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Default Brief visit to US - 16-09-2011, 03:03

My wife is visiting the US for approx 16 days in Sep/Oct.

We have unlocked HTC Desires in Australia.

I have looked and seems like the AT&T GoPhone pay as you go plans are the go - probably the $2 daily plan with a data package.

https://www.paygonline.com/websc/rat...ateplan_en.jsp

So can she walk into any AT&T store and sign up and get a SIM? She has a SSN if that's important.
   
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Default 16-09-2011, 12:31

Yes, she can walk into an AT&T store and get a sim no need for SSN or anything. Better yet, she can get a sim/cheap phone package at one of the many stores, walmart, kmart, radioshack, target, etc. Same thing with Tmobile. Also, tmobile has the $1.49/day unlimited data package.


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Default 16-09-2011, 13:05

You should be able to get the SIMs at lots of places besides AT&T stores, such as Walmart and Target.


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Default 16-09-2011, 20:58

One thing to watch: if you buy the cheap phone + SIM package with AT&T, the SIM is locked to that phone for awhile (six months?). I understand you can activate them in a different phone but then it will be locked to that phone for the six months. (If the SIM gets locked to a phone, it simply won't work with any other phones until the lock expires.)


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Default 17-09-2011, 03:46

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You should be able to get the SIMs at lots of places besides AT&T stores, such as Walmart and Target.
I think you'll find in the US that it's not that simple to get just a SIM starter pack and that you'll most likely not be able to get one at Walmart or Target. If you want a starter pack you'll need to go to a corporate store. Walmart and Target do sell prepaid phones with starter kits in the package, but not just a starter pack by itself. It's not like Europe where you can go to any corner store and buy a starter pack.


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You should be able to get the SIMs at lots of places besides AT&T stores, such as Walmart and Target.
As 'Telekom' says. You will NOT find SIM starter kits at non cell phone stores.

You might have to buy the cheapest phone to get a SIM at a Walmart or a Target type store. Best Buy might have SIMs available. But unless you are right next to one you have better things to do with your time.
   
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Default 17-09-2011, 04:53

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My wife is visiting the US for approx 16 days in Sep/Oct.

We have unlocked HTC Desires in Australia.

I have looked and seems like the AT&T GoPhone pay as you go plans are the go - probably the $2 daily plan with a data package.

https://www.paygonline.com/websc/rat...ateplan_en.jsp

So can she walk into any AT&T store and sign up and get a SIM? She has a SSN if that's important.
Have you considered Tru? They have 'home' rates for US and Austrailia [and the UK] without a monthly charge [now] and can be kept alive for future use by using it every 90 days.
   
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Default 18-09-2011, 01:06

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As 'Telekom' says. You will NOT find SIM starter kits at non cell phone stores.

You might have to buy the cheapest phone to get a SIM at a Walmart or a Target type store. Best Buy might have SIMs available. But unless you are right next to one you have better things to do with your time.

Thanks - seems the data plans are new - no $25 data plan for mobiles. Any reason an "iPad" data plan won't work for a smartphone (I don't understand data plans specific to devices????).

http://www.wireless.att.com/cell-pho...nect-plans.jsp
   
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Thanks - seems the data plans are new - no $25 data plan for mobiles. Any reason an "iPad" data plan won't work for a smartphone (I don't understand data plans specific to devices????).
It might work in a smartphone, but it won't support voice calls. Don't think of it as an iPad plan, think of it as a plan for tablet devices that don't need voice access.

(I've not tried it in a phone - I can't right now since I'm in Canada - but Rogers' iPad plan doesn't work at all in phones so it wouldn't surprise me if AT&T's doesn't either.)


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It might work in a smartphone, but it won't support voice calls. Don't think of it as an iPad plan, think of it as a plan for tablet devices that don't need voice access.
So what are the options for a data plan add on to a smart phone? I don't see a $25 pack ...... is 5gb for $60 the only option?
   
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