A common question Americans ask when planning their European vacation is, “will my phone work in Europe?”
Most AT&T and T-mobile phones will work. Sprint and Verizon use different technology to operate their network, so most of their phones do not work in Europe. If you are on one of the other networks like Straight Talk, U.S. Cellular, Cricket, Boost Mobile, etc. your phone most likely will not work.
Americans need to test two components to know if their phone will work in Europe.
1) Does the phone meet European standards to operate?
2) Does your phone plan work?
This article helps you discover if your phone has the correct technology to work on your international trip.
To answer the second question, you’ll need to read the How Much Will I Pay for International Roaming section in Understanding European SIM cards for Americans.
What You Need
- Phone Model
- Country you're visiting
- Mobile network in the country
How to Find Your Phone Model
- Go into your Settings menu. Swipe your screen from the top, if you can't find it.
- Find "About Phone." Located usually at the top or the bottom of the Settings menu.
- Find out which OS your iPhone runs.
- Click on the Setting app.
- Tap General.
- Tap About.
- Find Version number.
OS 10.3 or Later
- You can find your model on your phone.
- Open your Settings app.
- Tap on your name or Apple ID near the top.
- Scroll down until you find your iPhone device and tap on it.
- You are now on the Device Info page. Find your Model number.
OS 10.2 or Earlier
You'll need to use this Apple guide to identify your phone: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201296
Check Your Phone Against European Networks
Now that you know your phone model, you can check if it will work on different European networks. WillMyPhoneWork is a free online tool you can use to check your phone.
Open a new browser tab or window by clicking the link below.
How to Use WillMyPhoneWork
Select your device from the drop-down list. Then, choose the European country you are visiting. Select a mobile carrier. You can select any of these to test your phone.
The results are not guaranteed to be 100% accurate, but they make every effort to update the information. If you doubt the results, you should double-check your phone’s frequency or bands to the those available in Europe.
Need to Unlock Your Phone?
To learn more about unlocking your phone read the “Do I Need to Unlock My Phone?“ section in the article read “Understanding European SIM Cards for Americans.”