What 'cell' phone to get?

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  1. steviem macrumors 68020

    steviem

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    So I have finally moved to New York!

    Now I need to find out what to do in terms of a phone though. Of course, I'd love to get an iPhone, but I can't see that happening whilst I don't have an american credit history and don't have a social security number yet.

    With this in mind, I'm thinking maybe something on Boost Mobile or MetroPCS, but I'm not sure who to go with.

    Also, I'm not sure, do I go with a Smartphone which may not be as good as my crappy UK Android Smartphone (which doesn't work with US 3G bands), a BB Curve or maybe a feature phone + iPod Touch?

    Another thing could be an iPod Touch and a Mifi, but I'm not sure.
     
  2. Xeperu macrumors 6502

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    Import unlocked phone from another country.

    Get sim only contract.

    Done.
     
  3. steviem, May 4, 2011
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    steviem thread starter macrumors 68020

    steviem

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    Ok, next question - I have an unlocked phone I can't find any decent sim only deals. Did you read my first part of 'no contracts'?

    Also lets add in another criteria - I have a budget of $200 for the phone
     
  4. notjustjay macrumors 603

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    How about a Pay-As-You-Go (prepaid) plan? Usually those don't require contracts or credit checks. AT&T GoPhone, for example. I've heard of people activating iPhones on that service, though officially that's not allowed.
     
  5. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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    For month to month service, rather than the 1 year to 2 year contracts, you can select SIM Card only with both TMobile and AT&T. You can also do this with many small local GSM providers. However your you will only get 3G internet with AT&T as T-Mobile uses non standard frequencies (unless of course your phone is compatible with those frequencies). I don't know of any small GSM providers that offer 3G.

    TMobile SIM
    AT&T SIM

    Both companies list these as no commitment. I use TMobile for my iPhone this way. Unfortunately it seems TMobile no longer offer the $10 unlimited web plan for EDGE only devices. If you don't need a data plan and want to save money go with TMobile as they will not force you into a data plan like AT&T may.
     
  6. steviem thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Awesome, thank you! It'd be stupid for me to stop using my phone and lay down $200 when I have a device already...
     
  7. wordoflife, May 4, 2011
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    wordoflife macrumors 604

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    Welcome to the US. :)
    I would go with this for a little bit until you get yourself sorted out here.
    http://www.virginmobileusa.com/cell-phones/lg-optimus-v-phone.jsp

    $25/mo for 300 minutes, unlimited texts, unlimited data, Android 2.2. Not an iPhone, but Android isn't too bad and has a lot of apps. Virgin Mobile runs off Sprint's network so it's pretty good. Not bad for $25 with a nominal tax of $2-3.

    Be careful with that T-Mobile link that velocityg4 posted. That 'free' SIM comes with a two year contract. T-Mobile is out of their mind if they think anyone is going to sign a 2 year contract for a SIM card.

    It's important to know that you might not get 3G service and be limited to Edge speeds if you use your current device if using T-Mobile. I haven't found a better deal per month than Virgin Mobile so I would really recommend looking into that.
     
  8. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    First, welcome to America! :cool:

    I didn't actually see anything in your first post about "no contracts," but if I may ask, why the aversion? Are you not staying here long enough to ride one out?
     
  9. steviem thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thanks! It's been a long wait so kind of odd (in a good way) that I'm here at last.

    Well as I'm a newbie here, any credit history from the UK is pretty much wiped away. So it's not really my aversion to a contract, but phone companies aversions to me! My fiancée has a phone with Sprint, so another alternative is for her to get me a plan with her...
     
  10. rickywarner macrumors newbie

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    Now day i am using Nokia N868mp. It is very nice phone. It provide eight mega pixel and with other good facility.
     
  11. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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    I didn't notice that. Those sneaky bastards must have changed the system since I bought my sim cards a year ago.

    Now you have to get a prepaid sim card for T-Mobile and select a month to month plan. They do not have an unlimited data option for this. It seems the AT&T buyout is causing massive rate increases and dirty tricks at T-Mobile:mad:.

    It use to be that you chose month to month or 2 year agreement with a subsidized phone. The plan options were the same with a $10 a month premium on subsidized phones.

    Here are the prepaid monthly plans.
    https://www.t-mobile.com/shop/plans/prepaid-plans.aspx
     

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