Using Hong Kong iPhone 4 in the States, need data

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by plucesiar, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. plucesiar, Jun 25, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2011

    plucesiar macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2011
    I want to find a no-contract monthly plan to use in the States for the Hong Kong iPhone 4 I received as a gift. Looking for a talk+text+data plan, and I use data quite a bit. I thought that the Hong Kong iPhone came carrier-unlocked, but the other day at the mall I visited several of the major cell phone service retailers and they all said that I can use the phone only under AT&T and T-mobile, and the latter will only put me on their EDGE network. Apparently this is because AT&T and T-mobile are the only GSM network providers (ie. provides a SIM card) whereas the other carriers use another protocol called CDMA that don't have SIM cards?

    Is this true, or is there any way around it? Eg. can I use my phone with a plan from Virgin Mobile? Some people mentioned on other threads to use AT&T GoPhone prepaid plans on the iPhone, but the data included is not enough for my use.
  2. MultiMediaWill macrumors 68000

    Aug 1, 2010
    If you want no contract monthly then call AT&T they can set u up. It won't be cheap.
  3. MaxBurn macrumors 65816


    Nov 25, 2010
    The cheap AT&T option is a go phone smartphone plan. It is prepay, walk away when you want to. They can do it for iPhone now.
  4. MaxBurn macrumors 65816


    Nov 25, 2010
    And yes AT&T and t mobile are the only ones you can use here for that phone, and on t mobile you only get edge, their 3G is a different frequency.

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