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Ms. Shuttergirl
07-17-2010, 05:54 PM
Has anyone taken their iphone to the US. What was involved in setting the phone up and what were the charges like?

aussietravellers
07-17-2010, 08:10 PM
I've always travelled with mine. I'm with telstra and international roaming is automatically set up, if you are not with Telstra, call your provider and see if roaming is set up. There is a big thread on trip advisor about getting a US sim with data to go with the iphone. It all sounds a bit too hard to me :lmao: Not getting the sim but setting up the data portion. When I have been to Europe and the US I have my phone's data roaming turned off so I don't accidently start using it and come home to a huge bill. I do use free wifi whenever I can (like at Disneyland the hotels have free wifi, so I could use it there for free with the data roaming turned off).

Anyway roaming is expensive but not too bad for smsing. When people call you, you are paying for the call and they are paying for the call (they pay the same rates as normal, but you pay as well). Telstra now has an international roaming data plan, which I will be looking into.

We will each be buying a cheap prepaid (pay as you go) mobile over there. You can get them as cheaply as $29 and they come with the phone and money loaded, like $10 or $20 which is all you need to call taxis or each other if you are lost or seperate. Even my DS will have his own. After we lost him once at Disneyland Paris for over an hour, on closing :scared1::scared1::scared1: he now always travels with a mobile for emergencies.

I'll try and find the link to the tripadvisor thread about the iphone. But if you are just using it with your aussie sim you won't need the thread.

To see if data roaming is on or off, you go into settings, then general, then network and it will say data roaming on or off and you can set it how you like. :thumbsup2

Ms. Shuttergirl
07-17-2010, 10:05 PM
Thanks so much for all of the info.

PrincessInOz
07-18-2010, 04:21 AM
Shuttergirl - I did International Roaming for one of my trips some time back. I only used the phone for making calls and SMS to hubby and vice versa. Our bills when we returned after 5 weeks were astronomical!

For the last 3 years, we've just bought prepaid phones as soon as we land in the US. I finally bit the bullet and bought a "better" phone in May - paid about US$60 (inc tax) and it came with phone and $30 worth of calls loaded. I could have done better - but I had to buy a phone on the same network that hubby's prepaid is on.

I know its nice have the i-phone; but IR charges are crazy expensive!

Ms. Shuttergirl
07-18-2010, 07:55 AM
You've convinced me LOL. Last time we bought phones once we got there and it worked out fine. We'll probably do that again.

queenie82
07-18-2010, 07:35 PM
Whereabouts did you buy your cheap phones.
We have always just had international roaming on and called only when really necessary and the costs weren't too bad...and I agree the sms costs are pretty good.
The good thing is it will pick ANY network so you aren't stuck with At&T or Verison etc.

And using wifi is good. (love the Apple store ;) )
But...Something worth mentioning about WDW is that there is NO FREE WIFI at the onsite hotels!! They only have wired in room for DVC rooms but unless you are a member you pay for it.

Back to phones...it would be very helpful having phones we can call anytime. So 'throwaway' cheap phones would be probably worth getting a couple of. So where did you go?
I want to keep my own phone with its sim so I don't need anything fancy for the local phone.

Are there any that would work in the US and Canada without being 'roaming' in one or other.

PrincessInOz
07-19-2010, 01:45 AM
I was looking for a Best Buys, Walmart, Target, Fry's etc....anywhere to get a phone, with a network that I could use all through out the US and Canada. I had planned on going shopping at the Farmers Market precinct but my son fell asleep and that put paid to that idea!

We tend to choose AT&T because my relatives and my husband's relatives are all on that network. So, our calls to their mobiles are "free". In 2007, we went to Eastern Canada and used our throw away mobiles there as well....from memory, I think it was charged the same as the US.

In the end, we actually found a AT&T shop in Long Beach; and I found a Nokia phone for about $39 and bought about $15 credit. When I started up the phone, AT&T had a "welcome offer" and gave me another $15 credit.

Check out AT&T (http://www.wireless.att.com/cell-phone-service/go-phones/index.jsp), Verizon (http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/store/controller?item=prepayItem&action=viewPrepayOverview), TMobile (http://www.t-mobile.com/shop/plans/Prepaid-Plans-Overview.aspx) for their prepaid offers. Most of these networks will have a presence in a shopping mall. Otherwise, check out the individual Walmarts, Targets etc to see what sort of phone offers they have on line.

