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Topic # 100975 21-Apr-2012 21:25 Send private message

Hey guys,

What are peoples opinions on current prepaid options in the US?

I'll be over there for a couple of months spending the majority of my time in the Phoenix area with brief stints in CA and also NY. Coverage isn't an issue, all the major players have strong (real world) signal in the areas I will be in.

I currently have an AT&T sim that I usually use on a pay as you go setup, but this is the first time I will be using a data hungry handset that I've come particularly fond of...

Obviously Verizon & Sprint aren't options and AT&T's prepaid deals w/data are not the greatest so I have been looking at T-Mobile.

Quite like the look of:

$30 USD for pre-paid monthly plan with 100mins + unlimited sms + unlimited data* (first 5gb at full speed).

So question;

I've got the Telecom version of the HTC Sensation (UMTS/HSPA 850/1900/2100) and if I recall, T-Mobile requires both the 1700 & 2100 bands for uplink & downlink. Since my Sensation doesn't have 1700, does that mean I would flat out not get 3G service?

They also have the UMTS/HSPA 1900mhz band operating in some areas, but unfortunately the coverage map page is giving me a 404 error at the mo.

Will have internet at where I am staying just would like to have 3G access while out and about. Any info or recommendations are much appreciated!

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  Reply # 613069 22-Apr-2012 09:03 Send private message

T-Mo uses AWS for 3G at present. AWS sends data on the 1700 band and receives it in the 2100 band so unless your fone does AWS you will most likely be on edge..




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Old3eyes



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Master Geek
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  Reply # 613146 22-Apr-2012 13:46 Send private message

Bugger. Thanks old3eyes, thought that would be the case.

Might just have to stick with AT&T and see if I can get away with using the $50 "unlimited" prepaid plan without having to add a "smartphone data plan" on top of that and hope that they don't have the Sensation z710a IMEI loaded in the system.

Otherwise I have heard good things about Red Pocket Mobile, an AT&T MVNO.

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