Traveling Across The U.S.A

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by lukeyyyyy, Mar 11, 2014.

  1. lukeyyyyy macrumors member

    Nov 18, 2010

    So I am travelling across America, from lax to JFK over the course of 4 weeks, problem is I am from the Uk and I will be relying on my iPhone for data / Gps, would it be possible to buy an American pay as you go SIM card once we arrive in Los angles and simply swop it for my current U.K. O2 sim?

    Going completely off Topic how much spending money would you advise taking?

    We have already allocated $4200 for accommodation the hire car has cost us $3100 and we have estimate $500 in petrol so this is 100% spending money, for food entertainment ect, we travel from la to Las Vegas to denver to Kansas City, to Chicago, Toledo, Cleveland, Washington, New York with stops in between

  2. iolinux333 macrumors 68000

    Feb 9, 2014
    Without going into laborious details the correct answer is buy a "red pocket mobile" SIM card now and have it shipped to you now, and then as soon as you get to the US activate it on some web browser somewhere and stick it in your phone . It works on AT&Ts network so you will have excellent coverage on your trip.


    Cost will be about $45 for one month data plan plus the cost of the sim and sim shipping. Sometimes you can find it for a dollar on eBay or amazon.
  3. dontwalkhand macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    Stop at any Walmart, T-Mobile SIM as well as AT&T is available for only $10. Buy a prepaid card containing minutes and data and be done with it.
  4. iolinux333 macrumors 68000

    Feb 9, 2014
    Tmobile has a lot less 3G+ coverage on that route. I know that route. Go with red pocket it's cheaper with better coverage.
  5. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    I might allocate a couple hundred dollars more to gas (petrol). I say that, because the US is not consistent with gas prices. It fluctuates everywhere. California is very expensive while other states might be much less. For instance, I can get gas in Blythe California and it'll run me around $4 or so, but if I cross the border and get gas in Ehrenberg, Arizona it's 30-70 cents less.

    You will pay more in small towns and rural areas. Depending on your car you may have to fill up more or less. A trip from Phoenix, AZ to Banning, CA takes $50 in gas money for my 1997 Honda Accord. $30 to fill it up and $20 to top it off at the quarter tank it drops to in Ehrenberg. And that's only about 350+ miles. About the same distance from LA to Vegas (more or less). If you sightsee along the way it will cost you more.

    Don't know what your plans are, but that's just some examples.
  6. Six8 macrumors 65816


    Feb 1, 2012
  7. dontwalkhand macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    Also call your bank, only Walmart takes Chip and PIN, other stores will still swipe your card. Make sure you call your bank and set a PIN to 4 digits, also, make sure you type in a 99999 ZIP code if asked by a gas pump, or train ticket machine etc.
  8. patt2k macrumors regular

    Dec 31, 2012
    Whatever you do PLEASE do not get Red Pocket speeds are VERY VERY SLOW I am moving away from them one of my friend's has it speeds never even reach 1 mbps.

    Upload is faster then DOWNLOAD.

    get straight talk or tmobile prepaid.
  9. 869639 macrumors 6502

    Jan 2, 2014
    Expert Advise: I recommend going with AT&T GoPhone SIM Card -- $60 for the month and gives you:

    - Unlimited Talking + Texting [Texting to International numbers as well] + 2GB 4G LTE Data

    If you need help, just PM me and I can help you setup that won't be an issue.

    Purchase a AT&T GoPhone SIM before you come here or get one from a AT&T Store and set it up online at your hotel.

    Wish you a happy and safe journey! and Please do not go with any other carrier besides AT&T, you want the best coverage throughout your entire trip and your phone available for use when you need it and where you need it!.

    T-Mobile / Redpocket / Straight Talk will not give you the superior experience that AT&T Gophone Service will! take my word for it!

    DO NOT GO WITH RED POCKET MOBILE AS ANOTHER MEMBER HAS RECOMMENDED, I would hate for you to have the worst experience and/or any hiccups with your phone during your stay here in the states.
  10. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    When car is not returned to the departure location, they really dink u.


    That's why the Australians (don't know where I got that from) hire a van and sleep there.

    I've seen some smaller size RV (recreational vehicle) with beds but don't know how much they are.

    And oh, a while back there were some scum buckets who stop you and say "hey, your car looks funny, your tailpipe looks like it's about to fall off, luckily I know a mechanic nearby." RUN.
  11. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    A few have recommended TMobile pay as you go. I would look into that because I have read (don't quote me on this because it has always been on forums here) that some of these plans require US residence. There are viable options out there, just make sure you are getting the right one for yourself. That's all I will say about that since I don't know a whole lot.

    As for your drive, we recently made almost this exact trip in our move (two summers ago). Our car averaged 35mpg (Ford Fiesta loaded to the gills with wedding gifts and our dogs lol) and we spent just under $400 on petrol. That was as straight a shot as we could take going from Moorpark (an hour outside of Los Angeles) to Boston (about 4 hours NORTH of your destination). All in all due to how highways are mapped, the distances we drove should be nearly identical.

    So, you have allocated an extra $100 for "fun" petrol. Certainly doable, again depending on the vehicle, and how much extra driving you plan to do.
  12. ET iPhone Home macrumors 68040

    ET iPhone Home

    Oct 5, 2011
    Orange County, California USA
    How many people are being covered by this $4200 allocation? First, you say, "I", then you say "we".
  13. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    That doesn't looks so bad actually. Last time I did a one-way from San Francisco to New York with two Escalades for 16 days was about $5000.
  14. barkomatic macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    Definitely don't go with T-mobile. They have terrible coverage outside of major metropolitan areas -- and since you'll be driving across country you'll be in the middle of nowhere a lot. I'd go with AT&T or a carrier that runs off AT&T's network.
  15. nanogirl21 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 20, 2011
    Midwest United States
    You are going to need more gas (petrol) just a heads up.
  16. Bigads macrumors regular


    Jun 17, 2012
    When I went last summer, I paid $90 for a T Mobile SIM card. This gave me unlimited domestic calls and texts, unlimited data, unlimited calls to UK landlines and £10 credit on the account itself.

    Spent nearly 3 weeks travelling across from San Francisco to Las Vegas and had no bother with the service, quality or speed. Also used my iPhone as the sole source of Sat Nav too and it didn't miss a beat.

    Obviously, I presume your handset is unlocked as this will be needed to use a sim from the USA.

    Enjoy. Shame you are not on 3 mobile as they now allow you to use your UK allowances whilst roaming in the USA. Certainly my plan for my upcoming trip to NY.
  17. Apple Trees macrumors 6502

    May 28, 2013
    Your only choices are pretty much AT&T or T-mobile.

    AT&T is the better choice in this situation for overall coverage while T-mobile is cheaper. I'd go with AT&T in your case.
  18. Wide opeN macrumors 6502a

    Wide opeN

    Aug 27, 2010
    The GO Phone option is probably your best bet.

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