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    iPhone 4S on VZN and Canadian Carrier?

    I have an iPhone 4S on VZN and live on a border. 2/3 of my time is spent in Canada, but usually close enough to border to have cell coverage.

    However, my girlfriend, her family, and my work are all in Canada. I don't want to lose my VZN phone as I travel a lot in the U.S as well, and love the 4S and the VZN network. However, I am carrying a Nexus S unlocked on a Canadian provider as my Canadian phone, and I just can't get used to having two phones in my pocket.

    I was wondering, I should be able to call VZN and request an unlock (as I am going over seas in a few weeks as well), when I get back, can I try my microSIM in my VZN iPhone 4S if it is unlocked?

    I am thinking that yes, it will work.. But how will it work if I have the SIM in, while in the US? or will I have to pop the SIM in and out when I need to switch networks?

    Just wondering if anyone has any knowledge of how the iPhone deals with this, software wise, and if it would maybe simplify my tech.

    Thanks!

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    In the US, you cannot use the Verizon handset on US GSM carriers (At&t, Tmobile). Even an unlock provided by Verizon will not change that. It would work internationally on GSM networks internationally.
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    A bit more detail: the VZW version of the iPhone has been configured to disallow SIMs with a country ID specifying North America. This is separate from "SIM locking" which disallows any SIM other than that of the particular provider. A locked VZW iPhone will only accept a VZW SIM (which will not roam on North American GSM networks); an unlocked one will accept any SIM EXCEPT one from the US or Canada.

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    iPhone 4S!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Masamune_VII View Post
    iPhone 4S!
    Wow, that makes a whole difference!! So glad you posted that insightful post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by veriztd View Post
    Wow, that makes a whole difference!! So glad you posted that insightful post.
    No problem. So glad that that post made you happy.

    And btw that was a forum error for the "this phone vs this phone".

    kthxbai.

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    Why not just get a Nationwide + Canada plan and get international data just to use if you have no WiFi around you when in Canada?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CellKrazeDude View Post
    Why not just get a Nationwide + Canada plan and get international data just to use if you have no WiFi around you when in Canada?
    One problem with the NW+C voice plan (don't get me going on Global Data!) based on the OP's described usage is that VZW has been starting to enforce the "more than 50% use in Canada over 3 consecutive billing periods" part of the contract recently. Nobody I know has had their account terminated yet, but they did have to escalate their case to a supervisor to get a "one-time" waiver.

    OP, wish I had a better suggestion, but ultimately the 2-phone thing may be the most economical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ba'al View Post
    One problem with the NW+C voice plan (don't get me going on Global Data!) based on the OP's described usage is that VZW has been starting to enforce the "more than 50% use in Canada over 3 consecutive billing periods" part of the contract recently. Nobody I know has had their account terminated yet, but they did have to escalate their case to a supervisor to get a "one-time" waiver.

    OP, wish I had a better suggestion, but ultimately the 2-phone thing may be the most economical.
    Exactly, and the need to have a Canadian number.

    May just have to stick with two phones, thanks!

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