Traveling to Europe - Is Verizon LYING to Me About My Options?

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  1. sleaziep

    sleaziep New Member

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    OK, so I will be in Europe all summer. I know my phone won't "work" for calls, data, etc. But I would like to use it to connect to wifi networks to check email, take pics, possibly even use skype, check fb, etc.

    Verizon told me that if I use their "vacation suspension" service, my droid will be rendered unusable, even if I am just connecting via wifi.. it won't even work as a camera according to them. Is this true? I feel that I have read many posts on the forum to the contrary, but they insisted that you guys were wrong. If this is true, can I keep my phone active and still retain wifi connectivity? What is the safest way to ensure that I don't rack up any roaming / international data usage fees?

    Also, I would like to forward my number, but doesn't the call have to ping the phone before it gets forwarded? So would this be possible? I thought it wouldn't be, but they are telling me that it would as long as I keep my phone active. I think they are full of it / misinformed. Opinions??
     
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    They are wrong. Droid works fine as a PDA over WiFi. Camera will work. Google Nav even works in the US if you have a WiFi signal wherever you are (unlikely, but it does work).

    Alan
     
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    Even if I suspend my data / phone service?
     
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    I am leaving for London in 4 days and I will be taking my Droid for music. I plan to shut off the mobile network all together while I am there and just use wifi.
     
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    Probably not lying (there's no good reason why they would lie about that), but plain wrong nonetheless. You'll be fine.
     
  6. sleaziep

    sleaziep New Member

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    Oh, there's a good reason alright!! Because my phone "would not work at all" (according to them), they forwarded me to their international phone rental department and tried to sell me on a rental phone and $1.50 per minute service. ;-$
     
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    sleaziep New Member

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    So even if I suspend my service, it should still work, correct?? or do I have to leave service enabled? Just worried they have some way to temporarily brick my phone if I suspend service.
     
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    Just turn off your mobile network access through the phone's network options.
     
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    sleaziep New Member

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    Ya, but I would rather not pay for two months of service that i am not going to use if possible. BTW THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR PROMPT ATTENTION!!! You Rule!!
     
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    Does Verizon even attempt to train their reps?
     
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    Ah. I did not see that you are going to be gone for 2 months. I completely understand why you want to suspend your account now. Enjoy your trip!
     
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    Surely they are capable of suspending your account/service without rendering your phone "useless"
     
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