I am planning to purchase a new personal cell phone soon (my dog chewed up my current one). First off, I am not a tech person, but I can use the basic to intermediate functions of a computer and cell phone without difficulty. I would like to purchase a cell phone in the US that has international capability, as we are planning trips to Amsterdam and Ireland this year. We live in Virginia and I will be chosing between phones offered by Verizon and A T & T. I do not want or need a Blackberry. Is it possible to purchase a phone in the US that will work in Europe?? I have read about SIM cards. Are they inserted in the US??
My goal is to purchase my phone here, have it set up properly, and work without additional adjustments once I reach Europe. I would like to know if anyone knows if this is possible before I venture out to the cell phone store. After I return I would like to have the international capabilities disabled until our next trip. Any suggested brands.?? I am really not interested in renting a phone,
Thanks for suggestions and advice.