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wreck90
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  #401559 8-Nov-2010 10:06
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I tried in LA, no luck. The stupid woman didn't even know what a Simcard was, and tried to get me to buy a whole phone with prepaid already loaded for about 16usd. I'd read you can waltz into a walmart and grab a sim - this is not true, at least, I had no luck.

Your options are at&t and t-mobile.Probably, you need to drop into an actual store as resellers are rubbish.

Canada was easy to get a sim. Similar to NZ , but their data was prohibitively expensive.



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  #401563 8-Nov-2010 10:10
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Your options are at&t and t-mobile.Probably, you need to drop into an actual store as resellers are rubbish.

Canada was easy to get a sim. Similar to NZ , but their data was prohibitively expensive.





out of at&t and t-mobile, which one is better?. Will it help if we can buy a sim,load it while here in Nz and have it all going before we land there?


Thanks.



 
 
 
 


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  #401579 8-Nov-2010 10:31
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Always better if you can buy a sim before you go (Ebay?), then you don't need to waste valuable time visting stores.

I believe, t-mobile is better if you only want voice, otherwise, at&t might be more suitable.

Ask at the t-mobile support forums...

http://forums.t-mobile.com/tmbl/?WT.z_unav=mst_support_forums

I was unsuccesful, but I didn't try that hard either.



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  #401584 8-Nov-2010 10:37
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sep11guy:
the unlimited everything looks good for features but it seems like a "contract" plan. It does nt seem like a pre paid- pay once and all done thing


Simple Mobile is a MVNO operating on T-Mobile's network.  Their plans are all non contract. According to their FAQ. 
Does a customer have to sign a contract?
We do not require a contract for our plan, however all customers must agree to our terms and conditions prior to activating the service.

The reason why they state $60/month is so after the first month you have to pay another $60 next month to retain the plans offering of unlimited calling/txt/data.  I.e. your prepay balance must remain at $60

Read the general terms and conditions on the bottom of the Plans page.





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  #401588 8-Nov-2010 10:40
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I got a prepaid SIM off eBay, but it turned out that for whatever reason, it wouldn't activate properly.

So in the end I went in the the AT&T store and got set up. They were very helpful and it wasn't any drama. I swear I was the only person in the store that didn't have Spanish as my first language!!

I found it annoying that you had to pay for incoming txt and calls!!

One thing to note is if you go in to Canada with at least an AT&T SIM, it won't automatically roam. I had to put my NZ SIM back in again and roam with Rogers.

3G coverage was variable depending on where you were.? The good thing is that if there was no 3G, it would roll back to EDGE, which was still pretty fast.


wreck90:
you need to drop into an actual store as resellers are rubbish.



I found the guys at Radio Shack to be quite helpful, they just didn't have what I needed. AT&T stores were definitely helpful.

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  #401869 8-Nov-2010 21:29
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alastairkn:
T-Mobile  don't currently do microSIMs so your going to be stuck with AT&T  unless things change between now and the time you get there..


if microSIM is the only issue one of these should solve the issue?
http://www.trademe.co.nz/Mobile-phones/Accessories/Other/auction-329703758.htm 


Yes t-mobile do micro-sims. There was a problem actually where they sent out microsims instead of mini sims to people.  




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  #401890 8-Nov-2010 22:37
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JaBZ:
sep11guy:
the unlimited everything looks good for features but it seems like a "contract" plan. It does nt seem like a pre paid- pay once and all done thing


Simple Mobile is a MVNO operating on T-Mobile's network.  Their plans are all non contract. According to their FAQ. 
Does a customer have to sign a contract?
We do not require a contract for our plan, however all customers must agree to our terms and conditions prior to activating the service.

The reason why they state $60/month is so after the first month you have to pay another $60 next month to retain the plans offering of unlimited calling/txt/data.  I.e. your prepay balance must remain at $60

Read the general terms and conditions on the bottom of the Plans page.



Great that its not on contract, but then again - Can we get these sim cards here in NZ (online like ebay) so that we are all setup before we land there?or if its not avilable online can it easily brought in stores. 
- [ reason I ask is, something parallel to this is black n white / digital island - you cant easily buy them thru stores ]

And more so, any reviews on the company - ? like if it is reliable??

cause as someone pointed out if one is travelling from one state to another will the rates be constant. or if you leave a particular state's region (from were u brought the sim), and if u go anywere outside u r charged all toll calls..... ??



 

 
 
 
 


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  #404580 14-Nov-2010 19:34
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I would like to get a simple mobile sim before I leave NZ .. . . ... whats the best way to get a sim ?? I saw some on ebay but a majority of them did not ship outside US. any idea?

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