Overseas Plans

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  1. mpossoff macrumors 68020

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    Hi,

    Curious how overseas plans compare to USA AT&T plans.

    Currently we are on a family plan with 1 iPhone and 3 non smartphones.

    700 min family share plan

    Unlimited text for all phones

    1 unlimited data plan for iPhone

    The total cost is $155 with all taxes and fees.

    Are overseas plans better?

    Marc
     
  2. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

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    We don't generally get "Family Plans" in the UK, so you can't really make that comparison directly, but I pay £45 a month ($70.34 including tax) on a 24 month contract for:

    1200 minutes (to any UK landline or mobile number at anytime)
    Unlimited SMS
    750MB of Mobile Data
    Unlimited Wi-Fi using hotspots provided by my network operator

    Receiving calls/texts is always free in the UK.

    The 32GB iPhone 4 cost me £129 ($201)
     
  3. mpossoff thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Basically the same costs as hear in the states. Except I'm grandfathered into unlimited data plan.

    So in the UK they offer subsidized pricing on iPhone with a contract like here in the states?

    I think the main difference is that overseas you have choice of provider?

    Marc
     
  4. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

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    Yep

    The iPhone 4 is available from all 5 of the national carriers (we don't have any regional ones).

    A supermarket is also offering it (as an MVNO).

    Pricing is really the same between the main networks though.
     
  5. mpossoff thread starter macrumors 68020

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  6. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

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    To use an American adage, YMMV!

    The carrier that had the iPhone exclusively to begin with (O2) has a reputation a bit like AT&T, however I have always found their coverage to be better in the places that I use my phone and as such, I went with them even though all of the networks have the same phone.

    O2 is the only network to support Visual Voicemail.
     
  7. moka macrumors 6502a

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    Batelco Bahrain
    3000 Minutes
    100 free sms
    free calls on friday
    3GB Data
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    $87
     
  8. mpossoff thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I don't know what you mean having a reputation like AT&T. I've been a long time customer and very satisfied AT&T customer.

    Marc
     
  9. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

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    Precisely my point.

    There's a lot of criticism about AT&T's coverage and network performance on these forums and similar sites, although as with O2, there are many people that are happy with the service.
     
  10. mpossoff thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I was under the assumption that in the UK contact plans with iPhone subsidized pricing wasn't available, that only option was buying an unlocked iPhone and then one can choose.

    Didn't know there were contract options even available.

    But all contract carriers offer the iPhone unlike here in the USA.

    If Verizon a CDMA carrier got the iPhone could it be used overseas? As I know 'sim card' carriers like AT&T and t-mobile can easily be used overseas.

    Marc
     
  11. OllyW Moderator

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    You have a lot of choice here in the UK.

    The iPhone is available direct from Apple unlocked and without a contract.

    You can sign up to a contract with one of the networks and get a subsidised handset.

    Or you can get a pay as you go iPhone with no contract and top up your credit when required.

    There are no CDMA networks in the UK.
     
  12. mpossoff thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thanks! We'll be traveling to the UK in the near future. I realize my iPhone has to be unlocked. When we get to the UK is it really that easy? Get a sim card, pop it in, activate and ready to go?

    Marc
     

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