1. Enhyr's Avatar
    I'm a college student and will be going abroad in China from September to December. I've heard about being able to purchase a local SIM card to put in my phone, and also that Verizon has an international data plan that I could also use. Which would be easiest/most convenient for my situation? Thanks for the help!
    03-15-10 02:02 PM
  2. trophynuts's Avatar
    I've been to Korea and Germany with my Tour.

    Get the international Data Plan for only the days your going to be there.
    Get a local calling card for voice calls.
    03-15-10 02:13 PM
  3. lindros2's Avatar
    I've been to Korea and Germany with my Tour.

    Get the international Data Plan for only the days your going to be there.
    Get a local calling card for voice calls.
    +1

    I'm doing the same thing. This worked splendidly in Costa Rica last year (albeit EDGE instead of 3G).

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but with Verizon you need the $64.99 or $69.99 plan (they accidentally switched me to the BES data plan [$49.99] instead of the unlimited international plan). A call to customer service fixed it, but I don't want to go through that again.
    03-15-10 02:21 PM
  4. lindros2's Avatar
    FYI for Verizon -- GlobalEmail
    03-15-10 02:23 PM
  5. trophynuts's Avatar
    FYI for Verizon -- GlobalEmail
    Yea 69$ plan. I usually call ahead to global support and give them the dates of when and what country I'll be and go from there. Haven't had any issues yet.

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    03-15-10 02:40 PM
  6. dLo GSR's Avatar
    if your phone is unlocked, you can just buy a China Mobile prepaid SIM for phone/sms, but i don't know about its data options. if you really must have data while you're there, then you'll have to talk to Verizon about roaming, I believe it's an extra ~$30 per month for international data (data only).
    03-15-10 03:01 PM
  7. trophynuts's Avatar
    if your phone is unlocked, you can just buy a China Mobile prepaid SIM for phone/sms, but i don't know about its data options. if you really must have data while you're there, then you'll have to talk to Verizon about roaming, I believe it's an extra ~$30 per month for international data (data only).
    Usually local calling cards are still cheaper than prepaid Sims not to mention most peoples Tours aren't unlocked.

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    03-15-10 03:07 PM
  8. bkcorwin's Avatar
    Can someone answer how incoming calls work when on international travel with the 69 dollar verizon plan? I only want to use data, and have no intention of taking or making voice calls. What happens if someone calls me, and I don't answer. Is there a fee for just getting my phone to ring? What if someone leaves me a voicemail?

    I guess the overall question is are there any fees associated with unanswered calls while overseas?

    Thanks,
    Brian
    03-16-10 12:29 PM
  9. trophynuts's Avatar
    It rings like normal.

    I usually hit the ignore button when this happens. There is no charge.
    even if they leave you a vm there is no charge unless of course you check the vm with the phone.

    i usually just check it with my alternative means of communication.
    03-16-10 12:36 PM
  10. rryoung's Avatar
    I'm like you a college student who is currently traveling abroad. I'm on a world tour but I was just in china for two weeks. I got the international data plan for sixty some dollars a month and it worked out just fine in china. I don't use text or calls just data. And in china I never had 3g but it got the job done. I was in Beijing datong Shanghai hong Kong xian and I never had any issues. Just make sure you change your network technology to gsm when you get over there and it will work no issues. I got two texts when I got there saying welcome to china this is a free message and it told me about roaming support and crap like that. If you do get a call or text just don't answer or open it and you won't get charged. Hope you have fun in china it is a great awesome place but I was def ready to Leave after two weeks because I was sick of Chinese food lol.

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    03-16-10 01:03 PM
  11. generic username's Avatar
    . . .even if they leave you a vm there is no charge unless of course you check the vm with the phone.
    I wonder how this works with visual voicemail, where you don't dial in to retrieve the voicemail. Instead, VV is a file, which you can forward or archive without listening to it. Can anyone say whether they were charged for accessing VV while out of the country?
    03-16-10 01:08 PM
  12. trophynuts's Avatar
    yeah no clue on that since i don't use VVM.
    03-16-10 01:13 PM
  13. MaiGuoJie's Avatar
    Hey guys, I got the Storm 2, and I'm going to China in a couple of days for two months. I was planning on using a local sim card and the wifi for data. I don't want to pay the crazy prices for the international features. Is there anyway to suspend data plan in the USA while I'm overseas? That's $60 down the drains while I'm over there. Thanks.
    05-28-10 07:08 PM
  14. MrObvious's Avatar
    Activate another phone on your line that's just an older Verizon phone.
    05-28-10 07:31 PM
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