On a US prepaid plan on the AT&T network, you tend to pay about $1 for all day flagfall on the first call you make for the day; and then any voice calls to mobiles on the same network are not charged or "unlimited". If you don't make any out-going calls for that day, you don't pay the flagfall. SMS are charged; so it is cheaper to make a voice call. You can go on a different plan to have SMS thrown in; but why pay more?

Hope this helps.

Ms. Shuttergirl
07-19-2010, 01:45 AM
Whereabouts did you buy your cheap phones.
We have always just had international roaming on and called only when really necessary and the costs weren't too bad...and I agree the sms costs are pretty good.
The good thing is it will pick ANY network so you aren't stuck with At&T or Verison etc.

And using wifi is good. (love the Apple store ;) )
But...Something worth mentioning about WDW is that there is NO FREE WIFI at the onsite hotels!! They only have wired in room for DVC rooms but unless you are a member you pay for it.

Back to phones...it would be very helpful having phones we can call anytime. So 'throwaway' cheap phones would be probably worth getting a couple of. So where did you go?
I want to keep my own phone with its sim so I don't need anything fancy for the local phone.

Are there any that would work in the US and Canada without being 'roaming' in one or other.

We bought them at a Kmart near the Farmers Market in LA and just some prepaid SIM cards. I think we threw them out when we got home :rotfl2:. Remember that was the ONCE IN A LIFETIME trip, and here we are going back 11 months later :rotfl::rotfl::rotfl:

Gwendolyn
07-19-2010, 01:59 AM
Make sure when you visit abroad that you go to the settings of your iPhone and turn off International Dataroaming.

You DONT need dataroaming to be able to call when you are abroad. But you iPhone WILL use dataroaming for GPS and stuff without you knowing it, increasing your bill because of it.

So when you are abroad and want to call: turn of International Dataroaming on your iPhone.

When you are on a plane: use airplane mode

When you DONT want to call and NOT use dataroaming: use airplane mode.

queenie82
07-19-2010, 02:30 AM
Make sure when you visit abroad that you go to the settings of your iPhone and turn off International Dataroaming.

You DONT need dataroaming to be able to call when you are abroad. But you iPhone WILL use dataroaming for GPS and stuff without you knowing it, increasing your bill because of it.My iphone actually had that automatically turned off so I didn't need to turn it off at all. And you can get the phone company to disallow it from your account.

PrincessinOz and Ms Shuttergirl Thanks :wave: You guys are helpful as always :flower3:

PrincessinOz...interesting about the way they charge. SMS isn't something the 'rest' of the family are very good at so it isn't necessary :lmao:
We went into an AT&T store last time asking about just getting a sim and they looked at us like we were from another planet (I guess we were sort of) and said it would start at $99. :confused3 so we just left. :lmao:

Ms Shuttergirl - yup...the US does that to you :wizard:

I'm thinking maybe just one of those boxed ones with phone and sim from Kmart etc? maybe a phone shop..
Appreciate the info :yay:

aussietravellers
07-19-2010, 03:33 AM
I have a list of stores in New York where you can buy the prepaid phones (if anybody would like it let me knowand I'll find it and post the list), but somewhere like Walmart or Kmart, Target are pretty good.

We were going to get sims when we were there in December and also went to AT&T. Because I wanted to use the phones again in September I wanted them to last until then but unfortunately they do not last that long. Once the phone has been inactive (or not recharged with cash) I think it's for 6 months then they number is cancelled and released back into the phone world for somebody else. The only way to get it to last longer was to buy the $99 sim. I didn't want to load $99 on the sims and couldn't be bothered to get them as we were only there for another week and it was a bit of a waste. Queenie maybe this is what they were trying to get you to have, because I went to two AT&T stores (I didn't like the answer I received at the first one :lmao: Didn't like not getting my own way and having a phone number for our return in 9 months :lmao: ) sadly at both stores I received the same answer :lmao: I said it's ridiculous, but we could have got sim's for under $99 but they would not have been any use in September. At the first AT&T store we went to as they wouldn't sell a sim that would still work in 9 months for under $99 I asked them to call me a taxi so we could get back to our hotel as we now did not have a phone which was our purpose of the visit there! They were lovely and more than happy to call a taxi, the salesman loved Aussies :rotfl2:

PrincessInOz
07-19-2010, 04:16 AM
Queenie - If you haven't already done so, check out the Pay As You Go plans for AT&T in the link previously provided. You'll be asked for a Zip Code and I normally just type in 90210 :)

There are a number of options and the one that works best for me is the $1 mobile to mobile plan. You then purchase the card amount (if you have a prepaid phone in Oz, in the equivalent Aussie lingo, this is the recharge amount)

Pay As You Go cards are available in these amounts:

Card Denomination (Expiration Period in brackets)
$15 (30 days)
$25 (90 days)
$50 (90 days)
$60 (90 days)
$100 (365 days)

Depending on how long you are travelling for, the expiration period may or may not be important as that is the date that the remaining balance amount goes to zero.

