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Travelling to the USA, can i get a pre-paid data plan

4:23 pm on Jan 23, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Hi All

I'm off to the USA in a few weeks for a holiday. I was wondering how to go about getting a mobile 3g data connection for the time i'm there to check emails, do a bit of work etc.

I've a quad band US nokia E72 that will work great, but i'm not sure how to go about getting a sim?

obviously i can use my australian Telstra sim but no doubt i'll need a new mortgage by the time i get back to pay for it.

So, as a foreigner, am i able to walk into a shop, buy a sim + pre pay data pack, or do i have to have an address and other things before i can do that?

any help, much appreciated

4:32 am on Jan 27, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I don't know if this will work with your equipment but the info may help...? I do know that you need a WIFI enabled device.

VirginMobile has a no contract wireless plan, BroadbandToGo. $150 for MIFI hotspot with up to five connections or a single USB device for $80.

$40 for service gives you unlimited (until 2/15/11), after 2/15/11 anything over 5GB, and speed will be slowed down. You can buy more and speed will be returned. You can buy the devices and TopUp cards at Wal-Mart and or add more to your plan online.

Can receive email in Outlook Express but cannot send through this service. You'll need to use something online for that.

Not as fast as cable or DSL but sure the heck beats dial-up. This is what I use for my daily internet connection.

(Hope it's ok to post this, if not, I'll keep an eye out and PM you the info.)

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