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Old September 11th, 2013, 04:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Forgive me if this has been answered. I hunted here, on Verizon's site, and on Motorola's site and still can't figure it out.

This phone has sometimes been marketed as a "world phone" and the specs do seem to indicate that it supports GSM 850/900/1800/1900 -- whatever that means.

But how would a layperson take advantage of that? For instance, if I went to Europe, could I just buy a GSM micro SIM card, pop it in the slot, and enjoy local phone coverage? As you can probably tell, I've never traveled overseas with a cell phone, so this is all black arts to me.

Thanks for any guidance or links to educational sources!

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Forgive me if this has been answered. I hunted here, on Verizon's site, and on Motorola's site and still can't figure it out.

This phone has sometimes been marketed as a "world phone" and the specs do seem to indicate that it supports GSM 850/900/1800/1900 -- whatever that means.

But how would a layperson take advantage of that? For instance, if I went to Europe, could I just buy a GSM micro SIM card, pop it in the slot, and enjoy local phone coverage? As you can probably tell, I've never traveled overseas with a cell phone, so this is all black arts to me.

Thanks for any guidance or links to educational sources!
You would need to call and sign up for an international plan. But yes other than that it would work fine. I went to Haiti this summer and that's the only thing I had to do.
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If the phone is SIM locked, you will need to sign up for the international plans. If it is SIM unlocked, you can buy a prepaid sim from the country you're traveling to and pop that into the place where your LTE sim card currently sits. Obviously you would need to activate the sim from the other country first and make the appropriate apn changes if necessary.
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With the Maxx you'll need a nano sim, not a micro sim. I understand that the sim slot is unlocked, so it should be able to take a foreign sim while traveling.
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Although I didn't test data speeds, I tried the following for voice connectivity in the US:

1) I cut down a Lycamobile sim to size, worked great in the sim try. Uses tmobile network

2) I bought an AT&T GoPhone nano sim (free) in store, they required me to add $10 in airtime, and they needed my personal details and IMEI # to activate it "for their computer system". Sales rep kept telling me there was no way it would work in the US, but said he'd sell it to me since I was so insistent. His tune changed once he saw me make a test call.
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Very helpful, Markpa and everyone. Here's what I'm gathering:
- I could change my plan to an international plan and keep using phone as is. I've done that when traveling to Canada, and it's a nuisance but doable.
- Buy a local SIM (nano) and exchange it for the one in the slot. The phone is already SIM unlocked, so the SIM and minutes purchase should be the only thing needed.

Does that cover it? Any thoughts about tradeoffs between the two?

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Even after enabling international data and voice on your plan, Verizon charges a lot for international roaming. It's probably fine if you do something like visit Niagara Falls or Montreal for a few days like I did last year. (Niagara Falls was great because or hotel was close enough to the border than most of the time I was connected to US towers anyway. )

If you will be away for a while I'd think that getting a local SIM is more cost effective.
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Very helpful, Markpa and everyone. Here's what I'm gathering:
- I could change my plan to an international plan and keep using phone as is. I've done that when traveling to Canada, and it's a nuisance but doable.
- Buy a local SIM (nano) and exchange it for the one in the slot. The phone is already SIM unlocked, so the SIM and minutes purchase should be the only thing needed.

Does that cover it? Any thoughts about tradeoffs between the two?

I really appreciate the thoughtful replies.
Yep, that more or less covers it. What you have to ask yourself is how much are you going to be using your phone. Many countries offer prepaid rates that are significantly better than what US international plans offer (they are quite a rip off in comparison). If very sparingly, probably better to just switch to the international. If using it normally, best to get the local plan.
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