If you then go back to the AT&T link page, the other option there is to have a look at the GoPhones. Have a look at the existing OnLine offers for the handsets; plus packages. It gives you an idea of the cost and what packages could be available.

If you like the Online offer, you might be able to order it on line and get it shipped to your hotel? I personally prefer to go to a shop and pick my handset (but then I'm a bit of a handset geek)...but you might feel differently.

queenie82
07-19-2010, 06:41 AM
We were going to get sims when we were there in December and also went to AT&T. Because I wanted to use the phones again in September I wanted them to last until then but unfortunately they do not last that long. Once the phone has been inactive (or not recharged with cash) I think it's for 6 months then they number is cancelled and released back into the phone world for somebody else. The only way to get it to last longer was to buy the $99 sim. I didn't want to load $99 on the sims and couldn't be bothered to get them as we were only there for another week and it was a bit of a waste. Queenie maybe this is what they were trying to get you to have, because I went to two AT&T stores (I didn't like the answer I received at the first one :lmao: Didn't like not getting my own way and having a phone number for our return in 9 months :lmao: ) sadly at both stores I received the same answer :lmao: I said it's ridiculous, but we could have got sim's for under $99 but they would not have been any use in September. At the first AT&T store we went to as they wouldn't sell a sim that would still work in 9 months for under $99 I asked them to call me a taxi so we could get back to our hotel as we now did not have a phone which was our purpose of the visit there! They were lovely and more than happy to call a taxi, the salesman loved Aussies :rotfl2:Sounds like they wanted to sell the same thing:lmao::lmao:
But I like your style!!:rotfl2::rotfl2:
I must say we went in half hearted as weren't sure we could be bothered with it. And it would have really only be a bonus as it wasn't required much.
But this next trip I really think it will be worth looking into seriously.

Queenie - If you haven't already done so, check out the Pay As You Go plans for AT&T in the link previously provided. You'll be asked for a Zip Code and I normally just type in 90210 :)

There are a number of options and the one that works best for me is the $1 mobile to mobile plan. You then purchase the card amount (if you have a prepaid phone in Oz, in the equivalent Aussie lingo, this is the recharge amount)

Pay As You Go cards are available in these amounts:

Card Denomination (Expiration Period in brackets)
$15 (30 days)
$25 (90 days)
$50 (90 days)
$60 (90 days)
$100 (365 days)

Depending on how long you are travelling for, the expiration period may or may not be important as that is the date that the remaining balance amount goes to zero.

If you then go back to the AT&T link page, the other option there is to have a look at the GoPhones. Have a look at the existing OnLine offers for the handsets; plus packages. It gives you an idea of the cost and what packages could be available.

If you like the Online offer, you might be able to order it on line and get it shipped to your hotel? I personally prefer to go to a shop and pick my handset (but then I'm a bit of a handset geek)...but you might feel differently.I'm a handset geek too. I'm rather picky. But in this case I'll pick from the cheapest probably.
So with this the card denomination do you get a sim card with it? Can you get this each time without a phone? So you just get a different phone number each time? But can reuse a cheap phone?
If it is like a recharge you are recharging an existing sim...so I'm just trying to clarify.
I mean we may have a usable spare phone or 2 so not need new phones for all. So would this be usable for that?
I'm not concerned about having the same number each time.

Ms. Shuttergirl
07-19-2010, 08:58 AM
I have a list of stores in New York where you can buy the prepaid phones (if anybody would like it let me knowand I'll find it and post the list), but somewhere like Walmart or Kmart, Target are pretty good.

