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Traveling International - Foreign Sim Card - iMessage and Facetime
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Jun 10, 2018, 01:57 AM
Good Evening:

I am a US resident with a Verizon Wireless iPhone X. I am traveling to Australia in October for two weeks and would like to get a pre-paid Telstra data-only sim card to insert into my iPhone X. I verified that the two systems are compatible. Note that since the plan is pre-paid, and data only, I won't even have the ability to make / receive voice or SMS / MMS on the device.

When I insert the Telstra sim card, I understand that my phone number will change and any voice and SMS / MMS messages would come via the Telstra number, if they were enables, which they probably won't be.

As for my iMessage and Facetime, will I still be able to send / receive seamlessly, or will I have to change something? Note that I AM able to send / receive from my Apple ID as well as my phone number.

Since I will be on holiday, I don't intend on spending much of the day sending messages back home, but will probably be doing most of that from the hotel in the morning / evening from my iPad or my MacBook Pro. I would still like the option to use my iPhone to send / receive iMessage / Facetime in case I really need to, say if the wife and I want to separate for an hour or so, or if our parents have a question about the kiddos.

Has anyone who has traveled had any experience with this?
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Jun 14, 2018, 12:26 AM
I travel a fair bit. iMessage, FaceTime and other messaging apps like WhatsApp will just work. And if necessary you can add some money to your Skype account and make phone calls at very reasonable rates, too.
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