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    Dec 11, 2011 7:38 PM GMT
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    Dec 12, 2011 2:14 AM GMT
    How long ago did you get the AT&T SIM card? With GoPhone, you have to keep topping it up by a certain date/time before the minutes and number disappear. I think GoPhone has a deadline of 60 days after the minutes expire that the account becomes cancelled. From what I read on AT&T's website, any smartphone user has to have a data package.

    I'm not sure if you can re-use your SIM card. It never hurts to get a newer SIM card in case something with the carrier's network changes.

    The only thing I don't like about GoPhone is that it doesn't work in Canada. I found out the hard way after loading up a SIM card with some money and then tried to check up on a friend. T-Mobile works in Canada, but I'm not sure if you'd get 3G speeds with them in the US with an iPhone.

    Which carrier are you with right now? I know Rogers has a data "day pass" that you can buy for $x/day. I'm sure Bell, Telus and other carriers have a similar program. If you're in a total bind and NEED data while you're in the US, it might be easier to pay your current carrier a fee and not have to fiddle back and forth with a SIM card. I did this last time I was in the US, and it worked out well.

    Otherwise, if you can survive without data, you can always just use Wi-Fi for data, and then get a SIM card from either AT&T or T-Mobile for calls and texting. Just make sure you switch off any app that uses data. This is what I usually do when I travel to the US. Data is switched off on my BlackBerry, but my T-Mobile is on another unlocked device allowing for texts and calls. And, I can reply back to the US a lot cheaper with my TMo account versus my carrier's rates.
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    Dec 12, 2011 2:16 AM GMT
    If AT&T gives you a hassle, you should have no trouble buying a pre-paid SIM with data from a T-Mobile store. Because the frequencies differ it will only work on 2.5G/Edge, but may be less of a hassle than dealing with AT&T.

    Enjoy the trip!
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    Dec 12, 2011 4:00 AM GMT
    You can reactivate your old Gophone SIM or get a new SIM. But you'll get a new phone number, if you let your previous Gophone account expire. Also, make sure you insert the SIM in your iphone when you call to activate. Because on Gophone accounts, ATT will SIM lock your account for 6 months upon activation. So if you activate your SIM on a throwaway phone, you won't be able to insert the SIM in your iphone.

    Also, to my knowledge, ATT will not allow the iphone on prepaid accounts. But I heard some people haven't had any problems. If they hassle you, then just call 611 and explain to them that you're a tourist and you are not interested in opening a post paid contract account.
  • trevchaser

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    Dec 15, 2011 9:20 PM GMT
    I've tried with my AT&T GoPhone sim on my 3GS. It's unlocked and I have the ability to enter in the access point but I have had NO success in getting data to work. Even the stock original AT&T iPhone won't do data. It used to a couple years ago....

    I've also used my unlocked T-Mobile Android phone and copied settings from multiple AT&T android phones at the store and still no go for data.

    Looks like AT&T has blocked data from smartphones? There's a T-Mobile $3/day with unlimited talk/text/data that I may try and see if it works but google is your friend. A forum called www.howardforums.com is a great resource for anything mobile phone related. icon_smile.gif