Going to the US to 10 months

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  1. ct2k7 macrumors 603

    ct2k7

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    Hello,

    I'm going to the US for 10 months to study a vocational course. Throughout my duration of stay there, I will require the use of mobile telephony services. To note, I will be staying in Melbourne, Florida.

    I'd like to know what my options are with regards to using my iPhone abroad for such a long time, along with my iPad.

    Thanks.
     
  2. superstrikertwo macrumors 65816

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    Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint are the iPhone 4S carriers. For iPad you have Verizon and AT&T.

    There are also smaller carriers but I can't remember who they are or where they're located.
     
  3. DerekRod, Mar 6, 2012
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    Verizon and Sprint wont work with your iPad you need GSM carriers.iPad is easy AT&T and activate the iPad data plan iPads are sim unlocked.Does your carrier unlock iPhones?
     
  4. PsstGreek macrumors 68040

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    You can also buy an R-Sim II which will unlock the 4S.
     
  5. ct2k7 thread starter macrumors 603

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    Thanks,

    I should note that Apple sells the iPhone as unlocked in the UK, so that is fine.

    What data plans would you suggest for me?
     
  6. vietalogy macrumors 6502

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    Get straighttalk unlimited everything for $45 and no contract.
     
  7. crc4 macrumors member

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    wanna buy a JB4s with a turbo sim :D
     
  8. Darthdingo macrumors 6502a

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    Don't come to the States. After the upcoming Big Collapse, this country will look like the Road Warrior movies, or the book The Road.
     
  9. DerekRod macrumors 6502a

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    Well anything you do will have to be on prepaid,I dont THINK you can get monthly billed without having a credit score.
     
  10. magamo macrumors 6502

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    AT&T asks $500 or so for deposit if you don't have an SSN and still want the usual kind of monthly contract for iPhone or similar smart phones. You'll get that $500 back in a year or two, I think. Or at least it was like that last year. Not sure if other carriers hold the same kind of policy. Non-monthly contracts sucked too if you want fancy phones, I remember correctly.
     
  11. beret9987 macrumors regular

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    If you have a unlocked GSM iPhone, I personally recommend Red Pocket Mobile. It runs on AT&T's network, and you get unlimited calls, text, and 2GB of data a month for 60/month.

    http://goredpocket.com/
     
  12. ct2k7 thread starter macrumors 603

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    $60 per month :eek:
     
  13. OllyW Moderator

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    Don't forget the tax. :p

    That sounds reasonable for the US. They don't seem to have the cheap SIM only packages we've got over here.
     
  14. ct2k7 thread starter macrumors 603

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    :eek::eek::eek:

    Verizon iPad + tethering might come in handy then lmao.
     
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  16. ct2k7 thread starter macrumors 603

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    I don't text much, so I could possibly get away with the GoPhone $2/day with the $25 500MB option. (It makes my £15 unlimited data look like a house now).

    I do most calling via Skype, but I'll probably do that from home, where I should have Wifi or ethernet access. I'll need to watch my usage.

    In 3 days, I've already used 40MB of data transfer :/
     
  17. 808? macrumors 6502a

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    Wow, what have you been downloading?

    I struggle to use 100-120mb a month!
     
  18. ct2k7 thread starter macrumors 603

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    I did some browsing of pages in the morning for about an hour, forgot that the phone wasn't connected to WiFi :/
     

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