10630 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Sep 7, 2007 11:55 AM by reifer
"When you’re in another country, you can choose which local carrier network to use for your phone calls and EDGE Internet connections if more than one network is available."
I think that this probably answers your question about "How to choose a carrier". What you quoted here is "When you're in another country". This more than likely means you won't be able to choose until you are in fact in the other country. It also seems as though, unless there is more than 1 network, you won't be able to choose either, you'll just be connected to one as long as they have an agreement with at&t.
Thanks for your reply. Yes in Thailand there are 3 networks availabl, all have agreement with AT&T. Two with EDGE, one without.
You said, "This more than likely means you won't be able to choose until you are in fact in the other country."
I hope you're right but I want to make sure. I posted a similar question in AT&T support forum and someone stated that he was in France and could not choose carrier (and in France they also had 3 carriers with AT&T agreement).
So rather than speculating as to what is and what isn't, I would just like to know for sure. I am hoping someone from Apple can research and post a reply here.
According to David Pogue's new book "The Missing iPhone Manual", when you are in another country (outside the US) and multiple carriers are available that have contracts with AT&T, they will show up and allow you to choose one of them. You can buy his book online for about $5.00 as a download. Very informative.
While it should indeed be addressed to ATT, it does directly affect the iPhone as well.
Theoretically, you should be able to select your network while overseas.
In practice, I found (at least in Paris last week) that I did NOT have a choice. It locks into one network and that is where it stays. When you go to choose network, you do not, indeed, have any option to change it to anyone other than the network already locked in.
I would love to hear about others experiences as we learn more about this. Most likely it is on a country by country (maybe even city by city) basis.
Luckily, in Paris, it switched to Orange - which I would have selected anyway.
Where can you download it for $5?
I found it for $19.99
On the Carrier issue, the manual from Apple says to choose "carrier" in the setting menu? There is no "carrier" menu to choose.
There is a network menu under "General" in settings but the only options are VPN and Wifi?
The Apple manual also says to set network setting to automatic to have the Iphone select for you which would seem to indicate that there is a "manual" mode but, I can't find it?
I'm currently in a country with more then one carrier supported by ATT and there is no way to change, that I can find.