Now that the iPhone 5 has been announced with all the expected features, a lot of people are now looking to answer the question of which carrier to get their shiny new iPhone 5 with…for those of us that travel internationally, it’s a bit more complicated.

All other things being equal, Verizon generally looks to be the best option for the global traveller. You can buy your phone at the subsidized price, have a straightforward and somewhat reasonable option for getting a little bit of data for a few days in a foreign country, and you can get your SIM card slot unlocked and use local prepaid SIMs for longer stays.