Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.


Geektastic

14838 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

#196489 2-Jun-2016 09:51
Send private message

I will be in the USA for 3 weeks in a couple of months.

 

My wife and I have mobiles (iPhone 6 and 6 Plus) on VF contracts. They will roam on VF when we go.

 

I'm sure that won't be the most cost effective way to use them there: do any frequent US visitors have any suggestions that work well?






Create new topic
sbiddle
29268 posts

Uber Geek

Moderator
Trusted
Biddle Corp
Lifetime subscriber

  #1564038 2-Jun-2016 10:06
Send private message

I always just roam there, but my trips are normally only 1-2 weeks. You just need to weight up buying a SIM vs paying the daily roaming charges depending on your usage requirements.

 

 


Geektastic

14838 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  #1564040 2-Jun-2016 10:10
Send private message

Well, it'll be $5/day to use the plan I have now. I will be away 33 days so that will add NZ$165 to the bill for each phone but with no additional call or data charges (I think).

 

How much would a SIM cost to do there?






 
 
 
 


Wade
2218 posts

Uber Geek


  #1564190 2-Jun-2016 12:42
Send private message

Don't mean to hijack thread but wife is in a similar predicament going to Hawaii in a weeks time, has a iphone 5s (I assume this will work there?) on VF and is doing the $5/day thing. Her VF rep could not tell her which network to roam onto, is anyone able to elaborate or does the universe take care of itself and it autoroams correctly without intervention?


dickytim
2514 posts

Uber Geek
Inactive user


  #1564191 2-Jun-2016 12:42
Send private message

trig42:

 

There is this:

 

http://prepaid-phones.t-mobile.com/prepaid-international-tourist-plan?icid=WMM_PD_Q216TRSTPL_QQWFQCES835017

 

 

 

 

 

 

That's not bad but t-mobile data speeds were very slow when I was there, in fact all their data was very slow and if you need to call back home for some reason that will cost.

 

 

 

For me I'd just pay the $5 a day and take 1 phone, for me the convenience would win hands down. I am un the unlimited + 5gb plan.

 

Also I have found I chew through my data when overseas much more than at home so 2GB might be a little light.


Geektastic

14838 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  #1564196 2-Jun-2016 12:49
Send private message

dickytim:

 

trig42:

 

There is this:

 

http://prepaid-phones.t-mobile.com/prepaid-international-tourist-plan?icid=WMM_PD_Q216TRSTPL_QQWFQCES835017

 

 

 

 

 

 

That's not bad but t-mobile data speeds were very slow when I was there, in fact all their data was very slow and if you need to call back home for some reason that will cost.

 

 

 

For me I'd just pay the $5 a day and take 1 phone, for me the convenience would win hands down. I am un the unlimited + 5gb plan.

 

Also I have found I chew through my data when overseas much more than at home so 2GB might be a little light.

 

 

 

 

I agree - this may in fact be the answer. I'm on the 7Gb plan and even that is sometimes not enough. I see AN Other big company are offering 10Gb on their top plan...






MikeAqua
6055 posts

Uber Geek


  #1564301 2-Jun-2016 14:27
Send private message

I looked into this recently.  I'm with spark and I was able to buy a 1 month roam bundle that would give me enough text, minutes and data (with moderate use) for two week trip for $50 so I just went with it.

 

Surely VF have something similar?

 

 





Mike


 
 
 
 


nathan
5686 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Microsoft

  #1564306 2-Jun-2016 14:34
Send private message

dickytim:

trig42:


There is this:


http://prepaid-phones.t-mobile.com/prepaid-international-tourist-plan?icid=WMM_PD_Q216TRSTPL_QQWFQCES835017


 



 


That's not bad but t-mobile data speeds were very slow when I was there, in fact all their data was very slow and if you need to call back home for some reason that will cost.


 


For me I'd just pay the $5 a day and take 1 phone, for me the convenience would win hands down. I am un the unlimited + 5gb plan.


Also I have found I chew through my data when overseas much more than at home so 2GB might be a little light.



It's unlimited data. Just 2gb at LTE




populism, the most important and misunderstood movement of our time


sbiddle
29268 posts

Uber Geek

Moderator
Trusted
Biddle Corp
Lifetime subscriber

  #1564319 2-Jun-2016 14:55
Send private message

MikeAqua:

 

I looked into this recently.  I'm with spark and I was able to buy a 1 month roam bundle that would give me enough text, minutes and data (with moderate use) for two week trip for $50 so I just went with it.

 

Surely VF have something similar?

