Thanks. All Galaxy Nexus' are unlocked. Looked at the T-Mobile site. They say "No annual contract - No credit check" monthly 4G plans. Guess I can just walk in and buy a SIM + $30 credit using any Canadian credit card.
Just travelled to the states last week with my new iPad 4G.
I went to a real AT&T store - they gave me a micro sim and installed it for free. I wasn't able to activate it - because AT&T doesn't let you use Canadian Visa - the sales guy told me to just go buy a prepaid Visa then activate it.
So I went to a Walgreens - got a Prepaid Visa. Went online and added a Zip Code to the Prepaid Visa (The Visa card gave instructions on how to do this) then on the iPad (while connected to WiFi) I was able to activate and get the $30/3GB data plan
I used about 600MB in 7 days. With iMessaging being available I was able to Text Message everyone at home. For once - I used no data or texting on my iPhone while in the states Well worth the $30 for a data plan (and the extra cost for a cellular iPad)
I appreciate all the advice on this topic. We are driving to california at the end of july. Been disappointed with Rogers USA plans. I would sign up here at home, go on vacation, then come home and find my bill to be outrageous! There was always something that snuck in somehow, errant email, weird text that Rogers would charge me an arm and a leg for.
Everytime I would go down to the US I would look over the Tracphones and other pay as you go services. This time I realize I have my old 3g Iphone laying around here so why couldn't I get that onto AT&T? Any suggestions on how I get my 3G phone onto an US provider? It was with Rogers, but not active for about 6 months. I also have my Ipad 2 which is what led me to this site.
I'm in a similar situation. There's a thread on RedFlagDeals titled 'Prepaid US Cell Plans for Canadian travellers with Smartphones', but to summarize it for you, there's no magic bullet. A lot depends on your intended usage and where you're going to be since coverage is spotty for some vendors.
US travel: T-mobile prepay in Galaxy Nexus & AT&T iPad data SIM in iPhone 4S
I'm in New York using a T-mobile prepaid SIM in my Galaxy Nexus, on the $3/day plan, with unlimited data an US calling. The first 200MB is 4G. To call back to Canada, I use the Talkatone app and signed up for a Google Voice account (need to sign up from a US IP address and have a US phone number to verify the account. The coverage is pretty good in Manhattan and OK in Orlando. I create a Wi-Fi hotspot to tether.
I also bought an AT&T iPad data SIM, and activated it with a gift Visa card, signing up for the $50 data plan for 50 GB. It doesn't support tethering. When going out, I put the SIM in my unlocked iPhone 4S. To make it work, I use the iPhone Configuration Utility to create an a configuration profile to set the APN to "broadband". Alternatively, you can change your APN by going to this site http://unlockit.co.nz/
Of course with the data SIM, the phone app doesn't work. I use the iOS version of the Talkatone app for calling. When I get backup Canada, I can remove the APN in the "Settings > General > Profiles" screen.
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