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Buying local sim cards abroad. In need of some clarification.

Posted by Samuelchinds on 30/10/2016 at 16:28

I will be leaving for my trip around SE Asia in about a month, and would like to buy local sim cards in each country I visit. I have never done this before....

I am planning to unlock my iPhone 5 and just cancel my AT&T account here in the states before I leave.

If I show up with an unlocked iPhone 5 with no existing account or phone number, will I just be issued a new phone number with each sim card and local plan that I purchase?

If anyone has experience with how this works, it would be much appreciated!

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Posted by somtam2000 on 30/10/2016 at 19:21 admin

Yes. Assuming your phone is unlocked, you can just buy any sim and stick it in.

The shop/kiosk will generally look after the registration (varies country by country, but often a copy of your passport required) which makes the process that much less painful then they'll sell you a package for calls data etc.

In my experience this is best done at airport as they're more geared up for foreign tourists, but any shop can assist.

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Posted by Samuelchinds on 30/10/2016 at 23:48

Much appreciated!

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