[geeks] GSM coverage in southeastern PA.
velociraptor at gmail.com
Tue May 26 03:32:20 CDT 2009
On May 25, 2009, at 9:47 PM, gsm at mendelson.com wrote:
> On Mon, May 25, 2009 at 02:53:24PM -0700, Nadine Miller wrote:
>> She can use her quad band GSM phone with a prepaid T-Mobile or AT&T
>> SIM, just like a person from the US would do if they were going to
>> Europe. Can't speculate as to which would have better coverage for
>> Philly, though. T-Mobile's coverage map for the US is pretty
>> detailed, and they have good roaming agreements. AT&T probably has
>> better coverage, though.
> Thanks, the problem with that is the phone is SIM locked, and
> unlocking it
> would cost more than a cheap phone. She got it as a package deal
> from the
> carrier (Israel Orange).
As it's a quad band phone, you might call your carrier and ask if they
will unlock it for overseas travel. In the US both T-Mobile and AT&T
will provide the unlock codes if you contact customer service and tell
them you want to use the phone outside the US. Worth a shot; worst
they can tell you is "no".
Currently AT&T has prepaid "unlimited" calling with their Go phones.
You pay $3 per day (plus taxes) vs. per minute charges. You can get a
refurb Nokia 2610 for $9.99 (refurb) or $29.99 new; not clear if that
comes with any pre-paid time. T-Mo has $6.99 SIM kit (put in any
unlocked GSM phone), or two $20 phone (Nokia) options that include $25
prepaid cards. All of these are web prices, so probably a little
higher if you go to the AT&T/T-Mo store.
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