Question to U.S. people: Travelling and what mobile network to use?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by iamchris1990yal, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. iamchris1990yal macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2012
    I'm from New Zealand and will be in New York City then all over the USA for the next few months.
    I wont be using my current mobile network as the global roaming charges are ridiculously overpriced.
    I'll be purchasing an unlocked iPhone 5 in New York to use over the U.S.

    I just wanted to know what would be the best U.S. network to go on?
    I'm looking for:

    - Reasonable prices
    - Something with a good data plan as I will be using data more than texting/calling
    - Good coverage all over the U.S.

    Will I be able to use a pre-paid plan? I can't obviously go on any contract as I am from overseas and only in the country for a few months.

    Thanks for any help! I don't know where else to go to ask and I don't know any people from America. :)
  2. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    I would go with prepaid straight-talk.
    $45 a month unlimited talk, text and 2GB of data.
  3. Mr Hill macrumors 6502

    Apr 28, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    I agree with Straight Talk. That's pretty much your only option for prepaid with good coverage all over the country and decent data speeds on the iPhone.
  4. stroked Suspended


    May 3, 2010
    I have Straight Talk, and it works great in the East, but out West, I get a lot of dropped calls. I also have Verizon mifi, and it works very well, everywhere.
  5. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Keep in mind that not all US carriers are GSM. IIRC, the CDMA carriers won't activate devices from other carriers.

    Coverage varies from market to market in the US and even within markets. You'd be best served by asking those in specific areas you're going to versus broad, sweeping discussions about coverage. That's precisely why the universal recommendation when shopping for a US carrier is "consider coverage where you need it most first".

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