I have never on any previous trip to Europe (5x) taken a mobile phone or a laptop. Not completely sold on the idea--don't think I really need a phone, and certainly don't want to talk to the USA while on vacation! But we might like having access to museum websites, train schedules online, etc. I have checked into renting a phone from Verizon--my iPhone 4 (NOT 4s) doesn't have the global whatsit to work anyhow. But it was suggested to me that I could take my phone, use airplane mode ONLY, and switch on the wifi--thus accessing the internet in areas with wifi (includes my booked hotels).
Please, anyone who knows...what do you think of this plan? I would (in theory) be able to have online access to helpful websites and check email for travel updates from airlines. Or am I just going to be carrying a paperweight?