I am travelling to London in January 2016. I have an iPhone 5 on Verizon. I do not need my data... my phone will be used as a camera and to call my parents each night via Facetime (my host has wifi).
I am phone dumb, unfortunately. I have been told previously that a phone would work overseas only to get there and have it become a paperweight. What do I need to do to make sure my phone works? Again, I don't need any data. I just need it to be able to connect to wifi so I can use facetime to call my parents, and possibly text via iMessage on wifi as well.
I'd prefer to do whatever I need to do stateside, if possible. I have read before that all I need to do is call Verizon and they can "unlock" my phone so it will work in London? Is that true? If I need a SIM card...where can I get one? Honestly, I don't even know what that is or what it looks like, or where it goes in the phone!
I called Verizon and told them that I was travelling to London and just wanted talk and text on wifi. They told me I'd need to add a $40 plan to do that... is that true? I am of the understanding that I can use my phone for free internationally on wifi.