Tourist to US, prepay iPhone plan advice requested

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  1. DrMambo macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys, as the topic says, I'm travelling to the US soon (Thursday), and I'll be there for ~3 weeks. I'm looking to use my iPhone 4 there, the more data the better, don't really care about calls etc. I'm guessing I'll have to buy a prepay sim, or some sort of topup sim.
    Any suggestions? The AT&T / Verizion websites aren't very clear when it comes to prepay / non contract phone stuff!
     
  2. beret9987 macrumors regular

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    Straight Talk AT&T Compatible microSIM, can be picked up from any walmart, 45 bucks for a month of unlimited everything!

    http://www.straighttalk.com/ShopSims
     
  3. DrMambo thread starter macrumors newbie

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  4. beret9987 macrumors regular

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    No problem, enjoy your stay in the US!
     
  5. dontwalkhand macrumors 601

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    Straight Talk is the best bet, $45 once, and you just use it as much as you very well please! Pick up the SIM card at Wal-mart. You said you didn't care about calls, but since they are unlimited, why not? Call away :D (They also have an international card too, so you can bolt that on to your plan, and call back home cheaply/unlimitedly as well).
     
  6. DrMambo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah that plan does look good. 4G speeds for the first 200mb is plenty for social media and google maps, and I might even have enough left over to tether with the iPad at the hotel in the evenings!
    Looks like the best bet.
     
  7. dontwalkhand macrumors 601

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    Most hotels in the US will offer Wi-Fi, so the iPad shouldn't be an issue....as long as you don't stay at a Marriott, where they charge $10.

    Also welcome to the US...don't fall for the "4G" scam :D

    Also if you don't mind me asking, where in the US are you planning on visiting?
     
  8. VPrime macrumors 68000

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    Wow, that smart talk looks great.. I wish I knew about that back in feb. when
    I visited the bay area.
    Hopefully I remember it next time I'm down there :).

    I ended up getting. Tmobile sim card. 2 or 3 dollars a day for unlimited talk text and data. But the data is only edge for iPhone... It was wayyyyy to slow. But I only needed it for 5 days so it was good enough.
     
  9. macrazee macrumors regular

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    Except Straight Talk doesn't sell the SIM card at WalMart. Only phones and the refill cards, not a SIM itself. You need to order that online from StraightTalk.
     
  10. reclusive46 macrumors 65816

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    What about red pocket mobile? You can get a sim off eBay or go red pocket itself. They even ship international.
     
  11. Arnezie macrumors 65816

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    Maybe because he will be in the US thursday and it's Tuesday ......... Walmart in every town in America , it's a law.
     
  12. BiggAW macrumors 68020

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    Will GoPhone work on the iPhone? I think they are getting rid of data on that soon though... T-Mobile has some good prepaid SIM-based stuff, but for the most part, you don't get 3G on an iDevice. You can also rent a Mifi through XCOM global for a short trip.

    Verizon is a total no-go, since they are a CDMA carrier.
     

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