I've been taking everything on board and it seems like the Verizon version is the best answer from the technical perspective. I have no brand loyalty so I don't care about the company.
Someone said something about cutting up a SIM chip because stoooooopppppppiiiiiiidddddd apple decided to change to a micro SIM chip which the rest of the world does not support (yet) however I won't lower myself to cut up chips to fit stoopiid apple products. If I can not find a SIM chip overseas that works in the iPhone 5, then it will be a short lived iPhone ownership.
I just need to get a smart phone that will be totally flexible whether I am in the US, South America, South Africa, Europe, Western Asia, Australia, South Eastern Asia, Japan, Korea, or where ever.
I may give up and go with a Sat Phone and be done with the whole domestic phone war between Android and Apple.
I am a retiring military guy after 30 yrs and plan to travel a lot of countries outside of the US. There are three versions of the iPhone 5 and I'm trying to figure out which would be best to get to facilitate say, arriving in Singapore (or where ever) and going to the local version of the 7-11 and buying a prepaid sim chip (the new miniature one I guess) and plugging it into my iPhone. I know I'll have to pay full price for an unlocked version but that's the cost of freedom.
Which version of the three would be the best for worldwide flexibility?