Carrier Travelling from UK to US

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  1. numanoids macrumors newbie

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    Hi All

    Looking for some advice, I'm travelling to the US for Xmas and bringing my cellular ipad air 2 with me. I have a couple of options it seems in terms of being able to use data.

    Presently I have an EE contract sim but their roaming charges are exorbitant so I was thinking about using either a 3 UK sim (who don't have roaming charges if using an allowance) or using my AppleSIM and using either Sprint or T-Mobile.

    I'm a bit confused about the offerings and I've not been able to get any pricing on the current plans that are available. I'm only going to be there 6 nights so obviously won't need a month's worth of allowance but if it would be cost effective to do that I may consider it.

    3 seem to think that using their 'feel at home' service (read: no roaming charge) would actually be slower than in the UK but I did use it earlier this year and it seemed pretty good.

    If anyone can offer some advice either from the UK or from the US I'd appreciate it.

    cheers folks

    Num
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    There are so many free Wi-Fi networks here, you may find that you don't need cellular data at all, depending on where exactly you'll be visiting. Most hotels/motels have Wi-Fi included.
     
  3. numanoids thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the response. I'm staying in NYC and the hotel does have wifi although I have to show them a page on their app in order to get it for free.

    I'm thinking it might be more useful for being out and about and wanting to message folks and the like. I've been before and I've seen how many networks there are but a lot of them I wasn't able to get onto which is why I was thinking about having a cellular connection so i can browse and check things.

    Thanks again
     
  4. KeepCalmPeople macrumors 65816

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    Never tried it, but have a look at AT&T DataConnect Pass:

    http://www.att.com/esupport/article.jsp?sid=KB106930&cv=820#fbid=aN4k0OOhhGg
     
  5. E3BK macrumors 68020

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    Where in the US are you going? If it's a big/major city, TMO is probably your best bet. Closest to the kinds of offerings you get in the UK. I have a 3 SIM also (because I also travel to the UK) and if you don't need blazing fast LTE all the time, it's still pretty good! I get HSPA+ roaming on TMobile here in NYC. I don't use it all the time. But I keep it active on my 2nd phone since I don't get charged extra now between trips. So I can still text with people using my UK #.

    If you're going to a smaller city, I've found Verizon's prepaid iPad data plan to be a better value than AT&T's. And yes, you should be able to use it if you get a Verizon SIM.
     
  6. numanoids thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks to all for replies so far folks, its very much appreciated.

    I'm thinking I'll end up sticking the 3 Sim in there and roaming, I did that in March when in Hoboken for work and worked ok, just wondered if there were any advantages to sticking with a domestic PAYG plan
     
  7. E3BK macrumors 68020

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    For just 6 days, I think you'll be fine. But as a back up you can bring the Apple SIM and activate it just in case.
     

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