UK iPhone, can you use a US Sim?

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  1. MrMister111 macrumors 68000

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    We're going to Orlando in the summer. Currently I have an iPhone 4 which I bought from Apple retail in UK so is unlocked. I'm currently on O2.

    So because of the high roaming charges, is it possible for me to get a US SIM card, for eg like a Simlicity O2 Sim here, for 30 days, so I can use the data in US for reasonable price?

    Will my iPhone work in US? Is there a Sim you can buy? I only need it for 2 weeks. I know I will probably get free WiFi in the hotel, but there's a few apps for Disneyland with queue times so would want 3G data as well, and for maps when out and about.

    Cheers
     
  2. Zcott macrumors 68020

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    Your phone will work and I'm sure there's an AT&T sim you can get for a week or two.
     
  3. gdjsnyder macrumors 6502a

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    Of course you can, as long as the iPhone is unlocked, you're good to go. And it's also a pretty good idea, I know when roaming outside your country, the prices will be much higher, but AT&T has some pretty good offers for travelers, so you'll be saving some money!
     
  4. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Just picked up a AT&T Prepaid SIM and you'll be fine. You might have to get a SIM cutter though since AT&T is very specific not to sell you a microSIM on prepaid.
     
  5. Carlanga macrumors 604

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    you can just buy a Prepaid Sim Card phone plan w/ additional data package on AT&T:

    The data part for prepaid costs:
    $.01/KB Pay Per Use or add a Data Package
    Data Packages:
    1 MB $4.99/mo
    100 MB $19.99/mo

    For the phone part is either:
    Monthly fee w/ Data 200MB $75 ($65w/out data ) an unlimited txt,
    a $2 daily fee unlimited call & txt
    Simple Rate Plan 10cents x min

    (I think you might have to cut the sim card to fit your iPhone also)
     
  6. MrMister111 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Yeh I bought if from Apple shop in UK and believe it's unlocked nap it looks like AT&T will be ok?

    I only want it for 2 weeks as I say, don't want a contract or anything. I'm not really bothered about talk time or texts really either as will prob use my own sim card for this.

    When inserting a different sim do you have to then plug it into iTunes or anything, to activate it? As obviously I wont be able to do this?

    I possibly could get someone I talk to from US to buy/post me a sim before I go, is this worth it?

    Is there an AT&T shop on iDrive anywhere or a mobile shop to buy from?

    Cheers
     
  7. nukem170 macrumors member

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    I didn't know they sold iPhones unlocked. But I could be wrong. You might want to test it out with a different sim first just to make sure.

    P.S: Oh just found out that they sell them online unlocked. But I would still check just to make sure.
     
  8. Givmeabrek macrumors 68030

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    Many countries sell unlocked iPhones, like Canada, UK etc. Just not in the US. :cool:
     

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