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A question about iphone, SIM card, and pay-as-you-go options in the USA

Canadian cheapskate seeking travel communication options. Read on for geek details. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Sep 30, 2015 - 7 answers

Using a Verizon/CDMA+GSM iPhone on a US GSM network

Verizon have simplified/Europeanized their plans such that you can just buy the phone outright upfront and pay for service month-to-month (I think!). Given that, if I were to buy a new Verizon iPhone next week, I would own a GSM+CDMA phone outright and not have a long-term contract with Verizon. In the future, could I then put a US (not overseas) SIM card in that phone and have it work? Or would I still need to pay a ransom to get the phone unlocked to use it on, e.g. T-mobile or AT&T? [more inside]
posted by caek on Sep 10, 2015 - 4 answers

Best prepaid data SIM plan for Australia/NZ visit

What are my SIM options for a two week visit to Australia (Sydney) followed by a 1 week visit to NZ (Wellington then drive down west coast of south island to Queenstown)? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Jun 25, 2015 - 6 answers

Prepaid SIM at Reagan National (AT&T)

Looking for a pre-paid AT&T SIM card at Reagan National [more inside]
posted by defcom1 on Jun 24, 2015 - 3 answers

Ecuador prepaid SIM with data plan

I may need to buy a SIM for use in Vilcabamba, Ecuador. I don't need voice, only data. Movistar and Claro have similar pricing so my questions are: a) which has better coverage in that region; and b) can I buy the card and data plan at the Quito airport?
posted by Johnny Wallflower on May 27, 2015 - 2 answers

I got an Experia X10 Mini pro, but I can't get it to work

I just got a phone from Amazon; we have verified that it is unocked, but when we put the sim card in (wind provider) it doesn't work, and in the settings is has it listed as "wind away" as though it thinks that I am out of their signal range. [more inside]
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 on May 14, 2015 - 5 answers

Prepaid sim with global roaming and cheap data?

I'll be travelling from the US to Israel, Prague, and Germany in late May, and I'm researching my options for getting phone and data connectivity in all three places (and possibly in the Netherlands as well). [more inside]
posted by montag2k on Mar 31, 2015 - 5 answers

inside Arlanda airport: micro SIMs for sale?

At ARN, will I definitely be able to buy a micro SIM (ideally Comviq, based on these options, but if not, any similar brand)? Surprisingly hard to google a clear answer here. [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on Feb 4, 2015 - 10 answers

Old smartphone with no sim. How to get it running again?

I have an LG smartphone (lucid) from my previous phone contract with Verizon but no sim. So it just goes to a setup screen with a language selection option and buttons for emergency call or setup. Setup tells me I need a sim. What do I do to turn this into a usable portable computer with no phone? I'm not that interested in spending much money on it but it would be handy for a few things.
posted by srboisvert on Jan 13, 2015 - 5 answers

Need options for short-term US cell phone for travel.

I'm traveling from the UK to the US in 2 days, and need a cell phone with a US number for roughly a week. I have an unlocked GSM smartphone with dual SIM slots. Any options to get a short-term US SIM card quickly (and, ideally, cheaply!)? [more inside]
posted by still bill on Nov 16, 2014 - 8 answers

Sim card for German iPhone while in the US for 2 weeks.

German visitor to the U.S. need a micro sim card with data for her iphone... [more inside]
posted by sandra_s on Nov 7, 2014 - 10 answers

Mobile Phone While Travelling in South Korea

My parents will be traveling in South Korea next week. They're going to be there for 11-12 days. What is their best option as far as their mobile phones go? [more inside]
posted by Philby on Aug 9, 2014 - 8 answers

Best SIM card for EU roaming data?

I will be traveling for 10 days in Germany (2 days), Denmark (2 days), and Sweden (6 days) at the end of this month. Voice and texting is relatively unimportant, but I do need data for maps, keeping in touch with my traveling companions, etc. What's the best way to do this, given that I'm in Greece at the moment and need the SIM card by Friday? [more inside]
posted by crazy with stars on Jul 19, 2014 - 4 answers

Cell phone for visiting Canada

I have a Virgin Mobile USA phone, which is useless outside the US. I'll be in Canada (Nova Scotia and Ontario) for two weeks, and while the idea of taking a break from little electronic devices is tempting, it actually would be kind of helpful to have a phone. What's my best (ie, cheapest) option? [more inside]
posted by neroli on Jul 17, 2014 - 2 answers

Traveling to Vancouver. Pre-paid mobile data plans?

