Advice on visiting the US with an iPhone

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by manorpark, Aug 1, 2009.

  1. manorpark macrumors member

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    Hi

    I will be coming from the UK to Florida for a couple of weeks in September and I have a couple of questions if someone can help.

    1) Can I get a pay as you go chip for my 3G that includes some data access ?

    2) What is the price of a 32 3GS with no contract ? Also where would be the best place to get it ? I want to give my phone to my wife and get a 3GS and thought it may be cheaper than the UK.

    Thanks

    MP
     
  2. instaxgirl macrumors 65816

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    I'm pretty sure you can't buy an iPhone in the US without a contract.
     
  3. jmann macrumors 604

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    1. No, AT&T doesn't offer Prepaid sim card for iPhones.

    2. You have to have an AT&T account to buy an iPhone.
     
  4. manorpark thread starter macrumors member

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    1) My 3G is JB'd and unlocked so does not have to be att sim.

    2) What about apple, bestbuy ?

    Thanks
     
  5. sahajesh macrumors member

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    I think all iPhones sold in the US are sim-locked to AT&T anyway.

    I went to the US recently and bought an AT&T PAYG SIM off eBay here in the UK and topped it up before leaving. AT&T had a prepaid 100Mb data allowance for USD20 (a lot cheaper using data roaming).

    Starbucks and a few other places had AT&T WiFi and their access point recognised my iPhone and gave me free WiFi too - neat!

    Sahajesh
     
  6. dave006 Contributor

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    Yes, all iPhones in the USA are locked to AT&T but since you already have a JB iPhone you know how to get past this isssue.

    The next problem is the lack of a warranty once you leave the US. Your warranty would only be valid in the US so that does not make it a good deal in my book.

    Dave
     
  7. aethelbert macrumors 601

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    The phone would run you $699 USD. Apple and Best Buy apparently are letting customers leave without setting anything up if they pay the full price. As for a SIM, any AT&T card will work. You can find them for as little as $2.50 USD on ebay or similar sites. You could probably find them on your side of the pond as well, but it may cost a bit more. You can then activate that online. Make sure that you use the IMEI for another type of phone, though. You could borrow one from a friend, it won't affect anything. Data will run you $20 USD per 100MB. Enjoy your trip.
     
  8. hierik macrumors member

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    So this means I can go into a Best Buy and ask for what to get the full-price iPhone ?

    I'm also in the states for a couple of days :)
     
  9. deannnnn macrumors 68000

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    If your phone is unlocked you can use an AT&T Pay As You Go SIM card!

    Plus, there's free WiFi all over the place and it's likely free in your hotel, so you can save a few bucks by not using AT&T's data.

    Have a good trip!
    Bring an umbrella, it's been pretty rainy recently =)
     
  10. deannnnn macrumors 68000

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  11. hierik macrumors member

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    But can I walk into an Apple or a BestBuy store, demand a full-price "gift" iPhone, unlock it at home and then use my own SIM from Telia in Denmark ?
     
  12. deannnnn macrumors 68000

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    I'm pretty sure that you cannot do that.
    They make you sign a contract with AT&T.
     
  13. dave006 Contributor

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    Please don't demand, just ask to purchase at the "No Commitment" price. You will get the best response at an Apple retail location, they don't get a commission and they have the largest stock of iPhones. Just check availability here.

    Apple Availibilty Tool: http://www.apple.com/retail/iphone/availability.php

    You don't have to lie or make up a story.

    Dvae
     
  14. manorpark thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks guys

    The 699 price would still make it cheaper than the UK one so I may take a look at that as it will also depend on the exchange rate when I go next month.

    If there is going to be a lot of wifi about I may not bother with the AT&T sim and just use that, it was more for browsing than phone anyway.

    MP
     

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