iPhone pay as you go USA

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by MattDell, Aug 19, 2012.

  1. MattDell macrumors 6502

    MattDell

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    I'm going home to the States for a few weeks coming up and am trying to find a way to use my iPhone 4S (completely unlocked from Apple) while I'm there. Here in the UK I'm spoilt for choice as far as PAYG carriers go. But sadly, I don't seem to be finding such luck in the USA.

    Here in the UK I can buy a giffgaff SIM valid for 30 days for £15. I thought I finally found something decent with Virgin Mobile, but it seems you have to buy a phone through them before they will let you use their network. Boo!

    Anything in the States I can use for PAYG iPhone for just a month max?

    -Matt
     
  2. macingman, Aug 19, 2012
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    macingman macrumors 68020

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    This is the best I have found and use it whenever I travel to the US, there are many plans and international credit is even included.

    https://www.h2owirelessnow.com/pageControl.php?page=plans&category=W

    You might need to purchase a phone from them but you can just buy a $30 one. Edit: You can actually buy a sim only here: https://www.h2owirelessnow.com/pageControl.php?page=simDetail&p_code=SIM001


    To set up an iPhone on their network you go here: https://www.h2owirelessnow.com/pageControl.php?page=IPhoneData
     
  3. eastercat macrumors 68040

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    Look up who the cdma carriers are. They're of the suck, because you have to buy a phone for each carrier. Obviously, you're going to avoid these crap companies.
    There are a bunch of pre-paid choices, ranging from t-mobile to straight talk. I've heard that at&t's pay as you go no longer accepted iphone, but I haven't personally tried. It's best to stick to either at&t's MVNOs or t-mobile.
    If you do a search on MR, you'll find a post that compares the pay as you go options in the US.
     
  4. Ugg macrumors 68000

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    Straight Talk has a $45 a month plan unlimited voice/text/data but you have to order the sim direct, you can't buy it in a store. You could have it sent to your hotel .
     
  5. Grimsrud macrumors member

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    Straight Talk's AT&T based network is the only way to go for pre-paid iPhone usage in the US. It just takes a couple of extra steps to get the APN settings for data and MMS right. H2O Wireless is overpriced garbage now, and the T-Mobile based networks have only a very small amount of 3G/4G coverage that supports the iPhone's frequencies.
     
  6. MattDell thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Might be a winner here. I can have it shipped to my parents house.

    Shame about the $15 sim fee, but I suppose it's worth it to have service.

    -Matt
     
  7. cvaldes macrumors 68040

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    For just one month, you are probably better off getting AT&T GoPhone $25 Monthly Plan and buying a 1GB data package for $25. If you walk into an AT&T store, they will give you the SIM for free.

    The Straight Talk SIM is $15 and it takes about 3 business days to get it delivered and you need to buy the $45 unlimited service card at the same time. There's also a delivery charge and likely local sales tax, so it will end up being closer to $68-70 out of your pocket. Anecdotally, the Straight Talk service provides 2GB of cellular data despite the fact that they say "unlimited."

    AT&T used to have a better option for true Pay As You Go ($0.10/min. plus data packages), but they got rid of the option to buy data packages at that plan rate a few months ago.

    Straight Talk makes more sense if you stay for 2+ months.
     

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