thanks for the info and quick reply. i only have the iphone 4, not the 4s... i will have to stop by one of our local stores and see if there is an actual international plan i can get for while we are there. that would be the easiest i think, but when i looked it up online, it didn't seem like it was an option.
i do have another iphone 4 that a friend gave me (with a cracked screen) to use strictly as an ipod for the car. how can you tell if it's a 4s? i really don't think that it is. either way it's not connected to a network and it was a verizon phone originally. was hoping to figure out a way to do face time, but i'm not coming up with any good solutions.