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Friday, 02 May 2003

GSM uber alles

I'm going to be in the 'states for six weeks from the 17th May. What I normally do when I go and visit the Land of the Free is use my triband GSM phone through Orange and whoever they have roaming agreements with: that's what I did last year for five weeks and what I did over Christmas for a fortnight. This time, though, there's a fair chance that the networks over there are developed to the point of understanding the concept of pay as you go, or prepay SIM cards: it'd be handy to get a US number while I'm out and about.

Obviously I'm limited to the GSM networks: I can't find anything about this on T-Mobile's site, but Cingular seem to have a thing called KIC Prepay that I'm not allowed to link to because finding out about plans requires a zipcode. I'm not entirely sure if Cingular will let me buy a SIM and stick it in my phone--there's a little phrase in the small print that indicates that they might be able to do this--but the website isn't particularly informative. Has anyone tried anything like this?

Comments and suggestions are extremely welcome, either by email or in this entry.

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I am pretty sure that Cingular offers a GSM compatible network, when I was there last summer, they were supposed to be offering a Sim Card. but I am not sure if it is prepaid or line.

Posted by: Nat on May 3, 2003 05:56 AM

Well. It's actually not that advanced here. Our cell phone systems suck here, even the GSM ones. It's pretty damn hard to just get them to hand you a SIM card.. I don't know why. I tried once, when I was unlocking a phone. T-Mobile wouldn't do it. You could try cingluar. But I've never heard of such a thing over here. It's sad. Anyways. Good luck in your SIM card hunting.

Posted by: Noel D. Jackson on May 18, 2003 06:08 AM

I've decided to give up for the time being, at least until I run into a T-Mobile/Cinguar kiosk in a mall. For the time being, I'm taking advantage of a friend's T-Mobile account for $20/mo all you can eat WiFi--the US cellphone network may suck compared to, say, everywhere else, but your mobile data rates make me jealous.

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