I'll be in Vancouver and the surrounding area next week. What's the best way for me to get data on my cellphone? Something like a prepaid mobile SIM card tied to a data plan. Just relying on wifi isn't an option as half of the time I won't be in the city. [more inside]
posted by destrius on Jul 15, 2014 - 10 answers

Best Burner Phone for a Month in London?

This has become somewhat of a perennial AskMe question (previously in 2013, previously in 2012, previously in 2007), but as the mobile communications landscape is ever-shifting, it never hurts to have up to date information. So, if I'm spending the month of August in London, which of the several offerings is the best PAYG-SIM phone to grab upon arrival? I will be bringing my iPhone (AT&T), but turning off data roaming and using it as wi-fi only when I can. Are there deals on low-end smartphones that are worth the extra cash, or is it still best to just grab a simple flip-phone with SMS?
posted by grabbingsand on Jun 4, 2014 - 7 answers

Best Multi-Country Cell SIM?

My son is going on a three-week school trip to several countries in Europe about a month. I'd like to either buy a SIM for his (out of contract, unlocked) iPhone 4s, or direct him to buy one in London, at the airport, when he lands. I'm specifically looking for decent voice rates to the US, some international texting, and data to include an available network of WiFi. [more inside]
posted by tomierna on May 26, 2014 - 13 answers

Messages on an American iPhone in Greece?

I recently took my Verizon American iPhone 5s outside the country for the first time and installed a Cosmote sim card on it. Immediately all my contacts on the messages app lost their names and only appear as their American phone numbers, e.g. +1 (xxx) xxx-xxxx. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by crazy with stars on May 15, 2014 - 4 answers

Is (Telus) HSPA+ GSM compatible?

I'm dealing with a quad band device for a customer that works with a standard GSM SIM card. They are trying to use a SIM from Telus in Canada. They have a SIM from Telus inside the device, but it's not working. [more inside]
posted by nrobertson on Mar 2, 2014 - 1 answer

Getting a US data plan for my foreign cell phone

I am travelling to Chicago in two weeks and want to use my smartphone whilst I am there (and away from WiFi). Importantly though I am not actually bothered about making phone calls. DATA is what I crave. What are my best sim card options? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jan 29, 2014 - 6 answers

Recommendations for Irish SIM card for American

I will be traveling to Dublin, Ireland frequently in the next 6 mos - year and I need to find an appropriate SIM vendor. I have done a ton of research but I am still hamstrung in terms of concrete advice. Here is what I know: I have unlocked my old iPhone 4 for this purpose. My husband and I have AT&T for our stateside smartphone service. My mother has Verizon (my preschooler will be with her). I will use the phone to call my husband and daughter nightly (probably two separate calls) and I will want some data coverage for navigation, texting, etc. I would prefer not to initiate any kind of contract until after the first trip. Any recommendations? TIA.
posted by wildeepdotorg on Jan 25, 2014 - 6 answers

Will an unlocked iPhone with a TMobile sim work normally?

If I were to obtain an official, factory-unlocked iPhone 5, and insert the pay-as-you-go TMobile micro-SIM I currently use in another phone, can I assume the iPhone will work exactly as if I'd obtained it on a contract? I'm specifically interested in Facetime and in free iMessaging between iPhones. [more inside]
posted by oliverburkeman on Jan 20, 2014 - 9 answers

Gears and Levers and Cams: Like I'm Five

Does this exist? I want a 3D simulation program where I can experiment with gears (including bevel gears), slots and slides, eccentric cranks, levers, maybe even chain drives and belts and pulleys. Ideally I'd be able to change sizes, numbers/shapes of teeth, location of the drive shaft, etc. to see how those changes affect the motion of the gadget. [more inside]
posted by Lou Stuells on Jan 15, 2014 - 7 answers

Toronto trip data plan only

I will be visiting toronto during christmas/new years and would like to have a prepaid data plan. What is the cheapest/best carrier for data sim while in toronto. Minutes matter less since i will be using phone primarily as directions, trip advisor etc . similar to this question but reversed Samsung galaxy s3 tmobile lte version phone if that matters. Also great places to go in toronto during later christmas/new years timeframe is also helpful
posted by radsqd on Dec 2, 2013 - 3 answers

Substitute Philippines telephone carrier SIM for my AT&T SIM in Ipad 3

I purchased an iPad (3rd generation) with AT&T SIM in Dallas in 2012. I am now living in Philippines and would like to use the device's comms capability with a Philipppines carrier. However, I have tried simply switching the AT&T SIM with one from the Philippines carrier, GLOBE. [more inside]
posted by lometogo on Nov 17, 2013 - 6 answers

