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Anyone have experience using an IPhone with Verizon plan in Scotland?**
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Not personally, but I know numerous people who have used their Verizon smart phones in Europe without issue. The $40/month plan gives you almost no data. The $10/day plan is obviously much more expensive if you are in Scotland for a while but lets you use your home data allotment so you probably have enough. And you pay the $10 only on days you use your phone. If your iPhone is new enough it should work fine. An older iPhone may be able to connect only to slow 2G "edge" networks in Scotland.

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I have used an iPhone with a Verizon plan in Scotland. They have a couple of coverage options, one which is for a monthly fee (cheaper plan, less minutes/data) or a daily fee ($10/day, exact same plan you have at home as far as calling, texting and data).

The coverage was fine there.

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We did the $40/month plan for a 12 day trip there. We avoided using data as much as possible, instead relying on wi-fi. Mostly we just texted each other to plan meet-ups. No problems with coverage.

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Yes, I have used the TravelPass ($10/day plan) on three trips to Europe this year (including Scotland in September). It worked fine; always found a local cell network. All of my trips were short (around 7-10 days) and I valued using my own iPhone, keeping my U.S. phone number, and using my Verizon data plan as if I were in the States. Some people consider the cost to be excessive, but when you factor in the convenience and relative cost of the phone service vs. cost of the entire trip, it is well worth it to me. If I were to go on a longer trip (e.g., several weeks) I would probably buy a SIM card and find a cheaper plan, but for short trips, I think the TravelPass plan is excellent. And as others have pointed out, if you only use wifi on a particular day, there is no charge.

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I have TravelPass on my Verizon account, and I forget, but do I have "turn it on" before I leave (for my trip to Scotland) or does it automatically go into international mode once I land in country?

I went to Canada over the Summer, and I think I had to "turn it on" before I could use it.

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If you have TravelPass active on your Verizon account, you just have to turn your phone off and on when arriving in Europe to activate it. On a recent trip to Scotland, I found that my iPhone 7 took a while (minutes) to search for the local cell network, and even initially displayed 'no service', but it eventually found a local network. Here are the instructions from Verizon: (1) Go to Settings > Cellular (Cellular Data must be On) > Cellular Data Options > Roaming; (2) Switch Voice Roaming On (green) and Data Roaming On (green); (3) Turn International CDMA Off (white); (4) Power the device off and then back on after any changes OR when entering a country/cruise ship. Also leave "enable LTE voice and data" on. I have also used TravelPass in 2017 in Italy, Austria, Germany, and Hungary with no problems other than the slight delay in initially finding a network.

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Thank you so very much!!!! I just remember having issues when I drove into Canada, and I couldn't remember how I got my Travelpass working.

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If you have TravelPass active on your Verizon account, you just have to turn your phone off and on when arriving in Europe to activate it. On a recent trip to Scotland, I found that my iPhone 7 took a while (minutes) to search for the local cell network, and even initially displayed 'no service', but it eventually found a local network. Here are the instructions from Verizon: (1) Go to Settings > Cellular (Cellular Data must be On) > Cellular Data Options > Roaming; (2) Switch Voice Roaming On (green) and Data Roaming On (green); (3) Turn International CDMA Off (white); (4) Power the device off and then back on after any changes OR when entering a country/cruise ship. Also leave "enable LTE voice and data" on. I have also used TravelPass in 2017 in Italy, Austria, Germany, and Hungary with no problems other than the slight delay in initially finding a network.

See, those have NEVER been my instructions for my phone. They give me directions that read more like (1) Go to Settings > Cellular > Cellular Data Options > Roaming; (2) Switch Voice Roaming On or Off

The first time they sent me these directions they sent me THREE separate sets of directions, none of which agreed with the others.

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The instructions are for an iPhone 7. Maybe you have a different phone? Nevertheless, before my trip, I always go to the Verizon website and do a 'chat' with a customer service agent to (1) confirm TravelPass is still active in my account and (2) to ask them to send me an email with country-specific info and device/dialing info, etc. What I quoted above was copied from the email. They also provide dialing instructions and customer service numbers (mobile and landline) for assistance if you have a problem.

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Just returned from Edinburgh a few days ago. Used Verizon $10 a day plan as suggested by a friend who travels there regularly on business. Worked smoothly; absolutely no problems.