Like many, I have read the advice to purchase a European SIM card and install it in my iPhone 4s when traveling in a European country. It is so easy! Right? Pop in the new SIM card and instant service and use in the country inbought it in. What could be simpler?
I have done it three times with the following results.
1.) Italy - I buy a SIM card from TiIM while in Venice. €20 for 4gigs of data . "Wait until 10:00 am tomorrow at the latest for it to be activated". Sure! Then next day at 10:15 still no service. I waste an hour of precious time finding the store and they finally do something on a computer and it works. No problems after that.
Greece - surely my problems in Italy where a one-off. All the articles continue to tell me how easy it is! I find a Geronomous store in Athens and buy a SIM card. €15 for five gigs of data. This time I make sure it works in the store. it does. 30 minutes later in my hotel room I go to use my phone and get the dreaded 'No Service' message. Nothing I do works to gets it working. I go back to the store. Oops! They close early today at 3:30. The next morning I race down to the store after gulping down breakfast and beg my new Greek friend behind the counter for help before the RS bus leaves. After 20 minutes of Greek talk with a coworker and letting my new friend have his way with my phone, It Works! But once again infail the 'pop it in and it works test'.
Italy again - I must be a gluten for punishment. I read an article that says 'get your card from Vodaphone, they have one that works in most European countries!' Since I will visit at least three countries in this trip that sounds like a great idea. I find a Vodaphone store. The SIM card is €40 for one gig of data!!!!! And it only works in Italy. There is no European card I am told. On my way back to my room I see a Tre 3 store. I get an SIM with 5 gigs for €10. But, it's "wait until midnight for it to be activated." It's the next morning and I will soon be visiting the Tre store to ask the to work their magic and get my phone on a data plan.
My poor iPhone 4s and I are rejected again