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Old Dec 17th, 2009, 02:04 PM   #1
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pay as you go for USA

I am traveling to the US for 2 weeks.
I have a non jail broken Iphone.
I do not want to take a chance incuring Rogers data charges is US-I will remove the Sim card.
Can you recommend an inexpensive US pay as you go option.
Thanks
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Old Dec 17th, 2009, 02:07 PM   #2
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T-Mobile prepaid over AT&T. AT&T has a daily usage charge.

Service is good for both
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Old Dec 17th, 2009, 02:37 PM   #3
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Is the phone unlocked? If not you won't be able to use any other providers SIM card in your iPhone other than Rogers.
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Old Dec 17th, 2009, 10:07 PM   #4
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Yeah, you have to unlock the phone first.
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Old Dec 18th, 2009, 05:50 AM   #5
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Thanks.
I will look at T-Mobile prepaid when I get to US.
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Old Dec 18th, 2009, 09:46 AM   #6
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t-mobile (free $25 for activation before Jan 12)

You can get a t-mobile SIM at a t-mobile booth or Target or probably even CVS or grocery store for ~$10. Comes with about $3 worth of airtime BUT, if you activate before Jan 12,2010 you get a bonus $25 airtime. Might be all you need? Or you can buy extra airtime easily. If you are planning to use it in the US frequently/repeatedly, once a t-mobile account has been fed $100 cumulative it has "gold" status which means minutes last for a year and then, for $10 minimum topup, rollover. So I put in my $100 and plan to keep a US cell service for $10/year ongoing. WIll probably never use up those initial 1000 minutes!
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Old Dec 18th, 2009, 11:49 AM   #7
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T-Mobile over AT&T. I bought an AT&T sim card off eBay. The whole sign up process was really complex, even for pay as you go. They want a US address and all kinds of information (which I clearly had to make up) when signing up online.

Also, AT&T pay as you go doesn't work outside of the US. So I had to wait until I was in the US to receive a text message that would activate it, then hop online to a specific site to activate it again. Big headache.

I ended up grabbing a T-Mobile sim card off eBay for $12 Canadian. It included what the seller said was $10 worth of airtime, but it turns when I activated it it was actually $20 worth of airtime.

T-Mobile prepaid also works in Canada. It's a bit more expensive to use here, but at least you can activate it from the Great White North.

Setting up a number is super simple. They don't need to know where you live. Just pick an area code and you're good to go.

Of course, as the others said, you'll need to unlock your iPhone to use an international SIM. I'm not a fan of unlocking myself so I picked up a 2G iPhone for cheap that I use for travel.
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Old Dec 18th, 2009, 01:30 PM   #8
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I do not want to take a chance incuring Rogers data charges is US-I will remove the Sim card.
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I can understand that you will want to remove the SIM card if you jailbreak your phone, but removing it to avoid incurring Rogers data charges seems paranoid. I've seen this come up so many times but I've never actually heard of anyone being charged for data roaming when the phone has that option turned off.

I have travelled many times to the US with my iPhone and have never once had a data roaming charge. Am I just lucky? Has anyone had a different experience?

BTW - Rogers has a new pre-pay option where you can pre-pay for US minutes and get a much better rate. I used the voice option to save a few bucks last week.
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Old Dec 18th, 2009, 02:55 PM   #9
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I am traveling to the US for 2 weeks.
I have a non jail broken Iphone.
I do not want to take a chance incuring Rogers data charges is US-I will remove the Sim card.
Can you recommend an inexpensive US pay as you go option.
Thanks

I have had my 3G for the past year. I travel a LOT and rarely make phone calls so I don't get an out of country plan. If I need to make a call out of Canada I just make it quick - never get high bills as I rarely make calls. With data - never an issue - I turn off the Data Roaming before I board an airplane leaving Canada and I've never had a charge. This year alone I've been from the US to China to Russia to Europe to Africa to South America to Australia - never a data charge. Just the odd phone call in each location. The great thing with Rogers is that texting works in almost every country I've been too - even places where my cousin had Telus in Europe and his would not work. Yes - I know I paid extra for texting

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Old Dec 20th, 2009, 05:28 AM   #10
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if you need a phone and don't want to do the jailbreak thing and swap sim cards then just pick up a phone at almost any store their and activate it as pay as you go!
I have seen phones for as little as $10 plus the cost of pay as you go!
The number will be a new one I think you can pick any area code available in the US to use!

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