1. bosco11's Avatar
    The wife and I are going on our first trip to France. Last time I was in Europe was on a vacation paid for by Uncle Sam and that was long before cell phones. My son gave me an 8830 and said it was time I get out of the 19th century technologically. I love using the phone.

    Question is, will it work in France? Anyone know what I have to do to use it over there and if it is really expensive? I really just want to have it in case of emergencies. Also, do they have WIFI in Europe?

    Thanks for your help.

    One old traveler.
    09-26-09 11:20 AM
  2. SatanDream's Avatar
    Well, yes it will work if you get a roaming plan and WIFI in Europe is ok.

    (not to forget the power adapter)

    Best Regards
    Last edited by SatanDream; 09-26-09 at 12:17 PM. Reason: Update
    09-26-09 12:13 PM
  3. ace587's Avatar
    They have wifi. I suggest you pick up a local sim card which is cheaper.

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    09-26-09 02:11 PM
  4. fumbalah's Avatar
    I agree.I took both a 8830 and Storm when I went to europe(flew into France) and the phones both worked perfectly. A local Sim is a great investment though.

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    09-26-09 03:39 PM
  5. sunNsnow's Avatar
    You need to unlock your phone before using a local SIM. Call Verizon and ask for the unlock code.
    09-26-09 06:17 PM
  6. bosco11's Avatar
    Thank you.

    What is a local sim card and are they expensive?
    09-26-09 09:52 PM
  7. 312's Avatar
    ...Also, do they have WIFI in Europe?...
    ROFL!!!

    A "local SIM" is a SIM from a local carrier. Orange is a carrier in France. Not sure on pricing, but it will be a lot cheaper than roaming with Verizon.

    If Verizon gives you trouble unlocking your phone, I suggest BlackBerry Unlock Code. It's usually a 5 minute deal getting your code.
    Last edited by 312; 04-16-11 at 06:29 PM.
    09-26-09 10:12 PM
  8. ace587's Avatar
    ROFL!!!

    A "local SIM" is a SIM from a local carrier. Orange is a carrier in France. Not sure on pricing, but it will be a lot cheaper than roaming with Verizon.

    If Verizon gives you trouble unlocking your phone, I suggest Unique Phones. It's usually a 5 minute deal getting your code.
    cut the guy some slack lol
    09-26-09 11:52 PM
  9. FF22's Avatar
    The 8830 does NOT have wifi. If you have a laptop/netbook then that is a different issue.

    I used my 8830 in Italy mostly for 3 weeks but not much phone, mostly data.

    Calls are approx $1.99/minute, I think. But you can half that by signing up for Verizon's Global plan for $70/month which replaces your normal BIS plan ($30/month) for a $40 per month over what you now pay - calls in/out are $0.99/minute and data is UNlimited. I don't know the data rate - some decimal (g)

    The costs are pro rata - use for 2 weeks and only pay for 2 weeks and then repickup your BIS.

    I saved about $300+ on data in the 3 weeks.

    Call Verizon and inquire.

    If you get a local sim card, all calls to/from the US are priced Internationally, I believe and you have a different phone number.
    09-27-09 12:11 AM
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