 

 

 

 

Nope. They have $5 roaming which for most users users represents far better value for money. There is no way I could survive with 500MB while roaming and have restrictions on inbound and outbound calls.

 

 

 

 


sbiddle
29268 posts

Uber Geek

Moderator
Trusted
Biddle Corp
Lifetime subscriber

  #1564321 2-Jun-2016 14:59
Send private message

Wade:

 

Don't mean to hijack thread but wife is in a similar predicament going to Hawaii in a weeks time, has a iphone 5s (I assume this will work there?) on VF and is doing the $5/day thing. Her VF rep could not tell her which network to roam onto, is anyone able to elaborate or does the universe take care of itself and it autoroams correctly without intervention?

 

 

5s doesn't have bull band support for US networks but will work fine on 3G networks. It doesn't matter what network you roam on - roaming steering will direct you (from memory) T-Mobile but you can select any network you want and override roaming steering.

 

 


ajobbins
Awesome
4891 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Subscriber

  #1564344 2-Jun-2016 15:45
Send private message

If you get a local SIM, avoid T-Mobile and go AT&T. Likewise, if you roam try and select AT&T (you may have to do this manually) and you'll have a far better experience.





Twitter: ajobbins


nathan
5686 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Microsoft

  #1564365 2-Jun-2016 16:36
Send private message

ajobbins:

 

If you get a local SIM, avoid T-Mobile and go AT&T. Likewise, if you roam try and select AT&T (you may have to do this manually) and you'll have a far better experience.

 

 

 

 

I've been living here for 9 months now and have both ATT and TMO SIMs, personally I find TMO just as fast as ATT.  Maybe it depends which city you're in.  TMO seems to have improved a lot compared to a few years ago, they've been buying up more 7xx Mhz spectrum etc

 

If you need coverage in the boon docks Verizon is the way to go.





populism, the most important and misunderstood movement of our time


ajobbins
Awesome
4891 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Subscriber

  #1564445 2-Jun-2016 18:18
Send private message

nathan:

 

ajobbins:

 

If you get a local SIM, avoid T-Mobile and go AT&T. Likewise, if you roam try and select AT&T (you may have to do this manually) and you'll have a far better experience.

 

 

 

 

I've been living here for 9 months now and have both ATT and TMO SIMs, personally I find TMO just as fast as ATT.  Maybe it depends which city you're in.  TMO seems to have improved a lot compared to a few years ago, they've been buying up more 7xx Mhz spectrum etc

 

If you need coverage in the boon docks Verizon is the way to go.

 

 

It's gotten better over time, but does depend on your handset too. Things have changed since, but when I was in NYC about 2.5 years ago there were heaps of black spots with T-Mobile unless you had an AWS band phone, including the entire subway system. In Hawaii late last year my phone roamed between T-Mobile and AT&T but T-Mobile was demonstrably slower and had way more coverage black spots than AT&T.

 

Of course this will vary by both location and by handset.





Twitter: ajobbins


nathan
5686 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Microsoft

  #1564454 2-Jun-2016 18:30
Send private message

The mantra you get what you pay for continues to hold true :)




populism, the most important and misunderstood movement of our time


Create new topic





News »

Nanoleaf enhances lighting line with launch of Triangles and Mini Triangles
Posted 17-Oct-2020 20:18


Synology unveils DS1621+ 
Posted 17-Oct-2020 20:12


Ingram Micro introduces FootfallCam to New Zealand channel
Posted 17-Oct-2020 20:06


Dropbox adopts Virtual First working policy
Posted 17-Oct-2020 19:47


OPPO announces Reno4 Series 5G line-up in NZ
Posted 16-Oct-2020 08:52


Microsoft Highway to a Hundred expands to Asia Pacific
Posted 14-Oct-2020 09:34


Spark turns on 5G in Auckland
Posted 14-Oct-2020 09:29


AMD Launches AMD Ryzen 5000 Series Desktop Processors
Posted 9-Oct-2020 10:13


Teletrac Navman launches integrated multi-camera solution for transport and logistics industry
Posted 8-Oct-2020 10:57


Farmside hits 10,000 RBI customers
Posted 7-Oct-2020 15:32


NordVPN starts deploying colocated servers
Posted 7-Oct-2020 09:00


Google introduces Nest Wifi routers in New Zealand
Posted 7-Oct-2020 05:00


Orcon to bundle Google Nest Wifi router with new accounts
Posted 7-Oct-2020 05:00


Epay and Centrapay partner to create digital gift cards
Posted 2-Oct-2020 17:34


Inseego launches 5G MiFi M2000 mobile hotspot
Posted 2-Oct-2020 14:53









Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.