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#25245 16-Aug-2008 10:27
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Relative is taking a trip to the US and hope to use my Vodafone HSPDA (Huawei E800) on ATT network there.

I have a spare VFNZ card here, so ... this is good news as it will save her a lot of money to use a local carrier rather than data roaming. Freitasm recommended this approach when I mentioned the two Telecom options my relative relative been presented with.

But: does the Huawei E800 need to be unlocked for use with ATT? Or can we just pick up a SIM card on arrival?

Would appreciate clues from anyone with local knowledge

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  #157372 16-Aug-2008 10:33
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Unless Vodafone have changed their policy data cards have never been SIM locked. You will just be able to put a local SIM in it on arrival.

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  #157374 16-Aug-2008 10:36
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sbiddle and freitasm: thanks heaps!

i've had a mad google over the last couple of days looking for this info - seems that in the US the huawei e800 name is used for a cellphone, so not much luck. except here.

geekzone has been a huge help in giving us a few pieces of info for my relative to travel with - and we very much appreciate your quick and helpful responses



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  #157375 16-Aug-2008 10:38
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another question, then: should i install the vodafone mobile connect drivers on her laptop before she leaves? or some from ATT?

(i couldn't find the ATT software for download.)

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  #157384 16-Aug-2008 11:04
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You must install the Vodafone software. Then you have to configure a new APN using the AT&T settings because that's the one the AT&T SIM card is authorised to connect to.

The AT&T settings are:

APN: wap.cingular
User: WAP@CINGULARGPRS.COM (case sensetive)
Pwd: CINGULAR1 (case sensetive)

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#157887 19-Aug-2008 07:40
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Well, what do we know? I bought an AT&T SIM card a couple of hours ago and my Vodafone-branded XU870 data card refuses to work with - "Please insert correct SIM card".

Lucky the Pocket PC is working fine. We have wireless everywhere here at the hotel and conference centre, so I am using the SIM card on my Pocket PC for push e-mail, Twitter, etc. $25 for the SIM card with activation, less $19.95 for 5 GB data. Good deal.

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