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Default 07-07-2006, 16:11

Hi!
This summer I'll spend my holidays on the West Coast USA, California,Nevada,Arizona. Actually I've a Tri-band mobile and I'd like to know first if it's ok for the coverage in USA, and above all where I can buy a prepaid card to use there.. I've tried to read some exixtant discussion, but unfortunately I'm a disaster in electronic technology so I wasn't able to match your answers to solve my issue... :wacko: :help:
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Default 07-07-2006, 19:31

Ciao Silvia

I think this is a interesting offer: http://www.prepaidgsm.net/en/usa/cingular.html

...but wait for our american friends


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Default 07-07-2006, 19:37

Cingy has lots of 850 coverage. I can't speak for the W coast. Here on the E coast, 1900 should give you decent coverage in major cities & highways.

Bottom line -- my opinion:

BETTER would be a QUAD band, but you should have decent coverage with 1900 in major metropolitan areas.

Have a pleasant stay!

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Default 07-07-2006, 19:47

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and above all where I can buy a prepaid card to use there..
Ebay. Do you have a friend in US? Work out something with him or her. I think most Ebay sellers of US SIMs will NOT ship overseas. I have seen US SIMs on EBAY.DE.

You can also wait until you arrive and you can purchase at any corporate T-MO or Cingular corporate store. The price will be higher than Ebay.

Perhaps someone here has a spare SIM for sale.

Supposedly, Cingy has better coverage, but if you are following the news, Cingy is being sued in WA STATE (W coast) for poor coverage and deceptive advertising in their recent merger with ATT.

PERSONALLY, I am partial to T-MO, but again, I am not qualified to speak for W coast USA.

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Default 08-07-2006, 01:45

I would suggest tmobile. Primarily because they a 1900 ONLY carrier(with 850 roaming in a few places) and you already have a phone with the 1900 band. Tmobile is more like 99% 1900 band. I would not go with Cingular if your phone does not have the 850 band. Even though I think Cingular is mostly 1900 on the west coast.

My siblings use their triband phones with my tmobile payg sims without any problems when ever they visit from the UK. In any metropolitan area, tmobile will be fine. And, ebay is the cheapest place to get the sim. You can also get topups from a lot of stores or even topup via your credit card. You can get an activated tmobile sim with about 150 minutes or so for about $10. You just have to find a seller that will ship overseas. OTOH, if you have friends here, they can get it and mail it to you.


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Default 08-07-2006, 20:08

I do agree with Bossman. HOWEVER, it would be good to hear some confirmation about WEST COAST USA coverage of T-MO prepaid. Chicago is NOT West Coast. Neither is Richmond, VA.

OTOH, it is clear that the original T-MO strategy in US was to start in the big metropolitan areas and major interstates and then expand coverage.

The OP should also check the T-MO USA PREPAID (NOTA BENA) PREPAID coverage site for cities or areas to be visited. The states mentioned are large and there is not 100% coverage, especially rural and desert. I don't have that link right now.

www.t-mobile.com should be close enough. There is a separate prepaid coverage map which is thinner than the postpaid.



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Default 09-07-2006, 13:01

I'm going to chime in with an MVNO -- Speakout Wireless from 7-11. They have access to the full Cingular footprint, $0.20 a minute, one year activations, and according HoFo they probably work in Canada at no surcharge. If you call Europe alot, I'd add a prepaid calling card on top fo the lot. I like onesuite.com's offering, but there are a million other offers.

Then again the "Vladtel" offer sounds pretty good as well.

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Default 09-07-2006, 18:42

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...from 7-11. They have access to the full Cingular footprint,
The OP has a triband phone, so the "full" Cingular footprint is of little use to him UNLESS he buys another phone with 850 band.

TRUE, 1900 Cingular coverage may be better than T-MO.

Again, I think the OP would do best to look at the coverage maps before choosing which carrier.


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Default 11-07-2006, 06:07

It is true that T-Mobile holds no 850mhz GSM licenses, but even TMobile has started signing roaming agreements ont hat band.
   
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Default 11-07-2006, 11:38

At present, though, TMO expressly states that there is no 850 MHz roaming for its prepaid customers. I'd think you'd be better off with T-Mobile on a 1900-MHz-only phone for that reason.


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