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Idea Help. UK mobile phone in America - want 3 or 4g

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We're off there for two weeks on Saturday. Has anyone bought a SIM (for an iPhone 6) that works for calls and more importantly, data on the move?

Best to do it out there or in Heathrow?

We're on O2 and the data costs are extortionate when roaming outside of the EU.

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In short PAYG in the US isn't so great and you have to
pay for incoming calls even with a local SIM.

1) Car-to-car comms: go to Fry's Electronics and buy a 3-pack of walkie-talkies.
(Motorola are good)
2) Buy a "pack" from you home network for x Hours/y mbytes if they offer this.
3) Set up a Google Voice US fixed line number and install
Google Hangouts/Dialler (Wifi calls for people in the UK to call you etc.)


Forget 3G outside cities. It'll be mostly EDGE where you're going.

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In short PAYG in the US isn't so great and you have to
pay for incoming calls even with a local SIM.

1) Car-to-car comms: go to Fry's Electronics and buy a 3-pack of walkie-talkies.
(Motorola are good)
2) Buy a "pack" from you home network for x Hours/y mbytes if they offer this.
3) Set up a Google Voice US fixed line number and install
Google Hangouts/Dialler (Wifi calls for people in the UK to call you etc.)


Forget 3G outside cities. It'll be mostly EDGE where you're going.
Cheers Nev.

1. Sorted. We use the American ones on our EU / UK road trips (MR350 naughty but there you go).
2. Will look into this, thanks.
3. We've got TU go which allows for free worldwide calla via wi-fi so great for hotels etc.

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Ah yes, I had TuMe for a while after Telefonica
bought JahJah (Which was bloody brilliant. )
but they pulled the plug on it for non-Telefonica/O2 users.



Have fun, wish I was going too.


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You can order sims in the UK for use in the USA. Fixed cost for data. Just switch in sim when you land. Forward your UK calls to new number if you want to get incoming or just check your voice mail from time to time. I'll need to check with Mrs Idiot of you are interested in details. We did this for our holiday in the US and it worked very well. Had full mobile data use for the trip at reasonable price.
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Forwarding an EU mobile can be pointless:

You'll pay for the international part of fwdd call to the US
on your EU tariff plus the incoming section of the call on
the US SIM.

Might as well just use your EU phone.

(Unless you have free calls to the US on your EU tariff.)
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Always good to have a 3 PAYG SIM for roaming . Wont work now though as you need to be a customer for 30 days.

I wouldn't bother with O2's roaming packs. In the US, the default is 50mb for 40, or they have a bolt on with a massive 200mb for 120! If you have an unlocked phone, I'd just get a local SIM. You can pick up a straight talk SIM in any walmart branch. With taxes and 911 costs its around $50 for a month, with US calls and data (5GB data at "high speed" after which it's capped at around 2mbps - still fine for most things. If you need to call the UK, just Skype it.
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I wouldn't bother with O2's roaming packs. In the US, the default is 50mb for 40.
Holy ****!


What SR needs is a phone with two SIM slots.

Like mine.





My current tariff include 2H & 200Mbytes a month worldwide on top of the 12GB unlimited national/international calls & texts.


They do seem to be cutting back on the truly international tariffs and none of the new ones include the US for
roaming anymore....


30min +30 text + 200mb valid only for a week will set you back €25 for the US now.

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Forwarding an EU mobile can be pointless:

You'll pay for the international part of fwdd call to the US
on your EU tariff plus the incoming section of the call on
the US SIM.

Might as well just use your EU phone.

(Unless you have free calls to the US on your EU tariff.)
Hence the if you want to statement.
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