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I am travelling to the USA for 3 weeks and I would like to get a mobile number with a data plan.

Any tips on how to get a good deal?

I am not looking for anything more than 100mb download and I just need the mobile number for receiving calls (if I want to call someone outside of the US I will find an internet cafe and use skype)

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    Cheers mate :)

    Hopefully see you in Charleston in a couple of weeks over 4 years ago

    Answered by Nicholas Roberts via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    AT&T have data on prepaid plans but they don't allow iPhones to use data on their prepaid plans. When I was there last year I used a T-Mobile SIM card (no data) from www.travelgear.com.au and used Wi-Fi in cafes and hostels to access data. There's plenty of free Wi-Fi so this wasn't a problem, although this option is only worth considering if your phone has Wi-Fi. over 4 years ago

    Answered by Tim Uden via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    Although this answer is a bit late and won't help the person who posted the question I am hoping it will help other travelers who read this. I work for T-mobile USA and we do hundreds of prepaid activations at my location. If you are looking for a prepaid sim card that includes international calling and texting as well as data for your smartphone whether it be for an iPhone or blackberry or htc etc.,we have it. We have Prepaid sims that are good for 30 days or more , as well as daily plans if you are only staying in the states for a short while. All of our plans are affordable from $10 and up depending on your needs. http://www.t-mobile.com/shop/plans/prepaid-plans.aspx?WT.mc_n=PrePdPlnsOvrMain&WT.mc_t=OnsiteAd
    Make sure you unlock your phones before your trip!!I hope this helps.
    And if any of you will be in the San Francisco downtown area my store is located on 50 Powell St. Please Look for me my name is SAMANTHA B and I would be glad to help you!! over 2 years ago

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    T-mobile is the WORST cell phone company I have ever had the misfortune of using, I was in the US for a week and bought a sim card and had a nightmare whit over charging daily and bad service coverage slow 3G network. DON'T US T_mobile!! over 2 years ago

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    I use T-Mobile Pay-Per-Day plan and am reasonably happy. It costs much less than comparable AT&T plans. Check here: http://prepaid-phones.t-mobile.com/pay-by-the-day-cell-phone-plans over 2 years ago

    Answered by Mouse via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    Wow thank you Samantha. I'll be in the states in October and you have answered my biggest question. I'll be in San Fran at the end of my trip but thank you. Cheers Vicki over 2 years ago

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    Thanks Samantha! I'll be spending 2months in the US this summer and was looking for info on pre-paid sim cards. I'll be in San Francisco in the middle of my trip though... otherwise I'd come and get my card from you! :) over 2 years ago

    Answered by Anna via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    Hi

    Do I need to have a t mobile instrument to use the prepaid sim given by t mobile.

    Or would it work in any mobile I take from india. Mobile is not locked to any carrier. over 2 years ago

    Answered by Memyname via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    if unlocked, any phone will work with tmobile over 2 years ago

    Answered by via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    I just signed up for T-Mobile, believing Samantha, and it's a nightmare : the plans are not explained, for instance I chose a $15 plan (10c per minute) and discovered after that the minutes are not in the plans, you pay extra, i.e. you are charged 20 $ for the si, 15 $ for the plan and 15$ for the calls : if you come from Europe, the more expensive provider there has cheaper rates in the US about 2 years ago

    Answered by JohnA via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    This article seems well-researched:
    http://www.ausbt.com.au/usa-prepaid-sim-card-unlimited-data-internet-calls-text-sms about 2 years ago

    Answered by viv5087 via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    hi guys, I have been using Telcan Services for over 3 years without any problem You may want to give them a try. I personally think that they provide the all telecommunication services.They have this on their website "will beat any price. www.telcan.com provides premium India Calling Card and Pre-Paid India Calling PIN Services for Indians living in the U.S., Canada and even India. We also service Indian Business Travelers requiring a reliable, low cost India card service to connect to their business or family in India. about 2 years ago

    Answered by india calling card via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    If you come from Europe you will soon discover that mobile networks in the US are a complete rip-off. You will find yourself paying at least 3 times the money for a service as bad as you did not experience it 20 years ago in Europe... about 2 years ago

    Answered by Tom via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    I am in the process of trying this myself, but after researching several pre-paid SIM plans and options. I think the T-Mobile $30 100min/unlimited Text/Unlimited Data (5gb unthrottled) is the best. It does have a different coverage map, but if you are in Medium to Major Cities/Highways you should be fine. Now the catch is you have to get a SIM (store or online) and activate the SIM online, not through the phone or at the store since this deal is only available online.

