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    MrsGrey
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    I am visiting USA from UK for 3 weeks from mid-August. We will be in rented accommodation, so there won't be a land-line to use for calls within USA that I will want to make. And I REALLY don't want to pay the massive roaming rates which go from USA via UK and back to USA.
    From my researches it looks impossible to buy an inexpensive cell- phone when I arrive, and pay for calls as I go along. From what I can see all US companies have a monthly charge and also long contracts. Is that correct or is there some way around this problem (apart from actually using a public phone )
    If so, this may be one of the very few technology things we actually do better in England!
    Thank you for your help.
    Jinny


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    Re: UK visitor -- help please

    Dont worry there are prepaid phones which you can buy from almost any store like Target, Walmart or wireless stores as well.



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    Re: UK visitor -- help please

    Thanks RockeTalk. I've done a bit more research and find that I can also get a USA SIM, as long as my phone is unlocked and compatible, eg from "SIMple Calling".
    I have my old phone, an LG U300, which seems to have the correct GSM specs. It is GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900. I can unlock it.
    Which would you do? Go for the pre-paid Target/Walmart option, or the USA SIM, ( possibly risky re compatability), which seems to have good calling rates too.
    Thanks again,
    Jinny



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    Re: UK visitor -- help please

    It looks like i would be safest buying a pre-paid phone. I've had a look and they seem really inexpensive. I will be mostly using it around Putney, Vt. Zip 15346. On a different forum talking about coverage specifically, (cellphonecoverage.com) it seems US Cellular and Unicel are best. But I can't see any of their prepaid phones for sale. Walmart propose Virgin from the search for coverage on their site.
    Can anyone advise what network phone I should buy?
    Thanks
    Jinny



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    Re: UK visitor -- help please

    100% do it this way.

    Things to do:

    1. Unlock your phone
    2. When you get to the states sign a monthly contract so you can make your calls
    3. bring a phone or 2 from UK to the states so you make a few hundred $



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    Re: UK visitor -- help please

    Nice plan, CellPlanMan! But I don't think I really want to get into the phone export business.
    I will certainly explore the monthly plan option. I still don't know who to go with --US Cellular, Unicel, Virgin ?? I guess I should ask a Putney resident. what actually works up there....



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    Re: UK visitor -- help please

    Quote Originally Posted by Ellen View Post
    Why would the OP want to sign a monthly contract when she is only going to be here for "3 weeks"?
    typically (in canada @ least) if your going on a pre-paid plan.. you get CID +VM for free, minutes are very expensive though.

    The OP said that she expects to make a lot of calls.. and a monthly plan tends to be cheaper that way (why else do we sign contracts!). Shes paying for an extra week I know.. but Im thinking itll still end up to be cheaper.

    eg: 25$ (i think there is SAF +911 in the states) for 200daytime, unlim after 7pm and call id is much better than 35cents/min or 1$ a day or unlim incoming calls (not sure what there is in the states



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    Quote Originally Posted by Ellen View Post
    The OP is looking for a plan in the US, not Canada. And just for future reference, a "Monthly" plan here in the states gives you "less" minutes, so you are actually still paying more and getting less. T-Mobile (GSM) has a monthly plan option called "Flex Pay", however, you have to pay for the first month up front, and having it before, can tell you that it is not easily ended..... Then there is AT&T "Pick Your Plan" monthly service as well, that also gives you less for more..... Also one more thing, the Monthly plans that we have here do not require a contract! That is why it is called "prepaid".......Prepaid is expensive no matter how you look at it.
    now you've got me confused..

    In canada we have:

    Prepaid, 1month contract, 1yr, 2yr, 3yr.

    Monthly plans are still considered a contract.. because your locked in with them for the month :P.

    Are your monthly plans and prepaid plans the same? or which one is better?

    If they are the same, then prepaid would be better.. as you dont have to pay for that extra week.


    By your msg im thinking that prepaid and monthly contracts are the same in the states?



    And yes, I know OP is in states.. most people on this site are, BUT I still have knowledge.. and general info country to country cant change that much. I wont know the plans... and few things might change but I know the generic idea of how things should be done



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    Re: UK visitor -- help please

    Quote Originally Posted by Cellplanman View Post
    now you've got me confused..

    In canada we have:

    Prepaid, 1month contract, 1yr, 2yr, 3yr.

    Monthly plans are still considered a contract.. because your locked in with them for the month :P.

    Are your monthly plans and prepaid plans the same? or which one is better?

    If they are the same, then prepaid would be better.. as you dont have to pay for that extra week.


    By your msg im thinking that prepaid and monthly contracts are the same in the states?



    And yes, I know OP is in states.. most people on this site are, BUT I still have knowledge.. and general info country to country cant change that much. I wont know the plans... and few things might change but I know the generic idea of how things should be done
    Ok not Ellen, but allow me to staighten you out on US cell phones plans - AGAIN .

    The monthly is not considered to be pre-paid, but the AT&T PYOP plans is, even though you pay for a month at a time, since you are not tied to a contract all you are doing is using the minutes for the month that you have already paid for.

    Also AT&T has two types of pre-pay.

    1. Pay as you Go - this is closest to your prepay. This is limited to only native AT&T, roaming.

    2. Pick your Plan - this is the monthly plan.This allows some roaming but not as much as a regular plan. It also gives m2m, rollover etc.
    Last edited by charlyee; 08-01-2008 at 08:39 AM.



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    Re: UK visitor -- help please

    Quote Originally Posted by Ellen View Post
    I didn't think my explanation was that bad.
    Absolutely not, it was perfect. I just needed to straighten him out as it seems to be my mission in life lately to do so in CPF and WA.



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