US Service To Use with Officially Unlocked iPhone (12months living there)

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by HelixOmnimedia, Jan 8, 2010.

  1. HelixOmnimedia macrumors 6502a


    Jul 26, 2006
    Traveling The World
    Hello to everyone who reads this.

    I am in the process of getting my 32GB iPhone 3GS officially unlocked by 02.
    My monthly contract will come to an end at the end of this month, just in time too, as I am moving to Orlando Florida for 12/13months.

    I'm just wondering what service provider should I get when I come out there?
    I don't want a Pay & Go option it will become to expensive I think. So I will have a bank ect...ect and don't mind paying for minutes and texts and data, but as long as i'm not tied into a contact more than 12months.

    I hope that makes sense.

    I want to use the iPhone (other than calling and texts to people there), but would like to use MSN, Twitter and Facebook on the go when I'm away from my laptop - to stay in touch with people back home.

    Just don't know where to look.

    Thank You.
  2. elfxmilhouse macrumors 6502a

    Oct 15, 2008
    Northeast USA
    AT&T is the carrier that officially supports the iphone
    however Tmobile will also work.

    but 3G will only work with AT&T so that would be your best bet.

    fyi AT&T service is not that great in some places so ask around in the area you will be in.
  3. Slucko macrumors member

    Jul 2, 2008
    I lived in the Orlando region for about 2 years and ATT is actually really good. I regularly had full 3G signal so I can't say anything bad besides that, I am reduced to only and edge signal where I live now :(
  4. ToroidalZeus macrumors 68020


    Dec 8, 2009
    If you do get AT&T make sure you don't get put in a new contract. Talk to the manager if need be. I was put in a new contract with my own phone and had to the have the manager do a "contract reversal"
  5. HelixOmnimedia thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jul 26, 2006
    Traveling The World
    AT&T seems to be the best solution, as provided by you guys.

    Someone told me today about a company called Verison?? Not sure, never heard of them.

    That last post by new contact / contract reversal just confused me. I will look on AT&T website tomorrow for prices and stuff.

    Unless anyone knows if there one specifically for iPhone users?

    Thanks again.
  6. ksmith80209 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 15, 2007
    Verizon uses CDMA technology, not GSM. It will not work with your iPhone.
  7. tofagerl macrumors 6502a


    May 16, 2006
    For some reason the yanks use the word "contract" to mean a fixed time bound period in which you have to pay to be released from your subscription.
    Which is NOT what the word means, yanks ;)
  8. NathanA macrumors 6502a

    Feb 9, 2008
    "Verizon" is a US cellular carrier that uses a cellular technology which is wholly incompatible with the iPhone. You cannot use an iPhone on their network.

    Your only two choices in the United States for national GSM coverage are AT&T and T-Mobile, and of those two only AT&T's 3G network is compatible with the 3G radio in the iPhone 3G; if you use T-Mobile GSM service with the iPhone, you will not get "3G" data speeds.

    It's possible that there are some other smaller regional GSM carriers in Orlando that would (in theory) fully support the iPhone, but I wouldn't know what they are.

    -- Nathan
  9. HelixOmnimedia thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jul 26, 2006
    Traveling The World
    After looking at the AT&T website, this is the only thing I could find was this information

    Now I'm not sure, but I don't think AT&T Offer iPhone specific tariffs do they like 02 does in the UK?

    I can't see anything about text message or data being included in the plans listed, I'd probably only go for the $39.99 plan.

    Is there not a plan that offeres unlimited Data like 02/Vodafone do here in the UK?

    Thanks again for any information.

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