Can't be done with an iPhone.
I know there are a couple of threads about this but I thought I'd start another one. Hopefully the more everyone travels the more everyone shares abd the more extensive the list of recommended providers will become
Just bought a vodafone prepaid kit in Amsterdam. Costs €7.50 and comes with €5 credit. If you register your details online you'd get a bonus €5 (total €10).
Vodafone has an "unlimited" internet pack for €9.50.
Works really well! I can go bar / coffee shop hopping!!!
Can't be done with an iPhone.
at&t corp stores often have staff who don't know what they're doing with GoPhone accounts that use unlocked phones, you need to manually input the WAP APN and other settings. Locally I see many overseas students using iPhone 3G and various European telco branded smartphones. Keep in mind at&t killed off the GoPhone $20 unlimited data plan and 5mb media net won't be enough data for an iPhone.
FlexPay(prepaid) with T-Mobile USA allows getting a regular phone data plan with a monthly voice plan without signing a contract. The only tweak an iPhone user may need to do is: use the proxy hack where you try accessing streaming media with a non-standard port or you use the less restricted APN: epc.t-mobile.com
T-Mobile recently capped phone data plans two months after the G1, it sucks if you're a Google Maps or YouTube addict.
Regular T-Mobile prepaid is the walled in garden of unlimited CNN, ESPN, ABC News, etc.
at&t 3G speeds(Motorola Atrix): 2148 kbps down / 1483 kbps up
Sprint WiMax Speeds(Motorola Photon): 9.1 mbps down / 1.8 mbps up
"Every country has the government it deserves" -Joseph De Maistre
sorry if this leads to people repeating themselves but I'm off to the States later in the year. I want to take my unlocked iphone (virgin mobile) with me to make/receive calls & sms and to use the net and all it's apps glory! Can someone who has done this or is clued in let me know what I have to do and is it feasible?
http://forums.mactalk.com.au/31/5454...ata-usa-2.html). But unless things have changed in the last few months, you can't use prepaid data. Both T-Mobile and AT&T couldn't do it when I went into their stores and asked them. AT&T (good service) even tried creating a fake SIM/account to use, and no luck.
Unsecured Wi-Fi from peoples apartments/small businesses is readily available if you need to quickly do a Google search or Maps search on the go, and Starbucks offer Wi-Fi for a one-off $5 fee on their Starbucks card (I linked to an article I wrote about my experiences in America in the thread I gave above) - this is probably the best option.
Ideally they would have some sort of data package for prepaid, but as far as mobile networks go I reckon the USA is quite a long way behind Australia.
would love to know about thailand
In the UK the best pre-paid deal (or pay as you go, as they say over here) is with O2. None of the other carriers really give good rates for data. The rates I am on give me 100 free international minutes if I top up £15 or 200 if I top up £20. Data is £7.50 a month and is unlimited and also includes free wifi at all of O2's hotspots (which is quite a lot).
The only thing though is that you should not tell them you have an iPhone. They don't understand the idea of being able to legitimately unlock them in Australia and if you say you are using it in an iPhone then they won't sell it to you. Just say you want a 3G pay as you go sim card, and tell them what rate plan you want to go on.
The data is pretty quick too, and coverage has been great from what I have experienced.
sometimes its the psychological mindset that makes the situation worse then what it is.
Thanks for the info Battye. AT&T will be first port of call!
They have heaps of different types of prepaid kits, but the best one to look for is the "HSDPA Broadband Access Rechargeable Sim"
Costs HKD28 per day unlimited.
three.com.hk 3G ??
I'm currently in California. In the US there are a number of 3G providers, including Virgin, but you'll possibly face difficulty in simple terminology: it is very uncommon in the US to have an unlocked phone, and even the fact that you might want a SIM without a phone is unusual (prepare for quizzical looks from sales people :-). I think the US market is very new to prepaid, there are not nearly as many options as AU.
I've had some good experiences, particularly with a bloke on the phone at AT&T (their GoPhone prepaid product). I was careful to say I had a 3G phone and I wanted voice and Internet, as others have noted you'll just confuse people if you let on you have an iPhone. He explained it's entirely doable, but that I'd have to go into a shop and explicitly ask for a SIM-only product, $US25 with no initial credit (!). Then add voice credit (min $10), and a data option at $20/month for 100 MB. Oh, and in one shop I found the bloke didn't understand what I meant by "data", I had to say web browsing / Internet.
Anyway, I have direct quotes from people using 3G phones on TMobile and AT&T and they apparently both have good coverage in most of California at least. Problem is, they're expensive on prepaid.
In short, they're all fair to good coverage in major centres, and for light use AT&T's GoPhone is currently the best value (not saying much).
can i use a telstra prepaid card here and go on roaming data and calls when in the US?
Generally you can only use roaming when on a contract and not on pre paid. Not sure about Telstra, but I assume they would be the same.
Telstra prepaid should work overseas, it has for me in the past (in Singapore) so I see no reason why it wouldn't work in the USA.
I was only using a cheap phone for calls/SMS - so I can't comment first hand on data. I have heard that it works though.
Im off to New Zealand in July, any ideas of the best way to go to use my iphone their, and how I can use data on prepaid? Would love to be able to use my iphone their, and not pay ridiculous roaming price. I am on contract with Optus so the phone can be unlocked.