Service Provider for iPhone 3GS

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by goyan, Nov 16, 2009.

  1. macrumors newbie

    goyan

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    Dear all,

    I'm making a trip to the US in December, going through quite a few cities: NYC, Washington DC, Orlando, Miami, Las Vegas and San Francisco. This is my first trip to the US and I'm looking for a prepaid voice/data service provider to use with my iPhone 3GS. I brought my iPhone in Hong Kong, it is factory unlocked so I can use it with any service provider.

    I searched online for a bit. It seems I have 3 choices for voice service: AT&T, T-Mobile and Virgin Mobile. However they don't seem to be offering data services for prepaid SIM? Can someone advice me on which one to choose?

    Thank you in advance!

    Goyan
     
  2. macrumors demi-god

    fishkorp

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    Virgin Mobile uses CDMA and piggy-backs off of Sprint's towers. Your only 2 options that'll get nationwide coverage are AT&T and T-Mobile.

    I don't have any knowledge of the pre-paid SIMs and data though, sorry.
     
  3. macrumors Nehalem

    Applejuiced

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  4. macrumors 68040

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    AT&T does offer data services on pre paid go phone sims.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

    goyan

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    I listen to various podcasts from the US. They all give me the same perception about AT&T -- bad reception and slow 3G network. Is it true?
     
  6. macrumors Nehalem

    Applejuiced

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    It depends on the location. Not every city in the US will get the same coverage.
    If you do get good 3G signal it is said to have the fastest 3G speeds.
    Definetelly better coverage than Tmobile.
    I forgot to mention, You wont be able to get 3G with Tmobile cause the iphone doesnt support the frequency used by them. Only 2G/Edge speeds with Tmobile.


     
  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

    goyan

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    Thanks guys!

    I will go with AT&T then.
     
  8. macrumors newbie

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    Limited 3Gs service

    Just to let you know, AT&T offers only phone/sms service to the iPhone 3Gs when using a prepaid SIM. They have prepaid data plans, but they do not work with the 3Gs, only with the 3G.

    So, you will be able to make calls, but you can not use their network for any data usage. I do not know when they will change this.
     
  9. thread starter macrumors newbie

    goyan

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    Weird company.............
     

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