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In April, I was in New York (Mid town) and checking about pre-paid GSM SIM only card. For some reason, the first two shops (T mobile and Cingular) said that ...
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    Pre paid SIM card in US

    In April, I was in New York (Mid town) and checking about pre-paid GSM SIM only card.
    For some reason, the first two shops (T mobile and Cingular) said that I have to buy the phone as well as part of the pre-paid package. To be honest, when I think back now, I am not sure if I have made clear to them or they understood me correctly.
    However, without giving up, I went to another Cingular shop, they happily got me a pre paid SIM. The girl said that usually they charge a connection fee but she is waiving it (some kind of promo must be), and she said I can buy a card in $10, 30 or 50). As she did not have a $10 in stock I bought a $30. That was just great. It is just 10 cents per minute within US, and 15 cents to Canada. I did not check the Australian rate, but I made a couple of short calls. I did not use it heavily, but after two weeks in US, I still had about $15 left in the card.

    I was very very pleased as if I did not get this, I would have had to use Roaming, which would have cost me about $1.00 to 2.00 per minute.

    Great value. I would strongly recommend.

    BTW, GSM is gaining popularity. My phone is a tri-band Nokia 6600. It is worth buying a tri-band as they do not cost much extra nowadays.

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    Global roaming is a killer!

    I happily used my triband Nokia in the US.... until I got home and saw the bill and nearly died! Global roaming is a great way for phone companies to make money.

    Getting the local SIMM is absolutley the way to go.

    BTW... triband is useless in Japan.

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    Re: Global roaming is a killer!

    Quote Originally Posted by luckydog
    I happily used my triband Nokia in the US.... until I got home and saw the bill and nearly died! Global roaming is a great way for phone companies to make money.
    I always divert all incoming calls to messagebank, and use my phone as an SMS pager to tell me someone has left a message (no cost there). Then I use a calling card or an IP Softphone on my laptop to retreive my messages and call the person back.

    I use my phone for short intra-USA calls, but not for international calls home.

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    Prepaid T-mobile & Cingular

    I can assure you that you do not need to buy a phone to get a pre-paid card. The big HOWEVER is that you have to go to a Cingular- or T-Mobile owned store to get it - their franchisees know nothing about it

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    Question Re: Prepaid Mobile/Calling card in US

    Quote Originally Posted by RTWFF
    I can assure you that you do not need to buy a phone to get a pre-paid card. The big HOWEVER is that you have to go to a Cingular- or T-Mobile owned store to get it - their franchisees know nothing about it
    Quote Originally Posted by NM
    I always divert all incoming calls to messagebank, and use my phone as an SMS pager to tell me someone has left a message (no cost there). Then I use a calling card or an IP Softphone on my laptop to retreive my messages and call the person back.

    I use my phone for short intra-USA calls, but not for international calls home.
    OK you LOTFAP regulars, I'm off there very soon. Seem to be great ideas.

    Where's the best place to get either of these?

    I'm starting off at LAX then DFW ...

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    Re: Prepaid Mobile/Calling card in US

    Quote Originally Posted by serfty
    OK you LOTFAP regulars, I'm off there very soon. Seem to be great ideas.

    Where's the best place to get either of these?

    I'm starting off at LAX then DFW ...
    Who is your home phone with, Telstra or Optus? Give them a call and see if you can get a Calling Card attached to your home phone.

    Here is the info on the Optus card I use.

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    Re: Prepaid Mobile/Calling card in US

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    Who is your home phone with, Telstra or Optus? Give them a call and see if you can get a Calling Card attached to your home phone.

    Here is the info on the Optus card I use.
    I already have a Telstra telecard and have used it often. It gets billed with my home 'phone.

    I also get 4 Qantas points per $1 spent.

    What I was looking for is something like the SGD10 "HELLO" card I purchased last year where I could call back to oz for SGD16¢ per minute!

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    Re: Pre paid SIM card in US

    Anyone know if there is a suitable store for getting a pre-paid SIM in LAX? (too much to ask I know).

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    Re: Pre paid SIM card in US

    Quote Originally Posted by gshirley
    Anyone know if there is a suitable store for getting a pre-paid SIM in LAX? (too much to ask I know).
    Welcome to the forum gshirley. Haven't used them buy a quick search found http://www.triptel.com/ which states TripTel now offers pre-paid SIM cards to nearly every country in the world. Also, have a look at http://www.cellularabroad.com/index.html

    As I said I haven't used them, but after racking up a huge mobile bill whilst in the USA last year I won't be using my Telstra sim card in two months when I return there.

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    7th June 2006 03:30 PM serfty

    What I was looking for is something like the SGD10 "HELLO" card I purchased last year where I could call back to oz for SGD16 per minute!
    I use AT&t calling cards or similar to call back to AU. The AT&T ones cost 7.8cents / min to landlines (mobiles higher). I buy mine from Target but they are available in quite a number of stores.

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