Best pay-as-you-go cell phone plan for a few days in the USA w. a Canadian Samsung Galaxy S2
June 9, 2012 1:45 PM Subscribe
Is there a prepaid phone plan in the US that will let me use my Samsung Galaxy S2 at full speeds, for short visits (ie: without having to pay for a full month of use)?
posted by Mayma Hosey to technology (5 answers total)
I live in Canada, and have a carrier-unlocked Samsung Galaxy S2.
I periodically go to the US, typically for a couple of days, sometimes longer.
I'd like to find a cell phone plan that can serve my needs for these visits. I'm hoping I can find a plan that meets these criteria:
1) Gives me access to decent data speeds on my phone (Samsung Galaxy S2).
2) Does not require me to pay for a full month, if I plan to be in the US for just a few days.
In the past, I've used T-mobile's prepaid pay-by-the-day plans. Those plans let me pay for just the days I use. Great for short visits- For 5 days, I pay $10 or $15, for unlimited talk/text and data. The one problem, though, is that with my phone, I am limited to edge speeds. (T-mobile sells a Samsung Galaxy S2 which gets 4g speeds on their network, but that's apparently a different phone from my regular Samsung Galaxy S2, which I believe is only compatible w. Edge speeds on the T-mobile network).
I've also seen plans, like the one at Straight Talk, that, if I understand right, would allow me to get faster speeds, but where I'd have to pay for a full month. That's great for longer visits, but $45 seems expensive for a couple of days coverage.
Is there any plan that offers the best of these worlds? (Or some other solution I may be overlooking?)