June 19th, 2012, 01:07 AM
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Join Date: Mar 2011
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Thanks for the reply!
I called Verizon, and they told me that as long as we had an account for over 6 months and were in good standing, they could unlock my device.
The unlock code will make it where I will no longer be tied to Verizon, and can by Prepaid SIM cards (or probably any SIM card, but I'm only interested in prepaid)
They said that I would not need to turn off data, since it will not be connected to Verizon... But I'd rather be safe than sorry and will rely only on Wifi over there.
Also, you can add an international data plan to your account for $5 a month and using Verizons network, call the states from $1-$2 a minute (depending on what country) but data would cost you $20+ PER MB!!! Which absurd!
According to the Service Rep that was helping me (and absolutely amazing! I wish I remembered his name so that I could write a good note to the company!) He informed me that you also need to set up the phone for international dialing (I assume so you can add the country's code) and they will set that up for free.
I intend on paying the $5 a month for the International plan just in case my the SIM card doesn't work for some reason, turning off all data, and buying a prepaid SIM card upon arrival. Being able to contact home is vital for me, so hopefully this will do the trick!