Going to the US to 10 months

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.
 

superstrikertwo

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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.
 

DerekRod

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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?
 
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ct2k7

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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?
 

Darthdingo

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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.
 

DerekRod

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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.
 

magamo

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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.
 

ct2k7

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Welcome to the Land of the Free*

*Plus tax
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 :/
 

ct2k7

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Wow, what have you been downloading?

I struggle to use 100-120mb a month!
I did some browsing of pages in the morning for about an hour, forgot that the phone wasn't connected to WiFi :/