You’re going on a trip for vacation or business. You don’t want to worry about roaming charges or how the whole data plan works. Forget about the voice charges – roaming, extended roaming, etc. You can easily just unlock your phone and you can go about using the local plan where you’re headed.
Case in point: Say, you’re headed to Paris. You’re best bet is getting your phone unlocked in France. I’d recommend doing that since in Paris, they know exactly what networks your phone should be unlocked for. Sure, you can get your phone unlocked in NYC for Paris, but NYC is not on the France networks so it’s apples and oranges. Yes, you should have no problem getting your phone unlocked in your home state for an international place, but I’ve heard of customers not having a successful unlocking of such terms.
It’s safer to get your phone unlocked at your destination place. The best way is to ask your destination phone provider who they recommend to unlock your phone. Go that place and let them know which provider you’re using. Then, go to the phone provider and purchase a pay as you go plan, or some kind of weekly or monthly plan according to how many minutes and data you’ll need for voice, email, Internet, and text messages.
There should be no iPhone support necessary here. Just a simple unlock purchase and your phone should be ready to go within 24 hours.