Football Manager...Should I Buy? (Soccer Video Game)

Just wondering if I should invest my time/money into this game (having NO experience with it in the past). [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Oct 7, 2013 - 22 answers

Where to get a russian SIM card

Where to get a prepaid SIM in Moscow with a good data plan? [more inside]
posted by photo guy on Sep 25, 2013 - 6 answers

Best "Burner" GSM World Phone

Traveling outside of the US for ~4 weeks a year, what's the best/cheapest burner phone that can Whatsapp, GPS/Mapping, and uses fullsized SIM cards? [more inside]
posted by wcfields on Sep 11, 2013 - 10 answers

Sony Xperia J Not Reading Sim Card

Hi all, my Sony Xperia J isn't reading sim cards. The sim card (3) that came with the phone works on other phones; the Xperia won't read other sim cards. What can I do to get this handset working? This is my work phone and I'm the breadwinner around here, so it's a bit urgent! Thanks. I've got two Win7 PCs to assist in fixing it.
posted by Mistress on Aug 10, 2013 - 6 answers

Seeking cell phone advice for non-savvy pensioner

Advice please: (1) are there SIM only, pay-as-you-go cell options available in Canada (2) any recommendations for a solid, inexpensive, quad-band phone for a pensioner that probably won't use apps [more inside]
posted by bifter on Jul 30, 2013 - 3 answers

Text and calls for an iPhone 5 in four countries

I have an unlocked iPhone 5 with Verizon. (It is verifiably unlocked for foreign SIM card use -- and yes, even though it is Verizon it does have GSM as well as CDMA). I'm looking for advice on how to travel with it to four countries, with the ability to receive/send calls and texts. I'd like to buy and use one SIM card only. And I want to be sure that I don't use any data, which gets expensive. So the question boils down to: (1) Keep the iPhone or ditch it for my unlocked travel phone? (2) Use the Verizon international plan, or buy an offering from Telestial, Global, etc.? More inside. [more inside]
posted by bchaplin on Jul 21, 2013 - 15 answers

Best PAYG SIM for multiple EU countries?

I'm going to be traveling in Europe for 3 weeks, which PAYG SIM plan should I get for my unlocked iPhone 4? [more inside]
posted by Joh on Jul 3, 2013 - 7 answers

Prepaid (micro-)SIM cards (with data) for Iceland

I'm going to Iceland for a few days soon, and am looking for a prepaid local SIM card to put in my iPhone 4S. It has to be a micro-SIM (though they can be cut down to that size) and to have a data allowance (I'll only be there for a few days so it doesn't need to be huge; I intend to use it for basic things like ). (It staying alive after I go back to the UK would be a nice feature, as I'll be back in Iceland again.) Is there a local mobile phone company who have a recommended prepaid SIM-only package, and if so, where in Reykjavík could I pick one up?
posted by acb on Jun 25, 2013 - 3 answers

I want to copy a mini sim card to a micro sim card, how do I do it?

I have an aging smartphone that I'd like to replace with a different unlocked smartphone I intend to buy. The old one uses a mini-SIM, the new one has a micro-SIM slot. [more inside]
posted by Feel the beat of the rhythm of the night on Jun 16, 2013 - 9 answers

Searching for an old car-game I played in the 90's

In the 90's I borrowed a demo-CD from a friend, who had a car combat-like game, where you drove around in a futuristic environment. The game was a demo, so it only had one level and only one car. The only mission that was available was where one had to collect two pieces of a device located in two different parts of the map. Most of the stuff was blue. [more inside]
posted by madcow20 on Apr 28, 2013 - 18 answers

Am I going to have problems getting a SIM card in Italy?

Previous AMF questions have discussed walking into various mobile providers in Italy and just buying a SIM card. Glancing around internet currently suggests that SIM card sales are (more?) heavily regulated in Italy than previously, even to the point of not offering them for sale to someone showing a passport. Curious if any current Italy residents, expats, or students can provide info for the following: US unlocked GSM smartphone owner heading to Italy for 10 days and would like to have reasonable phone and text options to call/text back to states to check on house and pets with housesitter. Data a plus but absolutely not necessary. Any advice to smooth the process of buying a SIM card in Italy would be greatly appreciated.
posted by teg4rvn on Apr 23, 2013 - 9 answers