We were going to get sims when we were there in December and also went to AT&T. Because I wanted to use the phones again in September I wanted them to last until then but unfortunately they do not last that long. Once the phone has been inactive (or not recharged with cash) I think it's for 6 months then they number is cancelled and released back into the phone world for somebody else. The only way to get it to last longer was to buy the $99 sim. I didn't want to load $99 on the sims and couldn't be bothered to get them as we were only there for another week and it was a bit of a waste. Queenie maybe this is what they were trying to get you to have, because I went to two AT&T stores (I didn't like the answer I received at the first one :lmao: Didn't like not getting my own way and having a phone number for our return in 9 months :lmao: ) sadly at both stores I received the same answer :lmao: I said it's ridiculous, but we could have got sim's for under $99 but they would not have been any use in September. At the first AT&T store we went to as they wouldn't sell a sim that would still work in 9 months for under $99 I asked them to call me a taxi so we could get back to our hotel as we now did not have a phone which was our purpose of the visit there! They were lovely and more than happy to call a taxi, the salesman loved Aussies :rotfl2:

I would absolutely love that list of New York stores if you don't mind sharing.

aussietravellers
07-19-2010, 03:44 PM
I would absolutely love that list of New York stores if you don't mind sharing.

I've been told that good places to buy the prepaid Cell's in NY are KMart near Penn Station and at any Duane Reade drug/convenience store and Radio Shack.

I've also been told to not buy a prepaid phone from any small electronics store in Times Square (or anywhere else). If there's a 'going out of businees sale' sign in the window, cross to the other side of the street to avoid this place. They are apparantly scam artists who prey on unsuspecting tourists.

You should also be able to buy them at provider specific stores like AT&T etc.

PrincessInOz
07-20-2010, 03:41 AM
Sounds like they wanted to sell the same thing:lmao::lmao:
But I like your style!!:rotfl2::rotfl2:
I must say we went in half hearted as weren't sure we could be bothered with it. And it would have really only be a bonus as it wasn't required much.
But this next trip I really think it will be worth looking into seriously.

I'm a handset geek too. I'm rather picky. But in this case I'll pick from the cheapest probably.
So with this the card denomination do you get a sim card with it? Can you get this each time without a phone? So you just get a different phone number each time? But can reuse a cheap phone?
If it is like a recharge you are recharging an existing sim...so I'm just trying to clarify.
I mean we may have a usable spare phone or 2 so not need new phones for all. So would this be usable for that?
I'm not concerned about having the same number each time.

This is why I've gone with buying a cheap handset there instead of bringing my own handset. You can BYO and buy a SIM in the US...but the SIM costs about $30 - $35; plus tax. Go figure! Mark up on SIMS must be pretty good!

With the GoPhone option handset deal, you get the handset AND SIM thrown in.

In either BYO and buy SIM or buy a GoPhone handset deal (with SIM), it then comes down to which "start-up" recharge value (card amount) you want to load. And yes, theoretically you are recharging the amount on your "account", which is linked to your SIM.

When you run close to the end of your credit, you can reload your amount on-line or by calling their number (and use a credit card over the phone; same as how we reload credit in Aussie prepaids).

mareeld86
07-20-2010, 05:33 AM
`Make sure you check that international roaming is set up im with telstra and they old me multiple times that it was set up and when i got to fiji it wast set up and then when i got to the usa it cost me 81 dollars on my partners phone to get it fixed boy was i P*****D!!

ehsmum
07-25-2010, 02:01 AM
I took my iPhone with me and bought a pre-paid sim from AT&T. I believe it was $60 for the month for unlimited calls and texts. Worked well for us.

aussietravellers
07-25-2010, 02:04 AM
I took my iPhone with me and bought a pre-paid sim from AT&T. I believe it was $60 for the month for unlimited calls and texts. Worked well for us.

Did you use any data with that? Like use any apps that use data?

aussietravellers
07-30-2010, 01:55 AM
Slightly OT but got the new iphone today :cool1:. Love it so far, no problems with calls dropping out and I can't get it to lose signal by holding it on the bottom left.

queenie82
07-30-2010, 02:04 AM
Slightly OT but got the new iphone today :cool1:. Love it so far, no problems with calls dropping out and I can't get it to lose signal by holding it on the bottom left.

Which network?
The reason it was so dramatic in the US is because everything gets blown out of proportion in the US...
But also because you can only use it on AT&T....which is a very unreliable service.

aussietravellers
07-30-2010, 03:01 AM
Which network?
The reason it was so dramatic in the US is because everything gets blown out of proportion in the US...
But also because you can only use it on AT&T....which is a very unreliable service.

