IPhone 3G usage in Iraq?

PirateNinja

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hi everyone

im currently deployed here in iraq and my wife and i are debating on leaving big red :rolleyes: (verizon) for att and finally getting ourselves a pair of IPhones.

my question is if the IPhone will work out here in Iraq, ive seen some military and civilians here with IPhones but i really never ask them on how they are able to use thier IPhones out here in the AOR. Does anyone on here have any knowledge on international roaming? The only thing i will be using it for is text messaging :D

thank you and any help and info is greatly appreciated
 

zukir02

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If you take your iphone to iraq, get a otterbox for it. It will save your phone.

I am not sure how they would be used out there but there has to be a way, you might wanna call att and talk to them about it.
 

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> ive seen some military and civilians here with IPhones

Ask them.
I mean really, unless someone here did a tour, anything we say is guessing.

If you have WIFI where you are stationed you can maybe use that, but data rates from ATT are brutal. Text rates are just as bad.

Skype is cool for text (on edge, 3g or wifi) and voice on wifi only.

But again, the data roaming will kill you on other than wifi, and you can't buy an in-country sim with the iphone to avoid the ATT charges. (Get a iphone from Italy and you can avoid ATT).

AT&T Rates in Iraq and areas of coverage. Its Grim.

Might be wise to take a cheapo razr back-up phone that you can buy an in-country sim for.

Also some places may have restrictions on camera phones. But if you were stationed in such a place you would already be aware of that.
 
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PirateNinja

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thank you for the replies

we do have wifi at our MWR on base. so as soon as my iphone gets here im getting skype :)

> "Also some places may have restrictions on camera phones. But if you were stationed in such a place you would already be aware of that."

yeah i work on the flightline and were pretty strict on that when civilians and third country nationals try to use phones and cameras out there. but yea once i get my iphone ill be sure to share some pictures with all of you back in the states.
 

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ATT will charge you alot but you can go on there website and it shows you were they have a 3G and signal at!
 

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No worries

Just got back from Iraq. You will have no issue getting a Sim. Just make sure you unlock it before getting there. Good luck, keep your head down *INCOMING! INCOMING!*
 

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