Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: California Gold Country
Smartphone technical help needed
Wife and I have Samsung Galaxy S-4's with Verizon service. We travel a fair bit overseas and have unlocked phones (ancient Nokias) which will take SIM cards from different locations, but we'd like to be able to use the Galaxys.
Our contract with Verizon is OK for domestic use, but gets a little pricey if we were to use their overseas activation option. Our daughter has recently switched to T-Mobile and used her phone extensively for text and data when we were hiking the Camino de Santiago in Spain last month -- worked great and NO EXTRA CHARGES! T-Mobile says their service covers 140 countries, which suits us to a T (pun intended).
So our preference would be to change our service to T-Mobile (which is currently paying early termination penalties to switch from other carriers). I've been online trying to investigate the ins and outs of unlocking the Verizon Galaxys and have to confess that I find all the geek-speak pretty confusing.
So basically I'd like to know from anyone who has done this or is sufficiently expert in these arcane matters to know: after unlocking, are these phones (technically designated model number SCHI545PKVPS) compatible with T-Mobile's network? This should be easy to find out, but although T-Mobile's website says yes the kid at the T-Mobile store the other day hemmed and hawed and gave a very qualified yes with the caveat that some functions may not work well and it would require "an extensive workaround." Whatever that means.
Any help would be appreciated.
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