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    • CommentAuthorCraig Shaw
    • CommentTimeJun 19th 2011
     (9964.1)
    Hi all,

    I'm about to travel to the US (Florida to be specific) on business for the first time and am keen to be connected to the www as much as possible for emails, Skype etc.

    I have an unlocked, portable wifi 'dongle' that converts 3G phone signal into wifi, but what I need is a SIM with a decent data package. In the UK this would be easy as all the operators offer 30 day, SIM only contracts that you can just buy from stores, but from a quick Google it looks like decent mobile data is at a premium in the US.

    So my question is, can anyone recommend a decent pay-as-you-go or short-term contract or just an operator to look at, that's going to give me a decent amount of data, say 1GB?

    Conversely, are there any networks or packages I should definitely avoid?

    I know I could just pop into a Starbucks/McDonalds/etc. but didn't fancy spending that much money on food

    Thanks in advance!
    C
    • CommentAuthortmtx
    • CommentTimeJun 19th 2011
     (9964.2)
    Mostly you're looking for a regional carrier, not one of the big three if you want a quick plan. In short avoid Tmob, At&t, and Verizon. Here's cricket: mycricket.com There's also virginmobileusa.com
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    Just stay in a hotel that gives you free wireless.
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      CommentAuthorvoyou
    • CommentTimeJun 20th 2011
     (9964.4)
    AFAIK, the only two American networks that use SIM cards are AT&T and T-Mobile. AT&T will sell you a pay-as-you-go SIM for $6 and 500MB of data for $25, and T-Mobile will sell you a pay-as-you-go data SIM for $7 and a gig of data for $30, which I guess isn't too bad? Big caveat, though, is that AT&T and T-Mobile use different frequencies for 3G than each other, both of which are different from the ones used in Europe, so you'll have to check carefully that your dongle supports the right frequencies.
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    I just wish I had learned that last bit a lot sooner in life