Calling from Asia over android tablet

Currently in Asia and want to call US cheap. What options besides Skype do I have? Not a big fan of sim cards as they are hard to find here. [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Mar 25, 2013 - 7 answers

SIM Card needed while traveling from US to Belize - suggestions please

I'll be traveling to Belize this summer and would like to use my Verizon iPhone 4s, which I will have unlocked from Verizon by that time, for local voice and data calls. I'll I plan on using Talkatone for making wifi only calls back to the US as well as using the data part from the SIM Card to text back to the US while I'm there. It would be nice to be able to purchase a SIM Card here in the States before traveling, but I'm not against purchasing a SIM Card at or near BZE Airport when we arrive. Thank you for your time. I do appreciate it.
posted by Jackie_Treehorn on Mar 3, 2013 - 5 answers

Is there something like a MiFi that will accept a SIM?

I'm looking for something like a MiFi that will accept a SIM. [more inside]
posted by aeighty on Feb 18, 2013 - 7 answers

I'm going to thailand. I bought a used ATT iPhone 3GS. Now what?

I'm heading to Bangkok in ten days for about two weeks. I looked into using my iPhone 5 overseas and the answers from ATT made me think twice about it. So for 100 bucks I bought a used Iphone 3GS. I figure I'd just buy a sim card there and I'd be all set. But then I thought I should check. Do I need to unlock it? or jailbreak it? Is there anything specific to Thailand and Iphones I need to know? What's the process here?
posted by rileyray3000 on Feb 13, 2013 - 6 answers

Best travel SIM in Japan (speech + data)

I'm searching for the best SIM card for a one month stay in Japan. I've already found e-connect (1 GB/30 days, only data @ 4100 Yen), but I would prefer an option including SMS/speech.
posted by mathiu on Feb 12, 2013 - 2 answers

How to I keep in touch with my one-and-only squeeze for a week without squeezing my bank account?

Short-term (prepaid?) mobile in Regina, Saskatchewan. [more inside]
posted by Decimask on Dec 22, 2012 - 2 answers

Stick & Throttle

Sim pilots: help me join the 21st Century by sharing your opinions of the current crop of available controls. [more inside]
posted by snuffleupagus on Dec 20, 2012 - 4 answers

Prepaid SIM for iPhone 5 in the US?

I have an iPhone 5 purchased unlocked in the UK. I travel regularly to the US for 1-2 weeks at a time, often in situations where WiFi is not an option, and would like to be able to buy a pre-paid US SIM primarily for data. Now that the iPhone 5 has been out for a few months, has anyone finally gotten onboard with pre-paid nanoSIMs for the 5? Or is cutting down a regular SIM still the only option?
posted by olinerd on Dec 19, 2012 - 3 answers

Is my iPhone compromised?

I just got my cracked iPhone screen fixed at a stall in Chinatown. I left it with them for an hour. When I picked it up and turned it on, it said there was 'No SIM installed'. A restart fixed it. I don't if it's necessary to remove the SIM to fix the screen, but if they have, could they do anything nefarious with it?
posted by unliteral on Nov 10, 2012 - 18 answers

Complete phone cloning

Hypothetically, what are the practical results of completely cloning a GSM phone-- not just the SIM card, but also the radio fingerprint and any other method used to differentiate two mobile devices? [more inside]
posted by shakespeherian on Oct 24, 2012 - 5 answers

What happens during iPhone activation?

AT&T/iPhone: I bought an iPhone 4 on craigslist. I plan to cut down my 3G's sim into a micro-sim and put it in the 4. However, before I got started I factory reset the 4 and now it wants to go through an activation process. What does "activation" mean, in this context? [more inside]
posted by homodachi on Sep 20, 2012 - 6 answers

Blackberry/iPhone sim compatibility

Can I put my iPhone 4 AT&T sim card in an AT&T Blackberry Curve 8310 and still send and receive calls and SMS messages without accruing additional fees or contract extensions? [more inside]
posted by billtron on Aug 27, 2012 - 2 answers

GSM, SIM, iPhones in Iceland for US folk: Talk down to me

Having trouble making sense of unlocked GSM phones, SIM cards, and unlocking/jailbreaking US phones for travel to Iceland. Please help. [more inside]
posted by ImproviseOrDie on Jul 17, 2012 - 8 answers

Help me find a basic sim card for my old phone without the requirement to top up every month

Is it possible to buy a pay as you go sim card (UK) for my old phone that doesnt require me to top up every month? [more inside]
posted by aqueousdan on Jul 15, 2012 - 5 answers

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