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Topic # 113229 10-Jan-2013 11:28
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I have been reading about the new t-mobile unlimited plan for $70 in the US and considering it for my holiday.

To me it would be ideal to be able to purchase this for my Ipad and just use the straight talk from Walmart for calls and the Iphone.

Does anyone know if T-mobile do a prepaid option, as of yesterday I was likely going to go with AT & T and get 3GB prepaid for $30, which I may still go with when I decide what my usage will be.

I plan on using the ipad for navigation, surfing, e-mails, uploading photo's to face book and playing games.




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  Reply # 742741 10-Jan-2013 12:18
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It depends on whether your ipad supports the t-mobile frequencies.

I know I couldn't use my nz purchased iphone on t-mobile.

Not sure if ipads are the same, or whether t-mobile still use the same freqs.

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  Reply # 742767 10-Jan-2013 12:57
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In this vein looking to purchase an "unlimited data" plan for virgin mobile UK for my upcoming trip.

My question though is will my current viber work on a different Simcard?

Assume it will - apologies for hijack OP

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 742770 10-Jan-2013 13:00
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My understanding is the "unlimited" plan is not available on prepay

When I was in the UK recently the Virgin Mobile unlimited was available prepay

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  Reply # 742789 10-Jan-2013 13:19
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I understand you will only get 2G in many places in the US with T-Mobile.

Look into an AT&T SIM if you want 3G. You can get 1GB of data and unlimited calls and SMS (inc SMS to NZ) for $65 on AT&T Prepaid (Go Phone).

For another $10 you can add 250 mins back to NZ or other countries if you need them too.

http://www.att.com/shop/wireless/plans/prepaidplans.html




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  Reply # 742850 10-Jan-2013 14:57
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ajobbins: I understand you will only get 2G in many places in the US with T-Mobile.

Look into an AT&T SIM if you want 3G. You can get 1GB of data and unlimited calls and SMS (inc SMS to NZ) for $65 on AT&T Prepaid (Go Phone).

For another $10 you can add 250 mins back to NZ or other countries if you need them too.

http://www.att.com/shop/wireless/plans/prepaidplans.html


thanks for that I have been googling at lunch time and seen this plan with AT&T seeing that I am travelling with my Ipad and will likely add 3GB data plan to that I wouldn't really use over 1gb on the iphone, I think this is the way to go, besides there is an AT&T store quite close to where we are staying!




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  Reply # 742918 10-Jan-2013 16:56
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If you get a straighttalk sim and your iPhone is jailbroken you could get a app off cydia and tether on the straighttalk simcard. I had a friend that was over in the USA for 6 weeks and he tethered (obviously not large amounts of data but to use his iPad) and didn't have any problems.




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  Reply # 743123 11-Jan-2013 07:45
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ajobbins: I understand you will only get 2G in many places in the US with T-Mobile.

Look into an AT&T SIM if you want 3G. You can get 1GB of data and unlimited calls and SMS (inc SMS to NZ) for $65 on AT&T Prepaid (Go Phone).

For another $10 you can add 250 mins back to NZ or other countries if you need them too.

http://www.att.com/shop/wireless/plans/prepaidplans.html


T-Mo (Tmetro) has been deploying the 3G 1900 band for the past 6 months so it depends where you go in the US as to what you will  get..




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  Reply # 743778 12-Jan-2013 15:01
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dickytim: just use the straight talk from Walmart for calls and the Iphone.

Just so that you're aware: The official Straight Talk iPhone plan requires you to buy the iPhone from Straight Talk (Walmart) directly. If you put a Straight Talk SIM into a "generic" iPhone then you won't get the APN settings etc. automatically and will need to configure it manually.

Edit: And you'll need to cut the SIM down to nano size if you're using an iPhone 5.

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  Reply # 744284 13-Jan-2013 22:04
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Yes any non-AT&T sold iPhone will need APN settings




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  Reply # 746065 17-Jan-2013 06:28
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tMobile are rolling out iPhone compatible 1900 towers in the US, but it's still a work in progress. So if you're travelling a lot, it's not yet a viable option even if there's a prepay plan that works.




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  Reply # 746066 17-Jan-2013 06:57
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Thanks all for the advise on changing the APN, there is a site where I can down load them from

www.unlockit.co.nz

Looking at the offerings and the fact that I will not use more than 3gb data on the Ipad and 1gb I am better off going with AT&T for both, that way I can sort it out during my stop over in Honolulu, atleast that gives me a mission for the 5 hours between flights!




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  Reply # 746070 17-Jan-2013 07:05
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dickytim: Thanks all for the advise on changing the APN, there is a site where I can down load them from

www.unlockit.co.nz

Looking at the offerings and the fact that I will not use more than 3gb data on the Ipad and 1gb I am better off going with AT&T for both, that way I can sort it out during my stop over in Honolulu, atleast that gives me a mission for the 5 hours between flights!


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If you want "unlimited" data (in the USA) then Straighttalk is the place to go to but its not really unlimited, it is reasonable use unlimited. (they will disable your data is you use it excessively) . They are a MVNO of AT&T so every AT&T locked iPhone from the states works with them). Net10 also offers the same thing and are exactly the same.



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