Urgent. Need to find way to get prepaid data on iPhone 4 in the US

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  1. mckvakk macrumors regular

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    I'm leaving for London in 20minutes and then onwards to New York tomorrow morning, and i need a way to get data on my iPhone 4 when i get to NYC.

    Last year i used a simcard from an iPad which worked great. But apparently they've put a stopper to this now.

    So, is there any way to get data on my phone now? I don't need calls and texts, just data. And i'd rather not try to get regular a sim-card and cut it if don't have to.

    I don't mind being on just EDGE either if that's the only way to do it..

    Hope someone have an idea on how to do it.
     
  2. aziatiklover macrumors 68030

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    Try to get a Tmobile prepaid sim card, but u will be stuck with edge or u can go to ATT sign up for an iPad data plan sim card and install it in your iPhone. However, I don't know if ATT will give u a plan on the go with the iPad data plan.
     
  3. rmhop81 macrumors 68020

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    the only real way to get 3g data would be to cut down a go phone sim card. it's not hard at all. you can do it with a scissors or a knife.
     
  4. aziatiklover macrumors 68030

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    Yea, but att prepaid doesn't allow data plan with it's prepaid sim card.
     
  5. trekkie604 macrumors 65816

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    I just got back from my trip to Florida. I bought a microsim from AT&T, they activated it on the prepaid gophone service and added the $25/500MB gophone data pack. Worked perfectly, you have to switch your APN to wap.cingular for it to work, though.
     
  6. rmhop81 macrumors 68020

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    yes they do, it's just really expensive.
     
  7. rjohnstone macrumors 68040

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    Yes, they actually do. ;)
    You can

    http://www.wireless.att.com/cell-phone-service/cell-phone-plans/pyg-cell-phone-plans.jsp

    You can add a data package for your smartphone using GoPhone SIM or get a no commitment Data Connect prepaid package. You can't get the "iPad package", but you can use a generic Tablet plan.
    $25 for 2GB of data.
    http://www.wireless.att.com/cell-ph...s/?q_sku=sku5140223&q_planCategory=cat1370015
     
  8. redrox5 macrumors member

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    I'm surprised none mentioned h2o wireless yet. They work on AT&T's 3G network, they will activate a NON-Unlocked US iPhone and they offer unlimited everything for a flat $60 (including free international calling). h2o wireless is what I'd recommend. I know some Best Buy airport kiosks sell the SIM kits, if not, any BestBuy store will.
     
  9. iag48 macrumors regular

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    I bought the $60 unlimited everything package from H20 and after a couple of days went back to my Tmo sim card. First of all H2o service is horrible in my neighborhood of Woodside,Queens. I only get 2-3 bars by the window. Second, even when I do have full bars, usually in Manhattan, "3g" speeds are .10-.15 mb/s. It is really slow. To put things in perspective, my edge connection on Tmo loaded youtube videos faster than my h2o 3g connection. Yes, its that bad.

    I am going to call tomorrow if I have time and ask them if they are aware of the slow 3g speeds.
     
  10. c98928 macrumors member

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    Just came back from the us and wanna share my experience.

    I bought a an att sim card on 5 ave, I remember the sales girl explicitly told me that the go phone plan won't get me internet, but I insisted buying a data pack and she let me.

    Then I found a small indian phone shop (very dodgy) and it cut the sim for me. and then I use a free wifi and downloaded a data profile from unlockit.co.nz and bang I was all happy.

    So what I'm trying to say is just buy the him with data pack ignore what the att people tell you.

    Hope this will help you.
     

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