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Using UK phones in the US

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    We could do with taking a pair of phones with us to america in august, but I don't want to take my lovely new Samsung.
    In the past we've bought a cheap pair of phones as soon as we get to the US but we're not having a car this time.
    If we bought a couple of reallllly cheap ones here, would they work in the US? We'd literally just want it for texting each other.
     
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    I think they are all able to be used over there now, someone I'm sure will confirm
     
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    You would have to make sure the phones are quad band. Keith will be able to tell you the exact bandwidth to check for.

    Would you just get some UK pay as you go SIM cards. It would probably be best to check that they can be used internationally before buying them.

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    I see. Think we need Keith on this thread ;)
     
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    You can guarantee he will be here at some point. He's not normally far away when there is a question like this :lol:
     
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    :D very true!
     
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    Quad band was the phrase I couldn't quite retrieve lol! What about using your regular SIM cards? We used ours for texting, probably cost us about £5 each over almost 3 weeks
     
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    We're on pay monthly so I'd rather do pay and go for america. Just prefer to know exactly what I'm spending. Don't trust pay monthly abroad ;)
     
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    I'd never thought about that, I guess I use mine to access the web via wifi so need my iPhone anyway
     
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    We'll be taking our tablet for that. Got to do Ben's little videos ;)
     
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    Oh yeah!
     
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    Keith is taking his time ;)
     
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    sorrrry only just got back home :D

    Yep pretty much all the current phones are tri/quad-band and will work with at&t/tmobile etc in the US (verizon is a different story).

    You can use a uk pay monthly or pay as you go in international roaming but you must call your cell provider to make sure the option is turned on BEFORE you go. Roaming costs a fortune especially with data and calls (texts arent bad) so pay as you will use a LOT of dosh very quickly.

    The most cost effective option is to buy a US pay as you go simcard perhaps off ebay before you go. You must make sure that your UK phone is "network unlocked" for it to use the Sim and it wont work until you're over there obviously. You can then top up and it will be very cheap to text to and fro etc. You sometimes even get free international minutes depending what you go for.
     
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    If you have WhatsApp you could use the park with top send messages for free that what we did last year

    Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk 2
     
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    Very true Jeff, we use WhatsApp a lot.

    I do always get a US sim though, I bought a load of sims when we were out there last year and I always use RedPocket. Now that I have the sims it's so easy to just put some money on the account and it's ready to use when we get there. I think I've converted Keith as well :lol:
     
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    you have indeed :yes: of all the sims I tried, the redpocket ones you got have been the best

    It's a lot better at Disney with the free wifi now but it doesnt ALWAYS work especially at the resorts.

    Having a sim to keep in touch really is nice
     
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    Do you top the sim when you get there or before?
    Sorry so many questions, in just so used to getting a phone there, never not done it that way before.
     
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    You top the sim up before you get there, it's all done online. Take a look here and you can buy their sims on ebay.
     
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    Ah I see. So I just need an unlocked phone to go with that then?
     
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    I spent so so long working on this problem. It was a lot more important before Disney got wifi in the park and resorts but still.

    I never found a better way then Wendy's link to redpocket.

    Make sure your phone is unlocked, buy the sim. Before you go, buy a top up code online and apply to the account either before you go or when you get there.

    I put the US sim in my phone on the plane and do the setup of the network settings. Then soon as I get through the airport, it's all working.

    (you can download the settings automatically for most phones from the redpocket website which is perhaps worth doing whilst you still have an internet connection)

    It works really well
     

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