What's the cheapest way to purchase data access for my verizon smartphone while traveling in Spain? Voice minutes would be useful too, although data only would be ideal. Specifically, I'll be traveling in southern Spain for about two weeks' time.
I'd suggest you get a cheap GSM phone (assuming you're not lucky enough to have a GSM phone already), and then pick up a pre-pay (PAYG) sim card when you get to spain.
This will also have the bonus of giving you a Spanish number for the duration of your trip, so people in Spain can call you for a sensible amount of money.
If you only want data, you may wish to get an unlocked 3g usb dongle, and then pick up a PAYG sim card for it, that could potentially be cheaper than doing it via a phone.
You can find a list of possible pay as you go plans here : http://paygsimwithdata.wikia.com/wiki/Spain .
Wikipedia claims Telefónica de España has a CDMA2000 network, like Verizon. If that's the case then your cheapest route is almost certainly to unlock your device and register it with Telefónica while you're there. I assume they have prepaid data plans, I'm not sure of the specifics.
yoigo gives you prepaid data at a good price.
Verizon wireless will send you a free global loaner phone (for just the $10 cost of roundtrip shipping which they add to your bill.) You can keep it for a month and continue to use your old phone number. They have several dual mode phones available, many of them are smart phones from Moto, Samsung, HTC, etc. Not sure if your current data plan applies however but you can ask when you call: 1-800-711-8300.
Check out their website first: http://b2b.vzw.com/international/Global_Travel/index.html
If you travel to Spain you can contact http://traveler.canariassmart.com is a local internet provider company