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I am going to England, Scotland, and Ireland soon for about 10 days. I have a rooted Samsung Galaxy S3 (SCH-I535) on Verizon with Android 4.2.2.

I'd like to use voice + data (no SMS) over there using one prepaid card across all 3 countries, not using the VZW network at all. I don't want Verizon to charge me anything extra.

Does anyone know if this is possible? What company would sell the prepaid card, and what do I need to do to prepare?

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I have the Verizon GS3 as well, and am tired of this nonsense from AT&T and Verizon. Nexus phone or naught for the future. –  choster Mar 26 '13 at 13:51
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While your hardware is perfectly capable, Verizon has crippled the software so you cannot access data networks with a non-Verizon SIM card, and can only access some voice networks (at least, without a bit of hacking). And this is the "fixed" software that came with the Jelly Bean update.

Specifically, there is no way to change the APN settings manually, and thus if you need to connect to a network other than Verizon's defaults, you are out of luck.

There are various guides for adding support after "root"-ing your phone, but rooting is a step I only advise for people who are very familiar and very comfortable with hacking their phones (which voids your warranty and insurance and if it goes awry, leaves you with a glossy brick).

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Thanks. I rooted my S3 and now have Android 4.2.2 from AOKP. Do you think voice, txt, and data will work on a prepaid card in Europe now? Thanks! –  Ryan Mar 26 '13 at 18:12
    
@Ryan I linked to a couple of guides. The DF method seems to require more apps than XDA, but perhaps that's because it's a more "consumer-oriented" site if you will. I haven't tried either method myself, as I've been able to rely on WiFi + Skype thus far. –  choster Mar 26 '13 at 18:21
    
Thanks, choster! –  Ryan Mar 26 '13 at 19:37
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