    This is basically what I am doing.
    http://www.theverge.com/2012/6/10/3077079/galaxy-nexus-on-t-mobile-monthly-4g

    This is the T-mobile page with the Web only deal details.
    http://prepaid-phones.t-mobile.com/monthly-4g-plans about 2 years ago

    Answered by Joe via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    Check out www.travelsimple.de they have a lot of U.S. carriers there about 2 years ago

    Answered by James D. via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    For those who note how expensive US prone plans are compared with the rest of the world (and they are at lease 2x as expensive as Australia , 1.6x UK etc )

    The USA allows any arm of govt to tack on extra taxes to any service. For air travel, on my recent Qantas ticket to Australia the taxes were more than the actual fare.

    It is the same for Mobile Phone plans, the taxes are at least half the cost of the plan
    so don't blame the phone company too much as its only half their fault. about 2 years ago

    Answered by SOG via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    Have been in Los Angeles for a week. Got 2 t-mobile sims from a t-mobile store - 1 for iPhone 4 and 1 for iPhone 3G, both unlocked from Australia. Working well. Switches between 3G and 2G (edge) coverage. Rarely is there no coverage. iMessage also works. Got the $50 prepaid plan with unlimited talk, SMS and data within US. Paid an extra $10 for an international plan that gives me unlimited calls to landlines in Australia and unlimited SMS to Australian mobiles. Total $60 per phone for the month. almost 2 years ago

    Answered by jane via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    t-mobile $3/day unlimited international talk, text and data on 4g
    or $2.00/day unlimited international talk and text with 2.5gb high speed data almost 2 years ago

    Answered by via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    Bayarea express calling card international up to five hours talk . almost 2 years ago

    Answered by via Site_iconAsk a Nomad iPad app
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    Starbucks drink ur coffee and free Internet almost 2 years ago

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    I have to travel USA every month for my business purpose. I am using Tsim International Sim Card. It provides low call rates. Free roaming in some countries. I find there services good and I also would like to suggest you to try there services.
    http://tsim.in/ over 1 year ago

    Answered by via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    I'm just leaving US after one week of using T-mobile 4G daily plan 3$/day. I was in Dallas and NY. In a nutshell: forget about 3/4G stable and reliable connection. Few places where I can say it was Ok. Everywhere else pernament problem. NY was much better. Next time I'd take something else. A friend of my whi uses varizon had very good coverage i NY over 1 year ago

    Answered by Igor via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    Verizon is good, at leaste better than pc mobile, but if you are leaving else where, try using credit from Distance Calling, you can call rom anywhere in the world and they charge you as i you were calling from US, very very low rates over 1 year ago

    Answered by Nao Bjing via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    I still believe T-Mobile is your best bet. For the people saying Verizon, yes Verizon is a good network, but they are CDMA based technology, which means they do not use Sim Cards. So they will not be able to help anyone needing prepaid Sims for their GSM phones.

    Since my last post we have made a few changes to our prepaid plans

    Feel free to check it out   http://www.t-mobile.com/shop/plans/prepaid-plans.aspx?WT.mc_n=PrePdPlnsOvrMain&WT.mc_t=OnsiteAd

    We are also constantly upgrading our towers and constantly improving data and network coverage! =)

     

    Also make sure to have unlocked your phone prior to your visit.

    If you are ever in the San Francisco area feel free to look for me once again! I work at 50 Powell St. San Francisco, right in the heart of downtown SF near the cable car turnaround =)

    Happy Travels!!! over 1 year ago

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