I have an iPhone 4S and I will be going to South Korea for a year for my 1st duty station in the army. What should I do? Can I get it unlocked or should I just by a phone over there? I need contact with my family.

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    Which provider are you using in the States?
    – nohillside
    Feb 11, 2013 at 6:47
  • AT&T, I've heard about a SIM card I can put in it if I get unlocked? Feb 12, 2013 at 0:22

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Before buying a CDMA SIM in Korea, check that your iPhone 4s is

  1. a CDMA phone, and
  2. unlocked

Calling stateside from South Korea using a Korea-issued SIM card may be expensive. You should consider getting iOS apps (e.g. Skype, WhatsApp) that relies on WiFi or data plan to communicate.

  • Well yeah I know but it'll mostly be used for me to text my people here in the US Feb 12, 2013 at 0:23

Call AT&T and have them unlock your phone. You're eligible for this process. Check out this link for more info. You qualify for the normal unlocking procedure, but you may also qualify for the military phone unlock as well. Double up for double power!

Buy a Koren Microsim Card of your choice from a cell service provider.

Use Skype, Facetime, Vyber, Whatsapp, or any of the other apps available on the market to have free international calling/text, as international calls with most providers are prohibitively expensive.

If you have a good data connection, you can send free iMessages to friends who own Apple products internationally.

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