that Kia and being only able to drive on Canadian roads and not on US roads is just shy of highway robbery (pun intended). Another analogy, imagine buying a laptop and only being able to use one WIFI provider. Honestly it is a huge annoyance when dealing with a locked phone, as you can see with people who travel internationally in this post. I really wish there was a retail outlet across Canada that specifically sold unlocked phones or would unlock phones for you. Yes you can buy unlocked phones online. You can even unlock phones online. However as Mat experienced, there have been a number of people ripped off and it may not be a viable option for the average person. Now specific to Koodo, I'm stuck buying a locked phone from them if I have tab credits as well. Problem is even when switching to the 10% model, I still refer people to koodo and get referral credits that I must use on a locked koodo phone. Unless I choose the Nexus. Which is not a phone many people desire, including myself. As a provider I see the incentive to lock their phones. As a consumer (which I believe you are Timo), I see absolutely zero benefit to have to buy phones pre-locked. Hence I'm trying to gain awareness with my comments only where appropriate. But you keep knocking me down man!
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This is a great question. How do you turn the network off? Or even choose a different network wh...The difference being that the cellphone is sold as being only able to connect to koodo, the car is not. If you buy a car with a stipulation that it can only be driven on Canadian roads it's still your fault for buying it, not the retailer's for selling it to you. Same with your laptop example. It is the customer's right to choose which device to buy and whether they will buy it from a given store. It is not the right of the customer to decide which devices a given store will carry. Koodo offers the tab as a reward program which you can use to buy devices from them. They are not REQUIRED to offer even that. I find the rampant sense of entitlement prevalent in today's society disturbing. If an employer throws a christmas party for employees as a bonus at the end of the year and gets nothing but complaints it doesn't mean they will offer a 'better' bonus next year. It generally means they will offer nothing at all.
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This is a great question. How do you turn the network off? Or even choose a different network wh...Yes I understand the current stipulation. Hence I'm trying to create change with discussion and promotion that locking phones is of no benefit to the consumer. This kind of discussion along with Bill C-343 was what "encouraged" the carriers to even offer unlocking services. I'm just trying to improve things a little bit more with healthy dialogue and conversation. When you pay full price for a phone, I dont believe it is a sense of entitlement. And with respect to employees complaining about a bad Office Christmas Party, I see that as an opportunity to look as ways to change and improve, Not to dig in your heels and say it's always been this way and this is how we do it. Without change and improvement we all just stand still and not move forward
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This is a great question. How do you turn the network off? Or even choose a different network wh...You keep talking about paying full price for a phone yet fail to mention that it is the full price for a LOCKED phone. Koodo offers the iphone 5 for $670. An unlocked iphone 5 costs $699 but must be purchased directly from Apple. They sell the iphone 4 for $300, but an unlocked iphone 4 costs $450. The s4 sells for 625.00 locked but 686.00 unlocked. And the sense of entitlement I refer to is not expecting the phone to be unlocked for free, that's only unrealistic. The sense of entitlement refers to you complaining that the reward offered by koodo is insufficient because you don't want the phones they carry. Your referred other customers to koodo, presumably because you like their service. Koodo gave you a bonus for doing so. There is nothing requiring them to do so other than the fact that it's a nice thing to do. Complaining about the reward suggests a DISTINCT sense of entitlement.
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This is a great question. How do you turn the network off? Or even choose a different network wh...Just to be clear, I'm not talking about just Koodo having unlocked phones, but for all carriers in Canada. I mean I am using a Telus iPhone so even if Koodo offered unlocked phones that still doesnt unlock my phone. You might think I have a sense of entitlement, but I refer to this situation as a customer expecting something more and fair for a device I fully own. I like to promote change, improvement, freedom, you do not. Too bad that with the exception of Apple, we cannot buy our phones directly from the manufacturer like LG, Samsung, etc. It's ok. We dont have to agree. But it is nice to hear your side of the discussion as well
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This is a great question. How do you turn the network off? Or even choose a different network wh...This debate really belongs on a different thread. All carriers "lock" the phones to their network and subsidize the cost of the phones to make them affordable to you and have you as their customer. Given that most phones are easily unlocked for small fee I don't think it much matters. Koodo seems one of the least "evil" in that regard as they have no long term contracts. I hate these 3 year contracts so much I always just buy the phone outright and when my previous carrier wouldn't give me the code to unlock it when I was overseas and really needed it (and it was my phone, they had no remaining ownership of it so they were holding my equipment hostage which was enough to beak the camel's back), I used a third party to unlock it in 5 minutes after they said no, and when I got back to Canada I ported the number to Koodo. I suppose this debate might be worthwhile if it wasn't so easy to defeat the network lock and move on.

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