On 2006-12-14, tigercat <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Can anyone help with which verizon phones and plans will work in Germany?
> Someone told me that Verizon said if he wanted coverage in Germany he would
> have to either cancel his plan and start a new business plan or have two
> Can my existing personal plan work in Germany with the right phone?
Verizon GSM roaming is described here: http://aboutus.vzw.com/international...one/index.html
I assume this can be done with personal accounts since this page
can be reached via a click on "International Services" from the
Verizon Wireless personal service web page. Note that the roaming
rates they list aren't terrible for International roaming (which
is always stupidly expensive), they're about the same as Cingular's
without the $6/month Cingular wants to give you cheaper rates.
T-Mobile's rates in Europe are better than anyone's (without an
add-on charge, at that), but if you don't travel often the
difference probably won't matter much.
What you probably don't want to do, however, is buy a Verizon
phone for this. Normal Verizon CDMA phones won't work in Europe,
and the GSM/CDMA phones Verizon sells are expensive and not very
attractive. Instead ask Verizon for a GSM SIM card alone, if this
is still an option (you may need to phone customer service
for this as the stores don't seem to always know anything about it),
and buy a cheap unlocked 900/1800 MHz GSM phone to put it in.
Note that if you are going to be using your phone more than
a little bit (two hours talking is $160 at Verizon's roaming
rates, for example) it is often quite a bit cheaper, in Europe at least,
to instead buy a prepaid GSM SIM account from a phone company in the
country you are visiting. If you need to keep your Verizon cell
phone number working I've had good luck using Skype, forwarding
the cell phone to a US SkypeIn number and then forwarding the
Skype account to the foreign phone. If you don't want the complexity
of this, however, roaming on a Verizon GSM SIM is easy.