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Can I use a European SIM card in my devices?
WendyJoy57
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My daughter and I will be traveling to Europe (Ireland, United Kingdom, Italy), leaving in a few weeks.  I have a Google Pixel XL and my daughter has iPhone 7 (both purchased 2 months ago).  Are the phones unlocked and compatible with an Ireland | England | Italy SIM card (understanding that I'd need to get a separate SIM card for each country)?

Also, I read somewhere that although a SIM card may be compatible, the phone itself may not be because it's set up to use USA wireless system (versus the system used overseas).  With that, if Verizon online says the phone is compatible with a Verizon International Plan, does that ALSO mean that if I insert a European SIM card, the phone will be compatible to access their wireless system?

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Re: Traveling to Europe
rcschnoor
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WendyJoy57 wrote:

Looked up Project Fi and it sounds VERY interesting (for Pixel and Nexus phones only). I wonder, though, can one belong to two carriers at one time, ie: if I put Project Fi's SIM card in my Pixel phone, can I stay with Verizon, too (since I'll only be traveling for 2 weeks)? I don't want to loose my Verizon plan because I'm paying for the phone monthly.

Yes, you can. Simply take out the Verizon SIM, put in the Project Fi Sim and switch back when you return from Europe. It will not affect your Verizon service. Then you can cancel your Project Fi service when you return, or keep it if you like it. It is a much more cost effective international solution than Verizon. The only downside is you would have to use a new number for Project Fi, but you would have done so with international SIMs, too.

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Weth
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Unlocked and international compatible.

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rcschnoor
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The iPhone7 is a different story as they are not currently 100% compatible, but for your Pixel, you may want to look into getting a Project Fi Sim card for your trip abroad. They have very reasonable rates for European travel.

Re: Traveling to Europe
WendyJoy57
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Looked up Project Fi and it sounds VERY interesting (for Pixel and Nexus phones only).  I wonder, though, can one belong to two carriers at one time, ie: if I put Project Fi's SIM card in my Pixel phone, can I stay with Verizon, too (since I'll only be traveling for 2 weeks)?  I don't want to loose my Verizon plan because I'm paying for the phone monthly.

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rcschnoor
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WendyJoy57 wrote:

Looked up Project Fi and it sounds VERY interesting (for Pixel and Nexus phones only). I wonder, though, can one belong to two carriers at one time, ie: if I put Project Fi's SIM card in my Pixel phone, can I stay with Verizon, too (since I'll only be traveling for 2 weeks)? I don't want to loose my Verizon plan because I'm paying for the phone monthly.

Yes, you can. Simply take out the Verizon SIM, put in the Project Fi Sim and switch back when you return from Europe. It will not affect your Verizon service. Then you can cancel your Project Fi service when you return, or keep it if you like it. It is a much more cost effective international solution than Verizon. The only downside is you would have to use a new number for Project Fi, but you would have done so with international SIMs, too.

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Weth
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rcschnoor wrote:

The iPhone7 is a different story as they are not currently 100% compatible, but for your Pixel, you may want to look into getting a Project Fi Sim card for your trip abroad. They have very reasonable rates for European travel.

What is your source the iPhone 7 is not compatible for international travel? Our 2 iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have no problem with international travel and are not locked. I don't remember seeing anywhere that the iPhone 7 has any trouble with international bands or putting in a European SIM

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rcschnoor
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I don't have a source that it isn't compatible for international travel because that is not what I said. I said it wasn't 100% compatible with Project Fi, which it isn't.

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Weth
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rcschnoor wrote:

I don't have a source that it isn't compatible for international travel because that is not what I said. I said it wasn't 100% compatible with Project Fi, which it isn't.

Sorry, I misread

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ColBud
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Can you provide an update in 2022?  We've got two iPhones (XS and 11).  Are they compatible with European SIMS?

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KH-OrnEsh
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Due to the age of this thread, it will be locked in order to keep discussions current. If you have the same or a similar question/issue we invite you to start a new thread on the topic.

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