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Old 18-11-2012, 14:52
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has anyone had any experience of Simcardguru ? im going to the states and want to use my unlocked iphone 4s while im there for emails,maps facebook etc the last time i did i got hammered on price from tesco mobile so this time i want to change the sim when i get there i dont need to make calls only Data. any suggestions would be appreciated
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Old 18-11-2012, 16:14
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I picked up a AT&T PAYG sim when i was over last from one of the AT&T shops. Although i knew someone there and used their address as where to register the sim. I guess you could use the hotel or where you are staying. Top up in store also. Heard you can do the same with T-Mobile USA as your iPhone 4S is also GSM 1900 compatible.

Data isn't as cheap over there as it is here, however it's sooo much cheaper than roaming.
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Old 18-11-2012, 16:30
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This is the deal I have seen from simcard guru
Product Description

We searched for the best value pay-as-you-go mobile phone sim cards for travellers visiting the United States and found that the T-Mobile sim card is the best overall option combining generous data and local call allowance, simple pay-as-you-go daily charges and ease of topping up at thousands of shops throughout the United States..

T-Mobile has several prepaid plans. The new Pay By The Day plans are generally the best deal for most travellers and your sim card comes pre-activated on the $2/day Unlimited Talk, Text & Web (2G) Pay By The Day plan.

It is cheap for your friends and family to call you since calls to mobile phones in the United States cost the same as calls to landlines. In many cases it will be cheaper for your friends and family in the UK to call you on your USA mobile that it currently costs them to call your UK mobile.

Pre-activated on the T-Mobile $2/day Unlimited Talk, Text & Web (2G) Pay By The Day plan with $13.34 credit
We have found that this is by far the most popular rate plan for most travellers visiting the United States. Benefits of this rate plan include:

Your own USA phone number
USD $13.34 included credit
Unlimited calls to landlines and mobiles phones in the United States
Unlimited incoming calls
Unlimited data at EDGE speed on T-Mobileís 2G network (there is the opportunity to upgrade to the $3/day plan that gives you 200MB of 3G/4G data per day, but as most people outside the United States donít have a phone that is compatible with T-Mobileís wacky 1700MHz 3G/4G network only a handful of people in the UK would have phones that would let you take advantage of these faster data speeds)
Includes USD $13.34 credit
This sim card is preactivated so all you need to do is add credit and put it in an unlocked tri-band or quad-band phone.
Please note that this is a pay as you go plan. There are no contracts to sign and no minimum term to commit to. This plan is suitable if youíre only visiting the USA for a week or two.
T-Mobileís Pay By The Day plans offer excellent value with unlimited calls and data and no minimum monthly charge.
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Old 19-11-2012, 01:05
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I got myself a T-Mob SIM when I was last over there.

You'll struggle to Skype using EDGE but its fine for emails, maps and looking things up.

AT&T was really expensive when I looked into it, with only a small amount of inclusive data.

Be aware that FaceTime won't activate on T-Mobile USA, so you won't even be able to FaceTime over WiFi.
Not sure about iMessage, that wasn't launched when I was last in the states.
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Old 19-11-2012, 11:10
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I've successfully used a TruSIM in the US in multiple locations. It gives you a UK number, but you can add a US one if you need people to ring you locally. Data was 20p per MB and over the space of a week I got through £20 of credit using Google maps, Twitter, Facebook, email and a bit of web browsing. If you're not going to do a bunch of streaming video, that might be an option for you. They do micro SIMs for iPhone 4 as well. They also have cheaper than roaming rates for calls and text messages: www.truphone.com.

Hope this helps.
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