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Topic # 90208 16-Sep-2011 14:12
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In case anyone else is heading to the US for a few weeks with a smart phone...

I hunted around a few different options, thought AT&T would be a winner, since they had the iPhone themselves, but they're not. All their prepay options are geared at dumbphones, they have unlimited data but it's somehow disabled for smartphones and there's a $30 activation fee on top of it.

The winner (for me) was T-mobile, they have several monthly plans that are no contract, only $10 activation, and they carry microsims at all their kiosks:

$30/mth
1500 text/talk units + 30MB data
(if you run out of data you can buy a $1.50 daypass for 24hrs unlimited data)

$50/mth
unlimited text/talk units + unlimited data (first 100MB @ 4G)

$50/mth
unlimited text/talk units + unlimited data (first 5GB @ 4G)

http://prepaid-phones.t-mobile.com/monthly-4g-plans

I went with the $30 option as the remaining 10 days of the trip i could just buy a daypass anyday I needed and still cost less, and there's so much free wifi in the US it's not funny.

Beats the hell out of an international sim!

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  Reply # 522686 18-Sep-2011 16:42
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I visit the US regularly for work, and use GoPhone from AT&T with my iPhone. Data is disabled, but it can easily be enabled by installing the AT&T profile from http://www.unlockit.co.nz.

They now offer 500 MB a month for I think $25, and it's 3G whereas much of tMobile's 3G is not compatible with the iPhone.




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  Reply # 522695 18-Sep-2011 17:01
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T-mobile is not the best for a SG II you get EDGE and not 3G+


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  Reply # 522709 18-Sep-2011 18:04
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I get AT&T SIM Cards when I'm in the US, and topup $40 (SIM is free)... $20 goes into 500MB/30 days, the other $20 goes into $1/day all you can eat SMS/phone calls.

I don't know what you are talking about "activation fee".





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