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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
UK specific iPhone/SIM question: I need to activate my old iPhone 3GS 16gB, preferably without my own SIM. I am giving it to my nephew as a games device, not to use as a phone. I have reset and now it insists on a SIM.
1. are there workarounds so I don't have to buy a SIM, activate it then throw SIM away?
2 This was my O2 UK phone [on a company contract], so if you know anything about the iPhone elsewhere, it probably won't apply.
3. If the answer to the above is 'jailbreak it', can I use iTunes after?
4. if the answer is 'use your old SIM just for activation', will this link it to iTunes in some way? Bear in mind, I still use my SIM in my newer phone [actually purchased more recently, but an 8gB 3GS in reality. Yes, I know...]
posted by dash_slot-
on Jun 6, 2012 -
iPhone 4S / Still (Again) in Hollywood Filter: Are there any Pay-As-You-Go type data plans with SIM cards for an unlocked 4s user in the USA? [more inside]
posted by rokusan
on May 13, 2012 -
roadtrip time. I have an unlocked iphone and need a prepaid sim card. which one should I choose? [more inside]
posted by krautland
on May 8, 2012 -
Two SIM cards in one phone? In one iPhone? Can I really do this now and if it can be done, what hardware do you recommend?
posted by HopStopDon'tShop
on Feb 2, 2012 -
I just had my Verizon iPhone 4s unlocked for international use and confirmed working with two different foreign SIM cards. Three questions:
posted by letitrain
on Jan 16, 2012 -
- Is this permanent? Can it ever be re-locked via software or some other method?
- Can this be used with US SIM cards, or are there restrictions?
- Is this phone now identical to an unlocked iPhone, or is it somehow different?
I want to buy a second-hand iphone and use it with my existing T-Mobile contract SIM card. Will it work? What issues might I face? Should I go for iphone4 or iphone 3GS? [more inside]
posted by mairuzu
on Jan 4, 2011 -
I dropped my iPhone 4 into water, and following some instructions I found online, it's currently drying out in a bag of rice. I have an old iPhone 3G that I want to use. I tried putting sim card from iPhone 4 into iPhone 3G, but they're of different sizes. I can probably hack it together (like from this tutorial: http://hijinksinc.com/2010/05/14/using-a-micro-sim-in-an-iphone-3g/), but will this work with AT&T?
posted by ant345
on Dec 30, 2010 -
My wife wants to get an iPhone, and is currently on Verizon. I already have one. What's the best route for us to go? If she gets an iPhone4, can I take it and give her the 3GS just by swapping the SIM cards? What is your experience with AT&Ts family plans, or are we better off having separate accts? Does ordering the phone online make anything more difficult? [more inside]
posted by nevercalm
on Aug 18, 2010 -
How can I defeat the evil "There is no Sim card installed in the iPhone you are attempting to activate" message after water damage" message? [more inside]
posted by bengalsfan1
on Aug 9, 2010 -
I'm on T-Mobile Pay As You Go but am thinking of buying a friend's old iPhone that he is selling very cheap. Can I unlock the phone and just throw my SIM card in? I currently have a Motorola L7 which I'm not too crazy about and although I understand the iPhone wouldn't have internet, I thought it might be a nice upgrade in terms of camera, having iPhone apps, etc. Will this work?
posted by gfrobe
on Apr 28, 2010 -
Going on vacation, I'll jailbreak my old iPhone so it can accept a local SIM for voice/data. I need to figure out how to set up the synching...which I'm slightly hesitant about because my regular in-use phone is (and will remain) non-jailbroken. [more inside]
posted by jimmyjimjim
on Mar 13, 2010 -
I am going on a trip to Vietnam for three weeks this month and am wondering: what my best bet is in terms of carrier and coverage for a prepaid SIM for my unlocked iPhone 3G? [more inside]
posted by jesseendahl
on Jan 1, 2010 -
I'm an Australian who is holidaying in the US and Canada in December -- from Sunday! I have an iPhone and I would like to know whether I can use it for 3G data while I'm there. [more inside]
posted by robcorr
on Dec 2, 2009 -
How to get a 3G SIM card for a 1 month trip to India w/out signing a 1 or 2 year contract? [more inside]
posted by Kerim
on Nov 22, 2009 -
I will be living in Mumbai for 11 weeks next summer. I have an unlocked iPhone 3G. What is my best bet in terms of carrier and plan for the cheapest and most reliable data access? I plan to do local calls over the cell phone voice network and international calls via Skype on the iPhone.
Thanks in advance!
posted by jesseendahl
on Nov 17, 2009 -
Can I use my Blackberry Bold AT&T SIM Card in an iPhone?
My internet research has left me with the following impression:
If the SIM card is linked to a blackberry data plan, when I put it in the iPhone I will not have data, only voice. [more inside]
posted by thankyoumuchly
on Jun 22, 2009 -
Two iPhones, a 2G and a 3G, on a family plan. Adding a third, a 3GS. Can I just swap the SIM cards to get the phone numbers onto the devices I want them on, or does AT&T need to get involved? [more inside]
posted by pzarquon
on Jun 11, 2009 -
Can I use a non-unlocked iPhone (3G if it matters) with another country's official carrier's SIM card? [more inside]
posted by DoctorFedora
on Sep 20, 2008 -