I'm with Telstra. They were not giving away the cover things either as they said in the media. But I really don't need it, I have been chatting all afternoon and I have been trying to get the bars to drop and I just can't do it. It is SO clear, I didn't ever think my 3GS wasn't clear, but the new one is SO clear, I keep going from computer to phone (lots of sms's coming through :rotfl: ) and the phone is much clearer than my computer.

I sort of figured that they sold well over a million of these phones already and there have not been that many with problems. And if some of those people with problems are in areas where the coverage is poor then it will drop out Iphone4 or not.

Anyway I'm happy with my new toy :banana:

queenie82
08-01-2010, 08:58 PM
I'm with Telstra. They were not giving away the cover things either as they said in the media. But I really don't need it, I have been chatting all afternoon and I have been trying to get the bars to drop and I just can't do it. It is SO clear, I didn't ever think my 3GS wasn't clear, but the new one is SO clear, I keep going from computer to phone (lots of sms's coming through :rotfl: ) and the phone is much clearer than my computer.

I sort of figured that they sold well over a million of these phones already and there have not been that many with problems. And if some of those people with problems are in areas where the coverage is poor then it will drop out Iphone4 or not.

Anyway I'm happy with my new toy :banana:
You all still good with your new toy? :yay:
Hope so...

Soo tempting. My current iPhone 3G plan runs until the end of December but we can do a family switcheroo. Just waiting till the subsidised plan we can access comes out to see if it is worth it :upsidedow

Have you tried out the camera and video? Is it good?

[I know we are getting slightly off topic but hey...its a new toy!!! :flower3: ]

ETA - regarding the iBump...That's weird. I would ring Apple and check about that.
You should still get it even if you don't use it. I would suggest going to the Apple Store, but I don't think you have one?
(we have three...hehe)
I'm hoping Powersupport will come out with a case.
I have this (http://store.apple.com/au/product/TS503LL/B?fnode=MTY1NDA0NA&mco=MTU1OTU5ODY) for my iphone 3G and it is FANTASTIC. Nice grip with hardly any extra size.
Not sure if the new shape will allow for it though.

Ms. Shuttergirl
08-01-2010, 10:16 PM
Has anyone tried the TravelSim? They can be purchased from Australia Post, are completely prepaid and you just pop them into your existing phone.

We tried a different international company last time, can't remember the name but when we put the sims in we couldn't get the phones to activate and work.

glara
08-02-2010, 12:30 AM
Ooooooh so jealous of your new iPhone - they royally screwed up the release here and there were not enough - some stores didn't stock them at all, others had only 20 or so.

Interesting thread, I want to take my iPhone to the States (although at this rate I'll be there before I get the bl**dy phone :grin:) and the idea of a prepaid SIM sounds great.

I'm also keen to hear if any data was used on the charges posted above by ehsmum?

Mum from oz
08-02-2010, 01:11 AM
I'm with Telstra. They were not giving away the cover things either as they said in the media. But I really don't need it, I have been chatting all afternoon and I have been trying to get the bars to drop and I just can't do it. It is SO clear, I didn't ever think my 3GS wasn't clear, but the new one is SO clear, I keep going from computer to phone (lots of sms's coming through :rotfl: ) and the phone is much clearer than my computer.

I sort of figured that they sold well over a million of these phones already and there have not been that many with problems. And if some of those people with problems are in areas where the coverage is poor then it will drop out Iphone4 or not.

Anyway I'm happy with my new toy :banana:

I got one too, sooo awesome! I love the camera and it takes great video too :love: You can download an app called iphone 4 case program and then put in all your details and they will send you a fee cover. There are a couple to choose from too. :)

aussietravellers
08-02-2010, 04:05 AM
I got one too, sooo awesome! I love the camera and it takes great video too :love: You can download an app called iphone 4 case program and then put in all your details and they will send you a fee cover. There are a couple to choose from too. :)
It's amazing how clear the screen is too isn't it. I didn't think my other one was not clear until I got the new one. Yes I ordered the case on Saturday. I ordered I think the third one down, it's a clear case. I don't really need it but hey, it was free so figured I may as well order one :rotfl::thumbsup2

Ooooooh so jealous of your new iPhone - they royally screwed up the release here and there were not enough - some stores didn't stock them at all, others had only 20 or so.

