Data on prepaid US service?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by andrewag, Nov 18, 2008.

  1. andrewag macrumors 6502

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    Hi

    I coming to the US for Macworld from Australia and rather than get slugged with roaming costs, does AT&T have any prepaid SIM's with data included that I could put in my iPhone 3G while i'm there. I'm expecting Google Maps / iPhone GPS to be my best friend.

    Thanks
     
  2. fireshot91 macrumors 601

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    Yes, but your phone has to be unlocked to use non-Aussie SIM's
     
  3. aethelbert macrumors 601

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    There used to be a $19.95/month option for unlimited data, but that ended last week. Now you're stuck on 1mb for $4.95 or 5mb for 9.95. Using maps would kill you, especially if you went a bit over the limit with one cent/kilobyte.
     
  4. Airforcekid macrumors 65816

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    Maybe you can get the sidekick deal with tmobile IDK about that but other than that theres big charges better off signing up month by month!:apple:
     
  5. Bitgod macrumors regular

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    So you can't use a GoPhone plan and just pay the .01/kb data useage on the iphone? I used to do that on my unlocked 8125 on Cingular and I was thinking of just "buying" my phone and going prepay, with my useage it'd save me money in the long run.
     
  6. retroneo macrumors 6502a

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    Google Transit in iPhone 2.2 will be useful too.

    AT&T just axed their unlimited data option on prepaid.

    T-mobile' sidekick prepaid with unlimited data only works with the Sidekick IMEI range.
     
  7. goosnarrggh macrumors 68000

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    If you purchase a brand new iPhone from any AT&T or Apple-affiliated reseller, your only option will be to sign up for a 2-year contract.

    Officially, if you bring a second-hand iPhone to an AT&T store to start a new account, they will also only hook you up if you sign up for their designated iPhone contract.

    If you already have an active AT&T PayGo SIM (say, from another cheap throw away phone, or one that you bought stand-alone and activated online) and you transfer it to either an AT&T-locked iPhone, or to an unlocked international iPhone, it has been demonstrated that it will function. Then you can pay the $0.01 per kilobyte data rate to your heart's content.

    Buyer beware: viewing a single fair sized web page of around 2 MB is going to cost you $20.
     

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