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Old Jul 12, 2009, 03:14 PM   #1
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Red face Can I use unlocked iPhone in USA?

Hi, this might be a dumb question to you in the states, but I'll be back in the states for 6 months and don't want to get stuck in this stupid 2-year contract thing. I am bringing my unlocked iPhone 3G and am wondering...is there a company I can buy a prepaid SIM card and use in my iPhone for a few months? I know a website "www.mrsimcard.com" sells one, though I think it is a ripoff. $80 for a SIM that I have to buy credit for? Is that a good price? I paid $10 for mine.

I have a SIM card now, but I'm quite sure it won't work in the states, and I wouldn't want to with roaming. What do people with bad credit do in the states, those who are unable to pass the credit check?

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Old Jul 12, 2009, 03:17 PM   #2
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and don't want to get stuck in this stupid 2-year contract thing (silly Americans....).
Hate to break it to you, but subsidized contracts are pretty standard the world over. That being said you have get prepaid AT&T or TMobile, but TMobile will not get you 3G just Edge.
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There are several companies that sell pay-as-you-go services, however many use CDMA instead of GSM. They all sell you a phone in addition. Some are only a few dollars for the Phone and SIM, others are bit higher. You can walk into nearly any store in the US and buy a pre-paid phone, just make sure it is GSM, then remove the SIM and stick it in your iPhone.

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There are several companies that sell pay-as-you-go services...you can walk into nearly any store in the US and buy a pre-paid phone, just make sure it is GSM, then remove the SIM and stick it in your iPhone.

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Cool, I didn't think of that!
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Old Jul 12, 2009, 03:36 PM   #6
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I thought they ere cancelling the GoPhone thing as related to iPhones, forcing everyone to get a plan?
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Cool, I didn't think of that!
Except I'd have to buy a phone....
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Old Jul 12, 2009, 04:03 PM   #8
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Except I'd have to buy a phone....
You can buy a SIM from any of such carriers online. I once bought an AT&T SIM and activated it online with a GoPhone account, then popped it into my iPhone. No problems with that whatsoever; it ended up costing something along the lines of $2.50.
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