Interesting thread, I want to take my iPhone to the States (although at this rate I'll be there before I get the bl**dy phone :grin:) and the idea of a prepaid SIM sounds great.

I'm also keen to hear if any data was used on the charges posted above by ehsmum?

Yes they pretty much did that here too! I think it's done on purpose really. They do it to increase the hype "OMG, the Iphone sold out, I'd better race and try and get one as soon as they arrive in stock" My Dad went to the apple store to get one on Saturday morning and they had sold out, he tried another apple store and they had sold out on Friday afternoon. Everywhere has sold out and to order online it's a 3 week wait. I think it's their marketing ploy.

Has anyone tried the TravelSim? They can be purchased from Australia Post, are completely prepaid and you just pop them into your existing phone.

We tried a different international company last time, can't remember the name but when we put the sims in we couldn't get the phones to activate and work.

No I haven't tried them, but I saw them at the post office last week and wondered about them.

You all still good with your new toy? :yay:
Hope so...

LOVING my new toy! :woohoo: No problems with it at all! No death grip (and if you visit Mactalk forums there are very few people having a death grip problem :thumbsup2)

Soo tempting. My current iPhone 3G plan runs until the end of December but we can do a family switcheroo. Just waiting till the subsidised plan we can access comes out to see if it is worth it :upsidedow

Have you tried out the camera and video? Is it good?
The camera is fantastic! So much clearer than the old one, but I don't know if that has anything to do with the fact that the screen is SO clear! It's amazing. My brother and Dad were going to wait to get one after they had "fixed the problems" now they are kicking themselves because they are sold out and after playing with mine both really want the new one.

[I know we are getting slightly off topic but hey...its a new toy!!! :flower3: ]
Ah don't worry about going OT, I am forever taking threads OT :lmao:

ETA - regarding the iBump...That's weird. I would ring Apple and check about that.
You should still get it even if you don't use it. I would suggest going to the Apple Store, but I don't think you have one?
(we have three...hehe)
I'm hoping Powersupport will come out with a case.
I have this (http://store.apple.com/au/product/TS503LL/B?fnode=MTY1NDA0NA&mco=MTU1OTU5ODY) for my iphone 3G and it is FANTASTIC. Nice grip with hardly any extra size.
Not sure if the new shape will allow for it though.
The case program was released on Saturday. It's the same as in the US. You have to download an app from itunes where you can order the case. There are quite a few to choose from, not just a bumper, there are a number of cases. It is available for phones purchased until maybe November (can't remember the exact date). Anyway mine is all ordered :thumbsup2

Luisa
08-03-2010, 04:39 AM
Has anyone tried the TravelSim? They can be purchased from Australia Post, are completely prepaid and you just pop them into your existing phone.

I looked at those a while ago- where it lists how much you save it actually said there is no saving in the US so I didn't bother.

shan08
08-08-2010, 05:56 AM
Slightly off topic - but has anyone pre purchased a sim card before they got to the states? I need a US number to give to the airline and some bookings that Ive made want a contact number. Too expensive for Int roaming. I was going to wait until I got there and just buy a cheap phone and sim! What to do??:confused3

TwinkleOz
08-18-2010, 12:23 AM
I checked into this too - I just wish I followed through with it once I arrived!

Do not under any means send MMS back home through your current provider! Stupid me did not realise that they are charged at ridiculous roaming rates :rolleyes: .

I don't know if you have found a solution to your problem but thought I would chirp in with what I found. You can buy a prepaid sim with data over there (it isn't much but is enough to check emails, maps while you're out etc) but you have to activate it through a phone that is other than your iPhone. I can't believe they make it THIS hard. So either take an old one with you or buy one of their cheapies. I did all this research as to the cheapest way and best way to do this, and in the end I just kept the same sim so I could be contacted on my normal number if need be. The good thing about the US is the vast amounts of free wi-fi spots around where you could use your maps/apps etc.

To the PP poster, you can buy US sim cards off ebay.com but I don't think you can activate it until you are over there.

Oz-kateer
08-18-2010, 01:53 AM
Last time I was in the US, I ordered a cheap and cheerful "disposable" phone from Best Buy via the net and had it sent to my hotel (Pop) and they gave it to me when I checked in. Too easy.

It came pre-loaded with 300 minutes talk time, cost about $45. Maybe it was $40.

I also ordered a few other things this way - a hairdryer for example. That way I didn't have to touch down and then hunt for a shop.