Prepaid data in the states?

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  1. VPrime, Feb 13, 2012
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    VPrime

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    I have decided to take a mini vacation next week to San Fransisco and curious on some data plans for my iPhone.
    I have an unlocked 4s, so finding a Carrier shouldn't be a problem.

    I'll be there fr 6 days and will need data only, but small amount of voice minutes would be nice too, but not required as I have VOIP app on my iPhone.

    what sort of rates am I looking at, and which carrier? I think I would like to have at least 1gb of data.


    After some searching it seems tmobile would be the best option even though they only offer edge (for iPhone). How is the signal strength in Sanfransisco, and is edge REALLY slow? ( I have only used 3G). Would edge network be enough to make a VoIP call?
     
  2. mgartner0622 macrumors 65816

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    You probably wouldn't be able to make a voip call. Go into General, Settings, and Network, and disable the 3G slider. This will turn off 3G and the phone should now use EDGE. You should see an E appear where the 3G usually is. Then see if you can use the phone and do what you'd like to do.

    I'd go from there.
     
  3. VPrime thread starter macrumors 68000

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    iOS 5 no longer has that option.. It was one of he first things I thought of trying ;).
     
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    iOS5
    Settings> General> Network> slider for Enable 3G, Cellular Data and Data Roaming all right there.
     
  5. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    No "Enable 3G" for me :(
     
  6. wonderspark macrumors 68030

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    Weird. I'm on 5.0.1
     
  7. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    But you're in the States, right? Might have something to do with the fact that you are and I'm not :eek:
     
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    Ah, yep.
     
  9. VPrime thread starter macrumors 68000

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    5.01 here as well. Maybe it is a location thing! Carrier settings..
    Or even 4s vs older phone?

    Oh well, it seems tmobile is the best option for such a short stay.

    How common is it for a cellphone carrier shop/cart/stand to have a sim cutter?
     
  10. Angelo95210 macrumors 6502a

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    I am in the USA and I just got an ATT prepaid card with 500MB. Price was 20 or 30 USD.
     
  11. mgartner0622 macrumors 65816

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    Not common at least in my experience. Also, I did a data test on my unlocked iPhone 4 and I get around 128KB/s download here in denver on the EDGE network.
     
  12. VPrime thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thanks. Good enough for checking email, maps and yelp. VoIP calls are not a huge priority any ways.
     
  13. VPrime thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Just like to update this as I came back from my trip.

    2G is wayyyyy too slow to be usable. Most sites took way to long to load so I just gave up. Maps took for ever to load so I gave up and just walked around until I found where I needed to go.
    It was fine for emails and checking the weather, but that is about it.

    If anyone is in a similar situation (especially since wwdc is coming up) then I would suggest just getting AT&T, they have 500 mb for $30. Add that with a daily unlimited text/talk plan that should be enough for most small trips.
    If I had gone that way it would only cost me an extra $15 dollars or so..
     

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